Every once in a while you get a performance from an actor that is so selfless and honed to perfection that they make everyone else around them better as a result. It’s not an easy task. Acting is reacting, as they say, and the best performances are the ones that play off of each other and challenge one another to take it up to the next level.
On the other side of the equation, every now and then an actor will give a performance that is so baffling, so out of place, or so incredulously and absurdly terrible that the entire film suffers as a result. Sometimes these results are amusing, other times alarming, and occasionally downright despicable.
Whatever the reason for the disaster, they are on film – black and white or glorious Technicolor – for all time, and for all the moviegoing world to watch, appalled, as they sink into their seats and cover their eyes and wonder when this horror is going to come to an end. Disasters very much like the list below.
1. John Wayne, The Conqueror (Dick Powell, 1956)
When Nikita Khrushchev visited America in 1959, he made two requests: to go to Disneyland and meet John Wayne. The man born Marion Morrison in 1907 was an indisputable icon even during his life, a living symbol of America’s frontier-conquering past and the exploration of the West so undeniable even foreign leaders were in awe of him.
Throughout his career, Wayne made a name for himself playing cowboys, lone wolfs, and rugged individualists, and few would argue that he helped defined the American Western during the middle third of the 20th century. However, even icons make mistakes, and arguably the biggest offense Wayne ever committed onscreen was his portrayal of the legendary → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema