We all make mistakes, right?
Wednesday marked 10 years since the premiere of “Catwoman,” starring Halle Berry. Despite Berry’s big name and the fact that it was directed by a mononymous Frenchman, the picture flopped, losing roughly $20 million for Warner Bros. Pictures.
In addition to being a financial failure, “Catwoman” was widely-panned by critics, currently holding a mere 9 percent approval rating on Rottentomatoes.com. What’s surprising is that Berry starred in the film two years after her Oscar-winning role in “Monster’s Ball.”
She’s not the only Oscar winner to make a bad casting call though, here are some other questionable choices made by Hollywood’s top talents:
Oscar winner: “Black Swan” (2010)
Panned movie(s): “No Strings Attached,” “The Other Woman” and “Your Highness” (all in 2011)
Harvard-educated Natalie Portman has typically made great judgement in selecting roles but after winning an Academy Award in 2010, she went on to star in an unprecedented three stinkers the following year. Of the trifecta, the medieval stoner flick “Your Highness” ranks lowest with a 27 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
Oscar winner: “Ray” (2004)
Panned movie: “Stealth” (2005)
One of Hollywood’s most versatile talents, Jamie Foxx shot to A-list status after winning an Oscar for his dead-ringer portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004’s “Ray.” The next year, Foxx co-starred in “Stealth,” a fighter pilot action movie that lost over $58 million due to lackluster box office returns.
Oscar winner: “The Blind Side” (2009)
Panned movie: “All About Steve” (2009)
One of the world’s highest-paid actresses, Sandra Bullock has rarely had difficulty generating praise from audiences and critics, but after striking Oscar gold in 2009’s “The Blind Side,” she laid an egg. Bullock’s performance as a socially-awkward stalker in “All About Steve” earned her a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. The movie holds an impressively bad 7 percent rating, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Oscar winner: “American Beauty” (1999)
Panned movie: “The Life of David Gale” (2003)
With his ongoing role as corrupt politician Frank Underwood in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” intense actor Kevin Spacey is back in the good graces of critics but in 2003, they were shaking their heads. Four years after winning an Oscar in the sexy suburban drama “American Beauty,” Spacey starred in “The Life of David Gale,” which was derided as “An evil piece of junk,” by British film critic Ian Waldron-Mantgani.
Oscar winner: “Walk the Line” (2005)
Panned movie: “Four Christmases” (2008)
She’s one of a handful of actresses that can claim to be America’s sweetheart but Reese Witherspoon hasn’t always been a critical darling. After wowing audiences as June Carter Cash in 2005’s “Walk the Line,” this Southern belle was ripped for starring role in “Four Christmases,” three years later.
Oscar winner: “Wall Street” (1987)
Panned movie: “Shining Through” (1992)
After starring in several beloved movies in the 1980s, Michael Douglas didn’t exactly start the following decade with a bang. 1992’s “Shining Through,” starring Douglas, was named 1992’s Worst Picture at the Razzies.
Oscar winner: “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)
Panned movie: “Shallow Hal” (2001)
Going from winning acting’s top prize to wearing a fatsuit is a move few agents would recommend but Gwyneth Paltrow went for it in 2001. To be fair, “Shallow Hal” was not completely hated by critics — it holds a 51 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating — but it didn’t exactly earn her any dramatic credibility.
Oscar winner: “Crazy Heart” (2009)
Panned movie: “R.I.P.D.” (2013)
From releasing country music records to starring in a 1982 live-action Disney flick about video games, Jeff Bridges has always taken career risks. Four years after winning an Oscar as an alcoholic country singer in 2009’s “Crazy Heart,” Bridges was ripped for starring in “R.I.P.D.,” which Time Magazine critic Richard Corliss compared to “the eighth day of jury duty.”
Oscar winners: “Norma Rae” (1979), “Places in the Heart” (1985)
Panned movie: “Surrender” (1987)
A two-time Oscar winner, Sally Field perhaps deserves the most grief of any actor on this list. Two years after proclaiming, “You like me!,” to Academy Award voters in her acceptance speech for 1985’s “Places in the Heart,” Field starred in a clunker. The 1987 comedy “Surrender” currently holds a 13 percent score at Rottentomatoes.com.
Oscar winner: “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995)
Panned movie: “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000)
To be fair, Nicolas Cage and critically-despised movies go together like peanut butter and jelly — since 1995, he’s starred in 30 films declared “Rotten” by Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 13 “Fresh” ones. Five years after winning the Academy Award as an alcoholic writer in “Leaving Las Vegas,” Cage made “Gone in 60 Seconds,” which Roger Ebert called “a movie of no significance whatsoever.”