We all do things that we don't like for money. Whereas some of us wait tables or walk dogs or blog, there are others who want so badly to make it as an actor that they'll take roles they should have thought twice about. Whether they were attempting to get their start, looking for a challenge, or unable to resist the money, there are several celebrated actors who took roles that made them look like complete anuses.

Here is our list of award winning actors and the silly things that directors made them do.

Paul Giamatti - Big Fat Liar




Just one year before American Splendor launched him into starring roles, Paul Giamatti was died blue and taking nut-shots opposite Frankie Muniz in the kid's comedy Big Fat Liar. In the film, Giamatti plays a sleazy Hollywood producer who plagiarizes Muniz's school essay and turns it into a hit film. As revenge, Muniz teams up with Amanda Bynes to turn his world upside down. His skin and hair are dyed, his car destroyed, and his staff turned against him. That's the kid's film equivalent of being Qaddfi'd.

Bryan Cranston - Mighty, Morphin' Power Rangers




It was a long and winding road that lead Bryan Cranston to Emmy gold and his breakout role as Walter White on Breaking Bad. Along the way, he picked up guest-starring spots and odd voice work all around Hollywood. One voice over gig was that of Snizard on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. The snake/lizard hybrid easily defeated its foes by launching "tonsil snakes" that would wrap around and weaken their targets. Cranston got off lucky here. So many Hollywood hopefuls are forced to deal with a very different definition of tonsil snake if they want to be stars.

Sean Connery - Zardoz




After captivating the world with his portrayal of James Bond in six films, Sean Connery was walking on sunshine. Considered by many to be the epitome of sexy, the Scottish actor was a major movie star the entire world over. That must be want gave him the confidence to wear a long french braid and strut around in a puffy red diaper with matching ammo bandelier suspenders. Eh. It was the 70's.



John Wayne - The Conquerer




John Wayne turned in a particularly embarrassing performance as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. With a pasted-on fu manchu and taped back eyes, it was the definition of inappropriate. All that was missing was stilted Tarzan-like speak. Not only is it considered one of the worst movies of all time, but to add injury to insult, it is believed the set was radioactive and caused cancer in 91 of the film's crew members. 46 of which died from it including Wayne, co-stars Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and director Dick Powell. Who gave this the greenlight?

Robert De Niro - Rocky and Bullwinkle




Not only did he have to share scenes with Jason Alexander, but Robert De Niro also had to wear an outlandish dictator costume while speaking in a silly accent. He's notoriously cranky on set which makes me really interested in checking out behind-the-scenes footage. Hopefully, someone in the production had the wherewithal to tape the wardrobe fitting.

Halle Berry - Catwoman




After winning the Oscar for Monster's Ball, the world was Halle Berry's oyster. After working hard for years, she finally had her pick of roles. Naturally she chose to be a Bond Girl, play a ridiculous version of Storm in X2, and headline the lame horror flick Gothika. But, oddly, that wasn't her worst pick. That distinction goes to Catwoman, the Batman spin-off was too campy, pun-ridden, idiotic, and CGI-ed out the ass to win over any fans.



Samuel L. Jackson - The Spirit




Spray-painted to look like the world's most dangerous drag queen, Samuel L. Jackson tried to bring new life to the Octopus. The comic book version of the character was simply recognized by a distinctive pair of gloves... with other clothes of course. Don't be gross.

However, Jackson and Frank Miller decided that for the film version, the Octopus should be as over the top as possible. This lead to him wearing a different outfit in every scene. These cute little outfits include a samurai costume, a Nazi uniform, a really large cowboy hat, as well as the silver Christmas tree thing he's wearing in the picture above. The result is like watching a Busta Rhymes music video. All that was missing was a giant hamburger costume.

Robert Downey, Jr. - The Shaggy Dog




Before finding his way back into Hollywood's good graces with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr. had to eat. That is what likely made him decide to take a role opposite Tim Allen in The Shaggy Dog. Playing an evil geneticist attempting to gain immortality by experimenting with dog DNA, he himself is bitten and exposed to the same DNA sequence that causes man to transform into canine. This results in him playing fetch in a court room. Thank God for Iron Man.

Nicole Kidman - Bewitched




Though she wasn't made to wear any ridiculous costumes, Bewitched proved to be a huge goofy misstep for Nicole Kidman. She probably went into the television adaptation thinking she'd wiggle her nose and America would fall deeper in love with her. But in order to be charming on film, you need to have a charming script. Instead we got a muddled love story set against the backdrop of a film within a film where Nicole Kidman plays a woman who is playing a witch who turns out to actually be a witch. Somehow Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and zero laughs are also there.



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