Sometimes, the best things can arrive in unlikely packages. Whilst it may be incredibly easy to write off a movie based on its crummy-looking poster or trailer, the fact is that you will never know unless you actually go and see the film for yourself. Sometimes you can find yourself pleasantly surprised. There’s always a chance that you could emerge from the theatre with a smile on your face, no matter how dodgy the movie appeared on the face of it all.
One of the main reasons that people turn away from films is due to the lead star: the type of actor/actress who regularly puts in dismal shifts in front of the camera, yet continues to be paid in full for a job that anyone could appear to do better. Indeed, there are many performers out there in the movie world that have enough of a reputation to send certain punters scrambling for the exits as soon as their name flickers up on the opening credits.
But listed here are occasions where some of the movie world’s most notoriously egregious stars have actually defied their inept reputations, and reminded us how they were able to get into the film industry as actors in the first place. If nothing else, the following list of performances prove that it’s never, ever completely safe to judge a book by its cover.