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Wednesday 18 January 2012, 10:18

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Andrea Riseborough gives a fantastic performance in Madonna's 'W.E' - unfortunately the film is one of the worst I've ever seen.

This got me wondering about other examples of great acting in terrible movies.

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    Comment number 1.

    Gary Oldman in Matthew Mahogany/Kate Beckinsale straight-to-the-bin film Tip Toes.

    Mahogany and Beckinsale's relationship is on rocky ground already before she discovers she is pregnant, news that Mahogany does not take well. As it turns out, Matthew is a genetic oddity, as EVERYONE ELSE IN HIS ENTIRE FAMILY is a dwarf. Not quite hilarity/drama ensues. Gary Oldman, contrary to any and all casting conventions, is cast as Mahogany's brother, Rolf. He is very good in the role, described on the dvd as "the role of a lifetime", but since he is effectively walking around on his knees what you end up with is a pretty grotesque, truly bizarre film. The presence of the reliably brilliant Peter Dinklage as an estranged relative serves to make the casting decision even more bizarre.

    I read the IMDB and I wondered if it was a joke. I've now seen it, and I'm still not convinced it exists. I can't, I don't even know.

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    it's going to be an intersting interview then, "hi Andrea the film is a pile of crud, but your great in it!".

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    Great topic to discuss. My choices would be;

    Miranda Richardson in Damage. An absolute turkey of a film that tries to be Last Tango in Paris. However Richardson's performance is brilliant as Jeremy Irons's neglected wife.

    Another one would have to be Burt Reynolds in Striptease. A disaster of a film that gets a score of nil instead of -1 due to Reynolds's over the top and somewhat comedic performance.

    The final one I can think of is David Morrissey and David Thewlis in Basic Instinct 2. No where near as bad as the other films I have mentioned, but still a somewhat guilty pleasure. Morrissey and Thewlis are brilliant in this laughable film. The dialogue is terrible, the story is ludicrous and the fact that they both keep a straight face and deliver good performances should be noted since they deserve total praise. And the fact that this film won a Razzie as worst film of 2006 is unfair.

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    Comment number 4.

    Easy - Peter Serafinowicz's voice as Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace.

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    Comment number 5.

    Tricky, but Adrian Lester gives a cracking performance in Brannagh's execrable "Love's Labours Lost". For one brief moment, as Lester does his song and dance routine to 'I've Got A Crush On You', you see what Kenny was trying to do, but the rest of it? Eugh.


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