At the time of this writing, Arrow’s eighth and final season is about to debut in the coming days. While fans of this series are bound to be incredibly sad to see one of their favorite shows come to an end, they can rest assured that Arrow’s legacy will continue on. After all, so many other DC shows that air on CW exist within the so-called Arrowverse.
In addition to the effect that Arrow has had on both fans and the television landscape, it also will go on to be a career highlight for many of the actors that appeared in it. On the other end of the spectrum, however, many Arrow actors have taken on other roles that they are unlikely to be proud of today. With that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 15 embarrassing roles Arrow actors want you to forget.
15 David Nykl – Tomorrowland
One of those rare modern Disney blockbusters that completely flopped at the box office, to say that Tomorrowland was a disappointment for everyone involved is an understatement.
Cast as a science teacher in the film, we can imagine that when Nykl took on the role he was excited to play even a small part in this Disney movie but that is embarrassing in retrospect.
14 Manu Bennett – The Marine
As only the second movie in Manu Bennett’s career, you’d think that the actor would have given his all when he appeared in The Marine. However, even while he was still working on this John Cena movie that was produced by the WWE, it seems like he realized it was a joke as he barely committed to his almost silent role.
13 Katrina Law - Snow Bride
Every year at Christmas time, lots of people end up seeking out movies about the holiday season to watch. Sadly, for some of those people, they made the mistake of watching Katrina Law’s movie Snow Bride. Starring Law as a tabloid writer who somehow gets saved by the movie’s male lead while wearing a bridal gown during the winter, Snow Bride manages to become even dumber from there.
12 Danielle Panabaker - Piranha 3DD
To the surprise of many, 2010’s Piranha 3D turned out to be a minor hit with both fans and critics due to its self-aware sense of humor. Unfortunately for Danielle Panabaker, it was that movie’s sequel that she was a part of and it aimed low enough that both viewers and critics alike were turned off.
While that is embarrassing enough, it is made that much worse for Panabaker that she starred in a movie with a title that clearly references part of a woman’s body.
11 Stephen Amell - Justice for Natalee Holloway
Released only a year before Arrow made its debut, Justice for Natalee Holloway was a TV movie that included Stephen Amell as Joran van der Sloot. Based on a real-life tragedy, the people that made this movie clearly thought they could float by on the emotion that event inspires in people as they crafted a really bad film.
10 Rick Gonzalez - Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
Released more than a decade after its main character had since been popular in North America, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles’ failure was pretty predictable. Still, we can imagine that for an actor still on the rise like Rick Gonzalez was at the time, a job was a job. Of course, it has to feel weird now that in this movie his character is simply known as “Gang Banger”.
9 Neal McDonough – 88 Minutes
Considering that 88 Minutes was a movie that starred Hollywood legend Al Pacino, we can only imagine that Neal McDonough was very excited to appear in it. Unfortunately, the movie wound up being among the worst of Pacino’s career, as it only garnered 5% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for two Razzie Awards.
8 Brandon Routh – Superman Returns
Don’t get us wrong, we know that Superman Returns has many fans. However, it still is pretty embarrassing for Brandon Routh that he starred in that movie. After all, not only was the film panned by many critics and viewers alike, he also is the sole actor who starred in a modern live-action movie as Supes that never got a film sequel.
7 Willa Holland – Tiger Eyes
As loads of people can attest, author Judy Blume has written some truly outstanding books. As a result, there should have been a lot of hype around the release of the first movie ever released that was based on her writing, Tiger Eyes. Instead, this movie only managed to make an astoundingly low amount of money at the box office, $27,160.
6 Tom Cavanagh – Yogi Bear
As one of those actors who always manages to give an entertaining performance no matter what the role, it makes sense that the producers of the movie Yogi Bear cast Tom Cavanagh. However, it boggles our mind that he signed on to play the lead role in a movie that is so tedious, and frankly, outright dumb.
5 Katie Cassidy - A Nightmare on Elm Street
Released during an era in which it often seemed like a new horror remake was coming out every week, 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street actually was anticipated at the time. Unfortunately, this film not only took away all of the entertaining and frightening aspects of Freddy Kreuger but it embraced the hard to stomach aspects of the character. For those reasons, it only garnered 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.
4 John Barrowman - Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Over Hollywood history, there are many examples of moviegoers showing up in droves to see movies that largely focus on sharks. Of course, that doesn’t mean that appearing in a shark movie inherently is a badge of honor and if you want proof of that, look no further than John Barrowman’s role in Shark Attack 3: Megalodon. Released straight to video and very cheaply made, this movie is laughable and not in a good way.
3 Dominic Purcell – In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission
Widely considered to be one of the worst movie directors of all-time, starring in any Uwe Boll movie is bound to be a lowlight in anyone’s career. Worse yet for Dominic Purcell, he starred in Boll’s In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission, which is a sequel to a pair of movies that were panned across the board.
2 Neal McDonough – I Know Who Killed Me
Unfortunately for Neal McDonough, he is the only actor who has appeared in two movies that are so embarrassing that he has more than one entry on this list. Co-starring with Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me, a “thriller” that is nothing short of laughably boring, everything about this movie fails, including McDonough’s performance.
1 Grant Gustin - Kid Fitness Jungle Adventure
On the one hand, if Kid Fitness Jungle Adventure inspired any youngsters to get some exercise that is an excellent thing. That said, this video is so ridiculous that it is hard to fathom that anyone thought it was a good idea. Featuring adults moving around in costumes that look like they were hastily homemade, in Kid Fitness Jungle Adventure Grant Gustin and his co-stars taught kids to move like animals.
Sources: IMDb.com, tvovermind.com, rottentomatoes.com, boxofficemojo.com