Long before the first Harry Potter movie hit the big screen, the books they were based on were an absolute sensation. As a result, right from the beginning of the film series, producers were able to attract some of England’s best and most popular actors to the project.
In addition to the stars of Harry Potter’s association with that wildly successful film franchise, most of them have starred in a long list of other fantastic films. Of course, just because they tend to be a part of really good films doesn’t mean that they haven’t agreed to appear in the wrong film from time to time. With that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 15 embarrassing roles Harry Potter stars want you to forget.
15 David Bradley as Father Gionetti from Exorcist: The Beginning
As a prequel to one of the most frightening horror movies ever made, Exorcist: The Beginning had a lot to live up to. Instead of rising to that occasion, this movie is only rated 10% on Rotten Tomatoes for good reason. In fact, the writer of the book the original film is based on, William Peter Blatty, said this movie’s existence is ”the most humiliating professional experience of my life”.
14 John Hurt as Arthur Seldom from The Oxford Murders
Unfortunately, every once a while in Hollywood talented performers come together to make a movie that simply isn’t very good and that is what happened here. Co-starring Elijah Wood, The Oxford Murders was so poorly written as a thriller that it was boring enough that we couldn’t stop our eye from rolling at it constantly.
13 Timothy Spall as Lenny Rubin from Reuniting the Rubins
Definitely, among our favorite character actors of all time, Timothy Spall has proven time and time again that he can be a great addition to the cast of virtually any movie. However, he starred in Reuniting the Rubins and he should thank his lucky stars that most people didn’t see that criminally unfunny “comedy” film that has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
12 Tom Felton as Cummings from Stratton
When you look up the 2017 movie Stratton on Rotten Tomatoes, it isn’t a pretty picture. Given the absolute rock bottom score, the movie has a 0% rating on the website. If that weren’t bad enough, the cast has to be especially embarrassed. After all, the critical consensus reads "Stratton's action-thriller ambitions are roundly thwarted by a derivative story, misguided casting, and a low-budget feel underscored by unimpressive set pieces."
11 Michael Gambon as Salvatore Maranzano from Mobsters
Arguably one of the worst gangster movies ever made, Mobsters essentially is the Teen Beat Magazine version of a crime movie. Based on the story of some of the most fearsome gangsters of all time, instead of doing their history justice this movie focuses on making sure its young cast looks good. As a result, Gambon’s character in the movie is wasted.
10 Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome from CBGB
If you are anything like us, the idea of a movie about the legendary music venue CBGB was very exciting when you first heard about it. Sadly 2013’s CBGB was so underwhelming that it is only rated 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. Worse yet for Grint, he agreed to play a character with an outrageous name like Cheetah Chrome in such a disappointing movie which is embarrassing.
9 Brendan Gleeson as Victor Doyle from The Smurfs 2
Considering that Brendan Gleeson is such a big and gruff-looking guy, he has played a lot of characters that match that type, including in the Harry Potter franchise. Often amazing in those roles, it still can be a lot of fun to see him perform in much more innocent movies, for example, Paddington 2. However, The Smurfs 2 was such a joyless movie that his involvement in it was a mistake.
8 Emma Watson as Mae Holland from The Circle
In an ideal world, anytime an actor gets to share the big screen with Hollywood legend Tom Hanks is going to be a career highlight for them. Sadly for Emma Watson, however, she appeared with Hanks in The Circle, a supposed thriller that made audiences yawn instead of gasping and her performance in the film was lackluster.
7 Fiona Shaw as Father from The Avengers
Unlike the series of superhero movies that most moviegoers have come to know and love, 1998’s The Avengers was a movie adaptation of a classic British TV show. Cast as a character that goes by Father in this over the top movie that feels a lot like Batman & Robin, Shaw is far too talented to be remembered for her part in such a ridiculously bad film.
6 Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warrick from Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
Absolutely a movie legend, Warwick Davis has starred in many classic franchises including Leprechaun, Harry Potter, and of course, Star Wars. Unfortunately for Davis, however, he starred in arguably the worst film in the Star Wars franchise, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. Released in 1984, this TV movie was a major let down which Davis must be happy has largely been forgotten.
5 Daniel Radcliffe as Igor from Victor Frankenstein
There is more than one reason why Daniel Radcliffe should want people to forget about Victor Frankenstein. For example, the movie’s script was written by Max Landis who has since become the subject of controversy. On top of that, if you are going to re-imagine a classic story like Frankenstein, you need to have a really great take on it and that simply isn’t the case here.
4 Ralph Fiennes as Professor Moriarty in Holmes & Watson
Without a doubt, one of the best actors of his generation, Ralph Fiennes is so amazing at playing villains that it should have been amazing when he brought Professor Moriarty to life. Instead, he played that character in the Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly movie Holmes & Watson, which has an 11% approval rating which is generous since the movie is unwatchable.
3 Kenneth Branagh as Dr. Arliss Loveless from Wild Wild West
As every movie fan knows, sometimes a movie can be so bad it is good. Unfortunately for everyone involved in Wild Wild West, that doesn’t apply to that garbage pile of a movie. Instead, its only redeeming qualities were Will Smith’s catchy theme song and some of the amazing cyberpunk props.
2 Gary Oldman as Rolfe from Tiptoes
Here is the thing about Gary Oldman’s career, he takes a lot of chances. Most of the time, that works out for him but in the case of Tiptoes, it certainly didn’t. Such a mindblowing movie that has become infamous online, Tiptoes is an incredibly overwrought movie in which Oldman plays a little person in a cartoonish way.
1 Robbie Coltrane as Gooby from Gooby
Via forum.earwolf.comRight off the hop, if you are going to star in a movie named Gooby, the film needs to be really good for it to not be embarrassing to have it in your filmography. Unfortunately, Gooby’s only value as a film is that it is so bad that it can be amusing. Plus, the costume Coltrane wore in the film is something else and we mean that in a bad way.