Let’s face it. No matter how good a movie’s plot is, it’s up to the actors to make us believe in it. Too little or too much and that believability is shattered. In this post we’re going to cover actors who fall under that second bracket. Whether they’re hamming it up, overindulging in dialogue or simply trying too hard, this list features those performers who ramp it up to such insane levels of overacting that it’s impossible not to be pulled out of the film’s narrative. Shield your eyes now because these 20 examples of overacting will have you cringing hard.
20. James Earl Jones – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Kicking off our list of cringeworthy movie moments is this stinker from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. You know the one, that horrible Darth Vader scream. James Earl Jones must’ve been having an off day because he couldn’t have sounded any worse than when he shouts “Noooooo!,” which also happens to be one of the worst movie tropes known to man. Side note: the rest of the movie’s not much better either.
19. Jack Palance – Tango & Cash
Few movie villains have hammed it up quite as much as Jack Palance in the ’90s action flick Tango & Cash. In the movie, which sees Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell team up, Palance’s character Yves Perret is clearly evil, but the actor overplays it with his over-exaggerated facial expressions and cliched sinister laugh. Oh, and that wince-inducing ending where he just keeps screaming “Come on!” as loud as he can? Yeah, that’s hilariously cringeworthy, too.