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Terrible Acting Roles That Made Sports Stars Look Ridiculous

Darren - December 14, 2023
Films

Terrible Acting Roles That Made Sports Stars Look Ridiculous

Darren - December 14, 2023

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Slam Dunk Earnest

Abdul-Jabbar had an iconic cameo in Airplane! so there’s no denying that he had acting chops. But he also appeared in the terrible Slam Dunk Earnest and deserves criticism for that. The former NBA champion was one of the first true basketball superstars and had a massive fanbase.

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This direct-to-video comedy belongs in the garbage can because it’s so bad. Abdul-Jabbar played an angel in the movie that guided Earnest to success. It’s one of the most tenuous plots in history and it made him look ridiculous. The only good thing is that not many people watched it (via TV Guide).

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Chuck Liddell – War Pigs

Liddell was one of the UFC’s first true stars. He helped popularize the promotion alongside the likes of Tito Ortiz. “The Iceman” became an iconic figure with his mohawk and blue shorts. His devastating berserker style made him a fan favorite and won him opportunities outside of the cage.

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The former UFC champion appeared in several movies throughout his career. Arguably, the worst was 2015’s War Pigs because it was a terrible action movie. It made Liddell look ridiculous because he couldn’t act to save his life. Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke also starred in the straight-to-video movie (via USA Today Sports).

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Brian Bosworth – Stone Cold

Bosworth was one of the biggest NFL prospects of his era but failed to live up to expectations. However, he became a superstar because of his iconic look. He decided to embark on a movie career and fronted the action thriller Stone Cold. But this made The Expendables look like Citizen Kane because it was so bad.

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The entire movie is available to watch for free on YouTube but no one cares. If someone wants to waste a couple of hours of their life then go ahead. Bosworth also appeared in The Longest Yard but didn’t exactly elevate that either. It’s safe to say that his acting made him look ridiculous (via Forbes).

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Wilt Chamberlain – Conan The Destroyer

Chamberlain was an iconic NBA player with one of the greatest records ever. It’s no surprise that he was a huge star at the peak of his career. This towering hulk of a man spent the bulk of his career in Philadelphia and was a two-time NBA Champion. Meanwhile, he also had a short movie career as we saw in Conan The Destroyer.

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He was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s antagonist Bombaata in the film. The best part about it was that he was able to swing a gigantic mace. But he wore a silly costume and his lumbering movements made him look ridiculous. It was one of the weirdest on-screen fights ever because it was so stiff (via SBNation).

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Caroline Wozniacki – Ballers

Wozniacki is one of those high-level athletes who are always there but rarely wins anything. She finally claimed her first Major in 2018 before sailing off into the sunset. The beautiful Danish tennis player popped up on TV screens when she appeared in Ballers. Maybe she should have taken acting lessons because it wasn’t great.

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She even plays herself in the short appearance but is as bland as a bowl of plain rice. There’s not much more to say about this except that nobody will be pushing for her to pursue acting full-time. Nonetheless, it’s nice to know that elite athletes aren’t good at everything (via Tennis Now).

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Shawn Bradley – Space Jam

Everybody talks about Michael Jordan when it comes to Space Jam. But it’s easy to forget that M.J. wasn’t the only big basketball star in the hit movie. Bradley also appeared in the film but he didn’t have a major role. He was part of the team that took on the evil aliens in the big game.

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Bradley’s dismal performance had less soul than the average cadaver. The reality is that most people forget that he was in it. This says a lot about his acting skills because they’re nonexistent. But he got a nice fat check from the movie so he’s probably laughing all the way to the bank (via Grantland).

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Quinton Jackson – The A-Team

B.A. Baracus was one of the most iconic action characters of the 1980s. Mr. T became synonymous with The A-Team so it was a big deal when the 2010 movie recast the role. ‘Rampage’ Jackson stepped into Mr. T’s shoes and most people agreed it made sense. The former UFC star had the right look and swagger.

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But he didn’t have the acting chops to make a statement on the big screen. It didn’t help that the movie was very average anyway. However, fans expected more charisma and energy from ‘Rampage’ and they didn’t get it. It’s a shame because it could have been the start of something special (via TV Guide).

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Bob Sapp – The Longest Yard

We know that some people love The Longest Yard because it’s dumb and easy to watch. But we hate to break the news that this doesn’t mean it’s a good movie. The film has an eclectic cast with Adam Sandler in the lead role. Sapp is one of the most random supporting actors but he didn’t add much.

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The gigantic heavyweight fighter spent most of his career in Japan where he became a superstar. He famously went 14 fights without a win before snapping a losing streak (via MMA Fighting). In the end, The Longest Yard made him look ridiculous but few people escaped from this without damaging their reputations.

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Gina Carano – The Mandalorian

Carano wasn’t terrible in The Mandalorian because she played the type of one-dimensional action character she favored. However, it’s what happened after that made her look ridiculous. Disney was set to give her a spin-off show before she spouted conspiracy nonsense and they fired her.

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But Carano was always a garbage actor with a good look. She starred in Haywire, a typical by-the-numbers action flick. Then she popped up in random franchises like Deadpool and Fast and Furious. However, nobody cried about her losing her place in Hollywood because she didn’t add much (via Roger Egbert).

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Brett Favre – There’s Something About Mary

Many athletes make cameos as themselves in movies and TV shows. It’s simple enough to do on paper because they don’t have to create a new character. But Favre managed to fail miserably when he appeared in There’s Something About Mary. We’ve seen wooden coffins with more life in them than Brett’s performance.

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Ben Stiller does his best to carry Favre through the only scene he features in. It’s a moment for Favre to charm the audience and build a cult reputation. However, it didn’t work out and instead, it made him look ridiculous. Favre’s acting career fizzled out very quickly (via CBS Sports).

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Chris Bosh – First Ink

This was one of the most pointless videos ever and we feel bad for anybody who watched it. Bosh was a great player but the least interesting of Miami’s big three during his heyday. However, he still made a straight-to-DVD film about his efforts to transform his body.

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The title refers to Bosh’s new back tattoo while he also attempts to gain weight. Welcome to the most wasteful 30 minutes of life ever. There’s nothing good to say about it and it made him look ridiculous. Somehow we doubt that it made much money either because it was so bad (via CTV).

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LeBron James – Space Jam 2

We all know that James is the biggest basketball star of his generation and arguably ever. We’ve seen him follow in Michael Jordan’s footsteps with shoe deals and movie appearances. He became the face of Space Jam 2 in 2021 but the movie didn’t do very well.

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First, there was the dumbest controversy ever because Lola Bunny didn’t look attractive enough. But the problem was that the movie didn’t have the magic of the original. This was a problem because James didn’t have the charisma to carry it. He was genuinely good in movies like Trainwreck and Hustle but this wasn’t great (via USA Today).

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Ronda Rousey – Furious 7

Rousey became a superstar after her success with the UFC. The former bantamweight champion attracted criticism when she dabbled in the film industry during her fighting career. In hindsight, nobody can blame her for this because she made more money. But they can’t pretend that she was a natural actor because that’s not true.

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She had roles in the likes of Furious 7 and The Expendables 3. However, fans thought that these movies made her look ridiculous because they were so wooden. Yes, she can pull off an action sequence but don’t ask her to say anything because a rock has more expression (via Nicki Swift).

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Lance Armstrong – Dodgeball

Few cameos aged as badly as this one. On the face of it, Armstrong’s acting wasn’t bad as he played himself in the 2004 comedy. He motivates Vince Vaughn’s Peter LaFleur as he reminds him of how he won the Tour De France after recovering from cancer. However, this was before Armstrong’s shocking drug scandal.

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Everyone knows about his systemic doping but it wasn’t official back then. Armstrong was still an inspiring figure and that’s why it’s impossible not to cringe when rewatching this moment. However, it’s also a little funny because it shows how naive people were. Hopefully, they address it in the sequel because it made them look ridiculous (via Flicks.com).

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