Actors do horrible things for money. Much like a drugged up canadian runaway, you can go from A cozy home in Canada (Oscar for Good Will Hunting), to a trucker paying you to wrap your lips around his anus to inhale a fart (Patch Adams).
Today I'd like to look at a very special category. Who has starred in worse movies?
There are plenty of arguments for worst actor, and a boatload for most bad films, but this has to do with the consistency of garbage on your rap sheet in a best of 3 format.
Ben Affleck VS Nicolas Cage
Cage has 8 years on Ben in cinematic mistakes but Mr. Affleck has established himself as a dominant force at accepting money for attrocities.
Round 1. Daredevil VS Ghost Rider
Advantage: Ghost Rider
Round 2. Paycheck VS Next
Round 3. Gigli VS 8MM
With that said, 8mm wants to remind you that its a serious movie about snuff films.
Where to start, the plodding unimaginative plot, its revolting unredeemable characters, the utter contempt with which it treats the entirety of the porn industry. 8MM takes every aspect of itself with such heavy handed seriousness, Cage is morose and pained while dealing with sleazy porn dealers, and morose and pained when dealing with his wife. In a movie about sifting through a universe of porn to find clues there is surprisingly little sex.
Probably the thing that stuck out most in my memory was the anti-climactic climax. Cage finally chases down the killer and corners him at gun point, this prompts the most painful and confusing monologue ever delivered on film. The antagonist insists that he is a normal person, was never abused as a kid, neve enjoyed violence, he is a normal person who loves to kill women on film. The message this sends is troublesome at best, 8MM goes out of its way to remind us that anyone, ANYONE could be a snuff artist. You can hate on Gigli all you want, its a bad film, but I think its unfairly awarded punished because of the regrettable Bennifer phenomenon, and also because as a humor the jokes take it to a place where it looks like its a serious film that turned out extra bad. A film that isn't even half a comedy, and looks bad because it is completely bad is 8mm.
WINNER (Loser): Nicolas Cage
Who's up next? There hundreds of dog shit factories in Hollywood, it could be anyone.