There’s nothing more painful than watching an actor give his or her all in a movie that never caught on. Despite physical transformations, critical acclaim or Award nominations, a thespian’s hard work and dedication can sometimes go unrecognized by mainstream audiences. Here are 15 actors who threw themselves into their work for forgotten movies.
Reign of Fire paired Matthew McConaughey with a then-unknown Christian Bale. The duo played dragon hunters in a post-apocalyptic future overrun by the fire breathing monsters. For his character of Van Zan, Matthew McConaughey did an intense two-month workout regimen to give his seasoned, dragon fighting character bulk. He also grew a beard and shaved his head to make the character’s feature “look more like a bullet.” Despite transforming himself into a gruff, punk rock dragon slayer, Reign of Fire tanked in North American box-offices and was written off by critics as little more than a big budget B-movie.