13 Terribly Embarrassing Movie Roles

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Sometimes good actors take roles they later regret. 

Occasionally good actors take roles that everyone else regrets. Here are 13 performances that certainly wouldn't show up on a career highlight reel.

13 Terribly Embarrassing Movie Roles 

Before he was Spock, Leonard Nimoy appeared in this super-low-budget sci-fi/horror D-movie. The actor plays Professor Cole, a scientist mind-controlled by invaders not from outer space but from underground.

1. Leonard Nimoy as Professor Cole in The Brain Eaters (1958)

Rooney, who is white, plays Audrey Hepburn's upstairs neighbor as a bucktoothed, near-sighted Japanese caricature in one of the most offensive examples of anti-Asian racism in Hollywood history.

2. Mickey Rooney as I.Y. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

The performance is virtually unwatchable today—a low point of Rooney's extensive, illustrious career and of American film in general.

Fans and critics have praised the gravitas Alec Guinness brings to the role of aging space samurai Obi Wan-Kenobi. Guinness himself, though, was less impressed.

3. Alec Guinness as Obi Wan-Kenobi in Star Wars (1977)

In his autobiography, he said a fan who had seen the movie 100 times asked him for an autograph. Guinness agreed to give him one with the condition that the fan never sees the movie again.

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