21 Great Performances In Awful Movies

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2. Charlize Theron, The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Best remembered for Keanu Reeves’ insanely bad performance and perhaps the most exaggerated acting of Al Pacino’s legendary career, ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ isn’t a paragon of fine cinema, to say the least. In the middle of Pacino’s over the top portrayal of the Devil and Reeves’s mutilation of what is supposed to be a Southern accent, there is one incredibly remarkable turn by an almost anonymous actress.

Charlize Theron, who at the time had only appeared in a few other films, plays the role of Mary Ann Lomax, wife of hotshot attorney Reeves, who slowly spirals into insanity and hopelessness. While her co-stars failed to exhibit raw emotion, Theron made her scenes terrifyingly real and emotionally tense.

Even though she didn’t really catch Hollywood’s attention until her Oscar-winning performance in ‘Monster’, Theron’s acting in ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ was the first proof that she’s so much more than just a pretty face.

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