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* Frank Langella as Skeletor in ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse.'' He's always enjoyable, especially with his EvilGloating. Especially near [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOsHoqhbUIU the end]]. Langella loved hamming it up so much that he doesn't even consider his role an OldShame; he actually says [[AwesomeDearBoy it's one of his most favorite roles he's ever played]]!

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* Frank Langella Creator/FrankLangella as Skeletor in ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse.'' He's always enjoyable, especially with his EvilGloating. Especially near [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOsHoqhbUIU the end]]. Langella loved hamming it up so much that he doesn't even consider his role an OldShame; he actually says [[AwesomeDearBoy it's one of his most favorite roles he's ever played]]!



* Creator/JamesMarsters as Piccolo and Chow Yun Fat as Master Roshi in ''Film/DragonballEvolution''.

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* Creator/JamesMarsters as Piccolo and Chow Yun Fat Creator/ChowYunFat as Master Roshi in ''Film/DragonballEvolution''.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' gives us Ian [=McDiarmid=]'s [[EvilIsCool performance]] as [[MagnificentBastard Emperor Palpatine]], even in the ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', which earned a much better critical reception than the prequels later did. [=McDiarmid=] pulled off the impressive feat of securing ''three more blockbuster film roles'' with a LargeHam performance in that film. In the prequels, he was clearly having a grand old time playing a [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]], EvilOverlord with [[MemeticMutation UNLIMITED POWAAAAAAH]]. He not only gained critical acclaim for his performance as Palpatine, but he is remembered as having perhaps the best performance in the entire prequel trilogy. He was also just about the only actor allowed to [[DullSurprise express emotion]] in the prequels. It helps that, although the prequels as a whole aren't too well received, Ian ''is'' genuinely [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously fond of his character and thus plays him the best way possible.]]

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' gives us Ian [=McDiarmid=]'s Creator/IanMcDiarmid's [[EvilIsCool performance]] as [[MagnificentBastard Emperor Palpatine]], even in the ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', which earned a much better critical reception than the prequels later did. [=McDiarmid=] pulled off the impressive feat of securing ''three more blockbuster film roles'' with a LargeHam performance in that film. In the prequels, he was clearly having a grand old time playing a [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]], EvilOverlord with [[MemeticMutation UNLIMITED POWAAAAAAH]]. He not only gained critical acclaim for his performance as Palpatine, but he is remembered as having perhaps the best performance in the entire prequel trilogy. He was also just about the only actor allowed to [[DullSurprise express emotion]] in the prequels. It helps that, although the prequels as a whole aren't too well received, Ian ''is'' genuinely [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously fond of his character and thus plays him the best way possible.]]
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* Malcolm [=McDowelll=] as Lord Maliss in the ''Literature/SnowWhite'' animated knock-off ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter''. Also Ed Asner as his henchman, the owl Scowl.

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* Malcolm [=McDowelll=] Creator/MalcolmMcDowell as Lord Maliss in the ''Literature/SnowWhite'' animated knock-off ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter''. Also Ed Asner Creator/EdAsner as his henchman, the owl Scowl.



** ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' too, but then, [[WorldOfHam the whole cast was hamming it up]] except for Angelica Huston, and that's probably because her character just didn't work that way - Morticia, just by virtue of sitting back and letting Gomez chew scenery, ends up being [[TheComicallySerious the funniest one]] by treating the silliness around her as perfectly normal.

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** ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' too, but then, [[WorldOfHam the whole cast was hamming it up]] except for Angelica Huston, Creator/AngelicaHuston, and that's probably because her character just didn't work that way - Morticia, just by virtue of sitting back and letting Gomez chew scenery, ends up being [[TheComicallySerious the funniest one]] by treating the silliness around her as perfectly normal.



* In ''{{Film/Godzilla 1998}}'', {{Creator/Jean Reno}}'s Gallic disdain for American coffee, cigarettes, and doughnuts, along with his extreme competence, make him far and away the best thing in the movie. He's cheesier than a croque-monsieur, and yet his diet consists solely of scenery.

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* In ''{{Film/Godzilla 1998}}'', {{Creator/Jean Reno}}'s Creator/JeanReno's Gallic disdain for American coffee, cigarettes, and doughnuts, along with his extreme competence, make him far and away the best thing in the movie. He's cheesier than a croque-monsieur, and yet his diet consists solely of scenery.



** Ben Kingsley was asked in a [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1649293,00.html Time interview]]:

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** Ben Kingsley Creator/BenKingsley was asked in a [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1649293,00.html Time interview]]:



** He's only in a few scenes, the title for the largest ham in Eragon has to go to Creator/JohnMalkovich, who, along with his silly over the top costume, emphasises every single sylable and sound. The Podcast/RiffTrax for ''Eragon'' refers to John Malkovich as "the [[LargeHam ham's]] [[IncomingHam ham]]. He makes Al Pacino look subtle."

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** He's only in a few scenes, the title for the largest ham in Eragon has to go to Creator/JohnMalkovich, who, along with his silly over the top costume, emphasises every single sylable and sound. The Podcast/RiffTrax for ''Eragon'' refers to John Malkovich as "the [[LargeHam ham's]] [[IncomingHam ham]]. He makes Al Pacino Creator/AlPacino look subtle."



* Ewan [=McGregor=] in ''Film/TheIsland''. He also shows a bit of it in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, although generally he's just reading his lines, rather like Sir Alec Guinness did in the same role for the original film. He enjoys himself much better when fighting than when talking, really.
* Alec Guinness in ''[[Literature/AChristmasCarol Scrooge]]'' (the Albert Finney version) gives the most upbeat, sarcastic Jacob Marley performance in history. Even during the scene in HELL of all places, he's skipping around and milking every bit of ham he can out of his lines.

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* Ewan [=McGregor=] Creator/EwanMcGregor in ''Film/TheIsland''. He also shows a bit of it in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, although generally he's just reading his lines, rather like Sir Alec Guinness Creator/AlecGuinness did in the same role for the original film. He enjoys himself much better when fighting than when talking, really.
* Alec Guinness Creator/AlecGuinness in ''[[Literature/AChristmasCarol Scrooge]]'' (the Albert Finney version) gives the most upbeat, sarcastic Jacob Marley performance in history. Even during the scene in HELL of all places, he's skipping around and milking every bit of ham he can out of his lines.



* Kirk Douglas as the title character in ''Film/TheVillain''. There is ''simply no way'' that he read that script (it's essentially a live-action [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Roadrunner cartoon]]) and expected it to be anything but a big, luscious, gooey block of Velveeta.

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* Kirk Douglas Creator/KirkDouglas as the title character in ''Film/TheVillain''. There is ''simply no way'' that he read that script (it's essentially a live-action [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Roadrunner cartoon]]) and expected it to be anything but a big, luscious, gooey block of Velveeta.



** Director Gary Goddard actually chose Langella for the role as he wanted a strong actor who could set the emotional tone for the movie, since Dolph Lundgren, who was attached to the movie before Goddard came on board, had a nearly undecipherable accent at the start of the shooting. Langella's make-up was also designed to allow more of his emotions to come through, which is why they opted not to use a more realistic skull mask. So Langella's over the top mannerisms were a deliberate directorial choice.

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** Director Gary Goddard actually chose Langella for the role as he wanted a strong actor who could set the emotional tone for the movie, since Dolph Lundgren, Creator/DolphLundgren, who was attached to the movie before Goddard came on board, had a nearly undecipherable accent at the start of the shooting. Langella's make-up was also designed to allow more of his emotions to come through, which is why they opted not to use a more realistic skull mask. So Langella's over the top mannerisms were a deliberate directorial choice.



* In the 2004 ''Film/KingArthur'' film, Stellan Skarsgård as [[BigBad Saxon king Cerdic]]. Skarsgård also said in a later interview that he deliberately inflected his character's voice with a slight Texan accent as a TakeThat to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.

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* In the 2004 ''Film/KingArthur'' film, Stellan Skarsgård Creator/StellanSkarsgård as [[BigBad Saxon king Cerdic]]. Skarsgård also said in a later interview that he deliberately inflected his character's voice with a slight Texan accent as a TakeThat to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.



* Dennis Hopper in ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' seems to not want to waste any good acting on the movie.

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* Dennis Hopper Creator/DennisHopper in ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' seems to not want to waste any good acting on the movie.



* Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog in ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. He seems to be the only one in the movie aware of how bad the entire thing is, but is also the only named character who isn't [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously treating the whole thing as]] SeriousBusiness. Accordingly, he's the only character that looks like he's actually enjoying himself and shamelessly [[LargeHam hams up]] his ScaryBlackMan role.
** There was Chris Klein, who was channeling two parts Christian Slater and one part David Caruso in his portrayal of Charlie Nash.

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* Michael Clarke Duncan Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan as Balrog in ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. He seems to be the only one in the movie aware of how bad the entire thing is, but is also the only named character who isn't [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously treating the whole thing as]] SeriousBusiness. Accordingly, he's the only character that looks like he's actually enjoying himself and shamelessly [[LargeHam hams up]] his ScaryBlackMan role.
** There was Chris Klein, who was channeling two parts Christian Slater Creator/ChristianSlater and one part David Caruso in his portrayal of Charlie Nash.



** This movie also gave us Colin Farrell in a Hamfully stunning performance as Bullseye, a giggling, frothing, leather-clad Irishman. You just know he's taking the piss the whole time.
* There is a ''terrible'' [[MadeForTVMovie Made For TV horror movie]] based on a Dean Koontz novel called ''Literature/{{Intensity}}''. It is a movie littered with awful actors and an IdiotPlot for the ages, containing so many nonsense plot points and moron characters that it is virtually unwatchable... until you see that the killer is played by none other than [[Series/{{Scrubs}} John C. McGinley]], who makes it his business to play the AxCrazy villain so over-the-top entertaining that you giggle with delight virtually every moment he's on screen.

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** This movie also gave us Colin Farrell Creator/ColinFarrell in a Hamfully stunning performance as Bullseye, a giggling, frothing, leather-clad Irishman. You just know he's taking the piss the whole time.
* There is a ''terrible'' [[MadeForTVMovie Made For TV horror movie]] based on a Dean Koontz Creator/DeanKoontz novel called ''Literature/{{Intensity}}''. It is a movie littered with awful actors and an IdiotPlot for the ages, containing so many nonsense plot points and moron characters that it is virtually unwatchable... until you see that the killer is played by none other than [[Series/{{Scrubs}} John C. McGinley]], who makes it his business to play the AxCrazy villain so over-the-top entertaining that you giggle with delight virtually every moment he's on screen.



** Michael Ironside's portrayal of BigBad General Katana. The statement from him at the top of the page is quite possibly the most explicit admission of engaging in this trope in cinema history.

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** Michael Ironside's Creator/MichaelIronside's portrayal of BigBad General Katana. The statement from him at the top of the page is quite possibly the most explicit admission of engaging in this trope in cinema history.



* Brian Cox seems to be the only cast member from ''Film/{{Troy}}'' who thinks "Ah, ItWillNeverCatchOn.", judging by his performance. "This is a man [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide drunk with power]]," he told an interviewer, "It's the best part in the ''film!"''

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* Brian Cox Creator/BrianCox seems to be the only cast member from ''Film/{{Troy}}'' who thinks "Ah, ItWillNeverCatchOn.", judging by his performance. "This is a man [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide drunk with power]]," he told an interviewer, "It's the best part in the ''film!"''



* Creator/UmaThurman and Steve Coogan seem to be the only actors having a blast in the otherwise bad and forgettable film adaptation of ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. And it shows in their over-the-top but awesome performances.

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* Creator/UmaThurman and Steve Coogan Creator/SteveCoogan seem to be the only actors having a blast in the otherwise bad and forgettable film adaptation of ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. And it shows in their over-the-top but awesome performances.



* Ralph Fiennes again in the ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' remake, playing [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] in that film. In the midst of a mostly negative review in the Washington Post, the review comments that "Fiennes' appearance provides a jolt. Arriving always with his head curiously fixed within a cloud of swirling black smog, he knows how to make an entrance. His part is surely the best in the movie, and he's clearly having fun."

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* Ralph Fiennes Creator/RalphFiennes again in the ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' remake, playing [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]] in that film. In the midst of a mostly negative review in the Washington Post, the review comments that "Fiennes' appearance provides a jolt. Arriving always with his head curiously fixed within a cloud of swirling black smog, he knows how to make an entrance. His part is surely the best in the movie, and he's clearly having fun."



* In ''Film/LesMiserables1998'', Geoffrey Rush as Inspector Javert steals the show, and manages to be awesome despite his character being forced to play the villain instead of the original noble antagonist. But man, does he enjoy! And then he suddenly gives us that TearJerker ending.

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* In ''Film/LesMiserables1998'', Geoffrey Rush Creator/GeoffreyRush as Inspector Javert steals the show, and manages to be awesome despite his character being forced to play the villain instead of the original noble antagonist. But man, does he enjoy! And then he suddenly gives us that TearJerker ending.



* The new [[Film/TheATeam A-Team movie]]: The main cast looks like they're having an absolute blast, especially Creator/LiamNeeson and Sharlto Copley.

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* The new [[Film/TheATeam A-Team movie]]: The main cast looks like they're having an absolute blast, especially Creator/LiamNeeson and Sharlto Copley.Creator/SharltoCopley.



** George Peppard hams it up like crazy in this show, but his interviews after the show ended made it clear it was a perfectly miserable experience for him (especially his relationship with Mr. T which was fractured until just before his death).

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** George Peppard hams it up like crazy in this show, but his interviews after the show ended made it clear it was a perfectly miserable experience for him (especially his relationship with Mr. T Creator/MrT which was fractured until just before his death).



* Michael Gambon's performance as Lt. General Leland Zevo in ''Film/{{Toys}}''. And getting hammier and hammier as the movie approaches its climax.

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* Michael Gambon's Creator/MichaelGambon's performance as Lt. General Leland Zevo in ''Film/{{Toys}}''. And getting hammier and hammier as the movie approaches its climax.



* Alec Baldwin tries his hand at this as the slimy bad guy in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''. Mike Myers tries as well, but...fails. Hard.

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* Alec Baldwin Creator/AlecBaldwin tries his hand at this as the slimy bad guy in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''. Mike Myers tries as well, but...fails. Hard.



** And finally, Ernie Hudson as the "GreatWhiteHunter" of the group though he "happens to be black!"

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** And finally, Ernie Hudson Creator/ErnieHudson as the "GreatWhiteHunter" of the group though he "happens to be black!"



* Much of the severely reduced budget for ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' apparently went to the actors' salaries to get them to return to the series after the TroubledProduction of ''Film/SupermanII'', and Gene Hackman was one of the actors in question. But he still has a ball as Lex Luthor, with lots of fun villainous one-liners. He pulls double duty as the voice of all-brawn, no-brains baddie Nuclear Man and his grunts and roars have this trope written all over it. As the Nostalgia Critic/Linkara joint review points out, it's funny to imagine what must have gone on in the recording studio.

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* Much of the severely reduced budget for ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' apparently went to the actors' salaries to get them to return to the series after the TroubledProduction of ''Film/SupermanII'', and Gene Hackman Creator/GeneHackman was one of the actors in question. But he still has a ball as Lex Luthor, with lots of fun villainous one-liners. He pulls double duty as the voice of all-brawn, no-brains baddie Nuclear Man and his grunts and roars have this trope written all over it. As the Nostalgia Critic/Linkara joint review points out, it's funny to imagine what must have gone on in the recording studio.



* A rare intentional case, Chris Cooper's villian in ''Film/TheMuppets'' is written with over the top ham, and you can tell that he's having a ball with it.

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* A rare intentional case, Chris Cooper's Creator/ChrisCooper's villian in ''Film/TheMuppets'' is written with over the top ham, and you can tell that he's having a ball with it.



* ''Film/AlienResurrection'' is often considered one of the sillier entries in the ''{{Franchise/Alien}}'' franchise, and has Creator/RonPerlman, J.E. Freeman and Brad Dourif invoking this trope.

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* ''Film/AlienResurrection'' is often considered one of the sillier entries in the ''{{Franchise/Alien}}'' franchise, and has Creator/RonPerlman, J.E. Freeman and Brad Dourif Creator/BradDourif invoking this trope.



* Piper Laurie in the 1976 version of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}''. Upon reading the script, she believed that the film was a BlackComedy due to how over-the-top her character, Carrie's [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] Margaret, was, to the point where director Creator/BrianDePalma at one point had to pull her aside to remind her that they were, in fact, making a serious horror film. It still didn't stop her from hamming it up and laughing hysterically between takes. [[TropesAreTools It ultimately turned out well for everybody involved]], as her performance was the reason why Margaret White became one of the most terrifying villains in horror movie history. The kicker? She ''[[http://www.npr.org/2013/10/18/236234923/carrie-had-the-power-but-mom-had-the-scary-going-on still]]'' thinks the film is a BlackComedy.

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* Piper Laurie Creator/PiperLaurie in the 1976 version of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}''. Upon reading the script, she believed that the film was a BlackComedy due to how over-the-top her character, Carrie's [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] Margaret, was, to the point where director Creator/BrianDePalma at one point had to pull her aside to remind her that they were, in fact, making a serious horror film. It still didn't stop her from hamming it up and laughing hysterically between takes. [[TropesAreTools It ultimately turned out well for everybody involved]], as her performance was the reason why Margaret White became one of the most terrifying villains in horror movie history. The kicker? She ''[[http://www.npr.org/2013/10/18/236234923/carrie-had-the-power-but-mom-had-the-scary-going-on still]]'' thinks the film is a BlackComedy.



* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing'' has Ray Liotta as the villainous Gallian, gloating about declaring himself king of the orcs - er, Krug, and Matthew "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Shaggy Rogers]]" Lillard as the slightly less villainous Duke Fallow, whose drunkenness is overplayed to ridiculous extents. This served as a contrast to Jason Statham, who plays the hero as though his most emotionally affecting experiences cause mild flatulence or a faint headache, and Ron Perlman, who mostly limits his acting to pretending he gives a damn.
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Eddie Redmayne clearly enjoys himself as Balem, with his borderline CampGay demeanor and his SuddenlyShouting moments. All three of the Abrasax siblings are hammy in their own way - Balem's rage is certainly matched by Kalique's seductive pout and Titus' earnest deceit.

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* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing'' has Ray Liotta Creator/RayLiotta as the villainous Gallian, gloating about declaring himself king of the orcs - er, Krug, and Matthew "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Shaggy Rogers]]" Lillard as the slightly less villainous Duke Fallow, whose drunkenness is overplayed to ridiculous extents. This served as a contrast to Jason Statham, Creator/JasonStatham, who plays the hero as though his most emotionally affecting experiences cause mild flatulence or a faint headache, and Ron Perlman, Creator/RonPerlman, who mostly limits his acting to pretending he gives a damn.
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Eddie Redmayne Creator/EddieRedmayne clearly enjoys himself as Balem, with his borderline CampGay demeanor and his SuddenlyShouting moments. All three of the Abrasax siblings are hammy in their own way - Balem's rage is certainly matched by Kalique's seductive pout and Titus' earnest deceit.



* James Doohan is overplaying things just a tad in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', best exemplified in the scene where - in the midst of [[PrideBeforeAFall talking about how how he knows the ship like the back of his hand]] - he hits his head on a doorframe and does a hugely over-sold collapse to the ground.

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* James Doohan Creator/JamesDoohan is overplaying things just a tad in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', best exemplified in the scene where - in the midst of [[PrideBeforeAFall talking about how how he knows the ship like the back of his hand]] - he hits his head on a doorframe and does a hugely over-sold collapse to the ground.



* The 1964 adaptatiom of ''Literature/LordJim'' is pretty boring... until you meet Creator/EliWallach 's [[Fil/TheMagnificentSeven Calvera]]-like Arab overlord "The General", a lisping, mincing man with an awful buzzcut, who struts around in a black vest, pretty much having the time of his life.
* The execrable Stallone erotic thriller ''Film/TheSpecialist'' has only one saving grace, Creator/JamesWoods [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv1l_wTQxqE as one hell of a]] SmugSnake villain.

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* The 1964 adaptatiom of ''Literature/LordJim'' is pretty boring... until you meet Creator/EliWallach 's [[Fil/TheMagnificentSeven [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 Calvera]]-like Arab overlord "The General", a lisping, mincing man with an awful buzzcut, who struts around in a black vest, pretty much having the time of his life.
* The execrable Stallone Creator/SylvesterStallone erotic thriller ''Film/TheSpecialist'' has only one saving grace, Creator/JamesWoods [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv1l_wTQxqE as one hell of a]] SmugSnake villain.



** Creator/RichardBiers openly admitted that he took his role in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers Paradise Towers]]" to have the opportunity to act badly.
** Creator/EricRoberts seemed to be doing this as the Master in the TV movie.

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** Creator/RichardBiers Creator/RichardBriers openly admitted that he took his role in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers Paradise Towers]]" to have the opportunity to act badly.
** Creator/EricRoberts seemed to be doing this as the Master in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie The TV movie.Movie]].



* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', one episode's plot forced the main cast to act out the roles in Dr. Bashir's Film/JamesBond holosuite program. Avery Brooks, in the role of an intentionally campy OmnicidalManiac Bond villain, wolfed down the scenery and went back for seconds.

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* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', one episode's plot "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E10OurManBashir Our Man Bashir]]" forced the main cast to act out the roles in Dr. Bashir's Film/JamesBond holosuite program. Avery Brooks, in the role of an intentionally campy OmnicidalManiac Bond villain, wolfed down the scenery and went back for seconds.



** Over in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': You are Creator/PatrickStewart. You have a dodgy script that isn't likely to be filmed very well for an episode called "Masks". You also have a prop with a distinctly phallic shape. What do you do? a) Try manfully to turn in a good performance; b) Sleepwalk through the episode, or c) Hold the prop with its base right in front of your crotch, emphasise the words that make the best euphemisms in that scene, and make Creator/JonathanFrakes [[{{Corpsing}} crack up ]]?

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** Over in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': You are Creator/PatrickStewart. You have a dodgy script that isn't likely to be filmed very well for an episode called "Masks"."[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E16Masks Masks]]". You also have a prop with a distinctly phallic shape. What do you do? a) Try manfully to turn in a good performance; b) Sleepwalk through the episode, or c) Hold the prop with its base right in front of your crotch, emphasise the words that make the best euphemisms in that scene, and make Creator/JonathanFrakes [[{{Corpsing}} crack up ]]?
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** "The Celestial Toymaker" was a script heavily hampered by NoBudget conditions and the fact that the plot's central point had been made impossible by copyright disputes, leading to much of the story being basically {{Padding}}. On the other hand, Michael Gough chews on scenery hand over fist and is obviously loving the opportunity to be an over-the-top, hammy villain. He even takes the script seriously in some places to deliver some surprisingly intense interactions with the Doctor.
** Professor Zaroff in "The Underwater Menace" is likely this. Most fans (and the cast and crew) find "The Underwater Menace" hokey, nonsensical and generally stupid, but Joseph Fürst played Zaroff so outrageously over-the-top and with so much ChewingTheScenery that he becomes an entertaining and memorable villain (although the interview with Anneke Wills on the [[MissingEpisode reconstruction audio]] suggests that she thought he TookTheBadFilmSeriously, and that she and Troughton would constantly make him repeat his line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!" to laugh at him ''and he never realised they were mocking him'').
** Philip Sandifer thought that Creator/PatrickTroughton, as the Doctor, was hamming it up out of boredom in the serial ''The Dominators'', a story that most people find excruciatingly boring:

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker The Celestial Toymaker" Toymaker]]" was a script heavily hampered by NoBudget conditions and the fact that the plot's central point had been made impossible by copyright disputes, leading to much of the story being basically {{Padding}}. On the other hand, Michael Gough chews on scenery hand over fist and is obviously loving the opportunity to be an over-the-top, hammy villain. He even takes the script seriously in some places to deliver some surprisingly intense interactions with the Doctor.
** Professor Zaroff in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace The Underwater Menace" Menace]]" is likely this. Most fans (and the cast and crew) find "The Underwater Menace" hokey, nonsensical and generally stupid, but Joseph Fürst played Zaroff so outrageously over-the-top and with so much ChewingTheScenery that he becomes an entertaining and memorable villain (although the interview with Anneke Wills on the [[MissingEpisode reconstruction audio]] suggests that she thought he TookTheBadFilmSeriously, and that she and Troughton would constantly make him repeat his line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!" to laugh at him ''and he never realised they were mocking him'').
** Philip Sandifer thought that Creator/PatrickTroughton, as the Doctor, was hamming it up out of boredom in the serial ''The Dominators'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", a story that most people find excruciatingly boring:



** Patrick Troughton spends a lot of "The Space Pirates", a rather convoluted story in which he has virtually nothing to do, hamming it up as much as he can get away with. This involves a lot of TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as he plays his scene where he nearly kills everyone perfectly and terrifyingly straight, but also involves him extending his vowels as far as he can while trying to look clever in front of Zoe.
** Creator/TomBaker was, according to the special features on "Robot", specifically ''cast'' for this - as the future of the show at that point was uncertain due to the lead actor and entire production team changing (and there had been several attempts to kill the show off), the casting director's brief was to find someone who was 'a very good actor' and 'so charismatic that he is fun to watch even when nothing else is'.

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** Patrick Troughton spends a lot of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates The Space Pirates", Pirates]]", a rather convoluted story in which he has virtually nothing to do, hamming it up as much as he can get away with. This involves a lot of TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as he plays his scene where he nearly kills everyone perfectly and terrifyingly straight, but also involves him extending his vowels as far as he can while trying to look clever in front of Zoe.
** Creator/TomBaker was, according to the special features on "Robot", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", specifically ''cast'' for this - as the future of the show at that point was uncertain due to the lead actor and entire production team changing (and there had been several attempts to kill the show off), the casting director's brief was to find someone who was 'a very good actor' and 'so charismatic that he is fun to watch even when nothing else is'.



** Tom Baker and Lis Sladen hated everything they had to say in "The Android Invasion" and so rewrote all of their dialogue together. Both of them are clearly having a lot of fun.
** Both Elisabeth Sladen and Tom Baker (especially) have an absolutely wonderful time overacting their way through the [[OutOfCharacterMoment incredibly out-of-character]] and [[{{NOHAMOTYO}} cynically]] [[RecycledScript recycled]] audio drama ''Dr Who and the Pescatons''. Tom Baker delivers his bad lines with an audible smirk, comes up with all sorts of fun ways of interpreting a 'generic Doctor'-type script to fit the Fourth Doctor's character and even bursts out into song at one point.
** "Invasion of Time" had NoBudget, catastrophic SpecialEffectsFailure, enforced LighterAndSofter tone, truly awful BBCQuarry sets, a mediocre script hinging on an 'event' most people wouldn't care about and a very angry Tom Baker who felt that his show was imploding and [[CreatorBreakdown was struggling with his personal life]]. The kicker is that the script required him to [[ObfuscatingInsanity act like an insane megalomaniac]], which he pretty much was even out-of-character at that point. The result is the biggest, loudest, most swivel-eyed and self-indulgent overacting a Doctor has ever been responsible for, with much of his dialogue [[AsideComment openly addressed to the camera]]. Depending on how funny you find him, it's either making a washout story hilariously watchable or the worst thing in his whole tenure.
** "The Creature From the Pit" features SpecialEffectFailure, NoBudget, [[UnfortunateCharacterDesign a kindly monster that happens to look like a giant cock and balls]], and Tom Baker cracking himself up by cramming as many [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar knob jokes]] and [[NoYay fellatio innuendos]] into his performance as possible.
** The 1979 story ''The Horns of Nimon''. Despite Graham Crowden's legendary chewing of scenery there was plenty of set left for other actors to dine on. One of the other characters - the co-pilot, played by Malcolm Terris - has the catchphrase "WEAKLING SCUM!" that he delivers in increasingly over-the-top pantomimic ways. Even more delicious is that during his death scene he overacts so spectacularly that his trousers visibly split. According to ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', "'''''WEAKLING SCUM!!!'''''" ''wasn't even in the script'', Terris came up with it all by himself. Pop him between two slices of bread and you'd have a ham and cheese sandwich you could use to beat a bear to death.

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** Tom Baker and Lis Sladen hated everything they had to say in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion" Invasion]]" and so rewrote all of their dialogue together. Both of them are clearly having a lot of fun.
** Both Elisabeth Sladen Creator/ElisabethSladen and Tom Baker (especially) have an absolutely wonderful time overacting their way through the [[OutOfCharacterMoment incredibly out-of-character]] and [[{{NOHAMOTYO}} cynically]] [[RecycledScript recycled]] audio drama ''Dr Who and the Pescatons''. Tom Baker delivers his bad lines with an audible smirk, comes up with all sorts of fun ways of interpreting a 'generic Doctor'-type script to fit the Fourth Doctor's character and even bursts out into song at one point.
** "Invasion "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime The Invasion of Time" Time]]" had NoBudget, catastrophic SpecialEffectsFailure, enforced LighterAndSofter tone, truly awful BBCQuarry sets, a mediocre script hinging on an 'event' most people wouldn't care about and a very angry Tom Baker who felt that his show was imploding and [[CreatorBreakdown was struggling with his personal life]]. The kicker is that the script required him to [[ObfuscatingInsanity act like an insane megalomaniac]], which he pretty much was even out-of-character at that point. The result is the biggest, loudest, most swivel-eyed and self-indulgent overacting a Doctor has ever been responsible for, with much of his dialogue [[AsideComment openly addressed to the camera]]. Depending on how funny you find him, it's either making a washout story hilariously watchable or the worst thing in his whole tenure.
** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E3TheCreatureFromThePit The Creature From from the Pit" Pit]]" features SpecialEffectFailure, NoBudget, [[UnfortunateCharacterDesign a kindly monster that happens to look like a giant cock and balls]], and Tom Baker cracking himself up by cramming as many [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar knob jokes]] and [[NoYay fellatio innuendos]] into his performance as possible.
** The 1979 story ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon The Horns of Nimon''.Nimon]]". Despite Graham Crowden's legendary chewing of scenery there was plenty of set left for other actors to dine on. One of the other characters - the co-pilot, played by Malcolm Terris - has the catchphrase "WEAKLING SCUM!" that he delivers in increasingly over-the-top pantomimic ways. Even more delicious is that during his death scene he overacts so spectacularly that his trousers visibly split. According to ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', "'''''WEAKLING SCUM!!!'''''" ''wasn't even in the script'', Terris came up with it all by himself. Pop him between two slices of bread and you'd have a ham and cheese sandwich you could use to beat a bear to death.



** ''Timelash''. [[Series/BlakesSeven Paul Darrow]] gives a performance that has to be seen to be disbelieved. He later said that this was revenge for Creator/ColinBaker's LargeHam tendencies when he appeared on ''Series/BlakesSeven'' as Bayban the Butcher.

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** ''Timelash''."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E5Timelash Timelash]]". [[Series/BlakesSeven Paul Darrow]] gives a performance that has to be seen to be disbelieved. He later said that this was revenge for Creator/ColinBaker's LargeHam tendencies when he appeared on ''Series/BlakesSeven'' as Bayban the Butcher.



** Richard Biers openly admitted that he took his role in "Paradise Towers" to have the opportunity to act badly.
** Eric Roberts seemed to be doing this as the Master in the TV movie.
** The Sycorax Leader ''and'' Creator/DavidTennant in his debut role as the Tenth Doctor during ''The Christmas Invasion''. Killer Santas and killer Christmas Trees meet a bellicose alien who wants to sell humanity into slavery. When he meets Ten, it results in HamToHamCombat. And when the Sycorax Leader is practically frothing at the mouth, Ten decides to mock him and takes the ham through the ceiling.

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** Richard Biers Creator/RichardBiers openly admitted that he took his role in "Paradise Towers" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers Paradise Towers]]" to have the opportunity to act badly.
** Eric Roberts Creator/EricRoberts seemed to be doing this as the Master in the TV movie.
** The Sycorax Leader ''and'' Creator/DavidTennant in his debut role as the Tenth Doctor during ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion''.Invasion]]". Killer Santas and killer Christmas Trees meet a bellicose alien who wants to sell humanity into slavery. When he meets Ten, it results in HamToHamCombat. And when the Sycorax Leader is practically frothing at the mouth, Ten decides to mock him and takes the ham through the ceiling.



** Over in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': You are Patrick Stewart. You have a dodgy script that isn't likely to be filmed very well for an episode called "Masks". You also have a prop with a distinctly phallic shape. What do you do? a) Try manfully to turn in a good performance; b) Sleepwalk through the episode, or c) Hold the prop with its base right in front of your crotch, emphasise the words that make the best euphemisms in that scene, and make Jonathan Frakes [[{{Corpsing}} crack up ]]?

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** Over in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': You are Patrick Stewart.Creator/PatrickStewart. You have a dodgy script that isn't likely to be filmed very well for an episode called "Masks". You also have a prop with a distinctly phallic shape. What do you do? a) Try manfully to turn in a good performance; b) Sleepwalk through the episode, or c) Hold the prop with its base right in front of your crotch, emphasise the words that make the best euphemisms in that scene, and make Jonathan Frakes Creator/JonathanFrakes [[{{Corpsing}} crack up ]]?



* The BBC documentary series ''Simon Schama's Power of Art'' focuses less on documentation and more on ridiculously dramatized reenactments of famous artists throughout history. Particularly notable is Andy "[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]]" Serkis as Vincent van Gogh.

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* The BBC documentary series ''Simon Schama's Power of Art'' focuses less on documentation and more on ridiculously dramatized reenactments of famous artists throughout history. Particularly notable is Andy "[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]]" Serkis Creator/AndySerkis as Vincent van Gogh.



** Not to mention Dean Stockwell, who appears to be channeling Shatner.

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** Not to mention Dean Stockwell, Creator/DeanStockwell, who appears to be channeling Shatner.
15th Oct '17 11:40:57 PM FearlessSon
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-->''"In the [[DarkerAndEdgier grim darkness]] of the far future, there is only... '''[[EndlessWar war]]'''."''

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-->''"In the [[DarkerAndEdgier grim darkness]] of the far future, there is only... '''[[EndlessWar '''[[ForeverWar war]]'''."''
15th Oct '17 11:40:40 PM FearlessSon
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* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Wahammer 40,000]]'': ''VideoGame/FireWarrior'' is regarded as a [[SoOkayItsAverage so-so]] FirstPersonShooter [[FollowTheLeader following the lead]] of [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved what else was popular at the time]]. But it featured Creator/TomBaker [[VoiceOfDramatic narrating]] [[OneSceneWonder the intro]]:
-->''"In the [[DarkerAndEdgier grim darkness]] of the far future, there is only... '''[[EndlessWar war]]'''."''
15th Oct '17 11:21:43 PM FearlessSon
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* The entire point of ''VideoGame/RedAlert3'' was to get as many good actors as possible in on the project (none of them are A-listers, but Creator/KellyHu, Creator/GeorgeTakei, Creator/JonathanPryce, Creator/TimCurry, Creator/PeterStormare and Creator/JKSimmons are all respected character actors with decent, if perhaps not glowing, resumés), and have them competitively [[ChewingTheScenery chew scenery]]. The end result is comparable to pizza in it's cheesy, ham-laden glory.

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* The entire point of ''VideoGame/RedAlert3'' was to get as many good actors as possible in on the project (none of them are A-listers, but Creator/KellyHu, Creator/GeorgeTakei, Creator/JonathanPryce, Creator/TimCurry, Creator/PeterStormare and Creator/JKSimmons are all respected character actors with decent, if perhaps not glowing, resumés), and have them competitively [[HamToHamCombat competitively]] [[ChewingTheScenery chew scenery]]. The end result is comparable to pizza in it's cheesy, ham-laden glory.
15th Sep '17 2:02:31 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Really pick almost any Nic Cage movie at random, he's made a career of overacting in implausible action movies that would be utterly forgettable if he wasn't ChewingTheScenery. A particularly infamous example is ''Deadfall,'' a very dull and mediocre heist thriller where everyone else, including Creator/MichaelBiehn and Creator/JamesCoburn, completely phones it in and gives a lifeless performance. The acting ability they ''should'' have brought to the table, however, is still in the movie; it just all wound up crammed into Nic Cage's performance instead. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nN17X-OdGQ&t=9s Seeing is believing.]]

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** Really pick almost any Nic Cage movie at random, he's made a career of overacting in implausible action movies that would be utterly forgettable if he wasn't ChewingTheScenery. A particularly infamous example is ''Deadfall,'' a very dull and mediocre heist thriller where everyone else, including Creator/MichaelBiehn and Creator/JamesCoburn, obviously doesn't care and completely phones it in and gives with a flat, lifeless performance. The acting ability they the rest of the cast ''should'' have brought to the table, however, is still in the movie; it just all wound up crammed into Nic Cage's performance instead. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nN17X-OdGQ&t=9s Seeing is believing.]]
15th Sep '17 1:53:44 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Really pick almost any Nic Cage movie at random, he's made a career of overacting in implausible action movies that would be utterly forgettable if he wasn't ChewingTheScenery. A particularly infamous example is ''Deadfall.''

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** Really pick almost any Nic Cage movie at random, he's made a career of overacting in implausible action movies that would be utterly forgettable if he wasn't ChewingTheScenery. A particularly infamous example is ''Deadfall.''''Deadfall,'' a very dull and mediocre heist thriller where everyone else, including Creator/MichaelBiehn and Creator/JamesCoburn, completely phones it in and gives a lifeless performance. The acting ability they ''should'' have brought to the table, however, is still in the movie; it just all wound up crammed into Nic Cage's performance instead. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nN17X-OdGQ&t=9s Seeing is believing.]]
7th Sep '17 2:05:39 AM Silverblade2
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* ''VideoGame/GrandiaXtreme'' isn't particularly well-remembered or well-liked, but it's worth it alone just to hear Creator/MarkHamill ham it up so hard that it makes [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries his]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum work]] as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker seem subdued.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandiaXtreme'' isn't particularly well-remembered or well-liked, but it's worth it alone just to hear Creator/MarkHamill ham it up so hard that it makes [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries his]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum work]] as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker seem subdued.
29th Aug '17 12:27:38 PM pinkdalek
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* Creator/BobDylan's line in United Support of Artists' "We Are The World" has been described by ''Salon'' podcaster Chris Molanphy as "Bob Dylan's hilarious Bob Dylan impression".

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* Creator/BobDylan's line in United Support of Artists' {{Glurge}}fest CharityMotivationSong "We Are The World" has been described by ''Salon'' podcaster Chris Molanphy as "Bob Dylan's hilarious Bob Dylan impression".
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