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->''Yeah, listen, I hated that script. We all did. Me, [[Creator/SeanConnery Sean]], Chris, we all were [[MoneyDearBoy in it for the money]] on this one. I mean, it read as if it had been written by a thirteen-year old boy. But [[AwesomeDearBoy I'd never played a barbarian swordsman before, and this was my first big evil mastermind type]]. I figured if I was going to do this stupid movie, I might as well have fun and go as far over the top as I possibly could. All that eye-rolling and foaming at the mouth was me deciding that if I was going to be in a piece of shit like that movie, I was going to be the most memorable [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] thing in it. And I think I succeeded.''
-->-- '''Creator/MichaelIronside''' on his role in ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''

Say you're an actor, and a damn good one at that. You're hot stuff in Hollywood, with directors throwing money at your feet to be in their film. So you pick the one [[MoneyDearBoy that gets you the most cash]] or sounds the most promising in general. It'll all be fine, right?

Wrong.

You arrive on set to find what seems to be a film GoneHorriblyWrong, complete with SpecialEffectsFailure, [[DullSurprise bad actors]] and a worse script. So what do you do? You could go "ScrewThisImOuttaHere", storm off and refuse to associate with the film ever again, you could [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the film seriously]], try with all your might to make it work... ''or'' you could unleash [[LargeHam The Hog]], and [[ChewingTheScenery Chew The Scenery]] into ''dust''.

If it's going to be a ''well-remunerated'' bad movie, you might as well enjoy yourself, eh? And who knows? You might even end up [[SoBadItsGood saving the film]].

You may notice that these performances tend to appear in tandem with ones that TookTheBadFilmSeriously, if only because they are such obvious [[{{Foil}} Foils]] for each other. Also compare OneSceneWonder; both roles/actors in these films play memorable, often over-the-top enjoyable performances and can make them one of the best parts of a film.

Can overlap with WTHCastingAgency and AwesomeDearBoy. Compare ChewingTheScenery, WagTheDirector. Contrast TookTheBadFilmSeriously.

'''NOTE:''' This is ''not'' for listing hammy roles in good or even decent works. For the ham without the cheese, see tropes such as LargeHam and IncomingHam for good alternates.

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!!Examples:

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* ThoseWackyNazis had a series of propaganda ads called Liese Und Miese, in which [[RightWayWrongWayPair Liese, a patriotic woman, did things that were beneficial to Germany, and Miese, a traitor, did things like listen to foreign radio broadcasts and talk to spies.]] Miese was played by an actress who was secretly half-Jewish and deliberately made Miese extremely likable and entertaining.
* [[MundaneMadeAwesome Listen in awe]] as GilbertGottfried tells us of Shoe-Dini! It's not just a shoehorn, it's a shoehorn [[RecycledINSPACE ON A STICK!!]]
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* OrsonWelles as Unicron in ''TransformersTheMovie''. His final performance may have been voice-only in a rather silly kids' show [[TheMovie movie]], but ''damn'' if it wasn't the hammiest thing since pig roasts. Notably, being a PlanetEater, Unicron ''[[{{Pun}} actually chews on the scenery]]''.
-->'''PROCEED. ''ON YOUR WAY TO OBLIVION!'''''
* Most of the voice actors in the French-language dub of the ''Transformers'' cartoon are incredibly deadpan, even when the situation would dictate the character be one step short of giving themselves a robo-stroke. By contrast, the voice actor for Megatron plays his part brilliantly, but comes across as chewing the scenery because everyone else is flat as a pancake. This is especially egregious when he's conversing with Soundwave, who's voiced by a francophone version of Ben Stein on sedatives.
* Eric Idle as "Evil Martin" in ''TheSecretOfNimh 2.'' Probably the best part about that movie.
* Malcolm [=McDowelll=] as Lord Maliss in the "Literature/SnowWhite" animated knock-off ''Happily Ever After''. Also Ed Asner as his henchman, the owl Scowl.
* Kenneth Mars as Voltor in ''TheAdventuresOfTheAmericanRabbit.'' The script is garbage, but Mars is shamelessly over the top in every one of his lines, automatically making his role the most enjoyable.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* RaulJulia just seemed to love this trope. If he had a reason to invoke this trope - ''any'' reason - he would.
** Pictured above: Julia as M. Bison in ''Film/StreetFighter''. He succeeded in completely stealing the show and both [[TropeNamer naming]] and [[TropeCodifier codifying]] [[ButForMeItWasTuesday an utterly awesome trope]]. All the more so because he was dying of cancer, and wanted his last roles to [[DyingMomentOfAwesome go out with a bang]]. See the Best of Bison [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asDvjuiNNLw part one]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF1KKAs-RmY part two]].
-->"''You still refuse to ACCEPT... '''[[AGodAmI my godhood?!]] KEEP your own God! In fact, this might be a good time to PRAY to Him! [[Literature/TheBible For I beheld]] {{Satan}} [[Literature/TheBible as he FELL]] [[RollYourRs FRROM]] [[Literature/TheBible HEAVENNN! LIKE LIGHTNIINNNGG!!!]]'''''"
** He also did this in ''OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'' (as seen on ''MST3K'').
** ''Series/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.
** His performance in a production of ''Kiss Me, Kate'' (a take on Shakespeare's ''Taming of the Shrew'') is a wonderful example of it; he takes the over-the-top Petruchio and manages to turn the hamminess UpToEleven.
* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' gave us SteveMartin as the ACME Chairman (no name given), who was undoubtedly a Dr. Evil-esque parody of James Bond villains, combined with corporation owner (arguably based on the James Bond film [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Tomorrow Never Dies]]''). While the film wasn't exactly the greatest Looney Tunes piece ever made (quite the opposite, according to critics), Martin just went all-out with his character. In some of the developer reels, they talked about how Martin genuinely liked being silly with his character so much he would even stay in character during breaks for no other reason than because he could. [[ThrowItIn Half the stuff they threw in because he ad-libbed it on the set]].
--> '''Martin (voice steadily rising further into the speech)''': Here is your father, [[ChainedToARailway tied to these railroad tracks]], and here is the ACME Train of Death, right on schedule! You see, Mr. Drake, if the train of death doesn't kill him, then maybe those cr-r-rates of T.N.T. will, not to mention the [[AnvilOnHead two-ton anvil hanging over his head]], and-- oh look! That's the [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Pendulum]] of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]]! What is the Pendulum of Doom doing there!? '''I did not order the Pendulum of Doom! THAT'S [[NoKillLikeOverkill OVERKILL!]] ''GET RID OF IT!'''''
* ''Film/TheCore'':
** Had a cast of veteran actors, including big profile stars Aaron Eckhart and Oscar winner Creator/HilarySwank. Yet Creator/StanleyTucci seems to have been the only person in it that was aware of the utter ridiculousness of the plot and thus provided a really campy performance. He is arguably the most entertaining thing in the movie. You can't necessarily tell from his performance, but Creator/AaronEckhart later admitted [[http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=7475&s=interviews in an interview]] that he could barely keep a straight face through most of his lines.
--->"None of us could believe our eyes when we finally saw who else had been cast. These guys are all great actors; Creator/StanleyTucci, Creator/HilarySwank, Delroy Lindo, Creator/BruceGreenwood. We kind of all looked at each and said 'you too?' ... Stanley Tucci and I got to manhandle some nuclear bombs, and there were times we were laughing so hard that he almost literally went to the bathroom in his space suit."
** The director himself gives as good as his cast in the DVD commentary. It's either exquisite self-parody turned up to eleven, or he really believes he was "staying true to his vision" and that the movie is untrammelled, if under-appreciated, genius. Either would explain a great deal.
* Uwe Boll is notorious for crapass movies, but the first ''Film/{{Bloodrayne}}'' movie is actually ''somewhat'' bearable because of distinguished actor Udo Kier ([[Film/BloodForDracula who has a history with vampires himself]]).
** Ben Kingsley was asked in a [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1649293,00.html Time interview]]:
--->'''Time:''' What were you thinking when you accepted a role in ''Film/{{Bloodrayne}}''? It's hard to imagine someone so gifted not realizing what a terrible film that would be!
--->'''Kingsley:''' I don't know whether to be upset or flattered by that question. To be honest, [[AwesomeDearBoy I have always wanted to play a vampire, with the teeth and the long black cape]]. Let's say that my motives were somewhat immature for doing it.
* ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''Film/{{Eragon}}'':
** Creator/JeremyIrons, who manages to outham the entire cast and special effects department by virtue of his eyebrows alone.
** The [[GarrettHedlund guy who plays Murtaugh]] is clearly having the time of his life.
** Chris Egan had only a bit part as Roran, but managed to spin it into a staring role on the vastly superior but tragically short-lived ''{{Kings}}'' alongside the legendary Ian [=McShane=].
* Irons and JohnMalkovich also co-hammed in ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'', along with Creator/GerardDepardieu, playing aging [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Musketeers]]. All three must have been paid per cubic meter of scenery [[ChewingTheScenery devoured]], although Creator/JeremyIrons takes the cake for delivering lines like "It's ''Judgement Day''" and making them SoBadItsGood.
* Malkovich is pretty notorious for this on his own as well:
** Malkovich got into the whole silly, OTT atmosphere in ''Film/ConAir'' as well. To the point where he's standing on the ramp of a plane in flight, holding a pistol to the head of a soft toy and yelling at an assault chopper.
** Malkovich also hams up in [[TransformersDarkOfTheMoon the third]] ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie.
** The {{Rifftrax}} for ''Film/{{Eragon}}'' refers to John Malkovich as "the [[LargeHam ham's]] [[IncomingHam ham]]. He makes Al Pacino look subtle."
* Along with Malkovich, ''Transformers'' also give room for the overacting of JohnTurturro in the first three movies and StanleyTucci in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''.
* Aasif Mandvi plays Admiral Zhao in ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' the same way he usually portrays himself on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' or other comedy-based productions. Thus, lines that were supposedly serious come across as hilarious when he reads them ("This is a SCROLL FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY!")
* RichardEGrant as the flamboyant, over-the-top villain in BruceWillis' musical heist movie ''HudsonHawk''. From his very first scene, it is wonderfully obvious that Grant is hamming it UpToEleven. Richard E. Grant also has very interesting views in hindsight of the film, if you can find interviews on the web somewhere. It's probably easier to find his published diaries (''With Nails'' - [[Film/WithnailAndI geddit]]?) which include ''Hudson Hawk'' among many film set recollections. They're a good chuckle.
* Ewan [=McGregor=] in ''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.
* Creator/RichardBurton did this a few times; ''Film/TheWildGeese'' is a case in point. Burton also had an unnerving habit of combining HamAndCheese ''with'' TookTheBadFilmSeriously. ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' may be the best example.
* 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.
* 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 it's one of his most favorite roles he's ever played!
* Brazilian movie ''Zoando na TV'' is stupid, cheap and would be unwatchable if not for the hammy and hilarious [[http://br.youtube.com/watch?v=H0VnuJaedCU#t=0m12s Miguel Fallabella]]
* Creator/AlanRickman's completely over-the-top, campy performance in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. He must have realized the film was going to be critically killed, because he signed onto the film on the condition that ''he get to play the part however he wanted''. Similar to Raul Julia above, he [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon also got to be a]] TropeNamer due to this film.
* TildaSwinton in the not-really-critically-acclaimed ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' adaptation ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. She seems to be having a fair bit of fun with the overacting opportunities of her role, and is damn sexy while at it, too (which is sort of inevitable if you have Tilda Swinton playing an insane, [[{{Bifauxnen}} androgynous]] angel with well-pedicured feet and [[WaifFu impressive martial arts skills]]...).
* Some of Creator/PeterSellers' films from the early 1970s, when he desperately needed the work, most notably the unreleased-until-the-VHS era comedy-adventure ''Ghost in the Noonday Sun'' (1974). David Lodge, a friend, commented to Sellers biographer Alexander Walker "It was a case of the wrong people in charge of the right people." Luckily, Peter was playing a bedraggled pirate baddie, so he was free to be hammy and took the opportunity.
* Creator/MaxVonSydow as Ming in the ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie. A touch more restrained than many on this list, but definitely having fun with the part, and Topol as Zarkov is, ironically, a Jewish ham.
** Both of them must have realized that you have to work hard to be remembered in a movie with '''BrianBlessed'''.
* In ''Film/DemolitionMan'', Wesley Snipes is having the time of his life as over-the-top bad guy Simon Phoenix.
* The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' movies have a history of this.
** Danny De Vito and Michelle Pfieffer both seem to be hamming it up to the max in ''Film/BatmanReturns''. Come on, which is the more over the top goofy - Penguin giving a rousing speech to a group of penguins with rockets or Catwoman giving herself a tongue bath in public? Compared to them ChristopherWalken, who's more often known for being a LargeHam, comes off as one of the few dead-serious things in the movie!
** ''Film/BatmanForever'' has JimCarrey babbling about "brainwave manipulation", stating that his neon wardrobe keeps him "safe while he's jogging at night." Ham and cheese on rye. One gets the impression that TommyLeeJones was using the film as an excuse to enjoy himself as well. Case in point, the entire sequence involving the attack on Wayne Manor.
** UmaThurman's performance in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. She clearly thought she was signing up for something good (Batman? And Creator/GeorgeClooney and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger are gonna be in it? Sounds awesome!) and then...got the script. And saw the sickeningly neon costumes. She plays Poison Ivy as a completely over-the-top villainess, and she's clearly having a fabulous time doing it. One of the very few saving graces of that movie. The same goes for Schwarzenegger, who admitted to hating the [[AnIcePerson Mr. Freeze]] armor he had to keep wearing. He sure looks like he's having fun though.
*** Really, most of the cast. The film ends up feeling like a giant prank on George Clooney, who TookTheBadFilmSeriously.
* 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 GeorgeWBush.
* Creator/LaurenceOlivier in the 1940 version of ''PrideAndPrejudice'', complete with [[HollywoodCostuming period-wrong costumes]], [[DawsonCasting casting]] that had the lead actors ''twenty years older'' than their characters, and inexplicable plot alterations that turned it into a farcical shadow of the book. Olivier's Darcy was a [[SmugSnake smarmy, smirking]], effeminately fluttering [[TheDandy dandy]] whose only function was to be shot down repeatedly by Elizabeth. From Olivier, a performance that bad had to be an intentional piss-take.
* Creator/ChristopherPlummer in the [[SoBadItsGood horror of hysterical proportions]] that was ''{{Starcrash}}''. "IMPERIAL BATTLESHIP! HALT... THE FLOW... OF TIME!!!"
* JamesMarsters as Piccolo and Chow Yun Fat as Master Roshi in ''Film/DragonballEvolution''.
** Probably not a coincidence that they were both [[BigNameFan fans of the show]].
* Dennis Hopper in ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' seems to not want to waste any good acting on the movie.
** Hopper must've known that ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck was gonna suck]]. I mean, with lines like: "AHM GONNA CUT OPEN HIS HEAD, AND AHM GONNA [[BrainFood EAT HIS BRAAAAAAAAAAIIIIN]]!!!!"
* 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.
* Duncan pulls a similar performance as Kingpin in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}''.
** 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 ''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 York's performance in ''Megiddo: TheOmegaCode 2'': what is otherwise a terribly acted, terrible special effect filled Christian BMovie becomes a SoBadItsGood laugh riot solely due to York playing his role as the Antichrist with record breaking amounts of ham. You can tell he's enjoying himself immensely.
* The Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger apocalypse flick ''Film/EndOfDays''. Despite the presence of Creator/KevinPollack and Creator/RodSteiger, the best thing in the film just may be Creator/GabrielByrne's Satan. He is all too aware that he is in a bad film, and swaggers through it like a drunken rock star. His character's introductory scene (after being possessed by {{Satan}}) involves him walking out of a restaurant's bathroom, making out with his possessee's date while copping a feel, then blowing up the restaurant for no reason and doing an UnflinchingWalk out of the flames. The director reported near-fights among the female extras over who would get to kiss Mr. Byrne.
* ''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 HamAndCheese 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. 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.]]
--> "Palpatine is the only good thing about [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith the movie]] that's actually ''in'' the movie."
--->-- '''[[RedLetterMedia Harry Plinkett]]'''
* KennethBranagh was clearly having a good deal of fun in the terrible 1999 rendition of ''Film/WildWildWest''. His hamtastic performance is the only really redeeming thing about that movie ([[MsFanservice besides]] SalmaHayek, and the great ElmerBernstein scoring his final Western).
* Komodo, the BigBad of ''WarriorsOfVirtue'' is... astonishing. Angus Macfadyen seems to spend the entire film on the verge of bursting into laughter, and frequently gives in. Wow. What was he on?
** Given that the same actor played [=DuPont=] in ''{{Equilibrium}}'' and Robert the Bruce in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' (both under a lot less makeup), he is clearly capable of turning in a subtle performance. Given what he had to work with, he must've just decided to [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs pop some E]] and go ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
* SeanConnery as Sir August de Wynter in ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.
* The ''{{Film/Highlander}}'' series has this trope in spades...
** Sean Connery realized how much ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' was sinking into {{Sequelitis}}, and made his performance one big raised middle finger to the producers who brought his character BackFromTheDead so he could appear in the sequel.
** 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.
** ''Highlander II'' also features John C. [=McGinley=] (who, by his own admittance, was channeling OrsonWelles) as TheDragon. [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], in his commentary for his review of the film, stated that although he hated the film overall, he gave credit to [=McGinley=]'s performance.
** ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' features Bruce Payne (who also hammed it up as Jeremy Irons' lackey in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'') as the main villain, Jacob Kell, who gives one of the most questionable performances of the entire series.
--->'''Kell''': What's wrong? Don't you want to be [[AccidentalInnuendo inside me]]?
** The Guardian acts ludicrously over the top in every scene he's in in ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''. As [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] pointed out, every word out of his mouth is a wisecrack.
* A recurring joke has been that the ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's]]'' Trilogy was simply an excuse for Creator/GeorgeClooney and BradPitt to get together and have some fun with all their friends regardless of whether or not the movies were any good. Surprisingly, they are pretty decent.
** This is what the original Ocean's 11 movie was for the Rat Pack as well.
* Brian Cox seems to be the only cast member from ''{{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!"''
** He is outdone by a fan of ''{{Troy}}'' in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QBrYq4Rg48 scene commentary]]: ''"The greatest battle of all time! MWHAHAHAHAHA!"''
** BradPitt and Orlando Bloom had moments of this in ''{{Troy}}''. BradPitt, fully capable of all ranges in performance, looks halfway comatose unless he's got a shirtless scene, in which case he turns into a LargeHam. Bloom is clearly out to lunch for half the movie and has fun with it when his character gets lines.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' is a [[GuiltyPleasure cheesy, stupid movie]]. ''Nobody'' took that film seriously, but Creator/ChristopherEccleston and {{Joseph Gordon-Levitt}} realize exactly what kind of movie they're in and have fun with it. The problem is that there's not much Hammy latitude for the good guys. Marlon--"''Whoo!''", Storm Shadow and Baroness actually seem to be enjoying themselves immensely, though. It's part of the reason why it's so fun.
* In his long career, [[ChristopherLee Sir Christopher Lee]] played this trope many times. An awesome actor, he nevertheless played ([[TypeCasting mostly villains]]) in many, many awful B flicks, and then [[RefugeInAudacity deliberately]] set his acting to [[LargeHam over-the-top mode]]. As a result, these movies often ended up into the SoBadItsGood zone, almost only because of him. ''Film/TheWickerMan'' is a perfect example and it is now considered to be one of the greatest suspense movies of all-time.
** It probably helps that he'll rarely flinch at any project offered him. He once did the narration for a RhapsodyOfFire album, back when they were still called Rhapsody, and stated in the interview that he was told when he was young that a person should try everything in life, except murder and incest.
* AlPacino, from iconic performances in classic films like ''Film/TheGodfather'' and ''DogDayAfternoon'', was widely believed to be one of the greatest actors in the history of film. Al [[ScentOfAWoman "HOO-AH!!"]] Pacino, from oversized performances in films like ''Film/{{S1m0ne}}'', ''{{Gigli}}'' and ''88 Minutes'', is widely believed to enjoy {{money|DearBoy}}. Ironically, it's the latter who won the Oscar.
* ''EVERYONE'' in TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension but '''especially''' John Lithgow. It's just one reason why it's such an awesome movie instead of forgettable.
* 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.
* Creator/NicolasCage's overacting is part of the reason for the humor in many scenes of the SoBadItsGood remake of ''Film/TheWickerMan''. He admitted in an interview that after finding out he was going to punch a woman while wearing a bear suit in it, it became impossible to take it seriously, and it shows in the film's much plentiful {{narm}}.
--> '''Cage (as Edward Malus)''': Ah, no! [[MemeticMutation Not the bees!! NOT THE BEES!!!!]] AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
** 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.
* Completely by accident, JohnTravolta does this a few times in ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''. It's accidental because [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously he thought the film was going to be great]], otherwise he might have been doing that in every scene.
** Forest Whitaker, [[MoneyDearBoy on the other hand...]]
* MichaelSheen, who joined the cast of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' to [[SoMyKidsCanWatch make his daughter happy]]. You can tell he's aware that he's in a film that caters almost exclusively to screaming tweens, none of whom will give him a second glance, and he hams it up magnificently.
* Ralph Fiennes again in the ''ClashOfTheTitans'' 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."
** Creator/LiamNeeson comes seriously close to out-hamming him, if not succeeding. Either way, the real clash in this movie is the HamToHamCombat both actors are clearly enjoying. '''RELEASE THE ''[[strike:KRAKEN]] LARGE HAM''!!!'''
* Maximilian Schell in the otherwise ghastly ''TheBlackHole''.
* Many critics have said that Nicole Parker is the only part of a SeltzerAndFriedberg "film" that's even remotely enjoyable to watch. Critics said that while her roles in ''Epic Movie'' and ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Disaster Movie]]'' consist of just dressing up like celebrities and other movie characters and delivering some very low-grade "jokes", she actually puts some effort in it, and overacts with a style to the point where she can almost get a laugh.
* ChristopherWalken in ''The Country Bears''. It's one of Disney's mostly forgettable 'family films'. However, Walken's completely over-the-top performance as the [[VaudevilleVillain evil banker]] makes it a lot more tolerable.
-->"THIS IS NOT OVAH! .....'''[+++BEARS!!!+++]'''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1rkXYGK6Ls Just watch this.]] Congratulations, you've seen everything worth seeing in that movie.
* GaryOldman in the film version of ''LostInSpace''.
** Consider this - he had Jonathan Harris' incredibly over the top portrayal of Dr. Smith from the TV series to try and live up to.
* 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.
* ALL of the killers from low-budget satire/horror ''$la$her$'' hammed it up like pro-wrestlers (quite beautifully considering they were all non-actors). {{Justified|Trope}}, since they're entertainers as well as psychopaths, and play it to the hilt for their studio audience.
* The new [[Film/TheATeam A-Team movie]]: The main cast looks like they're having an absolute blast, especially Creator/LiamNeeson and Sharlto Copley.
** As well they should. If you watch an episode of the old show, the original cast was having a blast, too (especially Dwight Schultz as the original Murdock).
** 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).
* ''SLC Punk!'' is a basic stoner movie, but Til Schweiger shows up as Mark, a unhinged wealthy European, and steals his scenes with this weird wild-eyed enthusiasm (as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZAjHrL3iHA here]]), even though he's not super-loud, like some examples on this list.
-->'''Mark (brandishing a laser disc):''' Dere's a ''movie'' in dere! * smiles gleefully*
* Michael Gambon's performance as Lt. General Leland Zevo in ''Film/{{Toys}}''. And getting hammier and hammier as the movie approaches its climax.
* About 50% of the ouevre of ChristopherWalken is this, especially since TheNineties. It is an article of faith in Hollywood that, if you have a real stinker of a movie, just give a supporting role to Walken, and that'll be good for an extra two or three stars on Website/IMDb. And you know what? It's true.
* Alec Baldwin tries his hand at this as the slimy bad guy in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''. Mike Myers tries as well, but . . . fails.
* Eric Roberts in ''Film/TheExpendables''. It appears as if he read a textbook on action movie villainy and then turned it up to eleven. It also fits in with the overall not-taking-itself-too-seriously vibe of the film.
** Read? Eric Roberts ''wrote'' the book on action movie villainy!
* ''Literature/{{Congo}}'' was a book by Creator/MichaelCrichton without much comic relief to speak of. Then, in TheFilmOfTheBook, someone got Creator/BruceCampbell to show up for five minutes just so killer gorillas could throw human eyeballs at him and then slaughter him off-camera as he screams. Then they brought TimCurry in as a "Romanian Philanthropist" who is "[[VampireVords Travelink de vorld und doink goot!]]" - and the gorillas kill him too! Delroy Lindo shows up too, asking for "More" money, calling Tim Curry a "Big Bag of Shit" and telling him to '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!]]''''' He stays home, so he doesn't get killed by gorillas.
** And finally, Ernie Hudson as the "GreatWhiteHunter" of the group though he "happens to be black!"
* Most of the halfway decent actors in films by Bruno Mattei, Joe D'Amato, or any of their contemporaries do this. A great example being Gabriel Carrera's performance in ''SS Girls''.
* Not that it's a bad movie by any means but Stanley Tucci and PatriciaClarkson both seem very out of place in ''Film/EasyA''. A rather witty teen comedy is obviously quite different from their usual roles and both clearly took the opportunity to have as much fun in it as the younger cast, and it shows.
* Kenneth [=McMillan=] in Creator/DavidLynch's adaptation of ''{{Dune}}''. It's quite impressive to be wearing a ridiculous fatsuit and covered in disgusting oozing boils, and still have your actual performance turn out to be the most memorable thing about your character. Is it any wonder the man drank himself to death a few years later?
** ''"I want you to'' squeeeeze ''this part in the film!'' Squeeeeze and squeeeze ''until the role is sucked dry! Give me SPICE!"''
* Paul Giamatti is ''clearly'' having fun in ''ShootEmUp''.
** Also in the Tim Burton ''PlanetOfTheApes'' film.
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'': DustinHoffman was clearly having a ball playing the titular character. To this day, he actually likes having "Hook" as a nickname for himself.
* Did you think Kevin Spacey as LexLuthor in (the largely percieved dissapointing) ''SupermanReturns'' would phone in a subdued performance? [[MemeticMutation WRONG!]]
** 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.
* Kate Nauta in ''Film/TheTransporter 2''. It's pretty clear from her line delivery and facial expressions that once she read the script (which calls for her character, [[TheDragon Lola]], to spend half her screentime wearing a soaking-wet negligee, disheveled hair and runny eye makeup while dual-wielding pistols and gunning down all manner of individuals), she decided to take it as far as she could, and she looks to be the only person not to deliver the cornball material in a serious manner.
* ''Music/{{Aaliyah}}'', Stuart Townsend and Vincent Perez all seem fully aware of how silly ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' is, and they all look like they're having a great time chewing on the scenery. Townsend and Aaliyah in particular really go to town with it, making ridiculous overblown gestures and milking relatively mundane lines to the point where it's damn near hilarious.
* Creator/JeremyIrons in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' hams it up magnificently. Creator/ThoraBirch, however, TookTheBadFilmSeriously, and their scenes together are a sight to behold.
* Rob Arbogast in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mailman_(film) The Mailman]]'', a lame thriller that borders on being softcore porn. As [[http://moria.co.nz/horror/mailman-2004.htm one review]] put it - "Rob Arbogast plays the role of the mailman with a maximum degree of cocky taunting sleaziness that goes way beyond professionalism into a clear relish for the part."
* 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.
* MichaelCaine in Creator/OliverStone's ''The Hand''. This is one of the many reasons why this movie is considered SoBadItsGood.
* The [[{{Film/Spawn}} film adaption]] of ''Spawn'' is considered lackluster at best, with a weak story and special effects that looked old when it was released in the 90's. Among all this however is JohnLeguizamo, who seemed to realize what he was acting in, and hammed up his scene stealing role as The Clown/The Violator.
* Although most of the cast of ''HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'' seems to be invoking this trope, Famke Janssen is playing it to the hilt as the [[BigBad head witch]].
* ''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.
* Most of the cast of ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' seem to get into hamming it up or playing their roles in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
* Creator/BillNighy loves to do this. While he's capable of turning in a positively sublime and restrained performance, watch out when he gets a role in something like ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' or ''[[Film/IFrankenstein I, Frankenstein]]'', because the ham will be flying before you can say "What the hell is that [[JustAStupidAccent accent]]?" Critics who otherwise dislike such films often point out that Nighy's scenery-chewing is invariably the most entertaining thing about them, even as everyone else involved takes them far too seriously for their own good.
* ''BladeTrinity'' was unquestionably the low point in the series. It did, however, give us this exchange:
--->'''Drake:''' Blade...are you ready to die?\\
'''Blade:''' I was born ready, muthafucka!\\
'''Drake:''' ..."Motherfucker". I like that...
* Gordon Currie portrayed TheAntichrist like this in the original ''Literature/LeftBehind'' movies.
-->'''Fred "Slacktivist" Clark''': Gordon Currie, who plays [[BigBad Nicolae Carpathia]] like he's auditioning for the role of ''[[Creator/TimCurry Tim]]'' Curry.
* Piper Laurie in the 1976 version of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}''. 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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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** 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'').
** One internet reviewer 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.
** Before Creator/TomBaker got to the point where he could [[WagTheDirector change lines in the script]], he tended to really overact stupid lines of dialogue or unfunny jokes he would have to say - usually delivering them by [[AsideGlance fixing the camera with his eyes]] and overacting the line with a contemptuous "can you ''believe'' I am saying this shit?!" grin, as if asking the audience to laugh at the show itself. (For some examples, watch his face during his '[[VoodooShark naturally, the others were all foreigners]]' and his 'ask the Titanic - glug, glug, glug!!' lines in "Robot", or his face when getting through the racist jokes in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". This draws a lot of attention to the clunkers, unfortunately, but pushes at least a few of them into SoUnfunnyItsFunny.
** 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. 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.
** According to ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', "'''''WEAKLING SCUM!!!'''''" ''wasn't even in the script'', Terris came up with it all by himself.
** ''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.
** Speaking of Creator/ColinBaker: no matter how awful the Sixth Doctor's attitude (and Baker's personal life at the time) got, his truly marvellous overacting always made up for a lot.
** 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.
-->'''Sycorax Leader:''' ''(growling)'' I DEMAND TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!
-->'''Tenth Doctor:''' ''(bellowing outrageously)'' '''''RIIIII DOOON'T KNOOOOOOOWWW!!!'''''
* You're Creator/ChristopherWalken. [[FatboySlim You've just arrived at a new not-yet-opened hotel, the set of a music video starring only yourself and a wire rig]]. What do you do? You give them [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the best over-the-top performance of your life]].
* 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.
** As does Nana Visitor, who in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC_fXKgyaQg interview]], said she was in heaven because her Bond girl role called for a [[FakeRussian comically terrible Russian accent]] and coming out of a wall on a round bed.
** 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 ]]?
* 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.
* Christien Anholt as Eon in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} Ben 10: Race Against Time]]''.
* The cast of Canadian Musketeer series ''Series/YoungBlades'' used to veer madly between narm-tastic attempts to [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the bad show seriously]], and bouts of outrageous tongue-in-cheek ham. The latter approach was a lot more successful, as it was often damn hilarious to watch and caused the series to tip over into SoBadItsGood territory. RobertSheehan (King Louis XIV) was probably the only cast member with HamAndCheese as his default setting - his camp and outlandish performance was easily the most entertaining part of the show.
* In the later seasons of ''LawAndOrderSVU'', B.D. Wong can occasionally be seen doing this with some of Dr. Huang's increasingly silly MisterExposition[=/=]CaptainObvious dialogue.
* Peter Dickson, the famous Voiceover Man of shows such as ''TheXFactor'' and ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'', is well known and loved for his overdramatic voiceovers, most brilliantly amplified [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJTKNRSZspQ in a BBC comedy bit]] where he does the voice at home to a long-suffering wife.
* While David Caruso is known for being a somewhat pretentious asshole, he is really over the top as ''CSIMiami'''s Horatio Caine. He said that the script forced him to do it initially, as in early episodes of the first season he appears to be more humane. Later on, he's made of ham and cheese, and his performance... [[GlassesPull *shades on*]] is damn tasty. '''''[[MemeticMutation YEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!]]'''''
* The entire cast of ''GilligansIsland'' was painfully aware of the show's caliber, and often turned to this trope for solace. Jim Backus still managed to stand out.
* Creator/BarbaraGoodson (Rita's English voice), Jason Narvy (Skull), Paul Schrier (Bulk), and Robert Axelrod (various monsters, Lord Zedd) clearly get a kick out of their roles in ''PowerRangers''.
** One interesting example from the series is the character of Divatox from the ''Turbo'' movie and season and the ''Space'' season. In the movie, the latter part of the Turbo season, and all of ''In Space'', she was played by Hilary Shepard Turner in this manner. For many fans, she was all that made any of ''Turbo'' watchable. But for the first 60% or so of that season, she was away on maternity leave and replaced by Carol Hoyt. Carol took the role much more seriously, which came across as rather boring and generic. Most fans still prefer Hilary's version and were happy to have her back.
* Everyone in ''Series/TheCape''. EVERYONE.
* Barbara Kellerman is clearly doing this in the BBC TV version of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', playing the White Witch as an over-the-top villainess in a performance similar to Faye Dunaway's in ''Literature/MommieDearest'' and Uma Thurman's in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. Her overacting is hysterical, such as her BigNo to Edmund.
* Bronson Pinchot in ''TheLangoliers''. Yes, believe it or not, ''[[Film/BeverlyHillsCop Bronson]] [[Series/PerfectStrangers Pinchot]]'' can actually turn the ham up [[UpToEleven even more]].
** Not to mention Dean Stockwell, who appears to be channeling Shatner.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had its very lackluster seventh season that was part of a multiple-season DorkAge where one of the primary memorable scene stealers was Jon Voight as Jonas Hodges, an over-the-top CorruptCorporateExecutive that had little to no trouble chewing the scenery whenever he showed his face in a scene. Not too shockingly, after Hodges was taken out of the picture the majority of the fans felt that the rest of Season 7 [[SeasonalRot completely nosedived]].
* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', Callum Blue's AxCrazy portrayal of [[KneelBeforeZod Zod]] is pretty much the only redeeming thing in the atrocious [[DorkAge season nine]].
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* While being a LargeHam is in the job description, special mention should go to Wrestling/DustyRhodes. Many wrestling observers saw his time in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the 1980s as shameful, as it involved him dancing around the ring in a polka-dot suit and getting his head stuck in toilets. Rhodes, however, has since said that was the most fun he had as a wrestler, since he didn't have to worry about booking duties and backstage politics like he did in WCW.
** For that matter, his sons. Wrestling/{{Goldust}} has won numerous "worst character of the year" awards, but he goes so over the top in his portrayal and voice that it's such a joy to watch. And for [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes "Dashing" Cody Rhodes]]...well...just hit him in the face. You can clearly see how much fun he has in his responses.
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] seemed to be trying to top him during his later appearances.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho has made a career out of trying to out-do them both.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels used this to do a TakeThat to Wrestling/Hulk Hogan, when backstage politics lead to him getting buried in a match. Michaels, rather than try to turn in the normal top-tier performance you're supposed to try for a PPV, spent the whole match [[http://gifcrap.com/d/1258-1/Shawn+Michaels+overselling+for+Hulk+Hogan.gif flying around the ring]] in ways that would make a RagdollPhysics programmer think he was overdoing it.
** You can also count on this whenver Michaels teams up with Wrestling/TripleH (rarely these days, unfortunately) in D-Generation X. Wrestling/{{WWE}} is so intrinsically absurd anyway that you tend to [[SeenItAll get used to all the folderol]] and usually manage only a mild chuckle - but DX will make you laugh right out loud. ''Uncontrollably''.
* A lot of the humor Wrestling/CMPunk provides will come from his intentional overacting or telling an intentionally bad joke.
* [[WadeBarrett Bad News Barrett]]. While it isn't enough to redeem the gimmick in most fans eyes, he clearly enjoys the gimmick
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* Part of what makes the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series (particularly ''Red Alert'' 2 and ''[[RedAlert3 3]]'') so great is the sheer hamminess you get out of the cutscenes. Indeed, by ''3'', the developers decided to go so far deep into pure {{Camp}} that they managed to snag some pretty well-known talent (including GeorgeTakei, TimCurry, and JK Simmons ("[[{{Juno}} Juno's Dad]]" "[[Film/{{Spider-Man}} J. Jonah Jameson]]" "[[ThankYouForSmoking BR]]" "[[Series/TheCloser Da]] [[BurnAfterReading Chief]]" "[[Series/LawAndOrder Emil Skoda]]" "[[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} Cave Johnson, we're done here]]") as the leaders of the Empire of the Rising Sun, the Soviet Union, and the Allies, respectively) who were obviously in it for the fun value.
** Among the sizable supporting cast, PeterStormare does a fair bit of scenery chewing as well. "Who ''[[MadScientist KNOWS]]'' what ''[[GogglesDoNothing NIGHTmares]]'' we ''haff'' '''[[HerrDoktor CREAAATED]]'''?"
* ''MetalWolfChaos'' is, arguably, an enforced version of this. The plot and writing is so completely ridiculous that anything less than [[LargeHam extreme doses of B-movie overdramatics and yelling]] would've ruined the charm. This is a Japanese game with NoExportForYou - yet it is ''entirely in over-the-top English'' and '''recorded by people who speak English natively''' for a game '''''released only in Japan'''''.
* Out of the utter train wreck that is ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic '06]]'', DanGreen's ''gloriously'' [[EvilIsHammy over-the-top performance as Mephiles the Dark]] is easily the most enjoyable part of the game.
** The series in general has Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. While the ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Adventure]]''-to-''[[VideoGame/SonicHeroes Heroes]]''-era and [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] voice actors were much criticized, Deem Bristow and MikePollock respectively stood out in doses of [[NarmCharm awesomely cheesy]] ham and memorable catchphrases. In fact, when Sega finally gave in to fan complaints and replaced the 4Kids actors in 2010, Pollock – by far the most popular and least criticized of the cast – was the only one of the bunch to keep his job.
** Indeed, it has often been said about the series that Robotnik has never had a bad voice actor.[[note]] With the possible exception of Gary Chalk, who played Dr. R in ''Underground'' (itself not a popular series), due to his trying too hard to sound like Jim Cummings.[[/note]] In the cartoon adaptations, Long John Baldry (''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'') and JimCummings (''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'') both play him ridiculously over-the-top (though in very different ways) and both give the most memorable performances in their respective shows.
*** Even with the otherwise terrible voice acting of SonicTheMovie, Edwin Neal was actually pretty good as Robotnik.
* Sir Michael Gambon (Dumbledore in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies) plays the ghost of 16th century knight Sir William Hawksmoor in ''GhostHunter'', his only videogame appearance to date. Whether he's threatening the heroine, "I ''want'' '''FLESH'''", performing Creator/WilliamShakespeare on a high-school stage (yes, seriously), giving orders to the ghost of a killer who died in the electric chair, pleading for his unlife with an unseen Parliament, or negotiating with modern day military, it's pure HamAndCheese.
** He's not the only one. RobPaulsen, Joe Morton, Andre Sogliuzzo, Michael Cochrane, and Veronica Hart are all chewing the scenery at one time or another, including a ghostly high school librarian breaking into the school song.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', it is quite clear that Creator/DCDouglas was having a good time as Albert Wesker.
-->'''Wesker:''' Complete. ''Global. '''SATURATION.'''''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p52-QBTXZyM QUITE clear.]]
* ''GrandiaXtreme'' isn't particularly well-remembered or well-liked, but it's worth it alone just to hear MarkHamill ham it up so hard that it makes [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries his]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum work]] as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker seem subdued.
* ChristopherWalken ''again'' as Detective Magnotta in the early-nineties FullMotionVideo adventure game ''{{Ripper}}''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9xiZoIiTJHw#t=97s His performance]] could best be described as Walken doing a bad impression ''of himself''. It's '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFKylgGk73I un-fucking believable]]!'''.
* Creator/LeonardNimoy as Master Xehanort in VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep hams it up SPECTACULARLY. Just so we're clear, he's playing the original incarnation of the first game's villain - y'know, the guy played by Billy Zane who outhammed half the Disney rogues gallery? That's a lot of scenery to chew, but Nimoy manages it.
--> "I SWORE I would surVIIIIIIIIIVE, and be there to see what awaited beYOOOOOND the Keyblade WAAAAARRR! And it is YOOOUUURR DARKNESS that will be the ARK that susTAAAAAIIINS MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_sUrQWsUjTA Spiderman! Spiderman! George Takei should be Spiderman!]]
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