->''"Creator/SeanConnery elevates everything he's in... Except like, you know, [[Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening that one movie]] [[FanonDiscontinuity we don't talk about.]] And ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'', I guess."''
-->-- '''The Spoony One''', '''''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'''''

A subtrope of the "RuleOfCool". This is about actors who make movies cooler or better just by their mere presence in them.

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A = Movie's Awesomeness Factor without Sean Connery\\
B = Awesomeness Multiplier of Sean Connery = 100\\
C = Movie's Actual Awesomeness Factor\\
If Sean Connery is in the movie then C = BA = 100A, otherwise A=C.

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[[folder: Nicolas Cage aka The Great Variable: ]]
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A = Movie's Awesomeness Factor without Nicolas Cage\\
B = Awesomeness Multiplier of Nicolas Cage = 5\\
C = Movie's Actual Awesomeness Factor\\
If Nicolas Cage is in the movie then C = BA = 5A, otherwise A=C

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!!Examples
!Connery Factors (YMMV, but only 1% of the time)

* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''... It may be InNameOnly, but '''Creator/SeanConnery''' single-handedly raises it from an F to a C-.
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', '''Creator/SeanConnery''' as Indiana Jones' ''dad''? AWESOME!
** ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''.
--> '''Captain Ramius:''' We will pass through the American patrols, past their sonar nets, and lay off their largest city, and listen to their rock and roll... while we conduct missile drills.
--> '''Captain Ramius:''' You're afraid of our fleet. Well, you should be. Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?
** ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''FindingForrester'': "[[MemeticMutation You're the man now, dog!]]"
** ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}''
** ''Film/TheUntouchables''. Let's face it, not even [[OohMeAccentsSlipping terrible]] or [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent nonexistent accents]] can diminish his awesomeness multiplier. (See also ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' and ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.)
** ''Film/{{Highlander}}''... and ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''. If it existed.
** ''TimeBandits!'' Agamemnon was never so freakin' awesome.
*** WordOfGod states that the script notes for Agamemnon called for [[PoorMansSubstitute a Sean Connery looking actor the production could afford]]. After reading the script Connery was so amused by the comment he agreed to do the role at a reduced rate.
** ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' : [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Good evening. I'm Sean Connery]].
** [[SoBadItsGood Hell, even]] ''{{Zardoz}}''.
** ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' shows you what happens when you multiply Connery by Hopkins and raise it to the Hackman.
** "Welcome to ''Film/TheRock''!" Also notable as having wildcard NicolasCage come out as a positive factor.
** [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1552111/ Sir Billi]]... is an exception.
** ''Film/FirstKnight'': Sean Connery as KingArthur? Forgettable movie, but still awesome.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'': The original director's workprint portrays the titular cobbler Tack as a HeroicMime until the end of the movie. Connery provided vocals for that line.
* '''Creator/HumphreyBogart''' actually rivals Connery for dominion over this trope if you go back and watch his less famous roles. ''Tokyo Joe'', for example, is an absolutely horrible ''{{Casablanca}}'' retread with awful casting and a terrible script, yet Bogart somehow elevates it from "garbage" to "wow, that was pretty decent." ''The Two Mrs. Carrolls'' is another example, although even Bogie can only drag that wreck so far (though you still won't regret watching it). On a more positive note, he took ''TheCaineMutiny'' from a good-but-forgettable war movie to an Oscar nominated masterpiece, and he did it with what, twenty minutes of screen time? If that?
** He got the part in ''The Petrified Forest'' because he'd played the role on Broadway, and was so good that leading man Leslie Howard wouldn't make the movie unless they cast Bogie. He of course nailed it so well that he immediately became the go-to guy to play tough villains in Hollywood until ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' bailed him out of his TypeCasting.
** Bogart wasn't named the Greatest Movie star of all time by the AFI for nothing. Even when he played supporting roles he elevated mostly forgettable films into must see viewing.
* '''Creator/SeanBean''', ladies and gentlemen. He can make even a Creator/MichaelBay movie good by his mere presence. To truly get an idea of his greatness, see [[http://web.archive.org/web/20081219185129/http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Sean_Bean this article]].
** Hey, Bay did one truly good movie, ''Film/TheRock'' - though as mentioned above, it stars the trope namer, and is a good example of Nic Cage contributing positively.
* '''Music/DavidBowie''', even if it's just for [[OneSceneWonder one scene]].
** He [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] [[MadeOfWin played]] [[NikolaTesla Nikola]] [[Film/ThePrestige Tesla]]. For 16 minutes. And it was ''[[MomentOfAwesome awesome]]''.
** What, no mention of [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} The Package]]?
* '''Creator/MichaelCaine'''
** Multiply him by the trope namer and you get a [[TheManWhoWouldBeKing golden crown]]
* '''Creator/RobertDeNiro'''
* '''Creator/BruceCampbell''' "Hail to the king, baby."
* '''Creator/JamesCoburn''' He made ''Film/HighRisk'', a subpar action/drug comedy, decent for the twenty minutes or so he's in it. Not to mention his roles in good movies like ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'' and ''Film/CrossOfIron''.
* '''Creator/RussellCrowe'''
* '''Creator/TimCurry'''
* '''Creator/WillemDafoe''', even in that [[Film/SpiderMan ridiculous outfit]].
** And especially in [[Film/TheBoondockSaints that other ridiculous outfit]].
** And doubly so in [[Film/StreetsOfFire that other ridiculous outfit]].
** Or even [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo as a fish]].
* '''Creator/HarrisonFord'''
* '''Creator/MorganFreeman''', particularly his voice.
* '''Creator/CaryGrant'''
* '''Creator/AlecGuinness'''
** In the case of Guinness (or Peter Sellers), the true Awesomeness number of the film can only be arrived at by multiplying the normal total by the number of roles in the film played by Guinness/Sellers.
* '''Creator/EdHarris'''
* '''Creator/AnthonyHopkins'''
* '''Creator/JasonIsaacs'''
* '''Creator/DustinHoffman'''
* '''Creator/JamesMarsden'''
* '''Creator/JohnnyDepp'''
* '''Creator/LaurenceFishburne'''
* '''Creator/HughJackman'''
* '''Creator/SamuelLJackson''' is synonymous with awesomeness. [[OldShame Except in]] ''JungleFever''.
* '''Creator/BorisKarloff''' and/or '''Creator/BelaLugosi'''.
* '''[[DwayneJohnson The Rock]]''', though "[[TheToothFairy Dwayne]] [[PlanetFiftyOne Johnson]]" is not as lucky.
* '''Creator/FrankLangella'''
* '''Creator/ChristopherLee''': Look no further than ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and ''[[TheHowling Howling II]]'' for evidence of how even total crap can be made awesome by his being there (to say nothing of his ''good'' movies, and disputed stuff such as the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels).
** Also that he continued soldiering on through the Hammer ''Dracula'' films as they got worse and worse solely because of how many crew jobs the studio reminded him would be lost if they stopped making the films says something for this man's character. Not to mention that he tries his hardest to make each one of them worthwhile.
* '''Creator/IanMcKellen'''
* '''Creator/BillMurray'''
* '''JackNicholson''': Even when he's essentially [[AdamWesting playing himself]], he makes everything better.
* '''LaurenceOlivier''': considered to be one of the greatest actors of all time. Despite all the professional success and having the official knight title of Sir Laurence Olivier, [[HumbleHero he always insisted on being called "Larry"]]
* '''Creator/RonPerlman'''
* '''VincentPrice''' Mix carefully with MichaelJackson, and you get [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Thriller]]!
* '''Creator/AlanRickman''': Really, the only reason to see ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' is him ChewingTheScenery as the Sheriff Of Nottingham. It's also another example for Creator/SeanConnery, who makes a uncredited cameo right at the end and [[OneSceneWonder steals the scene completely]].
* '''Geoffrey Rush''': Case in point, ''TheWarriorsWay''
* '''Creator/PatrickStewart'''
* '''MerylStreep''' is singlehandedly capable of making any movie she is ever in ''awesome'', by virtue of the fact that she is ''Meryl Frakking Streep''.
** AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) should just rename the Best Actress award into the Meryl Streep Award and call it a day. She won only 3 of 17 (!) nominations because it would be boring if she just took it every time.
* '''Creator/ChristopherWalken''', [[OneSceneWonder full stop]].
** Single-hanedly manages to prevent ''Film/AViewToAKill'' from being one of the worst ''Film/JamesBond'' films.
** [[MoneyDearBoy On the same vein]], '''Creator/LanceHenriksen'''.
* '''DenzelWashington'''
* The English quartet of awesome:
** '''Creator/HelenMirren'''
** '''JudiDench'''
** '''Creator/EmmaThompson'''
** '''[[IronLady Maggie Smith]]'''
* '''Creator/AudreyHepburn'''
* '''Creator/KatharineHepburn''': Was awesome both in movies and in real life.
* It doesn't seem to matter what '''Creator/AllisonJanney''' is in: she sells it.
** Except for ''[[SeltzerAndFriedberg Date Movie]]''. But then, ''no one'' could have sold ''Date Movie''.
* '''Creator/JohnWayne'''. Notice that his movie awesomeness multiplier increases by a factor of 10 when it's also a Western, or if Creator/MaureenOHara is playing opposite him.
* As pointed by her page, '''SummerGlau'''.
* '''{{BRIAN BLESSED}}''' is just ''SO'' [[LargeHam hammy]] that any movie he is in is ''automatically'' awesome.
* '''Creator/LiamNeeson'''.
* '''GaryOldman'''.
* '''David Thewlis'''.
* '''JulieAndrews'''.
* '''Creator/HugoWeaving'''.
* '''Creator/GeneHackman'''.
* '''Creator/PeterOToole'''.
* '''MarlonBrando'''. Even when he was [[JerkAss behaving like a dick]], demanding [[MoneyDearBoy exorbitant salaries]], or [[InsufferableGenius eulogizing about his own awesomeness]], he delivered a whole new level of oomph to just about every film he was in.
** Brando's standout example was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JrK4gnNqOU his ten-minute scene]] in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' - for which he demanded ''$3.5 million dollars!'' He showed up to play the AuthorityEqualsAsskicking warlord at the last minute [[TheyJustDidntCare at least a dozen pounds overweight and drunk as a fish]] - '''They had to have another actor play him for far-off shots.''' His scene was one long CloseUpOnHead. '''''[[TropesAreNotBad And he owns the movie!]]'''''
*** So much that most of the added scenes in the ''Redux'' version feature him, including well-lit full body appearances!
* '''Creator/MaureenOHara''' Her synergy with Creator/JohnWayne is noted above.
* '''Creator/LeonardNimoy'''. Even ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' improves from his presence!
* '''Vincent D'Onofrio'''. This Troper dares you to name just one bad performance he ever gave in any movie. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Just. One.]]
* '''Creator/MichaelShannon''', who is right up there with Creator/ChristopherWalken and OrsonWelles with his ability to [[OneSceneWonder steal a movie simply by showing up]].
* '''NathanFillion'''
* '''Creator/CharlesBronson''' many of his films are just him staring people coldly before shooting them, but that's all that is needed.
* '''Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger'''. Especially if you like a lot of NarmCharm in your films.
** It's been said that only the HamAndCheese performances by him and UmaThurman put ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' into SoBadItsGood territory (plus Uma's FanService, of course).
*** He does seem to really be enjoying himself with it. Possibly making him the only one who realized how awful that movie was going to be. His performance of Mr. Freeze was on par with the villains of Adam West's Batman. Probably BETTER than the actual Mr. Freeze actor from the 60s (of which there were three - George Sanders, Otto Preminger[[note]]who Adam West ''loathed''[[/note]] and Creator/EliWallach).
*** He's also been delivering [[BondOneLiner absurd]] [[PreMortemOneLiner zingers]] for years, so he knew how to pull it off.
* '''RLeeErmey'''
* '''TinaFey.''' Even when its just [[WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}} her]] [[PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea voice]]...
* '''Creator/MrT''' pities the foo' who doesn't include him on this list!
* '''Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter'''.
* '''Creator/JeffBridges'''
** [[TheBigLebowski "Yeah, well that's just, like, your opinion, man."]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmeQaXuFig JEFF BRIDGES!]]
* '''Creator/SteveBuscemi'''.
** Multiply by 10 if he's working with Creator/TheCoenBrothers.
*** Or Quentin Tarantino
* '''Creator/JeanReno'''. He even made parts of ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' bearable.
* '''OliverReed'''. The fact that he is in certain movies is often the most -- or even ''only'' -- notable thing about them.
* '''Creator/TomHanks'''. Used in-universe in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', during a tourist attraction ad: "Hi, I'm Tom Hanks. The American Government has used up all its credibility so it's borrowing some of mine."
* '''Creator/AngelinaJolie'''. Her bad movies would be much worse without her.
* '''Creator/NeilPatrickHarris'''
* '''Creator/CrispinFreeman'''
* '''Creator/BruceWillis'''
* '''Creator/RobertDowneyJr'''
* '''ChristopherLloyd''' the best character actor in Hollywood in whatever role he may fall into, whether it's [[Film/BackToTheFuture a mad genius going through time or allowing someone else to do so]] [[DeadlyGames or as a videogame devil]] [[OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest or else as a mad man in a madhouse]] [[Series/TheAddamsFamily or a crazy bald uncle coming back from the Bermuda triangle]] [[WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster or an eccentric librarian]]; whatever his role is, it's awesome thanks to him.
** And particularly [[SuburbanCommando anything in which he]] [[LargeHam was]] [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic frozen]] [[MemeticMutation today]].
* '''Creator/JimCarrey'''
* '''Creator/BruceLee'''
* '''Creator/LeeMarvin''': To quote Homer Simpson: "He's ALWAYS drunk and violent!"
* '''Creator/ClaudiaBlack''': Even if it is [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins just]] [[{{Uncharted}} her]] [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 voice]].
* '''Creator/JenniferHale''': Full stop. Has been called the Creator/MerylStreep of video games if that's any indication.
* '''Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme''', who gives some entertainment to even the worst movies. However, many consider his performance as [[Film/StreetFighter Guile]] to be a massive exception to this rule, indeed -- many think that it's one of the (many, many, many) things wrong with the film.
* '''Creator/PeterLorre''' was the master of wit, style, and vaguely sinister Eastern European accents. Inspired a song by TomSmith.
* '''Music/VladimirVysotsky''' was this for the Soviet Sinema.
* '''Creator/DavidWarner'''. He was in both the [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier fifth Star Trek film]] and the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles second Ninja Turtles film]], and he is arguably the best thing in both films.
** [[Film/{{Tron}} End of line.]]
** David Warner + Sean Connery + Creator/MontyPython equals ''TimeBandits'', and Warner pulls a [[EvilIsHammy deliciously hammy job]] as Evil.
* '''BenedictCumberbatch'''
* '''Christoph Waltz'''
* '''Holly Hunter'''
* '''Ricardo Montalban'''
* '''David Carradine'''
* '''Cate Blanchett'''
* '''Creator/ChristianBale''', no one could have been a better [[AmericanPsycho Bateman]] or a better [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]].
** Many otherwise admirers of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' think little of his acting as Batman, [[{{Narm}} particularly voice-wise]].
* '''Creator/KevinConroy''', so good he's played Batman more times than any other actor living or otherwise.
* '''KevinSpacey'''
* '''RaulJulia''', whose performance in the notoriously awful ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie is widely regarded as the only part of the movie which is truly good (as opposed to merely SoBadItsGood).
** His virtuoso turn as [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Gomez Addams]] is beyond reproach; he didn't make a bad film good, he took what could have been a rough film and polished it to a high sheen.
*** To give an idea of just how iconic his performance as Gomez was, not even ''Tim Curry'' (also appearing on this page) could fill Julia's shoes in the role.
* '''Creator/IdrisElba''', who from a guest shot on the American version of ''TheOffice'' to {{Luther}} to [[Film/{{Thor}} Heimdall]], and everything in between, will always raise the quality of anything he is in.
** Though he will always be [[TheWire Stringer Bell]] to us.
** If there really ever was a [[{{Film/Thor}} dark-skinned Asgardian]], that deity must have reincarnated as this guy.
* '''John Candy''', the man who reeks of comic gold and silvery awesomeness.
** ''{{Volunteers}}'', especially his interrogation by the Thailand Commies before he's brainwashed. ([[{{Irony}} "That will be]] [[GilliganCut a challenge."]])
** ''Film/{{Splash}}''.
** ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.
** ''Film/SummerRental''. ([[MakesSenseInContext "I'd take those over a power tool any day."]])
** ''UncleBuck''. Oh god, Uncle Buck.
*** "Nyi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi ... ever heard of a ritual killing" (beat) "nyi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi."
*** The cordless drill break-in, with the most epic lighting and camera angles ever seen in a John Hughes movie. [[OhCrap Then Buck realizes his mistake]]. But he keeps going. And all without dialogue, carried by John Candy's impeccably-timed facial expressions.
** ''Film/{{JFK}}'', even though he's a bad guy. ("I was on drugs at the hospital.")
** [[Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles Those aren't PILLOWS!!!!!!!!!!11111111oneoneoneone]]
* '''Nick Nolte'''.
* '''PhilipSeymourHoffman'''
* '''John Goodman''' The same rule under Steve Buscemi also applies to Mr. Goodman.
* '''Creator/ClintEastwood'''
* Arguably, '''Music/TheBeatles''', either solo or as individuals. Often an appearance or starring role by RingoStarr or JohnLennon is the best part of many films.
** Not to mention music-wise, of course. Featuring PaulMcCartney and GeorgeHarrison in your song is always an advantage!
* '''KeithDavid'''. And his voice even more.
* '''Bill Nighy'''. The best part of many a bad film.
* '''EllenPage'''. Not a lot of people liked ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', but they did like Kitty Pryde taking down the Juggernaut.
* '''Creator/PierceBrosnan''', widely considered the definitive Film/JamesBond after the trope namer. Even if the Bond movies he did after ''Film/GoldenEye'' weren't that well written, Brosnan in the very least made them watchable, if not more so. And then there's [[RemingtonSteele his]] [[TheThomasCrownAffair other]] [[TheTailorOfPanama work]].
* Voice actor '''[[VideoGame/{{Bastion}} Logan Cunningham]]'''.
* '''MartinSheen'''
* '''Sam Neill'''
* How about '''Creator/BettyWhite'''???
* Creator/RogerEbert has what's called the "Stanton-Walsh Rule" which states that nothing featuring HarryDeanStanton (''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Paris, Texas'', ''Repo Man'' and TV's ''Series/BigLove'') or M. Emmett Walsh (''BloodSimple'', ''TheJerk'', ''Film/BladeRunner'') in a supporting role can be altogether bad. However when ''Film/WildWildWest'' (Walsh) and ''DreamALittleDream'' (Stanton) came out Ebert had to recant.
* '''Creator/AlPacino'''
* '''Creator/AmandaTapping'''
** Or, for that matter, her ''Series/StargateSG1'' co-star '''Richard Dean Anderson'''. Stargate series aside, there's also a voice-acting turn as himself on TheSimpsons, a stint in soap operas, and of course his ''other'' most famous role, MacGyver.
* '''JoePesci''' - Friend GeorgeCarlin claimed that he prayed to Joe because he looked like a man that 'could get things done'. If that doesn't say anything about how convincing he is, nothing will.
* '''Creator/JasonStatham'''
* '''ZeljkoIvanek''' - Falls under HeyItsThatGuy!, but usually steals the show.
* '''Creator/MarkHamill'''
* '''Creator/JackieEarleHaley''' in everything he's made since his 2006 comeback.
* '''Creator/JeffreyCombs'''
* '''Creator/JeremyIrons''': Even in the godawful ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'', he was the one redeeming factor.
* '''Creator/PeterWeller''': The man was [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension cool]] before it was [[Franchise/RoboCop cool]]. He worked with some rough material; some more [[Series/{{Fringe}} easier to get away with]], some [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise harder]].
* '''Creator/OrsonWelles''': [[Film/TheThirdMan Enough]] [[AManForAllSeasons said]].
* '''Creator/JamesEarlJones''': The voice.
* '''ReeseWitherspoon''': She was in ''{{Freeway}}'' and ''Film/{{Election}}''. She will forever be awesome!
* '''Creator/GeorgeClooney''' (except on ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', where his Batman is - unfortunately, as he even looks like Bruce Wayne - a negative factor)
* '''Creator/WillSmith''', to many people.
* '''TildaSwinton''' [[http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/64047251.html who is a goddess that can do no wrong.]] It's the exact reason she's become obligated to appear in every one of the ''{{Narnia}}'' movies despite her character only being present in two of the books!
* '''Creator/PaulGiamatti'''
* '''Tom Wilkinson'''
* '''Creator/AlfredMolina'''
* '''Dennis Quaid'''. There's the obvious ones like ''Film/EnemyMine'', ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', ''The Rookie'' and ''The Special Relationship''. But he delivers even in less universally-praised films like ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix2004'', ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' or the otherwise so-so ''Wyatt Earp'' where he rivals [[Film/{{Tombstone}} Val Kilmer]] with his rendition of Doc Holliday.
* '''Dean Stockwell'''
* '''Creator/EmmaStone'''
* '''MichaelFassbender'''
* '''Creator/CharlesDance''' Whatever your opinion of ''Film/LastActionHero'' may be, there's no denying that he stole the show right out from under the nose of Arnold himself. No small feat.
* '''MartinFreeman'''
* '''Creator/ViggoMortensen'''
* '''Creator/JasonSegel''', especially if he is singing or playing music.
* '''Creator/JeremyRenner''' is becoming this ever since ''TheHurtLocker''.
* '''Creator/AnneHathaway'''
* '''Creator/GeneWilder'''.
* '''Creator/MalcolmMcDowell'''.
* '''JamesCagney'''.
* '''Creator/WernerHerzog''', whenever he acts.
* '''Creator/PatrickWarburton''', even if it's just his voice.
* '''Creator/MontyPython members''', collectively, individually or in sections, whether a Python has any input into the writing/directing/producing or not, can certainly be a highlight of many movies. In ''really'' dire productions, they tend to be the ''only'' light!
* '''Patrick [=McGoohan=]'s''' intense presence (in whatever amount) would considerably lift the awesomeness of whatever production he was in and make you take even the most rubbish lines seriously.
* Movie critic Jeremy Jahns has what he calls the "Strong/Tucci Rule". Named after actors Creator/MarkStrong and Stanley Tucci, the rule reads that any movie featuring either Creator/MarkStrong or Stanley Tucci is instantly better than they would be were it not for their participation, and their the two actors are likely going to be the best things about the movie, regardless.
* '''KarlUrban''', particularly if he's [[StarTrek a doctor]] or [[{{Dredd}} the law]].

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!Cage Factors

* '''NicolasCage''' can elevate films like ''Film/WildAtHeart'', ''Film/LeavingLasVegas'', ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'', and ''Film/{{Kick-Ass}}''.
** NicolasCage is best described as good in good movies, and hilarious in bad movies.
*** So much that ''TheWickerMan'' can be a GREAT movie [[{{Narm}} as long as you view it as a comedy.]] I mean, how else are you supposed to view him punching a woman out while dressed in a bear costume, or the infamous "Not the bees"?
*** Cage is the only reason anyone should EVER willingly watch the movie ''Film/{{Deadfall}}''. But good god he makes every second of his screen time a joy to watch.
** See also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeXIoBnu2MU The Nic Cage Song]]
* '''TomCruise''' has played several roles that were seemingly made for him.
** Definitely a +5 (at the very least) for playing [[ClusterFBomb a certain role]] in [[Film/TropicThunder a certain movie]].
* '''JackBlack'''. His LargeHam can be positive (''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''), and he can even be subdued and rather sweet (''Film/TheHoliday'', ''Film/ShallowHal'').
* '''SylvesterStallone''', who despite ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' under his belt, has taken home more [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards]] than anyone due to ''many'' unsalvageable films.
* '''Creator/BenStiller''' has certainly become this if he wasn't this already. He helps many of his mainstream comedies, such as ''NightAtTheMuseum'' and ''Tower Heist'', and is more successful when he's directing himself in a film like ''Film/TropicThunder'' or is starring in an art house film like ''TheRoyalTenenbaums''.
** Consider the irony given that his dad Jerry Stiller certainly follows Rule of Sean Connery as far as his role and delivery in {{Seinfeld}} is concerned, though [[TheKingOfQueens some of his work]] is irredeemable crap.
* '''SandraBullock''' is the only actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress (for ''TheBlindSide'') and a Razzie for Worst Actress (for ''Film/AllAboutSteve'') in the same year. She even [[MedalOfDishonor attended the 2010 Razzie ceremony to collect her "award".]]
* '''MichaelCera''', to the point he earned a {{Hatedom}} - but still works in works such as ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
** When it comes to Cera there are two types of viewers: Those who like Michael Cera Hipster flicks (who still hate ''YearOne''), and those who hate Michael Cera Hipster flicks (who will still enjoy ''ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'').
* '''JackieChan''' may have some amazing fight scenes, but his acting ability and insistence on being family friendly trumps any BadAss factor he may have had.
** Jackie is aware of this and actually tried to remedy it with ShinjukuIncident.
* With the possible exception of Cage, the thing these actors have in common is [[IAmNotLeonardNimoy playing every role the same way.]] When it works, it really works. When it doesn't, it can ruin the picture.
** Another thing these actors have in common is that their hits are usually films where their abilities are put to best use, for example if one considers Tom Cruise 'good' in RainMan, it's because his acting style is minimalistic and doesn't clash with Dustin Hoffman's more extravagant performance.
* '''MatthewBroderick''', depending on whether he's in [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]] mode or [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} "That's a lot of fish"]] mode.
* '''Creator/KevinCostner'''. He makes great westerns, and helps films such as ''Film/{{JFK}}''.
* '''Creator/JenniferAniston''' has an acting range that stretches all the way from A to B, but sometimes (''{{Friends}}'', ''The Good Girl'') is helpful to what she's working on.
** ''Film/HorribleBosses'' where she plays against type. It works.
* '''OwenWilson'''
* '''Creator/EugeneLevy'''. Hes not the guy to save a film if its otherwise bad, but if youre already suffering through it, hell brighten up your experience for however long hes onscreen. And when hes in a genuinely good movie, all the better.
* '''RobinWilliams'''. Whenever hes funny, hes REALLY funny, and elevates such films as ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' and ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. However, when hes obnoxious (see ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'', ''Film/{{Flubber}}'' and ''Film/PatchAdams''), hes REALLY obnoxious. And when he's [[Film/OneHourPhoto creepy]]...
** And the there's those rare times when he's doing a [[Film/GoodWillHunting dramatic]] role, which he can be surprisingly good at. It mainly depends on the writing.
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[[TheStinger ... and let's not forget he]] [[TriviallyObvious who works in any work he's in, namely]] ChuckNorris.