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What's A Nice Actor Like You Doing In A Movie Like This?: The ultimate guide to the most embarrassing movies in history, and the celebrities who appeared in them. Paperback – November 19, 2010

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About the Author

Dan Whitehead has almost twenty years experience writing for, and about, the entertainment industry. His other published works include the Edgar Allen Poe graphic novel Nevermore, unofficial biographies of George Clooney and Hugh Grant, as well as licensed publications such as The Official Star Wars Episode II Annual and two official Lord of the Rings movie magazines. He has been a videogames consultant for Guinness World Records, was formerly the editor of Movie Insider magazine, and has provided incisive interviews and ribald reviews for DVD & Blu-ray Review, Hotdog, Eurogamer, CHUD.com and The Big Issue In The North. He has been described as "a funny guy" by the writer of Catwoman.

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456312812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456312817
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Wheaton on December 3, 2010
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I feel like I see my share of movies, but had probably only caught 5% of these. Yeah, I knew Matthew McConaughey was in the fourth "Texas Chainsaw," but had never heard of "The Aliens Are Coming" much less known Ed Harris was in it. Knew about Sam Elliott in "Frogs," but had no idea about Jesse Eisenberg in "Cursed," Mila Kunis in the '95 "Piranha," Bill Nighy in the Robert Englund "Phantom of the Opera," or Taylor Lautner in something called "Shadow Fury." Not only that, Whitehead is an excellent and witty tour guide through this marsh of "Yep, Eugene Levy was in something called 'Cannibal Girls' and after you read this, you'll be damned if you don't hunt that thing down" as he makes even what must be the worst crap sound damn interesting and a must-see if only to laugh and be like, "Oh, my God - he/she IS in this!!"

Full disclosure, I am not only a fan, but also a writer of an included "movie like this" in this book, just you'll have to buy it yourself and flip to page 392 to get the scoop (and a delightful freeze-frame from the culprit). If you love Hollywood for all the wrong reasons, this is definitely the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Molinaro on January 9, 2011
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The fact that Dan Whitehead willingly sat through all these exceptionally bad films is one thing. But to write a book about them for the collective movie geeks of the world is another... and yet it is a worthy achievement. I have made it about a quarter of my way in this book and am rather enjoying it. Lots of arcane movie trivia throughout and it also just goes to show that many of our favorite actors and actresses either started or ended their careers in some awfully silly film productions. Mr. Whitehead has a writing style that it engaging and I have chuckled many times whilst reading this. This is the perfect gift for any true movie geek, especially those with a fondness for films of sci-fi and horror variety.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rutger on January 16, 2011
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Dan Whitehead sacrificed 4 years of his life watching terrible movies so you don't have to. It offers tons of humorous descriptions about films that now famous actors wished never existed.
This is something for everyone. For the common sane man it offers lots of funny trivia about actors they have probably seen and can use to impress people at the bar. For the geek extraordinaire it is a nice source to refresh their knowledge of embarrassing movie moments as well as offer a good list of actors they should stick to when ranting to the common sane man at the bar about movies.

A must have! One in your night cabinet next to the bible, one for on the shelf of history books and one for the toilet to make guests feel at home.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CJ Robertson on November 29, 2010
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This book is off the chain and you'd be stupid not to get it yourself or anyone. 5 stars brah.
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As a genre film fan, this was probably one of the most entertaining non-fiction books I've ever read. Neatly organized by actor's first name in alphabetical order, you can easily leaf through it and see if your favorite actor's ever embarrassed him/herself in any way. Chances are, he/she will have! Just as valid would be to just read it cover to cover, since the short (and often quite outrageous) segments are unlikely to bore anyone. Did you know Eva Mendes AND Naomi Watts were in *different* CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequels? They surely wish you didn't!

Buy it!
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Fun book that looks at movies actors took early in their careers or in the twlight of their careers. Whitehead has a wonderfully snarky voice when discussing curious choices or whether they were phoning in their performance.

He lays out why he picked the movies that he did to review - mostly horror - in the introduction which gives the book a nice structure. After that it's all reviews which is exactly what you would want and he made me laugh more than once. He even mentions several movies you might seek out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suttytx on November 30, 2010
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Where to start? This tome is a delight. Let me put it this way: enjoy sitting by a warm fire with a loved one? Enjoy sipping on a delicious beverage of frothy goodness? Enjoy eating figs hand-fed to you from a small man? Then you'll love this book, because it's better than all of those COMBINED! You heard me! Great book, full of wonderful facts of stuff. Kudos to this author of authors!

Great gift for the holidays (ie Christmas)!
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