John Malkovich is synonymous with taste and sophistication (a reputation that Being John Malkovich capitalizes on, with hilarious results). It’s easy to forget that this actor has many Rotten films in his repertoire. In just two years, he appeared in six films with a Rotten Tomatoes score of less than 25%. Loud and Clear Reviews points out that we simply overlook Malkovich’s terrible films because they’re far more memorable than his most popular films, so we assume he has a perfect record.
He does not do it. For example, his character in the under-rated White Elephant adds nothing to the story, says BluRay.com’s Brian Orndorf. And not even Malkovich can redeem Rogue Hostage, a film in which the actor “seriously drifts away,” according to The Guardian. Malkovich told GQ magazine that he decided to stop accepting offers for film projects that he couldn’t afford to compensate. As much as he’s enjoyed working on indie films like Manoel de Oliveira’s I’m Going Home, he needs to be a little more hands-on. “I don’t want to work for free anymore,” he told the outlet. Like everyone else, Malkovich has to make a living, which might explain why he’s seemingly settled for less-than-ideal movies lately.
There don’t seem to be any Malkovich films on the horizon anytime soon, but we can always look forward to seeing him in 100 Years, which is slated for a Cannes release in 2115 (and yes, we mean 2115). .