I’m talking about actors who are undeniably talented but are almost always in bad movies, or at least movies that aren’t worthy of their talent. Sure, Whoopi was in The Color Purple, but that’s it. Other examples: Martin Short. Michael Keaton (well, I liked Mr. Mom and Johnny Dangerously, but they’re still not worthy of his talent).
Do they have bad taste, or just bad luck?
What’s the opposite? William Holden. (I can’t think of any more recent examples of mediocre actors who’ve appeared in several great movies, but I’m sure there are some.)
P.S. This goes in some sort of series with Objects of the class “Weekend at Bernie’s” (which, as the commenters said, include Heathers and Zelig as well).