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John Goodman, “The Babe” (1992)
Widely considered one of the worst baseball movies of all time, John Goodman suffers the same cruel fate of lesser actors like Tom Selleck, Corbin Bernsen, and Freddie Prinze Jr: string players all on their respective Titanics. But it takes a true bumbling virtuosity to turn the beloved “Bambino” into a boozy, maladorous, more tempestous version of The Donald. Goodman — betrayed by the incompetence of screenwriter John Fusco — depicts America’s first PR darling, “The Sultan of Swat,” as a cigar-chomping lout with absolutely zero social graces. “The Babe” is a nightmare of a movie, something akin to watching your childhood hero thrash in the battered last throes of his career.