5. ICE CUBE AS DESOLATION WILLIAMS IN JOHN CARPENTER’S GHOST OF MARS (2001)
We’re the first to commend Ice Cube for his undeniably successful transition from hip-hop to cinema. After all, if he’d stuck with just rap, we would’ve never been blessed with the modern-day comedy classic Friday. And in Three Kings, his bid for action status worked because he was part of an ensemble, not the big cheese. But in once-great filmmaker John Carpenter’s putrid Ghosts of Mars, an unqualified Cube was tasked with being the flick’s Clint Eastwood-type hero, a clear sign that Carpenter was about to screw the pooch career-wise. The movie was such a bomb that the makers of 2005’s XXX: State Of The Union never even saw it. How else can one explain their decision to pick Cube as Vin Diesel’s replacement?