Every actor has starred in their fair share of bad movies at some point in their careers. Vin Diesel is no exception to this rule. He has played the great patriarch of the Fast & Furious family for 20 years, and he’s also a hero of a few repetitive words in Guardians of the Galaxy. /Film conducted a survey of which movies he starred in that fans think are the worst, and the winner has already been chosen.
Of those polled, 22% of fans picked Billy Lynn’s Longest Halftime Walk as the worst movie that Vin Diesel ever starred in. Trailing behind that is xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the third sequel to his early action film role in xXx (Ice Cube took over in xXx: State of the Union), with just 20% of the vote. Babylon A.D. is in third place with 17.48% of the vote. The final three worst films on the list are Bloodshot, his failed attempt to start a superhero movie franchise outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (it’s based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name), at 14%; The Last Witch Hunter at 13.7%; and surprisingly Vin Diesel’s 2009 franchise starter, Fast & Furious at 12.6%.
Billy Lynn’s Longest Halftime Walk is a 2016 film about the titular teenage U.S. Army specialist, played by Joe Alwyn, whose acts of courage shoot him and his unit to celebrity status after getting caught on camera dragging what the media believed to be a wounded Sergeant Virgil “Shroom” Breem, played by Vin Diesel, to safety during an intense battle in Iraq in October 2004. Following their return to America for Shroom’s funeral, Billy and his fellow troops, whom the media erroneously dubbed the “Bravo Squad,” are sent on a publicity tour culminating at the halftime show of the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving home game.
Ultimately, the public story for Joe Alwyn’s and Vin Diesel’s characters is something different from the truth. The real events are revealed through flashbacks in which Billy recalled his time with Shroom, who would give him philosophical advice in their downtime, leading up to him getting shot by an insurgent, whom Billy kills in self-defense, and bleeding to death by the time the young soldier comes back to help him.
It’s surprising to see that Billy Lynn’s Longest Halftime Walk, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Ben Fountain, was crowned the worst Vin Diesel outing, considering that it was helmed by Ang Lee, who won the Academy Award for Best Director from Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, and used the same cutting-edge visual effects from those films to tell the grittiest war story next to Saving Private Ryan. Aside from Vin Diesel, a lot of well-renowned actors were attached to the movie, like Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, and Steve Martin — the last two of which are usually well-versed in comedy. With all that star power, Billy Lynn’s Longest Halftime Walk had too many expectations to live up to, and somehow it failed.
However, the film’s ratings tell a different story. Billy Lynn’s Longest Halftime Walk maintained a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Babylon A.D. received a disastrous 7% from critics, which makes it the worst reviewed movie of Vin Diesel’s career. It seems fans may have turned critics’ reviews on their head.