Extra Fail: As Coach Carter cancels a game, one extra takes the news particularly badly.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: An inability to just dial it down a notch. We suspect he'd only be good for scenes that require him to drop to his knees and yell "Nooooo!" at the sky.
Quantum of Solace
Extra Fail: As Bond takes a quiet moment on his motorbike, one extra in the background sweeps thin air.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Failure to commit to the role. Clearly unwilling to get his hands dirty for the sake of his art.
Planet of the Apes
Extra Fail: As the apes throw rocks at their human escapee, one can be seen putting in no effort whatsoever.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Lady: No upper arm strength means that this extra would be useless for any stunt work. Or, indeed, any work of any kind.
Die Hard 2
Extra Fail: As a panicked crowd flee the scene, one extra rolls around on the floor... for no reason.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: If he makes a meal out of simply 'running away', imagine what he'd do if he got some actual dialogue. It would be more overacted than watching Nicolas Cage play William Shatner.
The Dark Knight
Extra Fail: Harvey Dent's press conference about arresting Batman gets out of hand when someone yells "No more dead cops!" (at 1.05 in the clip) and the extra sitting directly in front of him agrees with this more than he has ever agreed with anything in his life.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Inability to differentiate between 'general agreement' and 'sheer maniacal terror'.
Everything Must Go
Extra Fail: Two children happily playing on the lawn suddenly get terrifyingly frozen in place.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Stars: Having obviously been told to 'stay still', these kids followed this instruction to the letter when perhaps some artistic interpretation was possible.
Extra Fail: In this diner scene, the man sat by himself behind De Niro eats his dinner and tries to fit in with the rest of the film. Fails miserably.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Just too can't-take-your-eyes-off-him ordinary. He's like a charisma black hole - it's fascinating in all the wrong ways.
Extra Fail: As everyone flees the beach screaming, this hairy-faced man happily wades in to greet the shark like an old friend.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Inappropriate method acting. He has obviously come up with his own character motives for this scene.
The Last Samurai
Extra Fail: This horse expresses his displeasure – perhaps at his lack of lines – by lashing out at a fellow extra.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Horse: Unable to control his temper, it would basically be like trying to work with the horse equivalent of a mid-rant Christian Bale.
Extra Fail: As an angry audience express their displeasure at this speaker before settling down, one extra in the background hasn’t quite finished being annoyed.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: He just can't keep up with the other actors. He'd be rubbish in a Fast And Furious movie.
Extra Fail: As Hulk Hogan coasts down the road on his motorbike, a guy can be seen in the background throwing a dog into the sea. For some reason.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: To be fair, it's more likely that he isn't an extra and is just a cruel passer-by. He still wouldn't get far in this business without PETA breathing down his neck though.
Extra Fail: As Dean Wormer receives his gold whistle, one twitching extra in the background just can’t keep still.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Ok, so this guy might have an actual medical condition and we obviously wouldn't chastise him for that. We're just saying that maybe a career that requires him to remain inconspicuous in the background isn't for him.
The Dark Knight Rises
Extra Fail: A thug goes in to attack Batman, pauses for a bit and then falls over without getting touched.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: You don't see The Rock going down like that.
Extra Fail: When William’s mother attends his graduation even though he is absent, the extra over her shoulder tries to portray surprise at his no-show. Instead she portrays “I hope I get caught on camera – this might be my big break”.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Cameron Crowe ranted about this extra in his director's commentary for the film so he has probably had her blacklisted.
Extra Fail: When Forrest proves himself on the football field, everyone celebrates, including the assistant coach whose happiness translates as a weird wide-eyed, open-mouthed look (at 1.16 in this clip) before yelling “YEEEAAAH”.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Can't differentiate between happiness and frothing sexual excitement.
The Return of the Musketeers
Extra Fail: As the queen is presented with a gift, one black-hatted, white-feathered extra can barely contain his ‘interested’ face.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Unable to keep his expressions in check. If he ever had to convey genuine shock, his face would probably break.
Extra Fail: “BATMAN! NEEEHHHHH!”
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Turns line readings into incomprehensible noise.
Extra Fail: At the end of the film, one extra makes a Vulcan hand salute and unwittingly creates an unlikely movie crossover.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Unless he actually got cast in a Star Trek film, his fandom will always stand in the way of his career. If he did this on the set of the new Star Wars film and got away with it, the Internet would haemorrhage and die.
You Only Live Twice
Extra Fail: Blofeld’s cat desperately wants to escape his master’s evil clutches and gives himself a hernia in the process.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Cat: Doesn't get on well with its co-stars. Easily distracted by string, etc.
Million Dollar Baby
Extra Fail: An audience member is just so jump-up-and-down happy about this fight.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: The only reasonable explanation for this is if the extra had really, actually placed a bet on the fight. So we're going to have to go with gambling addiction.
Extra Fail: As the Ghostbusters arrive to save the day, one foppish, red-haired extra gets too excited, yelling “Ghostbusters! Alright! Alright!” (at 1.34 in the clip), to the annoyance of everyone.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Too distracting, too enthusiastic, too MUCH. And he nearly tramples all over the end of Bill Murray's line. Hey Red, just tone it down.
10 Things I Hate About You
Extra Fail: When the coach is accidentally shot with an arrow (at 7.30 in the clip), one girl is sent to get medical help… but after running for a short while, she just stops and turns around, assuming she is out of shot.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Lady: Not committed to the role. You have to give 110% in this business and she's giving 15-16% tops.
Star Trek Generations
Extra Fail: When the Enterprise defeats the Klingon bird of prey, a newly emoted Data punches the air in triumph, which would have had more of an impact if the extra behind him didn’t do the same thing a split-second before.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Constantly tries to steal the scene and undermine his fellow co-stars. Actually, he'd probably do quite well in Hollywood.
Extra Fail: Following the film’s epic bloody battle, two opposing fighters can be seen in the background just half-heartedly clanging swords together before giving up.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Men: These guys can't do anything unless specifically choreographed for them. They probably appear as extras in other films, just lazily walking down the street before giving up and stopping.
Extra Fail: A whaaaaat?
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Unless he was voicing a lovable cartoon animal, he'd probably have to be dubbed in every scene.
Enter The Dragon
Extra Fail: As Bruce Lee delivers a formidable triple kick to his opponent's face (at 2.20 in this clip), one of the extras inexplicably bursts into laughter.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Inappropriate sense of humour. Casting him in a horror film would be a disaster.
North By Northwest
Extra Fail: Knowing what’s coming next, this kid plugs his fingers in his ears in preparation of the ‘surprise’ gunshot.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man : Sensitive hearing. If he didn't like the loud gunshot, let's hope this kid never worked on a Michael Bay film.
Extra Fail: The most famous extra – nay, the most famous GOOF – in movie history. Isn’t this guy a little tall for a stormtrooper?
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Too clumsy. It would be like working with Frank Spencer.
Extra Fail: Often mistaken to be a male extra flashing his genitalia, the widescreen version revealed the extra to actually be a woman. Which still doesn’t make this behaviour acceptable.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Lady: If she thinks it's ok to be on camera with her jeans undone to this extent, she's going to have a lot of clashes with the wardrobe department. Imagine if she ever worked on a costume drama. It's unthinkable.
Back to the Future III
Extra Fail: Doc Brown’s kid Verne beckons YOU the audience to come closer and inspect his groin in the creepiest way possible.
Why They'll Never Make A Leading Man: Apparently this kid was signalling that he needed the loo, but really he should have gone before filming started. There's no time in this business for weak bladders.