The Insider (1999)
Ben Affleck is Jeffrey Wigand
Affleck plays tobacco industry whistleblower Wigand in this tense conspiratorial thriller. The star piles on the weight for the role with disastrous results: it looks like you could lose a finger in his chin dimple, and repulsed audiences make the film a flop.
Russell Crowe is A.J. Frost
Crowe plays oil-rigger A.J. in this blockbuster action romance. The film is a huge hit but critics tag the ending, in which Crowe punches the meteor back into space and gets drunk with Bruce Willis, as an ‘emotional disappointment’.