Katie Holmes Gets "Collective Groan" at Disastrous Screening

Entertainment Jan. 25, 2011 AT 1:38PM
Katie Holmes Gets "Collective Groan" at Disastrous Screening Credit: James Devaney/WireImage.com

Katie Holmes just can't catch a break -- at least when it comes to her career.

First her eight-part miniseries The Kennedys, in which she was set to star as former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was dropped by the History Channel, and now her crime drama, The Son of No One, has earned the undesired label of the Sundance Film Festival's first bomb.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, several industry insiders (and regular audience members) walked out of a screening Monday well before the final credits rolled. And when one viewer attempted to start a round of applause, no one was biting.

Cassian Elwes, who's selling distribution rights to the film, told Deadline that the exits were due to a mistake by the projectionist, who turned the lights on two scenes before the end of the flick.

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And though Holmes, only had a small role in the New York-based cop flick, which stars Al Pacino and Channing Tatum, an insider tells UsMagazine.com her performance was memorable -- for all the wrong reasons.

"When Katie showed up on screen, there was a collective groan," says a source, who attended the screening. "She plays the wife of a Queens' cop [Tatum] and she was completely miscast. They have her cursing a lot. And when she swore, there were chuckles."

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Continues the insider of the actress, 32, "She was wrong for it. Al Pacino's acting in the movie was intentionally over the top, and he did it with a wink. Most of the cast seemed in on the joke -- except for Katie. She was acting like she was in a dramatic Sundance indie, when it's really just a typical cop movie."

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