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Movies That Almost Destroyed Actors’ Careers


Movies have the power to build or shatter careers in the glitzy world of showbiz, which is why both seasoned actors and rising stars are selective about the projects that they take on. At the same time, movie-makers are under constant pressure from investors to produce an uninterrupted stream of films, putting heavy pressure on actors, as much as filmmakers, to deliver box office smashes.

But however successful an actor has been, they’re only as good as their most recent film. A highly sought-after movie part may result in typecast acting or, worse yet, a screeching halt to one’s career, and some seasoned actors have taken unrecoverable risks with their careers by taking on critically panned roles. The following are the actors who’ve almost stalled, destroyed, or decimated their careers, by accepting one ill-fated movie role…

Bo Derek In 1979’s 10

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For its opening weekend, the movie 10 was number one in the US and one of the top-grossing films released in 1979. With the film’s positive reviews, Bo Derek rode on its success, which catapulted her to instant stardom. But it was also thanks to her beauty, as well as the cornrow hairstyle that became popular because of her – which wouldn’t have been as well received if it were done today, given the cultural appropriation.

However, because of the image the movie set for her, Derek’s movie after has been nothing more than a means to sell her good looks and figure. Her then-husband made use of this, which in turn made several movies, such as Tarzan, the Ape Man and Bolero, that all received negative reviews. But after her husband’s passing, Bo has appeared in many good projects and TV appearances since, including Fashion House.

Faye Dunaway In 1968’s A Place For Lovers


In A Place For Lovers, Faye Dunaway played the role of a terminally ill American fashion designer in Venice, Italy, who had a whirlwind love affair with race car driver Marcello Mastroianni. This already sounds like your cliched plot that others might watch just for the heck of it, but some abhorred it.

Movie critics completely ripped this movie apart and called it the “most godawful piece of pseudo-romantic slop” they have ever seen. While it was included in the choices of Fifty Worst Films of All Time and Vanity Fairy listed it as one of the worst movies ever made, this did little to hinder Dunaway as she continued to climb the ranks to become one of the greatest actresses in her generation.

Camille Keaton In 1978’s I Spit On Your Grave

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1978’s I Spit on Your Grave became controversial for its graphic violence and lengthy depictions of the main character, played by Camille Keaton, being forced into illicit acts by a group of men. Critics have called it the worst movie of the decade, with Film Racket, Vanity Fair, and Flavorwire, to name a few, to its worst movie list. The bad reviews had almost dragged the actress out of her career along with her then-husband Meir Zarchi, but she continued her acting career.


Despite the negative reviews from critics, the film still had a rating of 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. There was also a remake in 2010, which was followed by two more sequels. Similar to the original movie, it also garnered negative reviews from critics.

Elisabeth Shue In 1988’s Cocktail


You’d think that starring alongside Tom Cruise, whose star status was cemented just two years prior, would immediately mean success – but it couldn’t be more wrong for Elisabeth Shue in the 1988 movie titled Cocktail. While the movie itself was a box office success, it garnered a lot of negative reviews and has been associated with the words “cheap” and “dumb.” There was no better way to describe it, truthfully.

But as cheap as it came, it’s somehow remembered fondly by many. Shue goes on to star in the second and third installments of Back To The Future and many other movies. But her best-known performance is 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas, which won her numerous award nominations including an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Linda Blair In 1977’s Exorcist II: The Heretic


While the original was a favorite of many, the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic which was released in 1977 was totally smashed by critics. The Golden Turkey Awards named it the second-worst film ever made, after Plan 9 from Outer Space. It also appeared in the Official Razzie Movie Guide book.

Despite the harsh criticism and reviews, enough for the film’s director John Boorman to disown it, the actress who played Regan MacNeil, Linda Blair, garnered a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress of 1978. Just the following year later, her career took another great turn when she starred in the musical drama Roller Boogie in 1979.

Brooke Shields In 1978’s Pretty Baby


There were mixed reactions when this movie was first released, as Brooke Shields was only a child herself in 1978 when she portrayed the role of a 12-year-old girl named Violet in Pretty Baby, a drama based on the true account of a young girl who was exploited by being forced to sell her body by her mother who works at a red-light district.


Set in 1917, it tells Violet’s story with an older man named Ernest Bellocq who was entranced by her beauty and youth. A former child model, this was Shield’s first leading role. But the film itself had divided critics, as it was controversial for its depictions of child exploitation and its on-screen scene of Shields without her clothes on. Despite the criticisms, Shield gained critical acclaim for her role.

Elizabeth Berkley In 1995’s Showgirls

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There was a time when audiences tuned in to watch Elizabeth Berkley play Jessie on Saved By the Bell. Times drastically changed when Berkley portrayed Nomi Malone in Showgirls.

The film was considered a mix of adult film and B-list quality, earning Berkley an astounding 13 Razzies. The supposed Las Vegas commentary failure forced the actress to turn her sights on the smaller family room screen.

Susan George In 1975’s Mandingo


Going sexy in the film industry can bring much-needed attention to an actress’ fledgling career, and that can be used to jump-start something of more value, as the starlet strives to rake in better roles moving forward. This was a strategy Susan George used when she starred in Mandingo.

Unfortunately, it backfired badly. The sexy image she wanted to portray led her to be typecast in similar roles in a string of made-for-TV series. Luckily, she was able to snag better roles in films like Straw Dogs, and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry which helped her realign her acting career with her goals.

Cindy Crawford In 1995’s Fair Game


Fair Game was Cindy Crawford’s debut movie with a character who wasn’t, well, herself. But apparently acting as a character other than herself did her no favors as Fair Game was panned by critics and received an overwhelming amount of dislikes. It seemed like her only redeeming quality as a female lead is that she was easy on the eyes. But that wasn’t enough to stop the critics from singling out her poor acting skills.

Crawford’s acting career was fairly short and small because of this, finding more small-time success in acting as herself in small-time roles and bigger success in modeling rather than playing original characters. Despite how Fair Game flopped, she remains a big name in the modeling world.


Faye Dunaway In 1981’s Mommie Dearest

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Mommie Dearest is a 1981 film based on a memoir and exposé of the same name by Christina Crawford, which follows the story of her and her brother’s abusive relationship with her adoptive mother, film star Joan Crawford. It won a total of five Razzies out of nine nominations, including “Worst Picture” and “Worst Actress” in the Golden Raspberry Awards nominations.

Recognize the actress in the picture? Yep, this is another one of Faye Dunaway’s flop movies that became part of the “100 Most Awful” in the Official Razzie Movie Guide and Michael Sauter’s The Worst Movie Of All Time. It’s so bad Dunaway regretted playing the lead role of Christina Crawford in the film. But despite another rough patch in her career, Dunaway is still a powerful emblem of the New Hollywood.

Geena Davis In 1995’s Cutthroat Island

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Perhaps there’s a valid reason for avoiding a relationship with workmates, as in Geena Davis’ case. Prior to Cutthroat Island, she’d done pretty well in The Fly, Thelma and Louise, and who could forget the cult classic Beetlejuice?

But her pirate-action adventure movie, directed by her husband, Renny Harlin, left in its wake flotsam of wrecked relationships, production bankruptcy, and a sinking career. She later landed leading roles in Commander in Chief, and a couple more films that very few remember. Many wonder if she’ll ever be able to break the surface again.

Demi Moore In 1995’s The Scarlet Letter


This list has more than one movie that nearly wrecked Moore’s career. The Scarlet Letter has been adapted to the screen many times. But only this production has earned seven Golden Razzies nominations, including “Worst Remake or Sequel,” which it won.

This film veers too far from Nathanial Hawthorne’s 1850 novel about a 1660 Puritan colony. The 1995 movie comes off as ignorant. It was greeted with the dreaded movie critique, “unintentionally funny.” During this era, Demi Moore’s name was like a jinx. In short, her portrayal of Hester Prynne proved accidentally humorous.


Katie Barberi In 1987’s The Garbage Pail Kids Movie


Funnily enough, 1987’s The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is complete and utter garbage. The film depicts seven Garbage Pail Kids, who are played by dwarf actors in animatronic costumes that looked completely atrocious. But that wasn’t the only thing that ruined the movie, it’s also its rude humor, nonsensical plot, and hypocritical message.

To date, it’s considered one of the worst movies that would ruin anyone’s acting resume. Thankfully, that isn’t the case for Katie Barberi, who played Tangerine, as she has an impressive list of telenovelas under her belt even after how The Garbage Pail Kids Movie was lambasted by critics.

Meryl Streep In 1989’s She-Devil

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Some actors ought not to try comedy, and Meryl Streep is one of them. She’s an unrivaled film legend with a roomful of Oscars. Yet, next to the comic genius of Rosanne Barr, she’s just not that funny.

To put in perspective just how much of a blunder it was deciding to star in She-Devil, Meryl Streep has not taken any interviews or spoken about this role even once since the film was released. It makes one think she would just like to forget it ever happened.

Lori Petty In 1995’s Tank Girl


Somehow, some actors are better suited for supporting roles. Lori Petty did quite well when she played parts in Point Break, Free Willy, and A League Of Their Own. Then she finally got the leading role she supposedly deserved in Tank Girl. It was an ambitious film that cost $21 million in 1995.

While the film boasts a loyal base of superfans, they are an extreme minority. Most mainstream critics felt that Lori Petty failed dismally in the role; and casting agents must have sensed something about her as an actress, as they avoided giving her leading roles after her cataclysmic performance. She finally made a mark in her career in 2014, after almost 20 years, in the TV series, Orange Is the New Black.

Charlie Chaplin In 1940’s The Great Dictator


Charlie Chaplin is considered one of the biggest, most important figures in the history of film. He was a genius, rising to fame during the silent film era. But those were tough times the world over, and Chaplin got consumed by his political views.


As a result, his artistic side took a beating. In The Great Dictator, he used his influence to speak to the public. What followed were accusations by the government and personal scandals and Chaplin left the US in 1952.

Rebecca Gayheart In 1999’s Jawbreaker

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Rebecca Gayheart starred in suspense-thriller movies in the ’90s. She was a solid hit back in those days, popular with teenagers who loved her in Urban Legends, and Scream II. When it was time to expand her fanbase, she took on a role in Beverly Hills 90210, capturing prime-time attention on TV.

She made another venture into the movie industry and got ensnared in the dark comedy “Jawbreaker”. While the film enjoys cult classic status, Gayheart paid badly for it. She hasn’t had any opportunities to get back on top since then, and her career practically ended before it had really begun.

Michael Keaton In 1989’s Batman


Michael Keaton is simply one of the most talented actors out there today. When presented with the chance to work on a huge Batman movie (with Tim Burton at the helm) he accepted without pause. With the success of Beetlejuice behind them, expectations quickly rose during the making of the movie.

Keaton, as expected, performed the lead role very well. However, critics and rabid fans alike attacked the movie with vigor. Michael Keaton felt dragged along by the misfortune, feeling like he was complicit in some sort of crime against the genre. Eventually, he cleared his name and moved on nicely with roles in films like Birdman.

Neve Campbell In 1998’s Wild Things


When Neve Campbell went to the US to find an agent, she ended up auditioning for Party Of Five. The next thing she knew, she was packing up her things to move from Canada to start an acting career in the States. She also became known for the Scream franchise.

Not wanting to be typecast, she tried to change her style, taking on a racy role in Wild Things. The reviews weren’t particularly bad, and her acting wasn’t really sub-par, but she’s never made the best out of her career since. She had a bit of a rebirth in House of Cards in 2016. However, that series was destined to come to an abrupt close, thanks to a whole different controversy.


Christopher Reeve In 1987’s Superman IV


Christopher Reeve has for years been the ideal actor for the role of Superman. In fact, his iconic good looks and personality became so associated with the role, that in the eyes of his fans, he became the superhero himself. After the third movie, Reeve was ready to take on new challenges but stayed on when management agreed to give him more creative freedom in the making of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.

This decision saw him sacrifice opportunities to star in Body Heat, American Gigolo, Fatal Attraction, and Lethal Weapon, among many others. Meanwhile, Superman IV didn’t live up to expectations and slumped at the box office.

Demi Moore In 1996’s Striptease

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Demi Moore had established herself in Hollywood as an A-list actress when Ghost and The Juror became instant successes. For a while there, she was all people could talk about, and the opportunities started pouring in. Moore became the highest-paid artist of all time, following her growing reputation.

She made history by playing the lead role in Striptease, with a paycheck of $12.5 million, raising brows amongst peers. But the movie barely took off. It wasn’t entertaining, Moore wasn’t on par with the role either. Critics couldn’t stand it, nor Moore, and she’s never made it back to the elite’s tier since.

Mark Hamill In 1983’s Return Of The Jedi


Starting your acting career with a role as huge as Luke Skywalker, a leading man in one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, is a pretty stellar intro to the scene. It’s like being especially favored by the gods, while all other actors can only smile wryly, in secret envy.

But this is all Mark Hamill will ever be known for; sadly, he was a big star that went nowhere,  gradually diminishing into minor roles and voice-overs. He’s become typecast to a single character, once again filling in for the same role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.


Alicia Silverstone In 1997’s Excess Baggage

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Alicia Silverstone’s personality perfectly fits her role in the movie Clueless, which was a surprise hit at the time. Silverstone had every reason to celebrate and her continued rise to fame seemed in order.

That’s what the movie Excess Baggage was supposed to achieve. Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect, practically killing her career. It turned out to be filled with cliches, and the story itself was poorly thought out and trite. Both Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro received the infamous Razzie awards for their efforts.

Sean Connery In 2003’s The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen


During his lifetime, Sean Connery was hailed by a Sunday Herald poll as The Greatest Living Scot. He was arguably the most popular among the James Bond actors, starring in the franchise’s seven films, created between 1962 and 1983. But even the great Connery’s highly extolled reputation wasn’t fail-proof against poor film decisions.

In fact, after starring in the movie The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Connery’s showbiz career seemed to disintegrate into thin air. In fact, 2003 was the year when Connery retired from acting. His last few performances before peacefully passing away in October 2020 were voice-over cameos.

Sofia Coppola In 1990’s The Godfather: Part III

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There’s a reason why casting in a movie is vital. The actors must be able to prove they are fit for the role, skill-wise, and their addition must add value. Film critics accuse Sofia Coppola of pulling the ranks to land a role in the movie The Godfather: Part III.

With no acting resume to show, they believe she would not have gotten the role if the movie had not been directed by her father. Instead of gaining all the advantages of starring in a very popular movie, Coppola was panned by critics and chastised for bad acting. It jeopardized her father’s career as well, for his purported role in casting his daughter.

Halle Berry In 2004’s Catwoman


Halle Berry scintillated silver screens with her bikini-clad role in Die Another Day. James Bond could hardly take a sip from his cocktail just watching her emerge from the beach and slink up the shore. She also won an Oscar for her role in the intense and gritty film, Monster’s Ball; and was consistently impressive as Storm in X-Men.


Her role as Catwoman, back in 2004, however, was so horrible, that she won a Razzie as Worst Actress for it. From there, her career continued to sink. Her failure to impress as Catwoman made it hard for her to get back on track. She resorted, as so many stars do, to TV instead. But her appearances in Extant and Kidnap were reviewed as being mediocre at best.

Mariah Carrey’s Glitter Took a Hit


American singer and songwriter, Mariah Carey, often referred to as “the Songbird Supreme,” was criticized for being too amateurish back in 2001. While she was unaccustomed to such harsh judgments, thankfully, this didn’t hamper her singing ability.

This criticism came as a result of her work with rapper Da Brat, in a romantic-musical-drama titled Glitter. While her fans were excited, the film turned out to be a dull affair and a complete commercial blunder. It was so bad that some called it the worst movie ever to be released, earning a measly $5.3 million worldwide, while her soundtrack edged the movie in sales.

Madonna In 2002’s Swept Away


There can be no question about Madonna’s position in the music world, and even to this date, she remains one of the highest-paid musicians of all time. She has been at the top echelon for decades, but at one point, she wanted to crossover to the big screen. The world seemed so small, able to fit neatly into the palm of her hand.

She proved she had the power to carry a film in “Evita”. The 2002 hit movie came out blazing, Madonna in full tilt. She followed it up quite ambitiously with Swept Away. It was a complete turnaround from the soaring heights of Evita, failing so badly at the box office, that it tanked the career of her husband and film director, Guy Ritchie, too.

Gwyneth Paltrow In 2003’s View From The Top


Among Gwyneth Paltrow’s many accolades, including an Academy Award for “Shakespeare in Love”, “Emma”, and “The Royal Tenenbaums”, you will not see mention of “View from the Top”. It’s a rom-com story about a beautiful teenage girl achieving her dream of becoming an airline stewardess. She wasn’t the only big name in the film, either…


It’s hard to say why Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, Christina Applegate, and Mark Ruffalo were all on board. She later said that she took the film for its large payout. “View from the Top” wasn’t a passion project like so much of her work, and it shows.

Pauly Shore In 1996’s Bio-Dome


Pauly Shore charmed his way around Hollywood, with his unusual acting style, and a locution that seemed only he could pull off. Fans were amused by him, always wanting to see more of Shore’s abilities, and he, of course, obliged.

He made regular appearances on MTV’s Spring Break specials, and in theaters, where his shows were constantly sold out. His movies Encino Man, Son-in-Law, and Bio-Dome, too, made high marks. However, Shore made a faulty decision when he went for the hastily scripted In The Army Now, which disappointed his fans to the max. He hasn’t played a leading role since, nor has he been part of blockbuster movies.

Jessica Alba In 2005’s Fantastic Four


All in all, there were a few salvageable moments in “Fantastic Four”, but that’s about the best we can say about it. Jessica Alba played Fantastic Four member Sue Storm and was about as exciting in that role as a piece of white bread.

The film got a little bit lucky with the casting of Chris Evans as Johnny Storm and Julian McMahon as the villain Victor Von Doom. These two were able somewhat to salvage the film with their slightly better acting chops. Alba doesn’t seem like the ultimate choice for the role and her career suffered from it. She hasn’t been featured in a memorable movie in years.

Kevin Costner In 1997’s The Postman


Kevin Costner seems to have developed a habit of taking on so-so movies, with roles that can never be ranked among those up for award nominations. But life wasn’t always like that for him. In fact, he was a fan favorite, back in the heyday of his career.

Had it not been for his big name and charm, Costner would have been knocked off the ranks of A-listed actors after his role in the movie “Waterworld”. A film that turned out to be an ocean of nonsense. He followed up this wet flop with “The Postman”, hammering the final nail into the coffin of his leading man status. While his former celebrity status has been lost, he still manages to snatch up some projects now and then.


The Olsen Twins In 2004’s New York Minute

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Mary Kate and Ashly Olsen had a long and successful career that started when they were merely 9 months old. Everything they touched turned into gold, that until they released their final movie, “New York Minute”.

“New York Minute” pulled in a lackluster $21 million, not covering its $30 million budget. It was a critical, financial failure, and one of their few professional disappointments. After the failure of this film, they pretty much quit acting altogether.

Jake Lloyd In 1999’s The Phantom Menace


Jake Lloyd was that sweet smiling kid people fell in love with in Jingle All the Way. Working alongside none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, that film opened many doors of opportunities for Lloyd, the red carpet unrolled before him, and everyone thought he’d made the right choice in signing up to play the young Darth Vader. It was purportedly the break of a lifetime; a role no budding child actor could refuse.

In hindsight, though, it seems that he should have. Lloyd ended up becoming a target of bullying at school, the result of backlash from not being able to live up to people’s expectations for the crucial role he played in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999. Struggling to take the harshness of the criticism, the young lad quit acting.

Lindsay Lohan In 2007’s I Know Who Killed Me


Like many artists before her that have started strong only to fritter away their earnings and their fame, Lindsay Lohan used to have a sparkling, bright future in acting. She proved she was meant for stardom, in movies like “The Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls”, which were both blockbuster hits.

Then fame started to become a burden for her, and she started drinking, partying, and all the rest. First, socially, then out of control, spiraling into dissipation. Her film, “I Know Who Killed Me”, true to its title, did her in. But it was more like a ceremonial one, to a career that was already a time bomb ready to explode.


Shaquille O’Neal In 1996’s Kazaam


Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t need a resume from acting school to start a career in Hollywood. His name is marketable in itself, worth millions for being an NBA star with an army of die-hard fans. He got his start in the movie “Blue Chips”, though it didn’t fare so well at the box office. Still, that wasn’t enough to stop the Shaq Attack.

He followed it with another movie, titled “Kazaam”, playing the role of a genie, that was roundly criticized and rated a mere 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie had a lousy, predictable storyline, but Shaq had no qualms, boasting about making $7 million from it.

Scarlett Johansson In 2017’s Ghost In The Shell

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One of the major challenges of works of fiction is how to make them appear as authentic as possible. Someone must have forgotten that Scarlett Johansson isn’t Japanese, and more importantly, shouldn’t be cast for roles that ought to be given to Japanese nationals (obviously).

But she happened to be cast as Motoko Kusanagi in the Hollywood adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell”. Media Action Network for Asian Americans was extremely upset when she denied knowing she’d be playing a Japanese role, but how could she not have known? Anime fans all over the world were less than impressed.

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez In 2003’s Gigli


Ben Affleck had less than stellar performances in Pearl Harbour and Daredevil, but he was still riding high on the back of the popular films, Good Will Hunting and Armageddon. In fact, he’d already won an Oscar Award before he was 25 years old, which is no easy feat. It should have been all gravy from there… but then he decided to work with Jennifer Lopez in “Gigli”.

He became the subject of ire and burning criticism from viewers. Despite the nosedive, Affleck was still able to steer his career out of danger. He made it big by directing and acting in the movie Argo, in 2012, from which he was able to win three Oscars. His strange, yet captivating Gone Girl movie, also got favorable reviews.


Carla Gugino In 2017’s Gerald’s Game


Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game is one of his most feminist novels yet. The story revolves around Jessie Burlingame, played by Carla Gugino, who travels to a secluded lake house with her husband to save their failing marriage – which involves a pair of handcuffs and a dirty game in the bedroom. But when her husband suddenly suffers a heart attack while she’s cuffed to the bed, she finds herself alone with not only his lifeless body decaying over time but a lot more terrifying things. 

While King is known to write compelling novels, there are also times when his adaptations completely ruin his story by being completely outrageous or boring. But thankfully, that isn’t the case for this movie as it received a lot of positive reviews, and critics even said that “Carla Gugino carries small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.”

Melissa Mccarthy In 2018’s The Happytime Murders


Initially pitched as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” but with puppets instead of cartoons, it sounded like it had solid potential. Unfortunately, when it debuted, stateside viewers were not impressed, and its acceptance overseas was just as calamitous.

The film received 6 Golden Raspberry Awards nominations, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress for McCarthy. Watching Muppets behave very R-rated-ly was quite impressive from a technical standpoint, but apparently, the movie as a whole was not and Melissa’s name suffered because of it.

Katie Holmes In 2005’s Batman Begins

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Katie Holmes played Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” but left after the first installment of the trilogy. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped in to take over, and many fans wish she would’ve been the only Rachel Dawes in Gotham while others thought Holmes played her well.

Here’s the thing, the lack of chemistry between her and Christian Bale was palpable on-screen. Nolan has been criticized relentlessly for miscasting Holmes. She hasn’t appeared in a movie for three whole years after “Batman Begins”.


Sandra Bullock In 2009’s Nothing About Steve

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Sandra Bullock has taken us on quite a rollercoaster throughout her career. We have high highs like “The Blind Side” (which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress), “Infamous”, and “Crash”. We also have low lows such as “Premonition”, “In Love and War”, and “Forces of Nature”.

The performance that takes the cake, though, is in the movie “All About Steve”, earning a whopping 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie supremely missed the mark with its attempt to make Bullock’s character quirky and endearing, leaving audience members more than slightly creeped out and borderline rooting against her.

Natalie Portman In 1999’s The Phantom Menace

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If money were the only measure in determining success, Natalie Portman should have all the accolades for her role in “Star Wars” as Padme. It was, after all, the highest-grossing movie of the decade. But she had none of it. In fact, she thinks that even though it got her name out there on the universal marquee, she unfairly got branded as a bad actress.

She feels that she was too young for such a huge role, and it stymied her performance and limited her success. What’s important is that she’s learned from it, and is now known for more mature, deeper roles. Her haunting performance in “Black Swan” certainly won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Jada Pinkett Smith In 1998’s Woo

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Jada Pinkett-Smith did phenomenally well in the ’90s. She was charming and confident, and the public seemed to always want to see her star in more roles. Her demand was soaring, and then she made a mistake in signing up for Woo, which got poor reviews from movie critics.

After Woo, the very same people who tried to sign her up for all sorts of roles seemed to disappear. Smith had to wriggle her way back up, settling for smaller roles.


Freddie Prinze Jr. In 2000’s Down To You

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Freddie Prinze Jr. was once the most popular teen movie heartthrob in Hollywood. His most memorable role was probably in “She’s All That”.  “Down to You” focuses on Prinze Jr. as he tries to navigate life post-breakup with his first serious love.

Not an original premise but the extreme measures he takes didn’t spark emotion but rather were quite disturbing and poorly acted. The one that sticks out most to us is the scene where he drinks her shampoo to try and immunize himself to her. It’s a hard no for us.

Mark Wahlberg In 2008’s The Happening


The Guardian called The Happening “a disaster on so many levels.” Mark Wahlberg earned an Oscar nomination in The Departed, so his performance in this film was anticipated. Instead, his performance was deemed too whiny and self-pitying.

Even Wahlberg thought it was terrible, and he hated playing a teacher. In between expletives about The Happening, he said, “You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”

Ashton Kutcher In 2010’s Valentine’s Day

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Ashton Kutcher was never known as a serious actor, but he does have great looks and great comedic timing. This should have been more than enough for him to knock the romantic movie “Valentine’s Day” out of the park. He plays Reed Bennett, who proposes to his girlfriend Morley Clarkson (Jessica Alba).

Except for a few laughs here and there from the goofy Kutcher, his performance as a whole is supremely cliche, as if we could predict every line before he speaks them. He ended up winning a Golden Raspberry Award for his terrible performance.

Nicolas Cage In 2006’s The Wicker Man

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Nicolas Cage claims that dressing up as a bear and going around killing people in “The Wicker Man” was genius. The New York Times, said, “The Wicker Man is comically inept as a horror movie, unable even to manage an effective false scare, or sustain suspense for more than a beat or two.”


That scene is great, but our favorite worst scene is him pointing his gun at people, stealing a bike, screaming at people, kicking in doors, and punching people. Cage is a great actor, but sadly, this isn’t even the only film of his on this list.

Colin Farrell In 2003’s Daredevil


A year before struggling in the film “Alexander” (also featured on this list), Colin Farrell floundered in “Daredevil”. Perhaps it was a bad time for him. Maybe it was that absurd nameplate symbol scar on his forehead. Either way, the movie was too wacky to be dark, or else it was too dark to be wacky. The movie fizzled and flopped.

Even though he was allowed to keep his Irish accent as the fanatical assassin Bullseye, he still managed to mangle it. This was, all in and all, a very bad look for the actor.

Ben Stiller In 2016’s Zoolander 2


While the original “Zoolander” does have somewhat of a cult following, it grossed a mere $60 million on a $30 million budget. Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly a smash-hit. Historically speaking, that’s usually not promising. All that being said, for some odd reason, this didn’t prevent its producers from making a sequel to the film 15 years later.

Its cult following wasn’t enough to make it a box-office success. In line with what most movie critics predicted, it was a huge flop. On popular movie rating sites such as IMDb, it scored a weak 4.7/10.  Hopefully, Ben Stiller learned from this error, and let the Zoolander franchise R.I.P. once and for all.

Jared Leto In 2016’s Suicide Squad


Jared Leto gave it his all as Joker in “Suicide Squad”. The quirky A-lister was in full-blown method mode the entire shoot, not once breaking character to chat with cast members. But, his performance was so unwatchable that the studio cut nearly all of his scenes.

Instead of being the most chilling Joker we’ve ever seen, he took the character to an irredeemably dark and creepy place. “Cinema Blend” had this to say, “Leto’s performance was the worst live-action Joker we’ve seen.” Ouch.


Tom Cruise In 2017’s The Mummy

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As campy as it may be, we can all agree that Brendan Fraser brings charm and lightheartedness to the entire mummy franchise. This fact is exactly why The Mummy remake that came out in 2017 was an entirely unnecessary addition to the series.

Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, who’s supposed to be the hero, Brendan Fraser type but ultimately misses the mark. The character simply doesn’t manage to excite the audience, leaving us lost in a fantasy world that takes itself entirely too seriously. Cruise really missed the mark on this one.

Russell Crowe In 2012’s Les Misérables


Everybody knows that Russell is a great actor. But, the fact of the matter is, Crowe can’t sing, and starring in a musical was a jarring move on his part. He has done irreparable harm to Tom Hooper’s film version of Les Misérables.

This production is a musical, and, as such, people who possess vocal talent should be cast. Russell did recover, moving on to parts that don’t require him to try and use his non-existent singing voice. We really do hope he learned his lesson.

Mike Meyers In 2003’s The Cat In The Hat


Whenever Hollywood decides to recreate the work of children’s author Dr. Seuss, we hold our collective breath. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” turned out okay, “The Cat in the Hat” did not.

It got a 9% Tomatometer rating, so it’s pretty clear that we can expect a full-fledged cringe-fest. And it is. As Austin Powers or Wayne Mike Meyers does a great job. Putting him in a catsuit to hang out with children who are home alone is predictably creepy.

Johnny Depp In 2005’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory


Anticipation was palpable when word got out that Johnny Depp would play Willy Wonka in the classic Roald Dahl tale. Coming out of “Edward’s Scissorhands” and other dark and whimsical endeavors with Tim Burton, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” seemed like the perfect pitch.

While Wilder brought a gravitas to the character, Johnny Depp in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was anything but. His character was supposed to be quirky, but all we saw was cringy. Let Hollywood take this as a huge lesson: never remake a Wilder classic.


Leonardo DiCaprio In 2000’s The Beach

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Based on the novel by Alex Garland, The Beach was Leonardo DiCaprio’s first post-Titanic film, and it fell flat. The adventure-romance movie in the tropical islands of Thailand was an obvious letdown after the success of Titanic.

By now, cinephiles are diving into nostalgia, taking a second look at the 2000 film, and seeing it as a lost classic. But nothing will make that Razzie nom for DiCaprio in The Beach go away.

Brandon Routh In 2006’s Superman Returns


Comic book fans had high expectations following the announcement of Brandon Routh’s role as Clark Kent, in 2006’s Superman Returns. Routh undoubtedly had the right look, even described by some as similar to a young Christopher Reeve. He’d already appeared in several TV shows, too, and so the bar was set higher than ever.

As it turns out, it was the perfect recipe… for destruction. Routh’s acting appeared stilted and stiff; though to be fair, it was not as bad as some put it. The movie itself made decent returns at the box office, and a Saturn Award was given to Routh for his role. However, the fans wouldn’t have any of it, seething with disappointment, albeit perhaps unfairly. He struggled to land a major role after copping such ire. However, he finally secured himself a win as Ray Palmer/Atom in Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

Tom Green In 2001’s Freddy Got Fingered


Tom Green was up to something good, and audiences found his magnetically absurd acting style irresistible in the 90s MTV series, “The Tom Green Show”. Audiences wanted to see more of Green and were happy when he followed up his MTV series with films such as “Superstar”, “Road Trip”, and “Charlie’s Angels”.

He was set for bigger things until he co-wrote and starred in the movie “Freddy Got Fingered”, which viewers found tasteless and cliche-ridden. While Green disappeared for a long time after Freddy’s failure, he kept working in stand-up and hosting “Tom Green Live”.


Taylor Lautner In 2011’s Abduction


The Twilight saga’s success was so enormous, that it catapulted Taylor Lautner to being labeled as the next breakout star. It’s the kind of kickstart every young actor craves, and Lautner was in high demand, seemingly overnight. Agents were clamoring to land him a leading man role, he was the center of a storm of attraction.

Lautner was keen to follow up his successful work without much delay, choosing “Abducted” from among a long list of proposals. The outcome, however, was a failure, even in the eyes of his most loyal fans. The movie was basically torn to pieces by critics. He settled for Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2” and “The Ridiculous 6” to stay busy.

Chris Klein In 2002’s Rollerball

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Chris Klein humored us through the American Pie franchise, and co-working with Reese Witherspoon, in “Election”, allowed him to benefit a good deal from the spotlight. It only took him a careful step or two afterward to make it big in Hollywood, with moviegoers’ hearts already half-sold to his boy-next-door charm.

But “Rollerball” was such a bad decision, it was a major setback to Klein’s progress. The film was rated phenomenally poorly, at 3%, by Rotten Tomatoes. Klein’s career stalled, as itsy-bitsy parts settled over him, until he appeared in the TV series “Wilfred”, in 2011, and reprised the role of Oz in 2012’s “American Reunion”.

Freddie Prinze Jr. In 2002’s Scooby-Doo

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Freddie Prinze Jr. was the type of actor that got teenage girls cooing, regardless of the role he was playing. He was a heartthrob, graceful and blithe in films, effortless. He made his mark in popular films like “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “She’s All That”, after which his demand in the industry rose.

Later on, he said that he didn’t enjoy filming the Scooby-Doo live-action movie and its sequel, but he didn’t really have to admit to anything. It was quite obvious from his dismal acting, which viewers hated. He quit acting shortly after the sequel.


Terrence Howard In 2008’s Iron Man


Terrence Howard did well in films like “Hustle” and “Flow and Crash”. Things looked bright for the budding actor, and then a major boost came in the form of an Iron Man role. This meant he would be introduced to a bigger audience and get to star alongside major names in the industry.

The Iron Man sequel suffered some pay cuts, however, and Howard must have felt short-changed because he decided to back out from the project. He was replaced by audience favorite, Don Cheadle, and what followed was a long, tortuous road back to his groove. Since “Iron Man”, he settled for minor roles in other movies. It took until 2015 for him to finally earn his way back into the Hollywood fold, with the critically acclaimed TV drama “Empire”.

Colin Farrell In 2004’s Alexander


Despite his thick Irish accent, Colin Farrell is capable of playing various roles. Versatility is one quality that will surely help any actor out in landing major roles consistently, over what they hope will be a long and successful career. Farrell’s name usually reminds us of the action films that made it big, like “S.W.A.T.”, “Daredevil”, “Phonebooth”, and “The Recruit”.

In 2004, Farrell accepted a challenge to portray  Alexander the Great in the movie “Alexander”. The result was a film replete with cringe-worthy scenes and dialogue. Critics couldn’t stand it, and the story itself had many inaccuracies. It failed to make up for the expenses needed to produce the film.

Chris O’Donnell In 1997’s Batman & Robin


Fans enjoyed watching Chris O’Donnell portray the jovial character of D’Artagnan; foolhardy, the life of the party, in “The Three Musketeers.” He seemed very promising and got nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in “Scent Of A Woman.” Then Batman & Robin happened.

The 1997 sequel got scolded by critics, and while everyone knew the superhero movie would endure its troubles, Chris O’Donnell wasn’t what his future in acting held. The inimitable George Clooney was easily able to charm his way into new leading roles. However, it took O’Donnell twelve long years to finally find his groove on “NCIS: Los Angeles”.


Vin Diesel In 2005’s The Pacifier


Some writers get too creative for their own good, especially when they try too hard to come up with something entirely different for an upcoming movie. The miss-match created in “The Pacifier” was supposed to be humorous, in an odd way. A pairing of irresistibly cute babies with the muscular, action-ready militiaman, a cool undercover US Navy Seal.

While the unexpected can often result in spontaneous laughter, the effect in “The Pacifier” was terrible. A parent even posted a review saying that their kids were so bored, and didn’t even laugh once during the whole movie. It got an average rating of 3% on Rotten Tomatoes, but more reviews reveal it could have been much worse.

Bruce Willis In 2016’s Precious Cargo


Bruce Willis has become synonymous with all-out-action, especially after his Die Hard franchise. What makes him interesting, is his ability to mix in some humor in all the thrill, even while being shot at and surrounded by villains.

But, in “Precious Cargo” reviewers found his performance flat and boring. The movie got only 1 star on Roger Ebert’s website. Perhaps, he merely needs to be inspired once more and not get too content with past achievements. It can tarnish a legacy.

Roberto Benigni In 2002’s Pinocchio


In 1997, Roberto Benigni’s “Life Is Beautiful”, re-opened our eyes to the horrors of WWII, portraying it in a way that is so simple, it is hauntingly clear, the message is unmistakable. Roberto Benigni became a beloved directorial icon. People looked forward to his next film, which he withheld for five long years, making it the most awaited film of 2002.

Benigni’s following creation was a live-action Pinocchio adaptation. Unfortunately, his ambitious project proved anti-climactic. The screening itself was not released to the press in advance, leaving it with an unheard-of 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While it has clawed its way up since then, it still occupies the lowest echelons of the review aggregator site.


Topher Grace In 2007’s Spider-Man 3

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There’s something about Tobey Maguire’s personality that just worked for many people in the role of Spiderman. The first part was a success, which warranted two more. The momentum gained from this run, however, was halted with the entry of Venom’s character, played by Topher Grace.

Grace is a familiar face to the general viewership, having come from That 70’s Show. Playing Spidey’s villain was supposedly good for his career, but it ended up earning him heavy flak. It took some time before Topher Grace snatched another leading role in a movie.

Cuba Gooding Jr. In 2002’s Boat Trip


There’s good reason for artists to be picky with their roles. It may seem like they are snobbish at times, but this is absolutely necessary to protect one’s career. Cuba Gooding has been in the industry for many years, and at some point, it seems actors like him fall under the illusion that they are impervious to failure.

This is probably why he took a chance on such an awful role, as the one he played in Boat Trip, a movie that was routinely hated, by critics and audiences alike. A comeback was hard for Gooding, but he ultimately made it back after 2002’s horror, by appearing in a season of the wildly popular American Horror Story in 2016.

Brad Pitt In 2017’s War Machine


The name Brad Pitt has, for years, been associated with a manly, rugged, confident, and deeply appealing image. But Pitt wanted to show that he is more than just a handsome face. He wanted to show us his skills and versatility. He took the role of a general in the movie War Machine, which got rated a measly 54% by Rotten Tomatoes.

A big part of it may come down to the fact that Brad Pitt’s voice sounded too contrived and annoying. Asked to comment on the film, Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian didn’t mince words, saying, “Not funny enough to be satire, not realistic enough to count as political commentary, not exciting enough to work as a war movie, David Michôd’s supposedly Helleresque romp, released on Netflix, is an imperfect non-storm of unsuccess.”


Seann William Scott In 2013’s Movie 43


Seann William Scott had proved early on that his unique, comedic style worked in film. It clicked in movies like the American Pie franchise, which saw him skyrocket into popularity with teens of the early 2000s. He was able to prove his worth further on, in films such as Goon, Road Trip, Dude Where’s My Car? and so forth, and all he had to do was take care of his rising career.

But then he made a major misstep, appearing in Movie 43. This failure of a film saw him fall to the bottom of the list in auditions, and he had to dabble in voice-overs for the Ice Age films to remain relevant, awaiting another opportunity to shine.

Justin Chatwin In 2009’s Dragonball Evolution


Justin Chatwin is a Canadian actor who was making strides in the States. His role in the film War of the Worlds reaped favorable returns. He did well in The Invisible and the Showtime series Shameless, but then he rushed into a movie that nearly ruined his career.

Chatwin had all the right intentions in taking on the lead role in Dragonball Evolution. The Dragonball franchise is close to the hearts of all those who grew up watching the cartoons before school. However, the adaptation turned out to be a wreck and is now set as a standard of what a terrible movie is. Chatwin will be lucky if he’s able to restore his career after this mess.

Adam Sandler In 2011’s Jack And Jill


Here’s a harsh truth (okay, opinion): Adam Sandler isn’t the most talented actor out there. But he does have a funny way of getting to your heart, and he sure does warm up your laughing muscles with films like Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, and Big Daddy. They aren’t award-worthy, but if a film makes you feel uplifted after watching it, then how much do awards really matter?

Unfortunately, Sandler was not on an upward trajectory as he moved forward from these films. If anything, the quality of his roles was in constant decline, hitting rock bottom in a film titled Jack and Jill. This failure of a film has gone on to become his most hated work of all. Even his most loyal fans would rather pretend it didn’t exist.


Nicholas Cage In 2008’s Bangkok Dangerous

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For some reason, Nicholas Cage seems nonchalant about his career. No stranger to low-budget (and often bizarre) films, Cage is a force in himself, refusing to conform to Hollywood norms. We all know what he is capable of, though, for no one can ignore the success he had with blockbusters like Con Air and Kick-Ass.

Of the many movies he has starred in, some don’t really show his acting skills. Bangkok Dangerous was called one of his worst movies of all time. Rotten Tomatoes rated it 9% — if that’s still a rating at all. Yet, with his face being a favorite among meme creators, it seems nothing could ever fully sink Cage into oblivion.

Jim Caviezel In 2004’s The Passion Of The Christ


Jim Caviezel had an active career in the entertainment industry for years, before taking on the serious responsibility of playing Jesus, in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. This turned out to be a controversial film, some parts of it were questioned and suspiciously studied in religious detail.

Controversy aside, Caviezel’s performance was solid. At least none of the criticisms were about him, per se. Curiously though, he struggled to land a job after the film. For some mysterious reason, he had become less appealing, casting calls died down, and he slipped from the Hollywood scene.

Mike Myers In 2008’s The Love Guru

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True to their creative profession, artists like to experiment with new roles. They like to test new territory and see how far their skills go. This impressive trait might just propel an artist toward new heights of popularity, a testament to their abilities. Unfortunately, for some, it might as well spell doom.

Despite making it big with films like “Wayne’s World”, and “Austin Powers”, Mike Myers got stuck in a quicksand of his own creation with the woeful 2008 flop, “Love Guru”. His cringy, self-help business-promoting character, Pitka, was unpleasant enough; but the fact that he had also written and co-produced it, killed his career. Since then, he’s made a cameo appearance in “Inglourious Basterds”, and settled for voicing Shrek in animated shorts.


Thomas C. Howell In 1986’s Soul Man


American actor, Thomas C. Howell, starred successfully in films like The Outsiders, The Hitcher, and Red Dawn, making him popular among teen moviegoers at the time. Buttressed by early success, the artist in him had wanted to do something more challenging. He wanted to make a didactic movie, and worked hard on the film Soul Man in 1986.

Whatever the message was that Howell tried to convey, the public either didn’t like it or did not get it. Its viewers cried absurdity, and Howell ended up stuck in a purgatory of straight-to-DVD action flops for more than a decade.

Chris Kattan In 2001’s Corky Romano


The temptation to transition into movies can be very appealing, and history has proven this to be a viable option for a number of show hosts/casts. The odds are better if one comes from Saturday Night Live, with Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig being prime examples.

Chris Kattan finally made the plunge in 2001, leaving the SNL nest to take a lead role in a Hollywood movie. The only problem was, the movie he chose: Corky Romano. It was a dream come true for Kattan, up until the reviews tore him apart, leaving a deep and permanent scar on his acting career. Audiences detested the film with a passion, and Kattan’s opportunities to pursue a successful movie career dried up.

Taylor Kitsch In 2012’s John Carter


Taylor Kitsch is the kind of guy who doesn’t just go away without really trying out his luck. In a series of struggles, Kitsch first exhausted all his energy trying to make it in professional hockey. After finally deciding the hard-and-fast sport wasn’t for him after all, he did all he could to start out an acting career.

Kitsch had to live out of his automobile to make it through the financial challenges that loomed over him, as he waited for his opportunity to come along. His major break came in the role of Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights. Kitsch’s good looks captured the hearts of many girls. He was finally tested in the Hollywood scene when he starred in John Carter, but it turned out so bad, it lost $200 million.


Charlie Hunnam In 2017’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword


It may be that classic tales, such as that of King Arthur’s if retold to fit the times, shouldn’t stray too far from their original storylines. That, or maybe Charlie Hunnam’s ability to lead in such a crucial role is questionable.

The film King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword could well become Hunnam’s undoing, as the film failed to gain favor from moviegoers. This, despite the efforts made to improve its effects, and Hunnam’s huge success in Sons Of Anarchy. Could this mean his career is on a downward slope? With his remake of Papillon merely landing a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, doubts regarding his acting skills are on the rise.

Eddie Murphy In 2009’s Imagine That


There was a phase in Eddie Murphy’s career when he could turn any action-comedy film into gold, as it were; major blockbusters. The man was beloved all over the world and deemed the funniest comedian alive. He’d reaped huge rewards from the Beverly Hills Cop and Doctor Dolittle franchises.

Then, out of nowhere, he wasn’t so funny anymore. His role in “Imagine That” was abhorred, scathed by critics. Even his most ardent fans would have none of it, and it’s funny how he’s never really regained his former form.

John Travolta In 2000’s Battlefield Earth


John Travolta has been a household name for years; his career was buttressed by box office successes, Saturday Night Live, Grease, and Pulp Fiction. With his name so beautifully established, it seemed like there was nothing Travolta could do wrong. Until, of course, the advent of his Scientology-inspired film, Battlefield Earth, in 2000.

Not only did this box-office failure slump Travolta’s career, but it also dragged the production company down into bankruptcy. Travolta floundered for years following the film, based on Ron Hubbard’s novel of the same name. He kept himself relevant and kept his head above water, by appearing in a string of forgettable movies, up until he eventually snatched a role in the 2015 TV series, American Crime Story, playing the role of Robert Shapiro.

Fran Drescher In 1997’s The Beautician And The Beast


Fran Drescher had been building up her career for years, through television. Who could forget her iconic role in “The Nanny”? She became widely popular through it, and casting directors felt she was ready, and so did she, for bigger challenges.


She finally got her first leading lady role on the big screen, with “The Beautician and the Beast”. The title itself sounds tawdry, but that’s nothing compared to the movie itself. Drescher simply couldn’t connect to her audience. The movie was horribly written, and no one’s acting cut it. That was the last of Drescher’s leading lady role attempts.

Will Smith In 2013’s After Earth


Kudos to Will Smith for guiding his son, Jaden, showing him the ropes in acting, which is a warm story in itself. The father-and-son tandem has shown some glints of success in the past, but “After Earth” turned out to be a huge flop.

Perhaps it was a sacrifice Will Smith was ready to take, as he even took a back seat most of the time, to make way for Jaden’s role to unfold. The futuristic theme of the movie didn’t click. It was simply a forgettable movie, and it took Will Smith another two years to come back with a noteworthy film, titled “Concussion”.

Jamie Kennedy In 2007’s Son Of The Mask


Jamie Kennedy knew he had big shoes to fill when he got contracted to work in a sequel to Jim Carrey’s “Mask”, titled “The Son of the Mask.” After all, Carrey’s type of acting apparently doesn’t work for just any actor. But Kennedy was believed to have something special, that everyone involved in the project was banking on. He starred in three Scream films, “Malibu’s Most Wanted”, and “Harold And Kumar Go to White Castle”.

But all that experience wasn’t enough for him to live up to Carrey’s work; particularly when working with less than stellar visual effects (okay, let’s admit it, they were godawful), and a cringe-worthy screenplay.  This quite did his career in, although he still clinched a recurring role in “The Horse Whisperer”, then, later on, scored a voice-over role in “The Cleveland Show”.

Dwayne Johnson In 2010’s Tooth Fairy


In fairness to Dwayne Johnson, transitioning from the world of professional wrestling to Hollywood movies, requires a different skillset, an entirely different resume, but he’s made it. Although his first few attempts were ridiculous.


How bad was it? The Rock, in all his buffness, large as a giant, playing cute in a role in “Tooth Fairy”. He looked so desperate, the lines of the movie weren’t funny at all, the story was off and cheesy. It was hard for The Rock to land another major role after “Tooth Fairy”, but we all know he got through persistently, in a way only The Rock knows how.

Hayden Christensen In 2002’s Star Wars


We all try to put more value in everything that surrounds us, exerting effort to focus on positive and good energy. Hayden Christensen’s whiny character in Star Wars reminds us of what we are all trying to avoid each day, in workplaces, organizations, and clubs. He reminds us of the negative people we try to ignore, the overly righteous, a voice that becomes pesky to hear after it’s been grating on you for even just a few minutes straight.

This jarring characterization came about despite Christensen’s impressive experience in acting before taking on Star Wars. Even the director’s career was stalled, too, after that. Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker is something casting directors, movie fans, and we dare say even he himself, would like to forget.

Al Pacino In 2016’s Misconduct


Veteran actors normally get paid so much more for their dependability and proven success rate. Hiring Al Pacino to play a lead role usually means a movie’s success is already in the bag. In the movie “Misconduct”, however, Pacino failed to work his magic.

He received harsh reviews for it, along with Anthony Hopkins, making viewers wonder what happened to this powerful duo, that normally would have been simply infallible. Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter had this to say, “It’s a sort of by-the-numbers, forgettable thriller.” Monotonous and uninspiring, this movie failed to deliver the Al Pacino we have known and loved all these years.