In the glamorous world of showbiz, a Hollywood movie can either make you or break you. So whether you’re an upcoming star or a veteran actor, you have to plan your next project carefully.
Hollywood is a multi-billion dollar industry, and there is often under pressure by investors to churn out an endless supply of movies. But this doesn’t mean that all the movies are destined to be blockbusters. While the pressure is on for filmmakers to continuously produce box office hits, the pressure is also on for actors.
Still, no matter how successful you are, you’re only as good as your last movie. Some coveted role in movies can lead to a typecast acting trap or even worse, a career dead-end. Some seasoned actors have risked their livelihoods after accepting roles that were panned by the public. If an artist is a convincing villain or an unlikeable character, it can even turn them into a public enemy. So we’ve compiled a list of actors who have almost stalled, destroyed, or decimated their careers, by accepting these roles.
Sean Connery’s Final Film
Sean Connery has become a certified Hollywood legend and enjoyed a fruitful acting career. He is widely hailed as the most popular Bond actor in history, after starring in seven films in the franchise between 1962 and 1983. Sean was also hailed as “The Greatest Living Scot” by the Sunday Herald.
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Still, even actors with acclaimed reputations like Sean Connery can have poor movie decisions. After Sean starred in the movie The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, he was probably a little disheartened to hear the critics reviews. After this, his movie career began to disintegrate. Only time will tell if he’ll make his movie comeback.
Halle Berry and Catwoman
Halle Berry mesmerized fans in the infamous Bond movie Die Another Day, and no one could forget that memorable scene as she emerged from the water. Her career continued to blossom, and she starred in blockbusting movies like Storm, in X-Men. Halle even scored an Oscar for her performance in Monster’s Ball, which was an intense and gritty film.
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Nevertheless, after she took the lead in Catwoman in 2004, her performance was panned. She even got a Razzie as Worst Actress for it. After this, she found it hard to get her movie career back on track, and instead opted for TV roles.
Brad Pitt in War Machine
While Brad Pitt had established a reputation in the industry as a manly, rugged, confident and charming actor, he wanted to break out and prove he was more than just a pretty face. So he took the part of a General in the film War Machine.
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However, the movie didn’t live up to the expectations of a credible war movie and was panned by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian commented on the film saying it’s, “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.”
Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi
One of the major challenges for filmmakers is to make a fictional anime story come to life in the most authentic way possible. It’s a skill to make the audience believe in the story, characters, and sequences. So someone clearly forgot to tell the casting directors that Scarlett Johansson isn’t Japanese when she landed the role as Motoko Kusanagi.
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The movie was created as a Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, and maybe they chose Scarlett as she was a familiar face. Still, her casting was controversial for many Japanese and Asian Americans. Fans of anime were also less than impressed with the movie.
Kevin Costner after The Postman
When Kevin Costner was in his heyday, he was ranked as one of the most successful A-listing actors around. He was a firm fan favorite and racked up two Academy Awards for his roles in movies like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Bodyguard.
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This is changed, however, when he took on the movie flop Waterworld. At the time it was the most expensive film ever made, but it quickly tanked. Kevin then followed this up with another flop, The Postman. This movie also failed to take off and was panned by critics. It also was another dent in Kevin’s career. While he still works in the industry, he has yet to achieve his former status.
Demi Moore after Striptease
Demi Moore made a name for herself in the industry as an A-listing Hollywood actress. After starring in movies like Ghost and The Juror, they had all been instant box office successes. So understandably the opportunities started pouring in, and she could take her pick.
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As her reputation preceded her, she made history when she landed the leading role in Striptease. She became the highest paid artist of all-time and took home a massive paycheck of $12.5 million. However, the movie failed to take off and many were disappointed. Moore began to fade from the movie scene after that and has yet to achieve the same success.
Hayden Christensen in Star Wars
Before Hayden Christensen accepted this part in Star Wars, he had built up an impressive acting portfolio and even earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Life as a House. However, things changed when he took on the coveted role Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars.
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Many fans felt that Hayden’s portrayal was of Skywalker little whiny, and overly-righteous. Some even said that he reminded them of a negative character and his voice began to grate on the audience after a while. After this, his career was stalled, but not for long, as he still continued to land parts in Hollywood.
Tom Green and His Finger
In the 1990s, Tom Green was a rising star. He magnetized the audiences with his absurd and hilarious acting style and even landed his own MTV series, aptly named The Tom Green Show. He continued his success by breaking out onto the big screen in movies like Superstar, Road Trip, and Charlie’s Angels.
While Tom Green was on the path to bigger stardom, things changed when he took on his next project, and co-wrote and starred in the film Freddy Got Fingered. Although he may have had funny intentions, the audience panned it and many found it tasteless and ridden with clichés. After this Tom faded from the spotlight, but he later returned to host his stand-up show, Tom Green Live.
Chris O’Donnell in Batman & Robin
When Chris O’Donnell was an upcoming actor, he landed a leading role in The Three Musketeers. He won over many fans as the fun-loving character of D’Artagnan, who was foolhardy and the life of the party. He also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Scent of a Woman.
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This was before 1997 when Batman & Robin happened. As with most superhero sequels, there’s pressure to be as good as the first. However, this movie was lambasted by critics. While his co-star, George Clooney went on the path to Hollywood stardom, Chris took a 12-year hiatus. Thankfully he later got back into his acting groove in NCIS: Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls
In the 80s and the early 90s, Elizabeth captured the hearts of many teenagers when she starred in the popular high school TV sitcom, Saved By The Bell. She played one of the leading characters Jesse Spano, and fans loved the on-screen chemistry between Elizabeth and her on-screen flame, played by Mario Lopez.
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After the show ended, it catapulted her co-stars to new opportunities and new heights in their careers, like Tiffani Thiessen, Mario Lopez, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. However, Elizabeth dared to be different and took on a racy role in the movie Showgirls. Many critics felt her performance failed to impress and she wasn’t chosen for as many roles by casting agents. She did switch to minor roles but didn’t really regain her status after this.
Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace
Fans may remember Jake Lloyd as the adorable child actor from Jingle All the Way. After working alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie opened up new opportunities for him. So he was probably stoked to land the break of a lifetime by playing a young Darth Vader.
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However, in hindsight, the role was not the best idea. He had big boots to fill when he took that role in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999 and received a backlash as he was not able to live people’s expectations. Sadly things began to spiral and he was bullied in school, quit acting and was later was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Let’s hope things pick up for him now.
Mike Myer’s Love Guru
In the world of acting, many artists like to explore new territories, test their skills and experiment with new creative roles. If it works, it can help propel them to new dizzy heights of success, and help advance their career. However, it can also go the other way, and spell career doom.
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Mike Myers had spun a successful career, after churning out hits like Wayne’s World, and Austin Powers. So in 2008, Mike turned his talents to co-writing and starring in the 2008 movie Love Guru, which fast became a movie flop, and was panned by critics for being cringy and distasteful. It was a blow for Myers, but he continued to have a cameo in Inglorious Bastards, and do voice-overs for Shrek.
Terrence Howard After His Departure From Iron Man
After Terrence Howard starred in movies like Hustle and Flow and Crash, it opened many doors for him. He was a budding actor and had a bright future ahead of him. Then he landed his big break in the superhero movie Iron Man role and it would be a major boost for his career. This would give him the chance to star alongside leading names in the industry and would introduce him to a bigger fan base.
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However, the Iron Man sequel was plagued with some pay cuts. So Howard couldn’t get the deal he had hoped and backed out of the project. He might have later regretted his decision, as he was replaced by another audience favorite, Don Cheadle. Once Terrence backed out, he struggled to get back to his acting groove and accepted minor roles in other movies. Finally made his way back into the Hollywood fold in 2015 and got a part in the acclaimed TV drama Empire.
Cuba Gooding Jr. After Boat Trip
Although Cuba Gooding Jr. had made a name for himself in the movie industry for years, even the most successful artists can afford to be picky with their roles sometimes. Cuba may have thought he was untouchable, and resistant to failure at the time. But that was before he took the part in Boat Trip.
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In 2002, he might have thought Boat Trip was a good move. However, the movie was majorly panned by critics and fans alike. After this Cuba found it hard to bounce back. Ultimately though in 2016, he had his comeback in the wildly popular American Horror Story. He then earned some more critical acclaim after playing O.J. Simpson, in American Crime Story.
Ben Affleck in Gigli
Ben Affleck was riding high in Hollywood and had an impressive list of movie credits to his name from Good Will Hunting and Armageddon to Pearl Harbour and Daredevil. By the age of 25 years old, he had even scored his own Academy Award. However, he then made the decision to work alongside his former beau, Jennifer Lopez in Gigli.
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After the film was released, it soon nosedived and became the subject of burning criticism. While this was a blow for Affleck, he was able to turn his career around and steer out of danger. In 2012 he directed and acted in the movie Argo and the film scored three Oscars. His movie Gone Girl movie was also popular with critics.
John Travolta after His Scientology Film
After starring in some of the most iconic hits of all time, like Saturday Night Live, Grease, and Pulp Fiction, John Travolta became a household name. He had firmly established his reputation in the industry and may have felt invincible. However, in 2000 he starred in the Scientologist-inspired film, Battlefield Earth.
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While this was a box-office fail, it caused a slump in Travolta’s career and the production company went bankrupt. After this Travolta floundered in Hollywood for a while, but thankfully he continued to stay relevant and took on some other memorable roles in movies like Get Shorty and the 2015 anthology series, American Crime Story.
Mark Hamill after Return of the Jedi
When Mark Hamill starting his glittering acting career by landing the leading role as Luke Skywalker, in one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, Star Wars, it must have been a dream come true. It’s a pretty stellar and enviable way to break into the Hollywood scene.
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Still, while it did initially plunge Mark Hamill into the limelight, that was sadly all he became known for and he became a Hollywood typecast. Thankfully, it did help him get the part in other films in the Star Wars Franchise. So he reprised the same role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Geena Davis after Cutthroat Island
If there was ever a cautionary tale about not working with your husband on a movie, then this would be one of them. Geena Davis had previously enjoyed a blossoming movie career. She shot to the limelight on the cult classic, Beetlejuice, and cemented her fame with movies like The Fly and Thelma and Louise.
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Now we all know the industry is cutthroat, but so was this cutthroat movie in more ways than one. Geena took the part in the pirate-action adventure movie, directed by husband, Renny Harlin. While it may have seemed like a good idea, it caused production bankruptcy, a wrecked relationship, and a sinking career for Geena. She did later land roles in movies like Commander in Chief, but it still waiting for her big comeback.
Lori Petty after Tank Girl
Lori Petty started her career with supporting role in movies like in Point Break, Free Willy, and A League Of Their Own. Then in 1995, she finally got her big break and a leading role in Tank Girl. It was an ambitious project and the production costs amounted to $21 million.
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While the film did become a cult hit for many super fans, for other critics, the movie tanked. Many felt that Lori Petty failed to live up to expectations in her role and many agents avoided casting her in leading roles for a while. Things changed for her 20 years later though in 2014 when she landed a part in the TV series, Orange Is The New Black.
Chris Kattan’s after Corky Romano
Chris Kattan jumped into the spotlight on Saturday Night Live (SNL). For most TV stars and hosts, it can be tempting to make the switch into movies. So we can totally understand why in 2001 Chris Kattan made the plunge and decided the leave the SNL nest. He had landed his big break in a new Hollywood movie.
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The only snag was that the movie he chose was Corky Romano, and was not the best decision. The movie quickly nose-dived and received scathing reviews. It also left a scar on his acting career and he is yet to make a movie comeback.
Roberto Benigni after Pinocchio
In 1997, Roberto Benigni’s directed Life Is Beautiful, and managed to capture the horrors of the Holocaust, and portraying the message in a clear, haunting and unforgettable way for the audience. The movie was critically acclaimed for invoking humanity, and it helped cement Roberto Benigni’s status as a directorial icon.
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In 2002, after five long years, Benigni followed this up with the much-anticipated a live-action Pinocchio adaptation. However, the ambitious movie opened to panned reviews and even received a 0 rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Although this was a blow for Roberto, he continued to direct movies like Tiger and the Snow but has yet to gain back his iconic status.
Jamie Kennedy after Son
When Jamie Kennedy was cast in the sequel Jim Carrey’s The Mask, titled The Son Of The Mask, he had big boots to fill. Jim Carrey is a very unique actor, but the producers believed Jamie had the potential to live up to the job.
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While Jamie has starred in movies like Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle, three films in the Scream franchise and Malibu’s Most Wanted, he still didn’t quite live up to Carrey’s reputation. Some have said that he did have a cringy screenplay and less visual effects than the previous film, but it didn’t do wonders for his career. Still, Jamie was not deterred and he managed to score a recurring role in The Horse Whisperer.
Brandon Routh after Superman
In 2006, comic fans were thrilled that of Brandon Routh was cast in the role of Clark Kent in Superman Returns. There were high expectations as Brandon had already been a TV star and many likened him to a young Christopher Reeves.
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However, things soon went sour for Routh after the movie was released. Many felt his acting was stilted and stiff. He struggled to land a leading role for a while, but thankfully he later secured a role as Ray Palmer in The Atom in Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow.
Chris Klein on Rollerblade
Chris Klein shot to fame by starring in the American Pie franchise. He won over moviegoers with his boy-next-door charm. After this, he secured his fame by working alongside Reese Witherspoon, in Election.
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Chris then landed the role in Rollerball, but it was actually a poor decision in the long run. The movie was rated poorly by critics and was a major setback in his career. His career was stalled for a while until he landed a part in the TV series Wilfred role of Oz in 2011 and joined the cast as Oz again in 2012 for an American Reunion.
Vin Diesel and The Pacifier
While Vin Diesel had made a name for himself as a macho action figure, he took on a role which was a little creative and out of the box with Pacifier. The movie was a humorous attempt to pair the cool undercover US Navy Seal, Vin with some cute babies.
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While the movie could have been funny, many felt it was terrible. It scored a rating of 3% on Rotten Tomatoes, and one parent even posted a review saying that their “kids were so bored, and didn’t even laugh once during the whole movie”.
Al Pacino after Misconduct
While Al Pacino is a veteran actor, it must seem like a bankable bet for Hollywood to keep casting him in leading roles. After all, he has proven success rate and established a fan base. However, it doesn’t always mean that the success of the movie is already in the bag. When Pacino took the lead in the movie Misconduct, he failed to work his magic.
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In fact, he received harsh reviews from critics. Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter gave his own take on the movie as a, “it’s a sort of by-the-numbers, forgettable thriller. Monotonal and uninspired, this movie failed to deliver the Al Pacino we have known and loved all these years.”
Bruce Willis after Precious Cargo
After starring in the Die Hard franchise, Bruce Willis established himself in the industry as an action figure. Many fans loved how even though he is completing action sequences and being shot by villains, he still managed to throw out some humorous one-liners.
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However, when Willis took on the movie Precious Cargo, many fans wondered if he had become too ambitious. Film critics like Roger Ebert slammed his performance as flat and boring and gave him a 1-star rating. Perhaps this inspired him to stick to action only from there.
The Rock as Tooth Fairy
While The Rock first started out in the world of professional wrestling, it seems he had some teething problems when he attempted to venture into the world of Hollywood movies. One of these attempts, was when he starred in The Tooth Fairy.
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It may seem a little ridiculous for The Rock to stand proudly with all his buffness, dressed as an adorable Tooth Fairy. It’s fair to say that this was an ambitious cross-over attempt for him and it didn’t help that the storyline and script was too cheesy. While it was a setback, he later found his place in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Will Smith in After Earth
While we have to give kudos to Will Smith helping give his son, Jaden, a head-start in the acting world, the movie After Earth wasn’t as successful as his previous box office hits. While it was a warm story and there were tender father and son moments, the movie turned out to be a major flop.
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In the movie, Will took more of a back seat and let Jaden take the lead and develop his story more. However, many felt that the futuristic theme of the movie didn’t click and it wasn’t so memorable. Still, Will bounced back two years later with the movie Concussion.
Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3
When Tobey Maguire took on the superhero role of Spider-man in the movie franchise, the first two movies were a spellbinding success. However, while the momentum mounted, many felt that this changed when Venom’s character entered the third movie, played by Topher Grace.
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Grace first became a recognizable face when he starred on That 70’s Show. So when he landed a role as Spiderman’s villain, it was a big deal for him. However, many were disappointed with his performance and it took a while to land another leading movie role.
Charlie Hunnam after The Stone
The tale of King Arthur has been a classic story that has been retold many times in Hollywood. So when Charlie Hunnam took the lead in the movie King Arthur: Legend Of the Sword, he had his work cut out for him to bring something new to the table.
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However, despite his efforts, many moviegoers failed to be convinced by his leading performance. This was a setback for him, but he continued to take on other hot projects like Sons of Anarchy.
Alicia Silverstone after Excess Baggage
When Alicia Silverstone rose to stardom as the popular high-school queen and fashionista in the 90’s romantic flick Clueless, it was like she was made for the role. The movie was a surprise cult hit and inspired a generation of teen fans who all wanted to mirror Alicia’s signature style.
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Alicia Silverstone was riding high after Clueless and had a bright career ahead of her. So she took the part in Excess Baggage expecting the same success. Still, the effect was the opposite, as critics slated the movie as it was filled with clichés and a poor plot. Both Alicia and her co-star Benicio Del Toro were awarded Razzies, and Alicia began to step away from the Hollywood limelight after this.
Fran Drescher after The Beautician and the Beast
Fran Drescher started out as a TV star and had been gradually building her career for years. After taking a leading role in the iconic TV sitcom The Nanny, it helped cement her popularity and many casting directors believed that she was ready to take on some bigger projects.
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Fran made the transition to the big screen when she landed the starring role in The Beautician and the Beast. While the title itself sounds a little tasteless, the movie was also plagued by a poor storyline, bad script and many felt Fran couldn’t connect with her audience. After this Fran tended to stick to TV work.
Madonna after she got Swept Away
Without a doubt, Madonna is an influential pop icon and has been the top of her game for decades. She has dominated the music world and is one of the highest paid artists in history. At one point she wants to break out from the music scene and try crossover to the big screen.
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Madonna proved she could pull off an impressive feat when she took the lead in Evita, and the movie became a blazing hit. Feeling ambitious, Madonna followed this up with the movie Swept Away, which was directed by her former husband Guy Ritchie. However, the movie tanked and failed badly in the box office. This was a blow for Ritchie, but he later returned to gangster movies. For Madonna, she moved back to her singing career.
Lindsay Lohan’s Career after I Know Who Killed Me
Lindsay Lohan started out as a talented child star. After starring in box office hits like the Parent Trap and Mean Girls, she was at the peak of fame. While she had a bright future ahead of her, the pressures of fame and stardom began to be a burden.
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Just like many child stars, growing up in the limelight can be tough. For Lindsay when the fame started to be too much, she slipped down the slope of excess drinking, partying and her life was spiraling out of control. It seems poetic that she then took the part in the movie, I Know Who Killed Me, as this movie ended up being the last one before she took a break from the limelight. Eventually, her career began to pick up again.
Eddie Murphy after Imagine That
When Eddie Murphy was at the peak of his career, he could turn any action or comedy plot into movie gold. He reaped the rewards of many blockbusters and movie franchises like Beverly Hills Cop and Doctor Dolittle. Eddie was beloved around the world and many saw him as one of the funniest comedians around.
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Then everything changed for him when he was cast in the lead in Imagine That. While the movie was scathed by critics, even his die-hard fans panned it. This must have been a huge blow for Murphy, and while he continued to work, he is still to regain the iconic status that he used to hold.
Pauly Shore after In The Army Now
Pauly Shore stood out for his unique acting style and charmed his way through Hollywood with his charisma and talent. Pauly was a regular on MTV’s Spring Break specials and constantly performed into sold-out audiences.
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When Pauly crossed over to the silver screen, his movies like Encino Man, Son-in-Law, and Biodome were all successes and set the bar high. However, he then made a poor decision taking the lead on In The Army Now. The movie was hastily scripted and fans were majorly disappointed. Since then, Pauly has shied away from blockbusting movies.
Christopher Reeves after Superman IV
For years it seemed like Christopher Reeves was born to be Superman. With his chiseled good looks, charisma, and charm, he became intertwined with that role. For many fans, he might just have been a superhero himself. So after the success of the third movie in the franchise, Christopher took on the fourth Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. This time the producers allowed him more creative freedom too.
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When he took on the fourth movie, Christopher sacrificed other offers like Fatal Attraction, and Lethal Weapon, among others. However, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, failed to live up to fans expectations in the box office. Who knows if Christopher would have gone down a different movie path if he hadn’t taken that role?
Jada Pinkett-Smith after Woo
Throughout the 1990s, Jada Pinkett-Smith enjoyed a phenomenal career. She won over fans were her confidence, talents, and charms and her demand in the industry was soaring. So Jada decided to accept the part in the movie Woo.
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Nevertheless, the movie was slammed by critics and did poorly in the box office. After this, the offers started to fade and she began to settle for smaller parts. Still, Jada was still persistent and eventually earned back her acting respect after starring in Hawthorne.
Charlie Chaplin after The Great Dictator
Charlie Chaplin rose to fame during the silent film era and is widely renowned as one of the most iconic figures in cinematic history. He was a genius and stunned fans time and time again with his astonishing acting talents. However, Charlie started to get more consumed by his political views and starred in The Great Dictator.
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Charlie’s movie was a political satire and gave him a platform to voice his opinions on Hitler and the rise of fascism. While critics slammed his poor performance in the movie, it also lead to accusations by the US government that he was a communist, controversy and personal scandals. He eventually left the US and settled in Switzerland. While Chaplin continued to act, he lost his iconic success. Still, he did return to the US a few years later and received an honorary Academy Award.