Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, and Mike Myers struggle to get funding for movies right now, and it’s mainly due to one crucial movie that ended their promising careers. We take a look at 10 actors whose careers were killed by one terribly bad movie.
Check out our list below to see the 10 movies that killed some of the biggest actors’ Hollywood careers, and be sure to read through the end of the article for more details on why each movie seemingly killed their promising careers.
Actor: Eddie Murphy
Movie: Pluto Nash
Release date: 2002
Eddie Murphy is a king of stand-up comedians, and he was churning out solid box office hits throughout the ’80s and ’90s, but somewhere, some place, this comic got lost. We kept hoping he would turn it around, as he’s a legendary talent that his fans would love to get to enjoy on the big screen, but he continues to star in flop after flop. His latest was 2012’s A Thousand Words, which had a plot that actually involved him learning not to talk as much. What could the writers possibly be thinking when they hired one of the best talkers on the planet for this role.
Actor: Geena Davis
Movie: Cutthroat Island
Release date: 1995
We didn’t see this one coming. Geena Davis was one of the hottest stars in the early ’90s, with Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own, and Beetlejuice becoming instant classics, but once she starred in 1995’s Cutthroat Island, which was directed by her then husband Renny Harlin, it killed her entire career (along with other actors’ as well). She’s found some small success on TV, but has yet to make a feature film worth mentioning since the disastrous flop.
Actor: Kevin Costner
Release date: 1995
Kevin Costner is a bonafide superstar, with dozens of films on his IMDB page that are worthy of watching, but Waterworld certainly sunk his stardom ship back in ’95. Costner was one of the most famous actors on the planet, and now he’s been making what seems to be loads of sports movies which all feel very similar. He still has a lot of talent, so we’re hoping he stays afloat by pure talent alone.
Actor: Mike Myers
Movie: The Love Guru
Release date: 2008
Mike Myers was the voice of Shrek, and the star of the highly popular Austin Powers franchise. He does The Love Guru, and literally disappears. The last time he was even seen was when he showed up on the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live in the Wayne’s World skit, which he actually did a solid job with. Rumor is, Myers is incredibly difficult to work with, so maybe his pile of money was more attractive than onset arguments.
Actor: Brandon Routh
Movie: Superman Returns
Release date: 2006
Less of a bad casting choice and more of a terrible movie. Brandon Routh was cast in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, which was panned by fans and critics alike. The sad thing is Routh got hit the hardest, with everyone blaming the man of steel himself. It’s sad really, as he wasn’t that bad of a Superman or Clark Kent. It didn’t kill his film career entirely though, as he had cameos in Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs the World. So, maybe it did kill his movie career.
Actor: Halle Berry
Release date: 2004
Sigh, Halle Berry was one of the most talented actresses in the Tinseltown, but she just had to do a superhero/villain movie, and ended up giving one of the worst performances ever seen on the big screen when 2004’s Catwoman premiered. She’s literally disappeared since this movie hit theaters over 10 years ago, with X-Men: Days of Future Past being her only recent success, which she was in for maybe five minutes.
Actor: Terrence Howard
Movie: Iron Man
Release date: 2008
Terrence Howard was a man with star-power back in 2008, and he actually commanded more money than Robert Downey Jr. did in the first Iron Man film. That may have been his downfall though, as the actor was recast when he wasn’t willing to take a paycut for the second Iron Man film. Don Cheadle took his place (a good friend of his) and the rest is history. Cheadle will be appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the biggest sequel of all time, and Howard will be on his TV show, Empire, which is actually getting decent reviews. But, Avengers‘ sequel or TV show, we’ll let you decide.
Actor: Chris O’Donnell
Movie: Batman & Robin
Release date: 1997
Believe it or not, Chris O’Donnell was a pretty respectable and promising actor until he was sadly cast in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin alongside George Clooney (the one with the infamous Bat-nips). After the film’s release in 1997, O’Donnell never again starred in a feature film, and focuses on the small screen now, with some small roles previously on Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS: Los Angeles. Why didn’t George Clooney’s career take the same kind of hit?
Actor: Hayden Christensen
Movie: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Release date: 2005
Oh, Hayden. It was short and sweet, your film career that is. The actor was lucky enough (or unlucky enough) to play the teenage and adult version of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ Star Wars‘ prequels, the bad thing is – the dialogue in these films were so horrid that Daniel Day-Lewis couldn’t have done them justice. Christensen would go on to do a few more films, so it wasn’t an entire debacle like some others, but the titles Awake and Jumper certainly don’t ring too many bells when thinking about quality cinema.
Actor: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Movie: Boat Trip
Release date: 2002
Cuba Gooding Jr. has never truly recovered from this career choice debacle. While Boat Trip may have been ahead of its time by taking on important social issues in the LGBT community, Cuba just never quite made it back from this one failed trip at the box office. Prior to this his star was rising like a rocket, he was commanding $20 million a picture, but as soon as Boat Trip came into port, he completely flatlined. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Jerry McGuire in 1996, but when’s the last time you saw the once beloved actor headlining a film in the last decade? It’s a shame too, as he is a true talent.
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