Not every actor or actress is destined for success. Whether they can’t land the right part or they just don’t have the talent, some people simply aren’t meant to be stars. Unfortunately, no-one’s told Hollywood that yet. The big film studios seem desperate to try and make hits out of some of their acting talent, but nothing they do ever really pays off. Even if they keep trying to cast these actors as leading men and women, it’s never going to work out. It’s about time they cut their losses.
Things might have looked hopeful for Denise Richards early on in her career, especially when she appeared in films like the sci-fi flick “Starship Troopers” and erotic thriller “Wild Things.”
However, winning a Golden Raspberry Award for her performance in Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough” should have been a sign that her success didn’t have longevity. Of the few film roles that Richards has had in recent years, most of them have been direct-to-video or negatively received releases. At least she still has TV to fall back on.
The early 2000s were an excellent time for Hayden Christensen. His role in the drama film “Life as a House” earned him a Golden Globe nomination and preceded his biggest acting credit to date.
In 2002, the actor appeared as Anakin Skywalker in the fifth movie from space opera franchise “Star Wars,” a part that he returned to three years later. However, while the films themselves were big hits, Christensen was not. The reception to his acting was mixed, and he’s been unable to change opinions of his capabilities ever since.
After she appeared on the sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” Elizabeth Berkley was supposed to become a huge success. She built up a big following on the show, and it seemed her fans would support her no matter what she did.
However, when she was given the lead role of Nomi Malone on erotic drama film “Showgirls,” that all changed. The movie was panned by critics, as was Berkley’s performance. She struggled to be taken seriously after that, and in 2011 gave up trying to redeem herself in the film industry.
After trying to break out as an actress during the ‘90s, Kristin Davis finally got the recognition she’d been looking for when she was chosen to play Charlotte in romantic drama “SATC.” When the show ended in 2004, film producers wanted to make even bigger stars of its main cast.
However, it seems some people were better suited for the big screen than others. Davis didn’t exactly land the best roles, with 2006’s Christmas comedy movie “Deck the Halls” a particular failure according to critics. Now, she just sticks to television films.
Brendan Fraser’s film career might have been more successful than most people’s on this list, but he’s never really taken it to the places it should have gone.
Some of his most memorable performances were in films that got mixed reviews at best. Movies like “George of the Jungle” and “The Mummy” weren’t that well received, although they were commercially successful. However, Fraser’s later films proved that it’s not always about making a profit. “G.I. Joe” and “Inkheart” both performed at the box office, but their reviews speak for themselves.
The world became familiar with Shannon Elizabeth when she starred as Nadia in the teen comedy movie “American Pie.” Her appearance in the sequels, as well as films like “Scary Movie” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” showed that Elizabeth had a knack for comedy.
However, it didn’t always pay off. A series of poorly-reviewed movies saw the actress disappear from the spotlight as quickly as she’d emerged, resulting in her being restricted to TV movies and the occasional cameo. Thankfully, her poker career has kept her busy.
Linda Fiorentino had the world at her hands, but her career soon slipped through her fingers. Her award-winning performance in the erotic thriller “The Last Seduction” had people believing she was in it for the long haul, especially when she then landed roles in films like sci-fi flick “Men in Black.”
By the time the 2000s came around, Fiorentino seemed destined for success, but then it all came crashing down. Rumors that Linda was a nightmare to work with essentially ruined her career because no directors or producers wanted to recruit her for their movies.
You’d think that winning an Academy Award at the start of your career would be a positive sign of things to come. However, for Mira Sorvino, it was a case of peaking too soon.
Her success in rom-com “Mighty Aphrodite” put a lot of pressure on the actress’ shoulders that she couldn’t cope with. From 1999 romantic drama “At First Sight” to 2016 thriller “Exposed,” Sorvino hasn’t done a great job of bagging the right roles. That’s probably why she spends more time on TV and television films these days.
It seems it was a series of bad decisions that hindered Sean Young’s ability to make it big in Hollywood. Everything started well when she portrayed Rachael in the cult sci-fi film “Blade Runner.”
However, it all started going downhill when an injury prevented her from appearing in the superhero movie “Batman.” After that, she became desperate to reclaim her fame, even allegedly going so far as to stalk Tim Burton for the chance to play Catwoman. Naturally, this erratic behavior just made people hesitant to work with her.
Rachael Leigh Cook
In the early years of her career, Rachael Leigh Cook showed the world that she knew how to make people laugh. That was clear in comedy films like “She’s All That” and “All I Wanna Do,” but sometimes her humor missed the mark with critics.
While her career was still on the up, Cook appeared in “Josie and the Pussycats” which essentially ruined all chances of her becoming a star. It was a box office bomb, and the actress soon found herself struggling to land roles outside of short or direct-to-video films.
Period drama film “Pearl Harbor” was a commercial success, and Josh Hartnett’s involvement with it signified great things for his career. When he followed it up with another war film, “Black Hawk Down,” the actor’s career prospects looked hopeful.
However, his belief that fame wouldn’t lead to happiness prevented him from ever taking on any more significant roles. He rejected proposals to play Superman in the early ‘00s and moved away from portraying action heroes in his movies. Both of those decisions hindered his ability to ever become a Hollywood icon.
In her early film roles, Mena Suvari took to playing the beautiful blonde with great ease. She showed off her comedy skills in “American Pie,” followed by a brilliant dramatic performance in “American Beauty.”
The latter was considered one of the best films of 1999 and was a major commercial success, amassing over $350 million at the box office on a budget of $15 million. Despite having so much potential, though, Mena has spent the rest of her career being overlooked for the big roles. She just can’t catch a break.
Thora Birch had everything going for her in the ‘90s, especially when she finished off the decade with a role in “American Beauty.” However, despite several notable successes during her career, the actress has failed to have a hit for a while.
For the longest time, if she wasn’t starring in independent films, she wasn’t featuring in any movies at all. A lot of that blame seems to rest on Birch’s agent – AKA her father. She says she gave the man too much control of her life, and it caused her career to suffer.
It seems that Vanity Fair might have been getting ahead of themselves in 1998 when they declared Gretchen Mol to be the next ‘It girl’ in Hollywood.
At the time, it looked like the actress was destined for success with films like the dramedy “Celebrity” set to bring in big bucks. However, these movies never lived up to the hype, and that hurt Mol badly. Although she’s managed to make a name for herself on TV, those early failures ruined all chances of her becoming a Hollywood starlet.
You’d think that playing one of the world’s favorite superheroes would do great things for your career. However, it takes more than just playing a great character for an actor to be successful.
People might love Superman, but few of them were raving about Brandon Routh’s take on the iconic hero. They felt his performance was lacking which perhaps explains why he’s not seen much on the big screen these days. At least the superhero world hasn’t shunned him, allowing him to portray The Atom on various TV series.
Appearances in sci-fi flick “Planet of the Apes” and action drama “Driven” signaled a good start for Estella Warren’s Hollywood career, but it didn’t last long. When she was cast in the universally panned crime comedy “Kangaroo Jack,” her hopes of becoming a star soon disappeared.
A couple of television films interspersed the occasional panned movie, leading from one disaster to the next. It didn’t help that in 2011, she ended up on the wrong side of the law after crashing into several parked cars while under the influence.
It seems that Brandon Routh wasn’t the only one who had his career thrown off the rails by “Superman Returns.” Before appearing as Lois Lane in the movie, Kate Bosworth had been on the path to stardom.
Her role in sports film “Blue Crush” propelled her into the spotlight where she remained for several years. However, after fans were disappointed by her feature in the Superman movie, Bosworth struggled to claw back her career. Fast forward a few years and most of her films are now direct-to-video features.
Unlike her sisters, Ashley Judd wasn’t interested in being a country singer. She wanted to be an actress, and appearances on drama series “Sisters” helped her get her big break.
Soon enough, film roles like the commercially successfully neo-noirs “Kiss the Girls” and “Double Jeopardy” brought her to people’s attention, but they weren’t enough. The outspoken actress has recently admitted she believes Harvey Weinstein stopped her from making it big because she wouldn’t succumb to his alleged advances, hence why most of her recent films have been flops according to critics.
If Lily Collins thought she was destined for a successful career in Hollywood, she was sadly mistaken. A great start in the business was cut short after one too many poor performances.
Her leading role in the fantasy adventure “Mirror, Mirror” got mixed reviews, much like her feature in rom-com “Stuck In Love.” However, it was the action-adventure flick “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” that proved to be the final nail in the coffin. The movie performed so poorly all planned sequels were canceled, leading her career to falter.
People will never forget Alicia Silverstone for her role as Cher Horowitz in the classic ‘90s rom-com “Clueless.” Unfortunately, that might be the only movie part that the actress is ever remembered for.
While she’s continued to appear in films, most of her credits have slipped under the radar. The features where she was somewhat memorable, such as 2006 spy film “Stormbreaker,” ended up being critical and commercial failures, essentially doing her career no justice. At least she’s still gaining attention for all the activist work that she does.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar is not someone we ever thought would end up on this list. However, when you think about it, it’s not her film career that she’s best known for.
The actress’ success as the lead on supernatural drama series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” made her a hot commodity in the industry. Unfortunately, despite initial success in several slasher flicks, her time on the big screen seemed limited. It was a few years after playing Daphne in the unsuccessful live-action “Scooby Doo” films that she gave up on movies altogether.
Kate Hudson is by no means a failure of an actress. Compared to most other people on this list, she’s done incredibly well for herself. The thing is, she never really got her career off the ground.
Being the daughter of Goldie Hawn, there were high expectations for the actress going forward. A near win at the 2001 Oscars signaled that she was on the verge of making it big, but then things just stalled. Too many average rom-coms, according to critics, led to her being typecast in the most unfortunate way.
Taylor Lautner was basically the star of the fantasy romance movie series “Twilight.” He was so dedicated to the part of Jacob that he ended up transforming his body so the director wouldn’t replace him in the second film.
However, while the “Twilight” movies might have made him a star, they didn’t help him stay in the spotlight for long. It only took a few years after “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” aired for the actor to disappear entirely from the big screen. It looks like he just wasn’t destined for Hollywood.
Jessica Biel has been hanging around film sets since the mid-‘90s, but that doesn’t mean all her movies have been successes. Even her earliest releases, such as slasher flick “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and superhero film “Blade: Trinity” received negative reviews from critics.
The commercial failure of sci-fi action movie “Stealth,” along with the poor reception of dramas “Home of the Brave” and “Powder Blue” only served to hurt Biel’s film career even more. She might be a star on TV, but the same can’t be said for the big screen. At least she can say she’s married to Justin Timberlake!