10 actors whose careers were ruined by a single movie

  • 10 actors whose careers were ruined by a single movie

Most actors have appeared in at least one awful film, it's mostly when they're on the way up and need the exposure and money, but sometimes their terrible movie turns out to be the thing that sees their rise immediately turn into a fall.

Here are ten actors who appeared in a terrible movie and their career never recovered as a result...

Halle Berry -  Catwoman

In the early 2000s, Halle Berry was everywhere - playing Storm in the X-Men franchise and famously got a $500k bonus on her Swordfish salary to whip her top off.

She then became the first black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball and then got the cinematic honour of playing a Bond girl in Die Another Day, Halle Berry was the toast of Hollywood.

The film:

A Catwoman spin-off, starring Batman Returns' Michelle Pfeiffer, was worked out as early as 1994 but many delays meant that it eventually went into production in 2003 with Halle Berry in the lead role.

The final film was laughed out of cinemas and despite Berry turning in a respectable performance, it wasn't enough to save the shower of sh*t and it is now regarded by many as one of the worst films of all time.

Making a $20 million loss, Catwoman was nominated for seven Razzie awards and Halle Berry admirably turned up at the ceremony to pick up her Worst Actress award.

What happened next:

Still with her Oscar-winning ego, Berry demanded a higher salary for the rubbish X-Men: The Last Stand and was almost dropped from the series.

After the Catwoman debacle, Berry was consigned to lesser films including Perfect Stranger, Frankie and Alice and Dark Tide (which grossed a measly £97 in UK cinemas) all of which saw her fall off the Hollywood A-list radar.

With a few impressive recent performances, including The Call, The Wachowski's Cloud Atlas and a planned appearance in the upcoming Kingsman sequel, it may seem that Halle Berry may manage to reverse her career implosion.

Taylor Lautner - Abduction

Thanks to the Twilight seriesTaylor Lautner became one of Hollywood's most famous faces (especially when it adorned the walls of teenage girls' bedrooms) as shirt-hating werewolf Jacob.

With his Twilight influence at its highest, Lautner had his pick of film roles to build on his career when the series came to an end.

The film:

Lautner starred in Abduction, an action thriller about two high school students who discover their baby photos on a website of children who are missing or believed abducted, which results in them becoming the focus of an international manhunt.

Regarded as a crappy Bourne knock-off made purposely for the tween and teen fans of Twilight, in a bid to cash in on the actor's audience, Lautner's Abduction was rated 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.

New York Post reviewer Kyle Smith proclaimed: "actual abduction may be preferable to the movie of the same name, but only if your kidnappers don't torture you by forcing you to watch it."

What happened next:

After failing to branch out with Abduction, when Twilight finished Lautner struggled to build on his reputation, and ended up joining Adam Sandler's merry band of unfunny misfit actors.

Lautner featured in Sandler's atrocious Netflix film The Ridiculous 6, and adaptations of Stretch Armstrong and the David and Goliath story with Lautner in the lead roles have been shelved altogether.

Freddie Prinze Jr. - Delgo

Throughout the late '90s and early 2000s, Freddy Prinze Jr. was working his way up to leading man status with career-making roles in teen rom-com She's All That and horror I Know What You Did Last Summer and playing Fred in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie.

The film:

The overblown 2008 animated romantic-comedy-adventure-fantasy film Delgo, featured such voice talent as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer, Burt Reynolds and Malcolm McDowell.

Telling the tale of the winged humanoid Nohrin species who must protect their world from conflict against the ground-dwelling Lokni - Delgo was widely panned by critics who thought that it took ideas from better fantasy films and delivered them with worse animation and dull characters.

With a $40 million budget, the film earned a pitiful $511,920 in the US.

Yahoo! Movies calculated that with the film being screened at 2,160 sites, it averaged out to approximately two viewers per screening.

It holds the record for the lowest-grossing computer-animated film of all time with a dismal $694,782 worldwide.

What happened next:

Freddy Prinze Jr. was forced to seek shelter on TV, playing an agent in the eight season of 24, but that was his post-Delgo career as the rest of his roles have been popping up for an episode or two in shows such as Psych and Bones.

Prinze Jr's biggest recent success has been voicing characters in the video games Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

Noomi Rapace - Prometheus

Coming off the back of her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the adaptations of author Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, the future was looking bright for the young Swedish actress.

The film:

With plans on becoming the next Sigourney Weaver, Rapace starred in the lead of Ridley Scott's sort-of Alien prequel Prometheus.

Despite amassing a bumper box office taking, the studio execs sticking in their noses caused Prometheus' story to end up in a mess of unanswered questions and unexplained motives.

What happened next:

Prometheus didn't give Rapace's career the springboard that she was hoping for, as she went on to relatively unknown flicks including Passion, The Drop and the disappointing Tom Hardy flick Child 44.

Returning as Elizabeth Shaw for 2017's Alien: Covenant - which fans are hoping will be a more coherent prequel to the Alien movie series - Rapace might finally get that chance to be the next Sigourney Weaver like she hoped for all the way back in 2012.

Renee Zellweger - Case 39

Films like Jerry Maguire, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Chicago help to make Renee Zellweger one of the biggest actresses in the late '90s and early '00s.

But around 2005 saw Zellweger make some poor decisions with her film choices as critics jumped aboard her lack of enthusiasm for the uninspiring roles that she was playing.

The film:

The final nail in the coffin was supernatural psychological horror Case 39 about a social worker who fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only for things to get all weird and supernatural.

An unoriginal horror, the film opened at number seven on the box office chart and made just over $5 million and $28 million worldwide.

The film also starred Bradley Cooper, who was able to shake off this early career choice, but for Zellweger, things hit the skids for good.

What happened next:

From 2010 until this year, Zellweger didn't star in another film - having to change her whole face with extensive plastic surgery in order to fool people into thinking they were casting someone other than Renee Zellweger.

Her return to Hollywood has coincided with the third Bridget Jones film, Bridget Jones's Baby, due out in 2016, which may see her become regain some of her star power again.

Mike Myers - The Love Guru

A comedy superstar in the '90s and early 2000s Mike Myers was one of Hollywood's favourite funnyman thanks to the Wayne's World, Austin Powers and Shrek film.

The ground got a bit rocky when he appeared in the awful live-action The Cat in the Hat adaptation and needed to salvage his reputation with a hit.

The film:

Myers wrote, produced and starred his next film, 2008's The Love Guru - a romantic comedy about an American raised by Indian gurus, who attempts to the States to break into the self-help business, with his first challenge being helping a hockey player whose wife left him.

The Love Guru was lambasted by critics for its gross-out gags, toilet humour, somewhat racist characters and general low-quality - which led people to believe he stole the script from the desk of Adam Sandler.

With a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, The Love Guru grossed just over $40 million worldwide, falling well short of its budget, and Myers was bestowed with an unwanted trio of Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Screenplay.

What happened next:

Coupled with a reputation for being a massive dick on set, voicing Shrek has been the only steady work he has had since 2008; while his only onscreen appearance was a cameo in Inglourious Basterds.

Taylor Kitsch - John Carter and Battleship

Rising to fame in TV drama Friday Night Lights,  Canada's own Taylor Kitsch then appeared in films such as John Tucker Must Die and Snakes on a Plane before playing the fan favourite Gambit in the abomination that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The film(s):

Kitsch has the dubious distinction of being the lead actor on two of 2012 most high-profile box office bombs: John Carter and Battleship.

Based on A Princess of Mars - the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsom series, John Carter is about the interplanetary adventures of the titular character and was a massive disappointment (except in Russia, where it set box office records).

It ultimately cost Disney in the region of $200 million, which prompted the company to buy the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas to recoup their losses - so one good thing came of it.

Meanwhile, the star-studded Battleship, based on that board game, but with aliens, went in at number two on the box office charts for its opening weekend - second on behind the 3D re-release of Titanic.

Overall, Battleship grossed a respectable $303 million, but well below Universal's anticipated earnings for the action movie.

What happened next:

After his annus horribilis, Taylor Kitsch kissed goodbye to his prospects as a Hollywood leading man, with a string of more obscure movie roles following the twin disasters of 2012.

He must have thought his luck was about to change when he was cast in the second season of True Detective with the first season becoming a runaway success; unfortunately, the second season turned out to be a massive let-down as viewers switched off in their droves.

An X-Men film, a big-budget action flick, a Disney-backed fantasy adaptation and the second season of one of the hottest TV dramas of recent years - all of which turned out to be giant flops and proving that Taylor Kitsch just has the worst luck when it comes to picking roles.

Jaden Smith - After Earth

The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith was forging a respectable acting career and a potential successor to his father thanks to well-received performances starring alongside his pops in The Pursuit of Happyness and also opposite Jackie Chan in the remake of The Karate Kid.

The film:

After he turned down the lead in Django Unchained, Will Smith agreed to star in the future dystopian action adventure film and recruited the director he knew could make a mess of any project.

M. Night Shyamalan was looking to recover his career after that film where the plants attack people and the disastrous adaptation of The Last Airbender, and Smith Snr. convinced him to direct After Earth and also to cast his son in the film's other leading role.

Will Smith's nepotism served to highlight his son's acting inadequacies and the film was savaged by critics, with special mention to Jaden's rubbish acting.

Despite earning over $240 million worldwide, it was much below the expected box office cash expected from a Will Smith film and was regarded as a flop.

What happened next:

After bagging himself the Worst Actor Razzie Award, Jaden has been doing anything other than acting, throwing himself into music, a clothing line, and attempts at TV acting.

It was announced back in 2014 that a sequel to The Karate Kid would be produced, but that has gone extremely quiet in recent times, which means that we may never see Jaden in front of the camera again.

Sean Connery - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

It's no secret that the original 007 was offered the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings films, but turned it down due to not understanding the script.

Some believe that missing out on the money-spinning LOTR franchise is what prompted Connery to take on the next fantasy script that came his way...

The film:

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on the comic series from Alan Moore, author of V for Vendetta and Watchmen writer Alan Moore, is set in a steampunk Victorian world and features some famous fictional characters including Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Professor Moriarty, and Captain Nemo all teaming up on a secret mission.

Sean Connery plays Allan Quatermain, the protagonist of King Solomon's Mines, in the film stacked convoluted and underdeveloped characters, and despite grossing nearly $180 million, was hated by critics and reviewers.

What happened next:

Connery, who was already gearing up for retirement, was so disillusioned with 'The Hollywood Machine' and the decisions of the most powerful people in the industry, hung his hat up for good in 2005.

Sir Sean was asked to return as Indiana Jones' father for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2003 and turned the offer down.

Connery's pal Michael Caine explained in 2011: “I phoned him the other day, but we never see each other because he doesn’t move around a lot now.

"He won’t make another film now. I just asked him. He said, 'No, I’ll never do it.’?”

It wasn't just Connery who finished with LXG, director Stephen Norrington - who also directed the first Blade film - had such a hard time working with Connery that he vowed he would never direct another film, and still hasn't.

Elizabeth Berkley - Showgirls

Elizabeth Berkley's cautionary tale is the prime example for the potential Hollywood career that failed before it started.

Fresh from her role of Jessie Spano on the hugely popular kids’ sitcom Saved by the Bell, Berkley was ready and willing to make it big in the movies.

The film:

Berkley plays a young drifter who arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to becoming the top of the Vegas showgirls.

The film was nominated for a record 13 Razzie Awards, and won (a then record) seven awards, and while the reviews were overwhelmingly negative, they weren't as negative as history would suggest.

Despite failing to recoup its budget during the cinematic release, it went on to gross over $100 million in the home video and rentals markets and has become somewhat of a cult classic.

What happened next:

Berkley had been courted by a number of studios before she acted in Showgirls, and after its release, she tried to contact the same studios but none of them would return her call.

Since 1995's Showgirls, Berkley has been steadily working on smaller films including the Donnie Darko's dstraight-to-DVD sequel S. Darko.

She has also featured in bit part roles on TV shows like The L Word and CSI: Miami, but nowhere near the popularity of her Saved By The Bell days.

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