When a new star is discovered in Hollywood, or appears in a hit movie, we seem to take for granted that this particular actor will be around forever. However, this is simply not how things work in Hollywood. Yes, a star might be the center of attention after the release of knockout movie, or even have a few golden years of recognition while starring in a successful franchise. But no matter how secure an actor may appear to be in Hollywood, they never really are. The movie industry moves on so quickly that certain stars can’t help but be left behind.
The actors on this list have learned the hard way that one minute you can be overwhelmed with tons of movie offers, and then, in the blink of an eye, you’re struggling to be cast in anything. Many of the stars on this list have faced a sad fate, being replaced by a younger face, or dwindling slowly into obscurity, until one day no one is thinking about them at all. Of course, some of the actors on this list only have themselves to blame, for getting caught up in the wrong type of lifestyle that doesn’t do them any favors. Yes, this list will tell you just which stars we’re talking about and you’ll learn just which actors have been down on their luck in recent years…
15. Rob Schneider
During the 2000s, Rob Schneider was somewhat of a comic star, appearing in movies such as The Hot Chick, Bench Warmers and Grown Ups. Since that point though, the only time we seem to spot Schneider on screen is if he is popping up for a random cameo. So just why did Hollywood begin to snub the star? Many would argue it’s due to the fact that a lot of the actor’s movies were met with bad reviews from critics. Along with this, Schneider is arguably most famous for his minor roles in movies, such as The Waterboy, which starred Adam Sandler. Schneider’s character repeats the same line throughout his time on screen: “You can do it!” Schneider has appeared in more of Sandler’s movies such as Little Nicki, 50 First Dates and The Longest Yard, just to utter this one sentence as some type of on-going joke. Some believe that his role in The Waterboy was the actor’s most memorable work and that any success he has now is just stemming from it. These days, Schneider takes on more animated voice roles, such as his part in Norm of the North.
14. Anna Faris
Anna Faris has many successful comedies to her name, such as Scary Movie, Just Friends, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and The House Bunny. This said, it’s still been a while since Faris has been offered a starring role in a Hollywood movie. It’s hard to say why exactly this is the case but the fact that the actress failed to span out, beyond predictable role choices, is probably a factor. Despite Faris’ lack of movie roles, she has had success on television. The actress has been starring on the TV show Mom, since 2013; it was recently revealed that the show had been renewed for a fourth season. Faris has also taken on animated voice roles such as in the Alvin and The Chipmunks series.
13. Halle Berry
During the 2000s, Halle Berry was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood; she was starring in movies such as the X-Men series, Swordfish and Die Another Day (in which she played a hot Bond Girl). Berry even became the first woman of color to win a lead Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball, released in 2001. With all these achievements, many would have expected Berry’s career to span much longer than it has. Although Berry reprised her role in the X-Men franchise in 2014 for X Men: The Last Stand, this seems to be the actress’ only notable performance in years. Many believe that Berry’s decline began in 2005 after Catwoman was released. This movie saw the star awarded a Worst Actress Razzie Award.
12. Hayden Christensen
At one point during the 2000s, Hayden Christensen was expected to be the “next big thing”. Christensen gained international recognition for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars series. Despite this, as the series continued it appeared to be having a more negative than positive effect on the actor’s career. The star received numerous Razzies for his part in the movies, including the Worst Supporting Actor for both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Many believe the series ruined the actor’s status as an up and coming megastar. With the weight of this upon his shoulders, Christensen tried to move on from his Star Wars days but, unfortunately, things just weren’t looking up for the actor’s movie career. Christensen starred in a number of flops such as Awake opposite Jessica Alba, and Jumper opposite Rachel Bilson. At this stage, Christensen decided to take a step back from the limelight, and who can blame him? These days the actor focuses on more family orientated things, such as his daughter Briar Rose.
11. Terrence Howard
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Terrence Howard’s career was flourishing; he was starring in movies such as Four Brothers, Ray, Crash and Get Rich or Die Tryin. The actor even received an Oscar for his role in 2005’s Hustle and Flow. Saying this, in more recent times the actor’s career is nowhere near this level of success. So what exactly happened? People seem to think that Iron Man, the same movie that resurrected Robert Downey Jr’s career, is ultimately what killed Howard’s. This is mainly due to the fact that having been the highest paid actor appearing in the first movie, Howard was informed that if he was to appear in the sequel, he would have to take a 50 to 80 percent pay cut. This did not sit well with Howard and he was eventually replaced by Don Cheadle. Since this incident, the actor’s movie career has been dwindling away. Howard can currently be found starring on TV’s music drama, Empire.
10. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore had success at a very early age due to her role in family classic E.T. Barrymore followed this success into adulthood appearing in movies throughout the 90s and 2000s, such as Scream, Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer and Charlie’s Angels. After these movies though, Barrymore seemed to fade off the map and she was no longer dominating Hollywood like she once was. The fact that the actress starred in some flops too, such as Blended, opposite Adam Sandler, really didn’t help. Despite the fact that Barrymore is not cast much anymore, doesn’t mean she’s completely disappeared; the actress seems to resurface every five years or so with one decent movie such as Whip It, in 2009 and more recently Miss You Already, released in 2015.
9. Lucy Liu
Around the early to mid-00s, Lucy Liu was quite prominent on the Hollywood scene. The actress was starring in movies like Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill, Payback and Chicago; then suddenly, the star didn’t seem to be appearing in anything. Although it seemed that Liu had disappeared entirely, this was not the case; she could be found in movies such as Rise, a supernatural thriller and Watching the Detectives, an independent romantic-comedy in which she starred opposite Cillian Murphy. These movies though, were a far cry from the star’s earlier work and after 2007, Liu wasn’t starring in any movies at all. The actress recently spoke out saying that she believes she may have been held back by racism in Hollywood. She said, “I wish people wouldn’t just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me.” Liu can currently be found co-starring in the Sherlock Holmes inspired TV drama, Elementary.
8. Seann William Scott
The early 2000s was Seann William Scott’s golden era; after the release of the first American Pie movie in 1999, Scott gained international fame for his portrayal of Steve Stifler. While he was starring in the American Pie movies, Scott had numerous role offers, appearing in movies such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Dude Where’s My Car, Road Trip and Final Destination. In spite of this, when the American Pie hype began to die down, so too did the hype surrounding Scott. At this stage people were growing tired of the star always playing the same typical character in all of his roles. Although he played the parts well, there was only so long he could continue playing the same parts and still be praised for it. Despite his lack of starring roles, Scott has still managed to make a living from the industry due to a number of voice animated roles such as in the Ice Age series.
7. Mike Myers
In the early 2000s, Mike Myers had many movie accomplishments to his name, such as Wayne’s World, Austin Powers and the Shrek movies. Then, the actor seemed to just vanish, almost entirely. So what happened? Myers’ sudden departure from the Hollywood scene can be summed up in three words: The Love Guru. Yes, many people are off the opinion that this movie ultimately ended Myers’ career. The movie was met with terrible reviews despite having a star filled cast including Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba. Since this point Myers has not been offered any big roles and most likely doesn’t want to risk starring in anything smaller, as it too might flop. The actor’s last notable role was in Shrek’s Forever After, released in 2010.
6. Keanu Reeves
During the 90s and early 2000s, Keanu Reeves had no trouble getting himself a big Hollywood role; the actor starred in films like Point Break, Speed, Dangerous Liaisons and of course, The Matrix trilogy. In fact, Reeves was arguably the biggest action star in Hollywood at this time. This considered, one would have envisioned Reeves’ career to stay at this high level for much longer than it did. Instead, the star was forced to take on smaller roles in independent movies as Hollywood just wasn’t coming forth with any offers. When recently asked how he felt about this, the actor remarked: “The last studio movie I did was [2013’s] 47 Ronin, but before that it had been a long time — probably [2008’s] The Day the Earth Stood Still. So I haven’t been getting many offers from the studios.” The star also explained how this “sucks”. Nonetheless, there’s no doubt Reeves has had many accomplishments in his career that he can be proud of.
5. Lindsay Lohan
When we think of Lindsay Lohan, we think of her numerous drug scandals and arrests; for this reason, she is perhaps one of the more obvious on the list. However, although it’s hard to imagine now, the actress was once sought after for roles. After starring in The Parent Trap, when she was still a freckled face youngster, Lohan cemented her name as a future star. This was exactly how things unfolded, with the actress starring in many movie hits throughout her teens and early twenties, such as Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Herbie: Fully Loaded and Just My Luck. Nonetheless, as Lohan started her descent into a downward spiral, so too did her career. Despite numerous trips to rehab and attempts to reboot her career, the actress was never able to succeed in doing so. One such attempt was Lohan’s role in 2012’s Liz and Dick in which she portrayed Elizabeth Taylor; the movie was met with terrible reviews with The Hollywood Reporter describing Lohan’s performance as “woeful.” The star’s last movie appearance was The Canyons, released in 2013; the movie was released four days after Lohan left rehab and it is said that the star received only $100 a day during filming.
4. Rupert Grint
Not that long ago, Rupert Grint had the world at his feet; he was gaining world-wide praise for his portrayal of Ron Weasley in the much-loved Harry Potter series. Despite this huge success, it’s been a little while since we’ve seen Grint in a movie. After the conclusion of the Harry Potter series in 2012, the star did continue on with his acting, however, we’ve yet to come across a movie he’s appeared in. This is surprising, considering the talent Grint displayed at such a young age and the legions of adoring Harry Potter fans he has backing him. Grint’s lack of roles is most likely down to his early success, many will have trouble disassociating the actor from Ron Weasley, which leaves it all the more difficult to envision this actor in any other role. Only time will tell what will unfold for Grint in the future.
3. Ashley Greene
Ashley Greene made quite the name for herself when she appeared as Alice Cullen in the Twilight Saga. So just why has Greene seemed to disappear in recent years? It almost seems as if Greene hasn’t appeared in anything since the Twilight series ended in 2012. However, this is actually not the case; Greene continues to act but it’s mostly straight to DVD films that never reach a movie theater screen. This has been the case with nearly all of Greene’s movies apart from Twilight and Apparition. Despite making it to theaters, Apparition was not only a flop with critics, but also with audiences. The movie only succeeded in earning back $5 million of its $17-million budget. So, with results like this it’s clear Greene is not the most reliable star to have appearing in your movie. It’s looking more and more likely that Twilight was the highlight of the actress’ career.
2. Nicholas Cage
There’s no doubt Nicholas Cage has had a renowned acting career; the star gave stand-out performances in movies such as The Rock, Face/Off, Con Air and City of Angels. The actor has also secured one Oscar win. Despite this, Cage’s career began to decline; the actor did little to help this, starring in a number of questionable roles such as his appearance in Kick Ass and National Treasure. The star seemed to be more focused on the large profits associated with these type of movies. Cage’s last notable performance was 2013’s Joe, which was met with high critical acclaim and saw the actor return to his earlier acting style. Since then, Cage’s career has been quiet again. Years ago the star would have been found making movies like this one, back to back, but that is not the case today. This is likely due to the detour Cage took in his career. However, it’s clear the actor is making an effort to focus on projects similar to his early work, so it appears there is still hope for the star.
1. Michael Cera
The years 2007-2010 were arguably the highlight of Michael Cera’s career; it was during this time the actor appeared in movie such as Superbad, Juno, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and Youth in Revolt. Nevertheless, from this point onwards the actor’s career began to slowly fade away and now it’s hard to remember the last time we’ve seen Cera’s boyish face on the big screen. Where did it all go wrong? Some of it is probably down to bad luck; the actor starred in a few flops, such as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which didn’t help him in the least. To add to this, Cera stuck to the same conventional character in all of his movies. Yes, this worked for a while, but soon enough people generally want to see an actor who’s capable of portraying numerous types of characters.