Whether or not people want to admit it or embrace it, it’s obvious that once you reach a certain level of fame, the world is watching you. People around the world are watching the every move of certain celebs, and are pretty quick to judge when an actor makes a mistake (or simply does something the public does not agree with).
Some celebrities reject this idea, and start acting out and making some pretty poor decisions as an act of rebellion. Some celebs just don’t care what others think, and are determined to live irresponsibly for as long as they can. There are also famous people who are aware that they have some serious issues (i.e. substance abuse, sex addiction, poor money management), but refuse to get the help they need to overcome these challenges. This prideful attitude often leads the celeb to make choices that get them lots of negative media attention.
Publicists often say that all press is good press. However, when the public becomes aware that beloved celebrities are engaging in activities that are pretty questionable, we beg to differ. People are pretty judgmental, especially of those in the public eye. That means that one bad news story could ruin a celebrity’s career. With that said, here are 10 famous actors we’re afraid we can no longer respect.
10 Al Pacino
Al Pacino will always be well-known for his roles in movies like Dog Day Afternoon and The Godfather. But after he gained popularity in the 1970s, Pacino’s acting choices have been less than successful. He starred in Gigli, which also featured Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. The movie is actually regarded as the worst of all time by many, which really didn’t improve Al Pacino’s reputation. Pacino was also in the Adam Sandler movie Jack & Jill. His performance in the film earned him two Razzies—that’s how bad the acting was. So, while Al Pacino hasn’t lost too much respect as a person (according to the media), he could certainly stand to improve his reputation as an actor.
9 Clint Eastwood
The famed actor and director has long been a Hollywood legend. His career catapulted after he appeared in the television series Rawhide, and went on to star in movies like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Where Eagles Dare, Escape from Alcatraz, Dirty Harry and Joe Kidd. Eastwood has also won Oscars for his expert directing. However, at the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood spoke to an empty chair onstage and pretended to be chastising President Obama. This didn’t go over well with many of his fans, and some people took the incident to mean that he wasn’t as open-minded as we’d all assumed.
8 Kevin Clash
The name Kevin Clash may not sound familiar to you. However, chances are you’ve heard of the character Elmo, from Sesame Street. Clash is the guy who gave Elmo his voice. After his long stint on Sesame Street, Kevin Clash quit his job. Clash was accused of a number of crimes, including pedophilia against young boys. He stated that he didn’t want to further tarnish the reputation of Sesame Street, which is why he decided to leave the show. In addition to working on the popular children’s show for nearly 30 years, Clash, a producer and director is also known for his work in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. The charges against Clash were later dropped, but it’s pretty clear that most people still remember the incident, due to the decline in Elmo-themed toy sales.
7 Robert De Niro
De Niro is another legendary actor who lost the respect of some of his fans due to the movies he chose to act in. Robert De Niro was in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle in 2000, and critics had a lot to say about his performance; most of it wasn’t good at all. He also starred in Meet the Parents, with Ben Stiller. This movie set him up to star in more comedies, which seemed like an exciting career change, since De Niro was best known for dramatic roles. De Niro got a Razzy for a poor performance from Showtime, which proved that the public didn’t seem to respect him the way they used to.
6 Stacey Dash
The pretty actress known for her role in Clueless, proved to the world that she probably doesn’t have a clue when it comes to politics—or when to keep her mouth shut. Dash, who is the cousin of hip-hop businessman Damon Dash, has made some pretty surprising comments when it comes to society. For instance, she publicly announced her support for then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after he made some pretty offensive comments about a group Dash is included in. Stacey has also voiced support for Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. As far as some people are concerned, there’s no coming back from that.
5 Kenya Moore
It's safe to say that the former Miss USA had much more respect from fans when she was an actor and not a cast member on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Once Kenya Moore became a part of the show, people started to see just how interesting she really was. Moore bribed a man into playing her boyfriend on the show to enhance her story line. She’s also gotten into fights with many of her Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members and has a reputation for being mean and divisive. Most people would agree that Kenya should have stuck to guest-starring in 1990s sitcoms and being a beauty queen.
4 Nicolas Cage
As a member of the Coppola family, you’d think that Nicolas Cage would be careful to make sophisticated choices when it comes to acting roles. However, his latest films, which include The Wicker Man, Next and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, prove that he should probably get a new agent. Back in the 1990s, Cage won an Oscar for Best Actor, but these days, it seems like his fans are just waiting for him to star in yet another awful movie. This is a clear indication that Nicolas Cage doesn’t have many serious fans these days, so it may be best for him to choose better roles in the future.
3 Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is still known for being pretty hot, but it’s been a long time since he was truly respected for his acting. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Pirates of the Caribbean, but the roles that followed didn’t get him much positive press. Depp, who made his debut as a cast member of the 1980s hit 21 Jump Street, was once considered one of Hollywood’s most creative and innovative actors. However, these days, he is considered a box office curse for his roles in movies like Mortdecai and The Lone Ranger. Many agree that his performance in Transcendence wasn’t all that great, either.
2 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise was quite a heartthrob when he made his movie debut in the 1980s. Cruise is mostly known for his roles in movies like Top Gun, and he made quite an impression on moviegoers when he starred in the Mission Impossible movies. However, Tom Cruise has caused a number of his fans to stop supporting him due to issues in his personal life. We knew he was a little weird when he decided to jump on a couch to express his love for Katie Holmes during an interview with Oprah, but we were willing to let that slide. Then he made snide remarks towards Brooke Shields that showed his ignorance about postpartum depression, and that was harder to ignore. Cruise and Holmes have divorced, and there are rumors swirling that it had a lot to do with Cruise’s controlling nature and strong connection to Scientology.
1 John Travolta
John Travolta’s reputation in Hollywood was pretty impressive in the 1970s. He was starring in a number of top-notch projects, such as Grease, and continued to impress critics with his performance in Pulp Fiction in the 1990s, a movie he starred in with Samuel L. Jackson. However, as time progressed, John Travolta didn’t necessarily make the best decisions when it came to movie roles. Fans were hoping for a comeback from Travolta, but when he played a woman in the movie adaptation of the play Hairspray, and made a pretty crazy Christmas video with Olivia Newton-John, it became clear that John’s glory days may very well be over.
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