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12 A-List Actors Who Sabotaged Their Own Careers

Becoming an A-list star is no walk in the park. Very few celebrities ever achieve A-list status and even fewer celebs are able to maintain their star status through the duration of their career once they have achieved it. It takes hard work, dedication, perseverance and good judgement for an actor to stay relevant in the entertainment industry. By putting out a combination of critically acclaimed films and box office hits, top Hollywood actors prove that they're not only bankable, but they're also on top of their craft. However, there's so many things that can jeopardize an actor's ability to put out critically acclaimed films and box-office hits, such as; choosing the wrong roles, getting caught up in legal and personal issues, delivering poor performances, and failing at the box office. These circumstances can quickly turn any A-list star into an irrelevant, has-been. After all, in Hollywood, nothing is guaranteed and everything can change in an instant. One week, an actor can be considered the biggest star in the world and the next week, they're stuck making straight-to-DVD films and trying to make ends meet. These actors were once considered A-list stars, but thanks to their actions - they've killed their own careers.

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12 Tara Reid

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In the late 90s, Tara Reid was an up and coming star and was positioned to be the next 'It' girl in Hollywood, with films like Urban Legend, American Pie and American Pie 2, on her list of accomplishments. Although she never became an A-list star, her career seemed very promising. However, a series of factors seriously jeopardized any chance she had at a budding career. First and foremost, her reckless partying tarnished her short-lived good girl image and then, a couple of botched plastic surgeries, including breast implants and liposuction, destroyed her cute, girl next door look. The nail in the coffin of Reid's career was a series of box office flops, including Josie and the Pussycats, My Boss' Daughter and Alone in the Dark. These days, you can catch Tara Reid on the Syfy network, starring in the infamous, Sharknado films.

11 David Arquette

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10 Halle Berry

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9 Katherine Heigl

In 2009, Katherine Heigl was Hollywood's golden girl, with a starring role in the hit TV show, Grey's Anatomy and lead roles in several huge box office films including, Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth and 27 Dresses. Hollywood's golden girl quickly turned into Hollywood's most hated girl, when Heigl burned several bridges and tarnished her reputation through comments made in interviews. First, Heigl called Knocked Up sexist, the film that really put her on the map. Then, in 2008, Katherine withdrew her name from consideration for an Emmy award, because she believed the writing for her Grey's character was not deserving of a nomination. Finally, it became widely known that Heigl was difficult to work with due to her diva-like behavior. Katherine Heigl's reputation was not only known throughout Hollywood, it was known throughout the world. Her films Killers, Life as We Know It, One for the Money and The Big Wedding were box office flops, and the public made it clear they weren't willing to pay to see Heigl anymore.

8 Cuba Gooding Jr.

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7 Mike Myers

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6 Adam Sandler

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5 Renee Zellweger

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4 Eddie Murphy

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In the 1980's, Eddie Murphy was in the fast-lane to super stardom. He got his start in showbiz on Saturday Night Live in 1980, and after four years, Murphy was able to cross-over to the big screen. However, it was the 1984 film, Beverly Hills Cop that made Murphy a box-office superstar and an international celebrity. However, starting in the late-80's, Murphy's choice in scripts resulted in a spotty mix of hits and misses. Coming to America (1988) was a box office hit, while The Distinguished Gentleman (1992) bombed. The 1996 hit film The Nutty Professor, gave Eddie back his credibility as a comedic actor that could draw audiences. However, the spotty mix continued - except this time the misses far outweighed the hits. Films like, The Haunted Mansion, Showtime, Meet Dave, Imagine That, I Spy and A Thousand Words were huge box office flops. Eddie hasn't put out a film in 3 years and it appears his career is officially dead. However, he has revived his career twice before, so there's always a possibility.

3 Lindsay Lohan

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2 Mel Gibson

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1 Nicolas Cage

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At one point in time, Nicolas Cage was one of the biggest and most respected stars in Hollywood, but now he's considered one of the biggest jokes in Hollywood. How exactly did he go from A-list star to D-list celeb? Cage came on the screen in the 1980s, with critically acclaimed films like, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Moonstruck and Raising Arizona. In 1995, he received an Academy Award for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas, and then began gaining the attention of audiences all over the world with roles in blockbuster films like, The Rock, Face/Off, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds and National Treasure. Cage's films continued to dominate the box office throughout the 2000s, until 2009 when issues in Cage's personal life affected his choices in film role. It was around that time that tabloids reported Nicolas was in hot water with the IRS for millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. Between 1996-2011, Cage had earned over $150 million from acting alone, and was financially set for the rest of his life - except he blew his fortune on houses all over the world, yachts, a jet, 9 Rolls Royces, 30 motorcycles, a castle, an island and even a pyramid. Due to financial troubles, Nicolas Cage began accepting every role he was offered, which may have paid the bills, but did nothing for his career. Box office flops like Trespass, Drive Angry, Seeking Justice, Stolen, Left Behind and Rage, redefined Nicolas Cage's career and reputation, from A-list star to D-list celeb.

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