Have you ever watched an old movie and thought to yourself, “Hmmm…I wonder what happened to that actor?” Well, you’re not alone. The entertainment industry is notorious for tossing actors to the side in favor of newer, younger, and fresh talent. The second the industry has no use for those who once headlined some of the most profitable films, those celebs are quickly discarded, and fade into oblivion never to be heard from or seen ever again. Okay, maybe we’re being just a tad bit dramatic. But when some of our favorite stars disappear on us, it does make us wonder why Hollywood rejected them.
We took a look at 10 celebrities who were once at the top of the industry, but now they are stuck in the dreaded B-list category. Cameron Diaz is a prime example of an actress who was once the most popular, bubbly, and beautiful star to grace movie screens. She had everyone’s attention when she appeared in “There’s Something About Mary,” but she had some trouble recreating that success. She started taking gigs in horrible movies such as “Bad Teacher,” and soon enough, Hollywood had turned its back on her. Cameron tried to save face by suggesting she would take a break from the industry to start a family with her husband Benji Madden, but we all know she’s just the latest victim to be rejected by the industry.
Comedians definitely have it bad when it comes to maintaining their position in the entertainment industry. It seems like the second they tell one bad joke, they’re completely exiled. Jim Carrey is one funnyman who has experienced the cold harsh reality of what happens when your type of humor is no longer popular. In the 90s, Jim made us laugh in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” with his funny one-liners, his manic facial expressions and his knee-slapping antics. But as time progressed, Jim’s eccentric humor became annoying more than anything. He hasn’t starred in a blockbuster film since.
Vince Vaughn and Jim should have a pow-wow, because the two definitely have some things in common. Vince Vaughn was the forever young party animal in almost every film in the early-2000s. But the industry got tired of seeing him act like a teenage boy in films such as “Old School,” and “Wedding Crashers.” His career has been on a slow decline ever since.
These next two actors were like a BOGO deal in the early-2000s, and since they experienced success as a team, it’s only right that they both get the boot from the industry together, too. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore co-starred in a string of successful films, such as “50 First Dates,” and “The Wedding Singer.” But the same cheesy storylines get tired after awhile, and moviegoers became annoyed with the same old plot and premise. Hollywood has also bid these two adieu, and we doubt they will have a top box office hit ever again.
Did any of your favorite actors make it on our list of stars who have been rejected by Hollywood?