When one is a superstar in Hollywood it must seem like it will last forever. Starring in big movies, being asked to all the best parties, having your name on everyone’s lips; the whole scene just sounds awesome, if you are into that sort of thing, of course. It must seem like the world’s most beautiful dream come to life.
But it doesn’t. At some point you stop being that huge star that you once were, and you just become someone famous. What is the difference between being a star, and being famous? Glad you asked. A star is someone who is sought after. Fans want to see their work, directors and producers want to hire them to be in their movies, the media wants to interview them. But when you are just famous, no one cares about you anymore, they just know who you are. It goes from people saying things like “Oh man, I can’t wait to see the new Nick Cage movie” to someone saying “Hey, I am not sure, but I am pretty positive I just saw Nick Cage ordering a Beef and Cheddar with curly fries at Arby’s.”
Of course it isn’t all bad. They get to keep the money they earned, and they don’t have to work like the rest of us schlubs, but the simple fact of the matter is, no one cares about them anymore, and you know that has to hurt, even if just a little bit. Especially to people who we all know really, really like the spotlight. Here, then, are 15 former superstars we could care less about now.
15. David Spade
There is the occasional celebrity that the mystery is less why we do not care about them anymore, and more why did we care about them in the first place? One of those is David Spade. I mean seriously, how did this happen? He was a moderately funny stand up comedian who then was kind of good on Saturday Night Live, and then he became the sidekick of Chris Farley in a few kind of good movies, but seriously nothing about him was ever that awesome. Some of his more famous work included Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Joe Dirt, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. It is hard to tell whether Spade was just really lucky or if he sold his soul to the devil for fame, but either way no one cares what he is up to now.
14. Lindsay Lohan
Some of these almost go without saying, but you can’t have a list like this without talking about Lindsay Lohan. She was the star of Herbie Fully Loaded, Mean Girls, The Parent Trap, and Freaky Friday. In fact Mean Girls, which came out over ten years ago, was pretty much the last thing that she did that was any good at all. Soon after that her life fell apart in such an amazing way with booze, drugs and sexual promiscuity that her career was over rather quickly. In fact the only thing she is really remembered for now is being a total train wreck. Recently she lost half her finger in a boating accident. When it happened she said “This is the result of me trying to help anchor the boat by myself, my poor finger!” Hey Lindsay, no one cares.
13. Jim Carrey
There was a time, not so long ago, that Jim Carrey was box office gold; you could put him in pretty much any movie at all and it would blow up. He was in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Dumb & Dumber, among many others. All of those movies were huge hits, but the last good thing he was in was I love You Phillip Morris, and that was way back in 2010. The thing about Jim Carrey is that he actually is pretty funny, I mean he really is, but he is also totally irritating, which is probably why he doesn’t get any good roles anymore. He went from being a huge superstar who was in lots of big movies to a famous guy who barely acts anymore – pretty much overnight.
12. Jodie Foster
There was a time when Jodie Foster was about the coolest thing going. She was the star of movies such as The Silence of the Lambs, Elysium, Panic Room, The Accused and Inside Man, and was a director of some renown flicks as well. But that was then and this is now. The last thing she did of any interest was Carnage way back in 2011. She now has children and lives a pretty quiet life, and has even managed to keep out of the press when she married a woman. Although this is kind of what I am talking about- has she kept out of the press, or do none of us care about her anymore? One person I am sure Jodie hopes does not care about her anymore is John Hinckley, who was recently released from a psychiatric facility, where he was placed after caring about her a tad too much.
11. Julia Roberts
Remember when we all used to love Julia Roberts? She was one of the biggest female stars for a long time, starring in Notting Hill, Closer, Erin Brockovich, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Pretty Woman. Personally I never really got the appeal even then. Speaking of Pretty Woman, why was that movie so successful? A guy ends up dating a prostitute, and then the prostitute gets all mad because he is treating her like a prostitute, and that is pretty much it. Anyway, Roberts was one of the highest paid actresses in the world for a long time, but now that she is in her late 40’s those days are gone. She has been married for a long time now, and has three kids, and let’s be honest, who cares about that?
10. Keanu Reeves
Keanu was the cool actor for the slacker set that every woman wanted to be with, and every guy wanted to be in the 80s and the 90s. He was in a lot of very successful movies such as The Matrix, Speed, The Devil’s Advocate, Point Break and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The thing is though, when it comes to having a vibe like Keanu does, it plays a whole lot better when you are in your early 20s as opposed to your early 50s. He has not done anything of interest since he did John Wick a few years ago, and I have to say it doesn’t look much better for him going forward. With all that said though, he lasted a lot longer than most people would have thought; a betting man would have thought he would have become irrelevant a long time ago.
9. Drew Barrymore
For a long time Drew was able to pull off something that is hard for most women. She was just hot enough so that guys totally wanted to get with her, and was just cool enough that women liked her too. This is rare because as we all know 99% of women hate any other woman that is even slightly attractive. Drew was a child star who had some problems, and even went to rehab when she was a teen for drug and alcohol abuse. As an adult she was the star of Donnie Darko, Charlie’s Angels, Scream, My Date with Drew, The Wedding Singer, and 50 First Dates among many others. But I have to say it does not seem like she will be the star of anything else anytime soon. Why? Because no one cares about her anymore.
8. Demi Moore
Demi Moore was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and appeared in Ghost, A Few Good Men, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Mr. Brooks as well as a slew of other films. She kept her looks much longer than most woman do, and still looks pretty hot today. She was not only a player in movies, but she was a player in her dating life as well, first hooking up long term with Bruce Willis, and then hanging out with Ashton Kutcher for years, who was not only much younger than her, but one of the hottest dudes in Hollywood besides. Well gee, I wonder how that story ended: hot older lady with hot younger guy? Yeah, she got dumped; Ashton is now part of a hot couple with Mila Kunis, while Demi is on the back burner, not just with Ashton, but with the American public.
7. Mike Myers
Remember when Mike Myers was one of the biggest stars in the entire world? Well me too, but just barely. It seems like the whole thing was just a bad dream at this point, but nope. He was the star of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Shrek, and Wayne’s World. The last good thing that he was in was Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, which came out way back in 1997. Let’s face it, Mike Myers might be still alive but his career has been totally dead for over a decade. He has done absolutely nothing for years, and what is worse is that no one has noticed. Of course he is married to a hot chick and I am sure he is totally rich, so let’s not cry too many tears for poor old Mike.
6. Shannen Doherty
It is hard to think of someone that used to be more cared about in the past that is not cared about at all now then Shannen Doherty. Seriously, did she get kidnapped or something? Where did she go? She used to be huge and was in Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210, Mallrats, and the ridiculously awesome Heathers. Now that I think of it, that movie also had Christian Slater in it, who was also super cool and important back then, and now probably could not get arrested if he tried. Anyway, we all loved Shannen back then, and now we don’t even pay attention when she gets on Dancing With the Stars. Why was she so cool back then, and now is so inconsequential? Well, I could try to figure it out, but when it comes to Shannen I just don’t care.
5. David Schwimmer
Okay let’s be honest, we really don’t care about any of the stars of Friends anymore, except for maybe Jennifer Aniston and that is only because she still looks hot, and we all know that is not going to last forever. Courteney Cox we cared about for a little while, but we sure as heck don’t anymore. And the rest of them? We could care less, especially aboutLisa Kudrow. But I bring up Schwimmer, who was the star of Friends, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3 and Europe’s Most Wanted, because way back then it seemed like he actually might have a true star trajectory. Well, he didn’t. Probably the most famous he feels now is when people bother him while he is having dinner at Applebee’s just to take a selfie with him.
4. Mel Gibson
How could this have happened? How could Mel Gibson have become totally irrelevant so quickly? I mean beside the fact that he gets drunk a lot and says really racist things. Mel was the star of the incredibly cool Mad Max, as well as Braveheart, Signs, Lethal Weapon, and The Patriot. He was probably the biggest action star of his era. He was ridiculously good looking, had a swagger and a sense of humor that guys appreciated, and was just undeniably cool. But now? Who cares? The only time anyone ever, and I mean ever, talks about Mel Gibson is to point how how incredibly stupid he is, or how he did something totally dumb. Mel is a living example of the phrase “Oh how the mighty have fallen.” The guy’s career is missing in action.
3. Charlie Sheen
Now of all the people on this list, and maybe possibly of all the people in history, no one has had quite the trajectory of Charlie Sheen. First of all he came from a famous family, and was the son of respected actor Martin Sheen. Then he became a very popular movie star with roles in such blockbusters as Platoon and Wall Street. Then he became a huge success on TV, as the star of Two and a Half Men. Then to top it off he had one of the most publicized meltdowns in history in which he said, among other things, “I am on a drug. It’s called ‘Charlie Sheen.’ It’s not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off, and your children will weep over your exploded body.” So let’s sum this up, he was a movie star, a TV star, then had a month-long melt down that was all over the news and still if you ask anyone today about Charlie Sheen? No one cares. Not quite winning, Charlie.
2. Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler was fairly funny when he was on Saturday Night Live, then he became a huge success in the movies. Some of the movies he starred in were Grown Ups 2, Grown Ups, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy. Sandler is a good example of a guy who never should have been a big star in the first place. He is not good looking, he is only kind of funny, and he is a horrible actor. In fact, if I were to guess the only reason he was ever a big star in the first place was because guys liked laughing at a guy that was even more of a schlub than they were, and who would wind up with the hot chick at the end of the movie. Whatever the reason was that people cared about Sandler, they don’t anymore. I would bet some serious coin that he won’t have any more huge movies.
1. Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal came out of absolutely nowhere in 1988 when he was the star of the action movie Above the Law. He later starred in the movies Under Siege, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, and On Deadly Ground. For quite a while he was quite possibly the biggest action star in the world. Those days are long gone. In fact, by the looks of him as of late, the only action movie you could make starring Seagal would involve him wrestling a McDouble and an order of large fries into his stomach. As fast as Seagal arrived on the scene, that was just about as fast as he vanished. His movies kept doing worse and worse at the box office, then eventually they started going straight to video. Now Seagal couldn’t get a movie deal even if he was blackmailing the producer. I would tell you what he is up to now, but I don’t want to insult your intelligence. I know you don’t care.
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