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15 Huge Stars Hollywood Wants Nothing To Do With Now

If you are somehow able to become a working actor who is able to support yourself by performing, you should be very thankful, because the odds were stacked against you. More than that, if you become s

If you are somehow able to become a working actor who is able to support yourself by performing, you should be very thankful, because the odds were stacked against you. More than that, if you become successful enough at your chosen craft that your face or name becomes recognizable to the masses, then you are really living a charmed life. Still, there is one more step above that-- if you become an entity that is beloved enough that you are able to headline a film, then there really aren’t any mountains in the acting world left to climb. Yet, that is far from true as you then have one more feat to pull off-- showing actual staying power-- and this time the world is waiting to see if you fail.

There are a lot of reasons why an actor who was once on the lips of casting directors everywhere can suddenly become persona non grata. You could have the misfortune of lending your name and acting skills to a series of films that under-perform either critically or financially. Worse yet, you could be the poster person for a single film that fairs so poorly that the world sees you as toxic. Then there are the cases in which your film choices and acting skills have nothing to do with your downfall. You could be embroiled in a controversy that changes the way the world sees you. You could be a normal person who is going through the aging process, and as a result, the powers that be start to believe people won’t pay to see you any longer. Hell, there are so many reasons why an actor’s career could hit the skids that we could go on and on. That is what inspired us to put together this list of fifteen huge stars Hollywood wants nothing to do with now.

In order for someone to be up for consideration for inclusion on this list, they first need to have been a big enough star at one point that their name was used to advertise a movie to the public. After all, the reason why we’ll see an actor’s name emblazoned on a poster is that the publicity folks believe they will be a difference maker in the masses deciding whether or not to see a movie. Secondly, they need to currently be in a position where it seems like the studios have no interest in working with them in a meaningful way. As a result, if an actor makes appearances in indie films, or gets the odd minor role in a big film, that doesn’t disqualify them from being a part of this list.

15 Nicolas Cage

14 Demi Moore

13 Dustin Hoffman

12 Kristen Stewart

11 Geena Davis

10 Wesley Snipes

9 Tobey Maguire

8 Lindsay Lohan

7 Brendan Fraser

6 Drew Barrymore

5 Cameron Diaz

4 Vince Vaughn

3 Jean-Claude Van Damme

2 Eddie Murphy

1 Meg Ryan

At one-time Meg Ryan was among the most bankable actors in the world. The star of a long list of beloved films like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, City of Angels, You’ve Got Mail, as well as Kate & Leopold, it is safe to say she had a long line of fans. Previously married to Dennis Quaid, the pair were seen by outsiders as one of Hollywood’s best couples but it seems as though things were not so rosy from the inside. Stating at various points that Dennis had cheated on her during their marriage, Meg may have resented him when she worked on Proof of Life with Russell Crowe. Revealed in the tabloids to be having an affair with her famous co-star, it was a major hit to the lovable way that some fans saw her and then when in a dark movie called In the Cut, the bloom was off the rose. Also a victim of plastic surgery that forever altered the way she looked dramatically, whatever the reason, Meg has all but disappeared from the Hollywood scene. In fact, she has only been in two films since 2009, both of which were made outside the system and one she directed herself.

Sources: IMDb, BeliefNet, DailyMail, TheWrap, MentalFloss

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