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Why Hollywood Won't Cast These 12 Actors Anymore

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  • In the fickle world of Hollywood, it's hard for a star to rise to fame — and exceptionally
  • easy for them to fall out of the public's good graces.
  • A couple of box office flops, some personal issues, or even a decision to take time off
  • could spell career disaster.
  • For these actors, their towering celebrity status just isn't what it used to be.
  • Here's why.
  • Dane Cook
  • Back in the early aughts, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing how Dane Cook was
  • the funniest dude alive.
  • But those days are long gone now, and he has a few bad films and joke choices to blame
  • for his rapid loss of luster.
  • For starters, his first major outing on the big screen was a serious flop, with 2006's
  • Employee of the Month being funny for all the wrong reasons.
  • His next attempt at being the leading man in Good Luck Chuck was also widely maligned.
  • "Uh oh uh oh uh oh uh oh, raise the habitat!
  • Haha!”
  • And despite dropping his loud funny guy schtick for a more dramatic role in Mr. Brooks, his
  • attempt at reinvention didn't impress enough to keep his silver screen career afloat.
  • He might've been able to sell tickets for his stand up routines, but audiences just
  • weren't interested in his acting.
  • Meanwhile, his comedic reputation also took a major hit when he was the subject of multiple
  • joke theft accusations, and — even worse — made an untimely joke about a mass shooting.
  • "That's really great.
  • Good for you, man."
  • He's recently had some progress turning things around with a voice role in Disney’s Planes
  • movies and a brief stint on American Gods, so don't count him out just yet.
  • "If it's gonna swing far and high this way, then you kinda know that it’s gonna, you
  • know, it’s gonna swing back the other, it's gonna settle.”
  • Jim Carrey
  • Back in his heydey, Jim Carrey was the undisputed king of the box office.
  • Films like The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Liar Liar regularly made bank and solidified
  • his status as a star.
  • He even had some success on the dramatic scene, with films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
  • Mind and The Number 23 making an impression with audiences.
  • After a while, however, his on-screen wit alone wasn't enough, and Carrey started disappearing
  • into roles that went heavy on the special effects, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • and Horton Hears a Who.
  • Eventually his star power started to fade, and films like Mr. Popper's Penguins and The
  • Incredible Burt Wonderstone proved he wasn't as secure a box office draw as everyone expected
  • him to be.
  • "This concludes our broadcast day."
  • His decline in demand also seemed to coincide with some personal issues Carrey was experiencing,
  • including the suicide of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, which spawned an ugly legal
  • battle.
  • Nowadays, he's taken up painting, and it seems he's quite good at it.
  • As he says in his new documentary, I Needed Color:
  • "You know, the bottom line with all of this, whether it's performance, or it’s art, or
  • it’s sculpture, is love."
  • Matthew Fox
  • Since Lost, uh, got lost in 2010, Matthew Fox's Hollywood career has taken a nosedive,
  • for reasons both professional and personal.
  • On the professional side, his movie career never quite took off.
  • His cinematic outing as the villain in Alex Cross failed to establish him as a big screen
  • staple, and his promising role in World War Z was basically scrapped and left to collect
  • dust in the editing room.
  • On the personal side, Fox has also been battling nasty headlines in recent years, including
  • allegations that he hit a female bus driver.
  • "You know it's been a very tough year for myself and my family.
  • It's difficult to be accused of something that you did not do."
  • And he was also busted for a DUI that he fully admitted to.
  • If that wasn't enough, Fox also hinted to Men's Fitness in 2012 that he may be ready
  • to give up acting anyway, saying, "If I don't get quality opportunities, you probably won't
  • see much of me.
  • I'll probably be doing something else."
  • Considering he hasn't been seen on-screen for several years, well, it looks like he's
  • making good on that promise.
  • Jessica Alba
  • At one point, Jessica Alba was a budding "it" girl in Hollywood, with her own TV show and
  • franchise roles to boot.
  • But that all fell apart once people started to wonder whether she was actually even a
  • good actress.
  • Thanks to films like The Killer Inside Me and Little Fockers, Alba won a Razzie for
  • "Worst Supporting Actress" in 2011, right around when the offers started drying up.
  • She ultimately began distancing herself from the cameras once she became a mother and began
  • a business empire with The Honest Company instead.
  • That company has honestly grown into a billion-dollar industry, and Alba hasn't had to do much screen
  • work to support her growing family as a result.
  • She's made a couple of on-screen appearances in recent years, like a cameo in Taylor Swift's
  • "Bad Blood" video and as herself in the film follow-up to Entourage.
  • But we probably won't be seeing "Jessica Alba" scrawled across the marquee again any time
  • soon.
  • "The only thing you got right was my name."
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Although she's probably best-known for her starring role in TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar also earned scream queen status thanks her work in films like I Know
  • What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2.
  • After her vampire-slaying days were finished, Gellar went on to reclaim her horror movie
  • moment with a starring role in The Grudge series.
  • But by then she'd endured a few flops like Simply Irresistible and the critically maligned
  • live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo.
  • So, soon enough, she found herself starring in genre schlock like The Return and Possession.
  • Around the same time, her small screen career started going south as well, with back-to-back
  • cancellations of her shows Ringer and The Crazy Ones.
  • Even the attempted small screen revival of Cruel Intentions didn't pan out.
  • "You don't stand a chance.
  • Even this is out of your league."
  • But it hasn't been all bad news for Gellar.
  • She's found some success doing voice-over work for TV's Star Wars: Rebels series and
  • launched a "cooking and lifestyle brand" called Foodstirs.
  • She's also the proud mother of two kids, whom she had with actor and fellow '90s sensation
  • Freddie Prinze Jr.
  • Billy Zane
  • Playing the villain in what was then the biggest movie of all-time proved to be difficult for
  • Billy Zane, who spent years trying to convince audiences that he isn't always the snooty
  • British guy who tormented Kate Winslet in Titanic.
  • Unfortunately, Zane hasn't had all that much luck accomplishing that goal.
  • Instead, he starred in a whole string of movies you've probably never heard of.
  • Even his TV stints haven't stayed on the air long enough to keep his career afloat.
  • For example, Freeform canceled Guilt after just one season, and he starred in just a
  • single episode of Community.
  • However, Zane hasn't had any trouble keeping the lights on over the years.
  • Despite his lower profile, the actor has still been working steadily in smaller roles over
  • the years since his Cal Hockley days.
  • Tom Welling
  • After starring as a high school Superman in TV's Smallville for 10 years, Tom Welling
  • earned himself a break from Hollywood.
  • The actor retreated from the screen scene for a few years, occasionally popping up in
  • movies along the way like Parkland, Draft Day, and The Choice.
  • In recent years, however, Welling seems poised for a comeback on the small screen.
  • Although CBS declined to pick up a pilot starring Welling as a CIA black ops agent, he is expected
  • to join the third season of Fox's Lucifer.
  • Chances are good the gig won't last as long as his last television turn, but it may help
  • put his name back into the mainstream again sooner than later.
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • It's been a full decade since Superbad was released, but for many, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • is still best known as the nerdy McLovin.
  • The good news is that notoriety helped him score roles in pics like Role Models, Kick-Ass,
  • and Pitch Perfect.
  • The bad news is that he was totally typecast and his appearances felt like a rehash of
  • his fame-making role.
  • "Wait'll they get a load of me."
  • In recent years, Mintz-Plasse has branched out to other genres, including voice-over
  • work, music, and television, with some of those endeavors proving to be more successful
  • than others.
  • He celebrated his 28th birthday in 2017, so Mintz-Plasse is also growing out of his nerdy
  • youth and into a legitimately dapper dude, which could finally help him shed his Superbad
  • image once and for all.
  • ​Katherine Heigl
  • The dramatic downfall of Katherine Heigl can be boiled down to two words: burned bridges.
  • In 2008, she infamously slammed Knocked Up, the Judd Apatow comedy that launched her film
  • career.
  • She told Vanity Fair the film was "a little sexist," and "paints the women as shrews,
  • as humorless and uptight," adding, "I had a hard time with it, on some days.
  • I'm playing such a bitch…
  • It was hard for me to love the movie."
  • That same year, Heigl heavily shaded Grey's Anatomy and its showrunner, Shonda Rhimes,
  • when she withdrew from the race for Emmy nominations, and said, "I did not feel that I was given
  • the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the
  • integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention."
  • Oof.
  • After that, Heigl continued churning out stale, increasingly unsuccessful romantic comedies
  • until her name became synonymous with the worst of the genre.
  • Through it all, rumors about her on-set difficulty swirled, which may or may not have led to
  • some high-profile shakeups within her management and PR teams.
  • "I'm not a rude person, I’m not an unkind or mean person, I would never go out of my
  • way or consciously try to hurt anyone’s feelings or make them feel bad or uncomfortable."
  • She still got a few more chances to prove her muster on the silver screen and television
  • circuit, but she's continued to bomb out on both mediums just as spectacularly.
  • Perhaps she should've kept any negative opinions she had about her projects to herself.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • After making a name for herself in the teen slasher series I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • and her small screen work in Party of Five, Jennifer Love Hewitt started enjoying regular
  • starring roles in pics like Can't Hardly Wait and Heartbreakers.
  • Unfortunately, her movie career started to slump with the Jackie Chan action-comedy flop
  • The Tuxedo and the Garfield movies.
  • She managed to rally on the small screen with successful runs in The Ghost Whisperer and
  • The Client List.
  • But after she was accused of being difficult on-set of the latter show — by reportedly
  • insisting that her real-life baby daddy be cast in the series — the whole show was
  • unceremoniously axed.
  • She went on to nab a role in Criminal Minds, but when she became pregnant with her second
  • child, Hewitt decided to leave the show after only one season.
  • Since exiting Criminal Minds in 2015, Hewitt has yet to log another screen credit, or even
  • have anything listed in production.
  • Granted, she also gave birth to her second child, so she's clearly putting her career
  • on some kind of hold to spend quality time with her kids.
  • Regardless, it doesn't seem like we'll be seeing her on the red carpet anytime soon.
  • Taylor Momsen
  • By the time Taylor Momsen was 17, she'd already been in the entertainment business for 15
  • years.
  • Her parents started her in the modeling industry at just two, an experience Momsen doesn't
  • fondly recall.
  • She later said, "My parents signed me up with Ford (modeling agency) at the age of two.
  • No two year old wants to be working, but I had no choice."
  • From there it was a breakout role as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • and then a big break on Gossip Girl that informed her showbiz career.
  • But that would be where Momsen's acting career ended.
  • Her growing displeasure with Hollywood and a gradual drift towards a music career essentially
  • tucked Momsen's SAG card into a file folder.
  • As her good-girl-next-door look morphed into a goth-inspired, raccoon-eyed rock frontwoman,
  • Gossip Girl producers reduced her role on the show until she was eventually dropped
  • as a series regular in Season 5.
  • There was no love lost for Momsen, who basically dove eyeliner-first into a music career as
  • the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless.
  • Julia Stiles
  • After her breakthrough role in 10 Things I Hate About You, Julia Stiles had a real shot
  • at the big-time.
  • However, her subsequent silver screen decisions did her no favors.
  • After dismal returns for A Guy Thing and Mona Lisa Smile, Stiles pivoted to smaller films,
  • including the critically panned remake of The Omen and a little-known film called Edmond.
  • "I'm trying some stuff out.
  • I'd rather do that than get stuck doing something I don't love."
  • Fortunately for her, she's had a small, but regular role in the Jason Bourne franchise
  • to carry her through.
  • Kat Stratford might not have been so concerned with A-list status …
  • "Where did you come from, planet loser?"
  • "As opposed to planet look at me, look at me?”
  • But Stiles herself does have a desire to stay relevant.
  • She told The New York Times, "I think audiences, producers and directors included, develop
  • crushes on actors (actresses in particular) and then lose interest and move on to the
  • next one.
  • There are a handful of actors who sustain interest because it's exciting to watch them
  • get better at what they do.
  • I want to be one of those actors."
  • Unfortunately, Stiles doesn't seem to be getting too many opportunities to improve anymore.
  • Hopefully for Stiles and her fans, that'll turn around sooner rather than later...
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In the fickle world of Hollywood, it's hard for a star to rise to fame — and exceptionally easy for them to fall out of the public's good graces. A couple of box office flops, some personal issues, or even a decision to take time off could spell career disaster. For these actors, their towering celebrity status just isn't what it used to be. Here's why...

Dane Cook | #
Jim Carrey | #
Matthew Fox | #
Jessica Alba | #
Sarah Michelle Gellar | #
Billy Zane | #
Tom Welling | #
Christopher Mintz-Plasse | #
​Katherine Heigl | #
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