Good roles are hard to forget and can become the biggest break in an actor/actress’s professional life. But alongside the triumph comes a curse as fans immortalize the role and that becomes difficult to get rid of.
We at FeedFond have compiled a list of silver screen performers who enthralled us with their performances and then fell out of the norm for many years.
Read on to know who and the why-s!
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#12 Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin became one of the most noted child actors after his performance in Home Alone (1990). He also appeared in Michael Jackson’s music video, Black or White. Culkin’s father ruined his career by pushing the producers to hire his other siblings. As a result, he stopped getting parts. He also faced various problems in his adult life – both his sisters died, he divorced his wife, got addicted to antidepressants, and got a prison sentence for it. Currently, he works as a DJ and performs small parts in movies. He also plays percussion with his band The Pizza Underground.
#11 Wesley Snipes
When it comes to badass vampire killer – Wesley snipes tops the list. He was sentenced 3 years in prison after he was sentenced as a malicious defaulter. Snipes started hiding his income since 1999. He was released in 2013 and continued to act in films.
#10 Sarah Michelle Geller
Sarah Michelle Geller became famous in the ‘90s due to her role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Geller’s perfectionist performance in the series isolated her to the genre of youth horror films. Directors failed to see her in any other roles. Only one work stands out – Veronica Decides to Die, based on the novel by Paulo Coelho. She also took the role of Daphne in the live action Scooby Doo movie. Geller married her co-star Freddie Prince Jr. from the movie in 2000 and they have 2 children together.
#9 Mischa Barton
The star of the popular TV-series The O.C became popular overnight. Her quick rise to fame resulted in addictions which made her life very difficult. She still acts in films. We hope that at only 31 years of age, she will find solutions to her problems and that her best performance is yet to come.
#8 Jake Lloyd
The child star took on the role of a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace released on 1999. He hated the role passionately. The actor said, “My classmates picked on me: they mimicked the sound of a lightsaber every time they saw me. It was terrible. My school life turned into hell. I also had to give 60 interviews a day.” In later years, he had troubles with the police and was diagnosed with mental health.
#7 Mark Hamill
Mark Hamill is another Star Wars actor who played the role of Luke Skywalker from 1977–1983. The Directors saw him exclusively as a Jedi from the intergalactic saga and refused to give him any main roles. He had to satisfy himself with secondary roles.
Many actors who performed in sensational franchises found difficult to get rid of the iconic roles stuck to their images. There are exceptions to this – Harrison Ford, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, etc.
#6 Carrie-Anne Moss
The demand for Carrie-Anne Moss was high after her ‘tough girl hacker’ role in the Matrix Trilogy. She also performed admirably in Memento and Chocolat. But her role as Trinity from Matrix was too strongly pronounced. Many actors wear sunglasses to hide from the paparazzi, but Moss stopped wearing them as she was more recognizable with them on.
#5 Jason Mewes
He played in the well-known films featuring Jay and Silent Bob. Mews enter the silver screen because of his friend and director Kelvin Smith (who played the role of Silent Bob). Kelvin tried to save his good friend Mews from drug addiction by letting him perform on his films – including Dogma and Clerks. He worked with other directors but failed to get rid of the goofy Jay persona.
#4 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
The Olsen twins made their last joint appearance in 2004 in the movie New York Minute. They were adored by the viewers 20 years ago the world adored them after their performance in Full House and It Takes Two but their acting career ended with their last joint appearance. However, they rocked the fashion world and still are the most famous twins in the planet.
Did you that they have a younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen and she is fast-tracking in the Hollywood scene.
#3 Robert Patrick
Remember the ‘Bad’ and ‘Gooey’ terminator, T-1000? You know which one I’m talking about! Robert Partick starred the villainous role of Mercury based terminator opposing Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie released in 1991. He later took on side roles in the X-Files TV-series. He still continues to act and appeared in more than 100 movies.
#2 Edward Furlong
Another Terminator 2: Judgment Day star who played the iconic role of young John Connor. He was awarded MTV Movie Award and Saturn Award for that role. Furlong appeared in other notable films like American History X and Detroit Rock City. But after 200 the actor went into drugs and alcohol. He was excluded from the terminator project in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
#1 Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey played a legendary role as the main character of the movie Dirty Dancing in 1987. Although it looked like an ideal beginning for the actress, she never really got famous. She appeared is small cameos in the TV-series Friends and House M.D. You might notice that her nose looks different. “I went into the operating room a celebrity and came out a nobody,” Grey shared.
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