Celebrities Whose Big Screen Careers Suffered After A Movie Flop

In Hollywood you’re as good as your last movie. So if your last one wasn’t a hit, you may kiss your career goodbye… at least for a few years (if you’re lucky). Of course some stars are charismatic enough to continue appearing in movies even if they have participated in a movie flop or two. However, this is not the rule, but the exception. Take a look at our list of celebrities who were dropped off of Hollywood’s map. Wait until you see how many flops some stars have…

#15. Chris O’Donnell

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Remember Chris O’Donnell? He was a hottie that you could (and certainly would have liked to) bring home to meet your parents. From portraying a rugby player who was also a medical student in Circle of Friends to waiting patiently for Al Pacino to finish stealing the scene in Scent of a Woman, O’Donnell was quite a star in the mid-90’s. Actually, in 1995, he was a solid choice to portray Robin in the film Batman Forever; a role he reprised in the follow-up, 1997’s Batman & Robin. However, even though the film grossed over $107 million, that amount was a lot less than what its predecessor made, and made Warner Bros. cancel another Batman film in the making. It was not until 1999, in Robert Altman’s Cookie Fortune, that Chris O’Donnell appeared on screen again. Slide to read about the next Italian icon.

#14. Roberto Benigni

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There was a time when Roberto Benigni was both the clown prince and next big thing. He was already a huge star in his native Italy, and later broke through the rest of the world with La vita è bella, a.k.a. Life is Beautiful, a film in which a father uses humor and laughter to protect his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp, during World War II. The film, which he wrote, directed and starred in, won him the Best Actor Academy Award in 1999, and Best Foreign Language Film. After that, the world eagerly wondered what Benigni would do next, and it turned out to be something definitely weird! The actor, who was 50 years old at the time, starred in a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. When the movie flopped to the tune of just under $4 million at the American box office, Benigni’s A-list days in the U.S. were over. The Italian star appeared more than a decade later in Woody Allen‘s To Rome with Love. Up next, an NYPD Blue star.

#13. David Caruso

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In 1993, he locked down the role of a lifetime: as Detective John Kelly on ABC‘s hit TV show, cop drama NYPD Blue. When this role came to his life, so did Hollywood recognition, and Caruso thought it was a good idea to leave the show after just one season, in order to pursue a movie career. This didn’t work out, as in 1995, he starred in two back-to-crime thrillers (Kiss of Death and Jade) that weren’t as successful as expected, and that was it. He still took part in a few little-watched movies before returning to TV with the short-lived Michal Hayes. Finally, Caruso did return to a prominent place on TV when CSI: Miami debuted in 2002. Slide to see which SNL star chose to stay away from Hollywood.

#12. Dana Carvey

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We all remember Dana Carvey as the star of Saturday Night Live in the late ’80s and ’90s thanks to popular characters like the Church Lady, Garth, and his crazy impression of President George Bush. After SNL, all signs pointed out to a successful career. However, with the exception of the Wayne’s World movies, none of his projects (Clean Slate, Trapped in Paradise, The Dana Carvey Show) took off. As a coping mechanism, Carvey chose to stay away from Hollywood and the big city, and raising his kids became his main priority. Coincidentally, the need to provide for his family is what made him take one last stab at big-screen stardom in 2002. He co-wrote the movie The Master of Disguise, in which he played Pistachio Disguisey, an Italian waiter who happens to be… Yes, a master of disguise. The movie was neither a success nor a complete failure, but critics hated it, and its one percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes(!) was sufficient evidence for Carvey to retire from the spotlight. Ever since, his only acting gigs have been cameos and voice-overs. Click Next to see which Survivor alum left the big screen after a major flop.

#11. Colleen Haskell

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The first season of Survivor was a pop cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2000, so it was no surprise that its contestants quickly made it into the big and the small screen. One of them, got the most attention: Colleen Haskell. She didn’t win the competition, nor did she make it to the final four, but she sure caught the eye of the industry. After Survivor, Haskell was offered to participate in an episode of That ’70s Show and in the forgotten WB show called Maybe It’s Me. After that, in 2001, her big screen opportunity came. She landed the romantic lead next to Rob Schneider in The Animal. The movie wasn’t a hit, and it was Colleen’s first and last big screen appearance. The next one will surprise you.

#10. Armie Hammer

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Before being back in the film industry’s good graces, Armie Hammer was the “next best thing” that wasn’t. The actor is now sharing his charms in the Oscar-nominated Call Me by Your Name, but things weren’t always that easy for him. Hammer starred in Disney’s reboot of The Lone Ranger, alongside Johnny Depp. The big budget production caught everyone’s attention, but for the wrong reasons, as Depp’s performance was accused of exhibiting all kinds of cliché “Native American behaviors”. And so, Armie Hammer’s role went by almost unnoticed. His career recovered, though, and the actor is now active in the film (and TV) industry. Slide to see the next promising star who called it quits after an unsuccessful pirates’ movie.

#9. Matthew Modine

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The year was 1995, and Carolco Pictures thought it was a great idea to make a big, bombastic, good old fashioned pirate movie, so they decided to hire director Renny Harlin to do it. The director spent $98 million to create a perfect, realistic-looking tale of high sea adventures. But there was one problem that no one had considered… Not only weren’t Americans interested in seeing a pirate movie, but also, they had no desire to watch respectable, subtle dramatic actor Matthew Modine portraying one on the big screen. You may say that the star of grown-up movies like Pacific Heights, Full Metal Jacket and Vision Questand Carolco Pictures were in deep water after the premiere of Cutthroat Island. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1995, and the actor didn’t make another movie for two years. You’ll be surprised to see this iconic actor in this list!

#8. Michael Keaton

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Many people surely remember Michael Keaton as an actor who made many great movies that constantly ran on cable in the ’80s and early ’90s. However, when the ’90s were coming to an end, so did Keaton’s output. The logic thing to do was to star in a new film, and that’s exactly what he did. Little did he know that the outcome would be a major flop and the end of his career, at least for a few years. Jack Frost was conceived as a holiday family movie, but it was a bit weird: Keaton’s character dies in a car accident and then returns to life as a creepy snowman, to make amends with his son. The movie ended up costing a lot more than what it earned, and Keaton didn’t make it back to the big screen until 2000, when he appeared in the little-seen soccer drama, A Shot at Glory. Up next a movie disaster that ended an actress career.

#7. Lori Petty

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Lori Petty was the perfect choice to star in Tank Girl. Unfortunately, the movie itself was the less-than-perfect part of the project. Not only was the movie hated by the critics, but also by the people. It was a box office disaster, earning barely more than $4 million on a $25 million budget. But hey! You know what they say: everyone deserves a second chance…  Everyone but Lori. Saddly, Tank Girl was the star’s only chance to play the lead role on a film. Eventually, the actress got her second chance in the short-lived Fox sitcom Lush Life. Read all about the Superman who could not get out of a Superflop.

#6. Brandon Routh

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When the Superman franchise returned in 2006, everyone expected it to be a huge blockbuster hit. The actor chosen to play Christopher Reeve‘s iconic superhero was Brandon Routh. The name of the film mas Superman Returns and one of the purposes of it was to make Routh a household name, or at least make him relevant enough to be able to continue with the Superman franchise. None of those things happened and while the earnings of the movie barely covered the production budget, the actor’s career suffered the consequences and, ever since the Superman flop, he’s done mostly supporting roles and TV gigs; the most notable as Ray Palmer/The Atom in The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Up next a footballer who tried to enter the film industry but failed.

#5. David Beckham

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Former footballer David Beckham had an appearance in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the SwordThe movie had everything going on to be a big smash: from great special effects to an amazing casting (including Sons of Anarchy’s absurdly handsome Charlie Hunnam and Alfie‘s star Jude Law), but it did not happen. It opened in the US to just $15 million and received  28% on Rotten Tomatoes. Sadly for Beckham, being great at sports does not equal choosing good movie projects. The next actress has many flops on her list, but it didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream.

#4. Jessica Biel

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After her breakthrough role on the family drama 7th Heaven, Biel decided to pursue a movie career. Despite getting a role in one commercial hit, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and one well-reviewed film, Ulee’s Gold, she wasn’t able to recreate that success with her following big screen projects. Movies such as Stealth, Easy Virtue, Powder Blue and The A-Team are some of the star’s many flops. Slide to see out Top #3!

#3. Nicolas Cage

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While Nicolas Cage might have always been destined to be in films (since he is a part of the Coppola family), not all his films might be destined to be a blockbuster hit. He did have a prosperous career over the years, but that does not mean that he was able to escape from some movie flops such as Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Season of the Witch, Left Behind, Pay the Ghost, Stolen, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Trespass, and Seeking JusticeLuckily for him, his previous mainstream success had already solidified him as an A-List star and a respected actor. Up next, a promising actor who couldn’t find his way out of flops.

#2. Ashton Kutcher

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Ashton Kutcher might have had a successful TV career thanks to That ’70s Show and Two and a Half Men, but let’s just say that his luck didn’t rub off on his big screen career. In the mid to late 2000s Kutcher has appeared on several movies which didn’t turn out to be that successful: The Butterfly Effect, BobbyA Lot Like Love,Spread, Personal Effectsand KillersKutcher’s big chance to redeem his movie career came with Jobs, but yet again, the outcome was not what was expected. Slide to see who made it to the top!

#1. Madonna

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Well… Madonna hasn’t actually dissapeared. In fact, she remains an incredibly famous popstar. However, it’s been a while since the once-British-accented singer last appeared on a movie, and some critics say it’s probably for the best.  She may have starred in Evita and A League of Their Own, but her career has been an erratic one, with some flops like Shanghai Surprise, Body of Evidence, The Next Best Thing and Swept Away. The last one was a romantic comedy set on a desert island and was directed by Madonna‘s husband at the time, Guy Ritchie. The power couple’s production could have been a great success, however, like their marriage, it wasn’t. The movie only grossed about $600,000 in the U.S. and won a great deal of Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Actress! In 2008, six years after the release of the film, Madonna and the director divorced, and the singer never starred in a movie again.