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Actors Whose Careers Were Ruined By One Role


Everyone makes mistakes — and that includes
everyone who employs an army of agents, managers and publicists just to avoid those mistakes. But when you’re an A-list actor, your slip-ups
are captured on film, projected six stories high, and immortalized for criticism. All it takes is one box office bomb to blow
up a star’s reputation. Here are some actors whose careers were ruined
by just one role… Sean Connery in The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen The original James Bond, Sean Connery repositioned
himself in the ’90s as a versatile action hero with The Hunt For Red October and The
Rock, and he even grabbed the title of People’s “Sexiest Man of the Century” at age 69. In 2003, he returned as executive producer
and star of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, adapted from the popular graphic novel series. “I’m waiting to be impressed.” The movie was a box office flop and a critical
bomb. Both shaken and stirred, Connery hasn’t appeared
in a movie since, officially announcing his retirement in 2005. Halle Berry in Catwoman After her Oscar-winning performance in 2001’s
Monster’s Ball, Halle Berry could’ve had any role she wanted. Unfortunately, what she wanted was Catwoman. The 2004 Batman kind-of spinoff nearly swept
the Razzies and Berry took most of the fallout, with the Arizona Republic even suggesting
she return her Academy Award. Instead, Berry returned to a diminishing role
as Storm in the X-Men film series and has all but disappeared from leading roles. Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Boat Trip Cuba Gooding, Jr. rose to fame in 1991 as
the lead in Boyz n the Hood — a movie so important that it’s in the National Film Registry. He went on to win an Oscar for his work in
Jerry Maguire and continued rolling with As Good as It Gets, What Dreams May Come, and
Men of Honor. In 2002, however, he unleashed his first two
starring vehicles: the family comedy Snow Dogs and the offensively horrible comedy Boat
Trip. “Sex, that’s all you ever think about. Sex, sex, sex, sex. We’ll take it.” Both were critical disasters, but at least
Snow Dogs made money. With his credibility blown, Gooding only made
things worse with later Razzie-nominated roles in Radio, Norbit, and Daddy Day Camp. “What could possibly go wrong?” Of the 18 movies he released between 2008
and 2013, all but five went straight to DVD. Neve Campbell in Wild Things Neve Campbell was inescapable in the late
’90s, almost single-handedly sparking the ’90s horror revival with Scream and Scream
2, earning herself two consecutive Best Female Performance wins at the MTV Movie Awards,
the cover of Rolling Stone, and an SNL hosting gig. But Campbell shed her good girl image — and
most of her clothes — for the embarrassing erotic thriller Wild Things. Her career never recovered. Campbell clung to the Scream franchise for
two more sequels in 2000 and 2011, but otherwise toiled on studio clunkers like Three to Tango
and second-rate indie flicks like When Will I Be Loved. She resurfaced in 2016 for a part on House
of Cards. Maybe that will finally get her back on track. Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3 From critically acclaimed performances in
Stephen Soderbergh’s Traffic and P.S. to starring roles in Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! and
In Good Company, former That 70’s Show star Topher Grace seemed poised for full-time movie
stardom. Then he signed on to play Venom in Sam Raimi’s
overwrought Spider-Man 3. “Ohh, my spider sense is tingling. If you know what I’m talking about.” Although the movie was still a blockbuster,
Grace’s performance was loathed by fans. He still found roles in Predators and Interstellar,
but Spider-Man 3 diminished Grace’s viability as a leading man. Still, at least he wasn’t the worst thing
about the movie! Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls From 1989 to 1993, Elizabeth Berkley was brainy
but semi-neurotic Jessie Spano in 75 episodes of Saved By The Bell. “I’m so excited. I’m so excited. I’m so…scared.” But when NBC canceled the series, Berkley,
then 23, sought mature roles and found one in Showgirls — the only NC-17 movie ever
to see a wide release. And…it was a disaster. Berkley took home Razzies for “Worst Actress”
and “Worst New Star” to go with the film’s record 13 nominations and seven “wins,” including
Worst Picture and, eventually, Worst Picture of the Decade. “Thrust it! Thrust it! Come on! Thrust it! Ah! Okay. That’s enough. Thank you ladies.” Although Berkley has sporadically popped up
in small parts on CSI: Miami, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The L Word, her biggest
role since has arguably been finishing sixth on Dancing with Stars in 2013. Kevin Costner in Waterworld At one point, Kevin Costner was one of the
biggest movie stars in the world. He put together a string of huge successes
including Field of Dreams, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, The Bodyguard, and Dances with
Wolves, which earned him two Oscars. He could seemingly do no wrong. But when Costner put his clout behind the
high-concept dystopian action flick Waterworld, he ended up in over his head. A notorious production nightmare that barely
made any money due to its engorged budget, it also took a critical flogging. “Happy now?” Since then, it’s been hit or miss at best
for Costner. He still turns in strong performances in small
dramas like Thirteen Days and Open Range, and occasionally appears in supporting roles
in blockbusters like Man of Steel. But his own days as a top tier leading man
seem to have sunk to the bottom forever with Waterworld. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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100 Comments

  1. Ignacy Kownacki Author

    Topher Grace's career seems to be resurfacing lately, he had an important part in Oscar-nominated movie Blackkklansman

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  2. W00dyinho Author

    This page has absolutely no idea what they are talking about, absolute garbage. It's time you called an end to your own broadcasting career

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  3. Pharmin 420 Author

    Showgirls was a dream of mine as a child watching her horrible acting in Saved By The Bell. I loved that show as a kid but always noticed the forced acting. Not mad she did showgirls. I was for decades curious:) VERY NICE!!! 🙂

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  4. Valore Dramack Author

    This list is absolute garbage: Sean Connery, Halle Berry, and Cuba Gooding Jr. are successful actors already; a flop doesn't mean their career is ruined. Only people that should be on this list are the two actors that played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars Prequels: Hayden Christensen and Jake Llyod

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  5. DoeEyedFaun Author

    I loved League and Catwoman. They were just fun movies. People expect cinematic excellence from every movie. Some are just meant to be enjoyed.

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  6. melo flori Author

    I think The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is not a bad film. I like it and watched it 2 times.
    Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls and Kevin Costner in Waterworld are not that bad. Not the best films, but not that bad.

    I think I watch too much TV. I have seen all the movies mentioned … lol

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  7. smiless0999 Author

    Not only was this list inaccurate, someone should’ve told the narrator to blow her nose or at least had another to replace her for this on. Annoying video on all accounts

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  8. The Reaper Author

    Am I the only one that liked League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Boattrip? I though they were good.. not masterpieces, but pretty decent movies..

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  9. Hass PerieratSoul Author

    Sean Connery and Kevin Costner mentioning in this video shows you how single minded the world is when judging a piece of art

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  10. Justin Kroboth Author

    Sean Connery was ready for retirement by the time LoEG came about. Dude worked for, what, 50 years in the industry? Doubt too many people immediately think of LoEG before of, you know, James Bond, The Rock, Hunt for Red October, etc. And Kevin Costner's been steady for working in all the years since Waterworld. Hell, he's the lead in a TV show right now, Yellowstone. I can agree with some of these, but those two? Not so much.

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  11. Jack Capone Author

    Sean Connery? That's ridiculous. One bad movie didn't ruin anything – he has more than one bad one, too. Doesn't mean much.

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  12. Dano1947 Author

    That's a crying shame, we all make mistakes and to blame an actor for bad casting shouldn't affect their livelihood. They should fire the casting director.

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  13. michael denave Author

    Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and Halle berry in the same company as that garbage actress Elizabeth Berkeley? Who made this?

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  14. Daria B Author

    Snow Dogs and Daddy Day camp were wonderful, and great family, funny , CLEAN movies, for my kids. I enjoyed them too. This list is WHACK.

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  15. Jordan B Waugh Author

    Ty Eric Foreskin aka Spike Jr b4 Venom role i wouldve not cared i cursed u but got u job in Predators didn't i u dd well enough

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  16. Gunni Bare Author

    Kevin costner…. same guy who stared in ( the postman , mr brooks, dragonfly, draftday,hidden figues,3000 mile till graceland , hatfield &mccoys,three days to kill, rumor has it,tin cup, and the guardian. Just to name his career ending movies in the time this review was out.. ya waterworld was only bad if u didnt watch it…

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  17. A Plicqu Author

    This is a very uneven list. Though these particular roles might not've been great, most of these actors have worked on other projects. Connery was at retirement age and took a convenient out. Berry has done other work. Costner has done great roles since "Waterworld," which was a B movie, not a career ender. Grace has done other work that has been good. He was never a "leading man." Berkeley was a child TV star. Her career was never ruined, by "Showgirls," it simply didn't take off.

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  18. Piper0516 Author

    Wait… I liked Sean Connery in The League of Extrodinary Gentlemen. It wasn’t his fault the rest of the past and writing wasn’t as wonderful. He, as usual, was amazing. I don’t think he could do wrong.

    Cuba Gooding Jr. could have done without Snow Dogs and that other movie but Radio was really good. The others weren’t so great that followed but What Dream May Come was amazing too.

    I can’t say that people didn’t like Wild Things either.

    Topher Grace was great in Win a Date with Todd Hamilton and I actually like him in Spider Man 3. He did some other B movies that were decent.

    Agreed that Show Girls was horrible. I always thought Burke was a horrible actress.

    Wtf Kevin Costner is on here for Water World? It was different but excellent. I liked that movie. It was different and unique. Open Range was amazing! I watched that a million times but his costar was the best combo for that movie and I can’t remember his name.

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  19. D33p Six Author

    Nothing like a pretentiously accented twit with no fame of her own trashing people for their (subjective) shortcomings. Hey, chick… what have you done so great?

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  20. Stain Author

    Sean is the face for men of 20th-century. One bad movie was literally a blip in his career. The only problem was that he finished his career on a low note. The guy was 86 by the time this video was up.

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  21. Sharkonabicycle Author

    Most of these people were always in side roles or were at the end of their careers (Connery). A lot of the other people mentioned in this were never HUGE on screen presence. Like what is Halle Berry known for prior to Catwoman outside of Monster's Ball? Her other 'big hitters' she was a side cast, Swordfish (dominant Travolta/Jackman), X-Men (dominant Jackman/Stewart), Die Another Day (dominant Brosnan and his worst 007)? She was 'hot', and that's really all she brought to the screen for the most part. Her roles in X-Men were always minor.

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  22. fl6stringer Author

    I don't get it, I thought League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a fun movie and I thoroughly enjoyed Waterworld… And, as far as Showgirls is concerned, THRUST! THRUST! THRUUUUUSSSSSTTTT!

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  23. Max Zorin Author

    Ya, Looper, you should get your over inflated opinion of your opinions under control. Connery was right, there are too many fucking idiots making movies and considering his history you can't fault him for saying “fuck it.”  A movie is not made by an actor, or a director or a writer or by a cinematographer or a producer or….well you get the picture.  Movie making is a collaborative artform, you need many elements to come together to make a good movie, and all it takes  is for one to be off to ruin a film. You need a great script. You need a producer that can  accurately budget the production. You need a director that see the vision of the writer. You need actors that can transform a paper character into a real persona. You need a cinematographer that can turn the director’s vision of the writers world into a cinematically believable reality and you need editors that can create a story from scenes that has an engaging flow and tempo. Finally, you need these people to work together. That does not mean they need to like to like each other, but they do need to work together collaboratively for the good of the picture. It the job of the producer to oversee the film,
    and if elements are not working or are not working together, it is the producers responsibility to take whatever action is necessary to rectify the
    problem. You want to blame the actor(s) for the failure of a film but truth be told, while a successful film has many parents, the film that flops, was
    fathered by an incompetent producer.

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  24. Not-so-smart aleck Author

    You can't necessarily expect TV sitcom stars–like Grace & Berkeley, here–to translate that success into movie stardom. I can't think of too many sitcom stars that also became movie stars…Will Smith, for one. Maybe Robin Williams, although I never liked Mork & Mindy (TV show). Ron Howard (Happy Days TV show) became a producer, not a movie star. Maybe somebody did it the other way around (big movie(s) first, then TV show(s)). I suppose there may be many others I can't remember offhand, but to me it seems usually you're just one or the other (if you're good, that is).

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  25. Darrel Buchanan Author

    Kevin Costner is killing it in the series Yellowstone. I guess this list was made before it came out. Still his career is far from ruined.

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  26. Gene Roberts Author

    I don't see how Waterworld and League were that terrible. I have not been to a movie theater outside of LOTR because so many movies are unwatchable. No story, all CGI. What the hell happened to movie making?

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