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Why Hollywood Stopped Casting Cameron Diaz


Shocking as it may seem, Cameron Diaz hasn’t
starred in a major motion picture release since 2014, when she appeared in the reboot
of Annie. It’s hard to believe that the woman who could
pretty much act in anything — from rom-coms to sci-fi mindbenders to big-budget action
vehicles and raunchy comedies — has virtually disappeared. But there are lots of possible reasons why
one of Hollywood’s “It” girls has backed away from the screen scene. From typecasting to lifestyle changes, let’s
take a look at all the reasons why Cameron Diaz has gone from being one of Hollywood’s
busiest actresses to barely there. Critical downswing Diaz’s critical reception has been hit or
miss over the years. At the turn of the millennium she was wowing
reviewers with her work in films like There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich,
and Vanilla Sky. But her charms wore off somewhere around the
middle of the decade because her films started getting leveled by reviewers after her 2005
dramedy In Her Shoes. Diaz’s most recent flicks have been especially
painful, garnering some of the worst marks of her entire career. These include Gambit, Annie, and 2013’s The
Counselor. “You don’t think that’s a bit cold?” “I think truth has no temperature.” To her credit, though, Diaz can still turn
a mediocre movie into a box-office hit when it counts. Despite middling reviews, Bad Teacher surpassed
the coveted $100 million mark in 2011, and she found similar success with the 2014 release
of The Other Woman. The problem is, for every hit she’s had, she’s
had just as many flops. The same year The Other Woman came out, Diaz
starred in the underwhelming Sex Tape, which was ripped to shreds by critics and earned
disappointing returns at the box office. Even the movie-musical Annie failed to catch
on with audiences or reviewers. In other words: Diaz may no longer be bankable
on just her star power alone. Evolving interests When Cameron Diaz made her feature film debut
in 1994’s The Mask, she was just 22 years old. And even then her role choices were often
interesting. She starred in a few dark comedies like The
Last Supper and Head Above Water before becoming a mainstream sensation in My Best Friend’s
Wedding. Even as she fell into the cheesy romantic
comedy trap of the ’90s, she made sure to mix in roles with some real meat in them when
she could. Nowadays, she seems to have even less patience
for paper thin parts than before, even though those are the ones that help to keep the lights
on most often. As she told Collider of her decision to star
in The Other Woman: “Usually, when it’s a story about three women
all being involved with the same man, it ends in some eyeballs being scratched out and some
weaves being snatched off. We decided that wasn’t the story we wanted
to tell.” She said the film was more about how the women
“empowered” one another by utilizing their strengths and weaknesses to form a friendship,
rather than turning on one another. As she notes, though, parts like that are
harder to come by, and instead what she’s become known for are roles that play to type. In the last decade, Diaz has often played
a variation of the same character: a career gal inadvertently marries a party boy in What
Happens in Vegas, a single gal inadvertently gets tangled up in a fugitive relationship
with a spy in Knight and Day, and a celebrity fitness guru in a Hollywood relationship is
caught off guard by the demands of pregnancy in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Even as Bad Teacher saw Diaz shift gears into
a feistier mode, it was still just a derivative rom-com with a bunch of f-bombs thrown in. It’s gotten to the point where her career
has become the equivalent of writing a paper the night before it’s due, knowing you’ll
probably get a C on it but accepting that will be good enough. “Things are about to change around here.” Perhaps Diaz is holding out for something
substantial before she signs on for another feature film, or perhaps she’s considering
the peak TV scene as a next stop. Of course, those close to her seem to think
there’s something else going on … Early retirement? Actress and longtime friend of Diaz, Selma
Blair, dropped an unintentional bombshell about her The Sweetest Thing co-star’s career
during a chat with the Evening Standard when she said: “I had lunch with Cameron the other day, We
were reminiscing about the film. I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s
retired from acting. She’s like ‘I’m done.'” Considering that wasn’t exactly public information,
the quote sent the entertainment world into an immediate tailspin and made everyone realize
that, yes, Diaz has been absent from the biz for a long time. Blair did add that she didn’t know if it was
a permanent decision, saying: “I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more
films. She has a pretty great life, I don’t know
what it would take to bring her back.” After the resulting commotion, Blair took
to Twitter to clarify her comments, writing: “BREAKING NEWS Guys please, I was making a
joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT retiring from ANYTHING. And for more breaking news: I am NOW retiring
from being Cameron Diaz’s spokesperson.” But wait! Diaz seemed to confirm her friend’s comments
during a March 2018 reunion with The Sweetest Things co-stars. While bantering about family lives with Blair
and Christina Applegate, Diaz said that she’s “literally doing nothing” and “actually retired.” Was that an official announcement? Considering the comedic chops of all three
of these seasoned actresses, they could very well have been toying with our emotions, knowing
the tabloids would flip — and they did. Was Diaz being serious or sarcastic? That tiny bit of talk left us craving more
info (and movies) from all three of these women. Settled down Diaz’s previous high-profile relationships
with stars like Matt Dillon, Justin Timberlake, and Alex Rodriguez made her a regular feature
of weekly tabloids, but all of that changed when she and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji
Madden became an item. The two dated for just a few months before
making it official, and Diaz has never sounded happier. She gushed on Instagram:
“One of my favorite things about being married, is how much pride I take in my husband. He makes me proud everyday. One day it might be how generous and giving,
another how gentle and thoughtful. Or when he is fiercely protective of the people
he loves and cares about. And every single day I am so incredibly proud
of his integrity as a human being.” Considering it’d been just a few years since
she said she didn’t even believe in monogamy, it sounds like this romance took her by surprise
and swept her off her feet and the screen. New path Diaz’s absence from the big screen may have
been deliberate after all. Over the last few years, she’s been busy carving
out a career for herself as a lifestyle author. In 2013, she co-wrote The Body Book, which
quickly became a best-seller. On the heels of that success, she released
The Longevity Book in 2016, which addresses the science of aging and explores her own
efforts to stay healthy as she gets older. “As we get older there are phases of life
that we enter into” “What I learned is that aging is really about
living.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly,
Diaz revealed something about her motivation for writing that could be interpreted as an
increasing disdain with the vanity of Hollywood. Asked whether she thought her recommended
“anti-aging techniques” would be viewed through the lens of society’s diminishing “superficial
value on aging,” Diaz replied: “I hope people will start to embrace it more
in that way, but I think we do live in a society where everywhere you look, every billboard,
every magazine, every advertisement that pops up on our computer is telling you where you’re
at [in age] is scary and dangerous.” In other words: Diaz is more focused on personal
wellness these days than she is on conforming to a studio’s idea of what her body should
look like. That’s obviously a long overdue revelation
because in 2017, Diaz admitted she’d started to lose touch with herself. The actress appeared on a panel discussion
at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Wellness Summit and revealed that being part of the entertainment
business took a toll on her emotional wellbeing, saying: “I just went, ‘I can’t really say who I am
to myself.’ Which is a hard thing to face up to. I felt the need to make myself whole.” This fame fatigue may have prompted studios
to award roles that might have ordinarily gone her way to more eager actresses. Or it could have been exactly what it sounds
like: an extended mental health sabbatical that she certainly earned after two decades
spent maintaining a spot on the A-list. In either case, Diaz’s current Hollywood hiatus
seems to be mostly on her own terms, so whether or not she ever changes her mind, at least
we’ll know she’s in charge of her own future now. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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100 Comments

  1. Shane Hartley Author

    Anytime I hear that an actor or actress has stopped being cast by hollywood I feel that they have done a great deed and their strength and sacrifice will one day be recognized. Many are paying the ultimate price to bring the truth to you to try and stop the horrors to those that are vulnerable and starting out in the industry. Many of our hollywood elite show the trauma from these monsters. Those that stand up our murdered and their bodies desecrated to made an example. This is not done in secret. The media reports these strange deaths, knowing you don't have wits to think for yourself. Before you research anything. Use your mind. Remember the news report and what seemed odd about it. Now when you fact check make sure you find the real death report and autopsy, the one that is sourced by the coroner, the real toxicology results not wild speculation, and the people involved not rumors. It will not be released the first day they were found dead and not widely reported but if you look you will find it buried deep in the newspaper. A retraction. If you have the courage and abiity to see that you can verify a news story true as long as its not from an anonymous source. You can find out what fake news is and how easy it is to combat it. For the fallen. .

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  2. Anna R Author

    i always found Cameron very entertaining, like she was always having a good time in her roles, even if not –a very great actress and would definitly like to see her in more movies!
    Our country needs fun, happy movies desperately, not all of those dark, moody, horror, sex, trash, blood and terror depressing no acting skills needed, no plot, no story movies-tv series etc:
    Hollywood has in my opinion hit rock bottom for ENTERTAINMENT!
    I got so disguted, I watch films from other countries!
    There is so much more going on in life than sex, drugs, crime we need to see the beauty of life again!

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  3. Heather Sedgwick Author

    O I just hope she's not doing a Rene Zellweger take time off then come back looking different .please keep natural beauty .✌️❣️

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  4. Petrillo123 zbornak Author

    She always comes across as unhinged – her behaviour in interviews make me realise why she isn’t cast. She’s also mostly made garbage movies.

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  5. R Montana Author

    Everyone ages. There was a time when I would have made a nest for her and our eggs. These days she's just too old to pull off what has worked in the past. When she gets old enough to look like grandma I believe she will play the role of her lifetime and win an Oscar.

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  6. Jacques Marais - eCALA Life Village Author

    She retired 2 years ago, got sick of you guys …rich, married and happier than most of us. Good luck to her √√√

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  7. Christine Goodwin Author

    Cameron Diaz – Mother Earth America needs you at Yellowstone House Eden Australia to help rebuild Americas forests with super trees – cross bred gum trees with rose bushes to help make clean air for America and fight radiation from Fukushima Radiation – 2 we need to make a glass dome to cover up fukushima using 4 filiments of glass to cut down the radiation and to transfer the light energy into extinguishing volcanoes before they rise – like Yellowstone Super volcano – Love Darren John Edmonds and Cristine Goodwin

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  8. Satya Pandey Author

    What you described as her roles being the same – is equivalent to saying a man who was single did this, a man meets and marries that, a man who was a teacher does xyz— your examples made no sense to your point which you're basically saying as a female her roles are the same because she casts as a female who does xyz in a role. How is that different from any other woman and any other man playing any role?

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  9. ASTEROIDALAIN Author

    Bull shot Meryl Streep and Jodie foster, And Segurney Weaver. are old too and still Have the same amazing Talent to play in any movie !!!!!!!!.

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  10. imani yup Author

    Can we talk about all of her "flops" they seem like flops compared to her really big movies but even her "flops" do way better than most movies nowadays and i love all of them. Like how much did Bad teacher make and he brought that up quite a bit as a "flop". I think maybe she just wants to chill

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  11. DisneySwan1990 Author

    These days, everybody forgot how BIG Cameron was from 1997 to 2010 in her prime, plus she was competing against the likes of Julia & Angelina at the time. So the truth that she was making box office history throughout the 2000s was HUGE. She had to work very hard to be one of Tinsletown's top actresses & it really paid off during her prime.

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  12. science wins Author

    They stopped casting her for the same reason they stopped casting Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan and every other female actress – she turned 40 +.

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  13. patrick lane Author

    she is so fabulous in every movie,, but one movie I think she was not suited for was The Counselor ..( I don't know if I'm the only one who didn't understand it ) . that role did not seem to suit her at all… I didn't like the way they made her look

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  14. LadyofTruth Author

    … am I the only one who thinks she's still around. She's been in alot of movies the last 10 years. Just not as much as before

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  15. Yvonne Borden Author

    I love her and I’m glad she happy with her husband,but I miss her doing movies she a great actress to me ,still looking pretty as always 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍so enjoy your life

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  16. Donald Haley Author

    Looper's next video should be titled, "Why all our Looper employees are such losers who were never even close to being as talented as the actors and actresses we criticize"

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  17. EatPlums Author

    The fact is that she just got old. Her appeal was largely her looks, but now her looks are essentially gone. There are younger and prettier actresses with acting talent to take Cameron's place. No one wants to see old middle aged women in romantic comedy movies. She knew she needed to have children soon, or else it would have become totally impossible, due to biological realities. Cameron has a lot of money, so she was able to find some guy to be with her and have her children. If she were just some non-celeb person who wasn't rich at her age (46!) and was still childless, then she would have been finished and would have become just another cat lady who was taking up space and who failed in life.

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  18. Eric Cartman Author

    I hate that she's retiring but I'm happy to see her happy. Thank you Cameron for making us laugh and cry in all your movies. My favorites are Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, What Happens In Vegas and shrek. And I don't care what anyone says those are good movies.

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  19. Alex Shuysky Author

    For me it seems like people still enjoy Cameron but since she happens to star in flop movies, studios are reluctant to hire her, but we the audience wants more of her!

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  20. Joshua Manzanares Author

    I love this women with all my heart to bad shes my type of women not cause she's famous i like her want a women like that

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  21. Manuel David Rendon Acevedo Author

    I must say, I seriously do really miss Cameron Diaz on movies, like she is legitimately a good actress, can carry on a role with her charisma and personality, and always brings a smile, its just sad that she had to take that retirement, who could blame her, those three movies she was in back in 2014 were disasters (even though I liked The Other Woman), so it's understandable why she would just want to back away from the whole thing, and probably for the best if you look at the current state of the industry nowadays; I think that if she does come back it should be for a role that can be on the level on her performance, and that way putting her once again on the map

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  22. David Kelly Mitchell Author

    It was her choice not to make more movies. It's exhausting work and you're never home. It's for young single people. I don't blame her. She should enjoy her peaceful life now.

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  23. Al Armstrong Author

    Cameron can’t pass for a woman anymore and is losing callogen in its face. Hollywood controllers are pushing it aside so people don’t catch on to the deception. No one even watches the oscars. Hollywood losing its spell – bye bye

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  24. MauComm Aero Author

    She is smart enough to leave while the getting out was good. No more high salaries, but she'll be back in older roles. Those bright lites alaways brings them back!

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  25. Harpreet Singh Author

    I remember her in "BAD TEACHER" ,"MISSION IMPOSSIBLE", "CHARLIES ANGELS" . She is just phenomenal. I hope she shall be continue working no matter how the critics reviewed her, because her fans like her acting. [Cameron Diaz]

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  26. brainey001 Author

    Sandra Bullock was gone for a while too back in the day but she came back with a bang and still doing well.
    Cameron needs to let her name rest and well…lets face it,she didn't really age gracefully like her constars, especially judging by her massive wrinkles around the eyes

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  27. Al Anton Author

    Where does this nauseating voice come from? I can't believe it is real. NO ONE could possibly sound THAT ANNOYING– and with a British accent on top of it! Sounds like a bot-voice. Please shuuudup.

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