Have you ever wondered why there are periods where certain actors get all the spotlight and then all of a sudden disappear? In all likelihood, they took on a role that was not well received and it ended their careers. Here are a couple of movies that nearly ended some of the stars we love.
Halle Berry – Catwoman
Before Catwoman, Halle Berry was untouchable and everybody wanted to cast her. The movie was a disaster and Berry seemed to have lost all nine of her lives. She even received a Razzie award for the worst actress. She took it on the chin and regained her status as a hot commodity in 2005.
Elizabeth Barkley – Showgirls
Elizabeth Barkley was a shining star in 1989 – 1993 when she was better known as Jessie Spano in Saved by the bell. In 1995 she wanted to expand her portfolio and took the leading role in Showgirls. The critics didn’t show her any mercy after that film. She is still trying to recover from the backlash.
Jake Lloyd – Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace
Even child movie stars are not immune to a bad rep. Jake Lloyd starred as the young Anakin Skywalker in the movie and it would prove to be his first and last big-screen appearance. The movie was met with disappointment and Lloyd was bullied at school as a result. The force was not with this one it seems.
Brandon Routh – Superman Returns
From a very young age, Routh was told he looked like a young Christopher Reeves, the famous superman actor form the 1970s. He landed the role of Superman in the 2006 version, but critics didn’t enjoy it as much. He is not out of the Superhero business though, albeit on the small screen.