8 Actors Whose Careers Went Downhill After One Movie Role

8 Actors Whose Careers Went Downhill After One Movie Role

Even for award-winning actors, the criticism can be harsh and fans can be ruthless sometimes.

Fame comes at a price. One minute you might be praised for your work and the next minute, you're slammed for your performance. Riding the high of the success of your film can be euphoric but the downside of being a part of a flop can end your career. Sometimes a movie that gets bad reviews may adversely affect an actor.

Even for award-winning actors, the criticism can be harsh and fans can be ruthless sometimes. One role is all it takes to sometimes put a dent in one's reputation. Bright Side put together a list of actors whose careers didn't do so well after just one bad role. Let's have a look:

1. Lindsay Lohan — I Know Who Killed Me

The actress was a big name in the '90s and 2000s and showed so much promise and potential at a young age. Her acting skills were never questioned and she seemed to be doing immensely well. Until in 2007, a low-budget horror film titled 'I Know Who Killed Me' was released. The movie was slammed for its script and even Lohan's performance was criticized. She also seemed to be dealing with addiction and was often late or didn’t appear on the film set at all. 

Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me (2007) Source: IMDb

2. Demi Moore — G.I. Jane

The gorgeous Demi Moore was landing many substantial roles in films and became a household name in the 80s and 90s. That is until her appearance in an action film called G.I. Jane. It tanked at the box office and so did her previous film Striptease. Soon after, the actress receded from the spotlight. She later became better known for her marriage to (and divorce from) Ashton Kutcher.

Demi Moore in G.I. Jane (1997) Source: IMDb

3. Geena Davis — Cutthroat Island

Davis is an award-winning actress and it just goes to show you success can be so fickle. From winning accolades for her performance in Thelma and Louise, her role in Cutthroat Island saw her career slip away. The film cost $98 million to make and pulled in just $10 million; so soon after Cutthroat Island, Davis never had another big role on screen.

Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island (1995) Source: IMDb

4. Elizabeth Berkley — Showgirls

Saved by the Bell star Berkley sought a more mature role and appeared on Showgirls which released in 1995. The film tanked badly and her acting skills were heavily slammed. Many directors and even her own agent reportedly started declining to work with her.

Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls (1995) Source: IMDb

5. Neve Campbell — Wild Things 

Campbell became famous thanks to her role in the movie Scream but later shed her good-girl image for the erotic thriller Wild Things in 1996. It seems her career hasn't recovered since although she has appeared in several TV roles and had a spot in the House of Cards TV series.

Neve Campbell in Wild Things (1998) Source: IMDb

6. John Travolta — Battlefield Earth

John Travolta was cast as Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's cult classic Pulp Fiction. The movie earned him an Oscar nomination and a second wind for his career. But in 2000, Travolta directed Battlefield Earth and played the main role in it. The film was branded one of the worst movies ever made by The Guardian.

John Travolta in Battlefield Earth (2000) Source: IMDb

7. Jennifer Love Hewitt — Jewtopia

Jennifer Love Hewitt was a popular name back in the day when the thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel made her super famous. But 2013's Jewtopia was slammed for perpetuating stereotypes and having a silly sense of humor. We haven't see her in many roles since.

Jennifer Love Hewitt inJewtopia. Source: IMDb

8. Chris Klein — Rollerball

The hottie from American Pie sadly didn't make it big in the movie biz. He starred in Rollerball, a remake of the 1975 film with the same name which got such terrible reviews that it seemed his career tanked just like the film.

Chris Klein and Jean Reno  in Rollerball (2002) Source: IMDb

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