They were some of the biggest and most successful stars in showbiz, appearing in many hit movies and nabbing fame and fortune. Unfortunately for them, their luck turned and today these actors, from Jim Carrey to Jennifer Aniston, are now on Hollywood’s blacklist.
Sharon Stone is the perfect example of why being too picky with your career could eventually ruin it. Stone was one of the biggest female stars of the ’80s and the ’90s, appearing in many successful movies such as Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Casino. However, following her mega-success, she began turning down many roles and scripts that were offered to her, thinking she could do better. As time went by, Stone realized that her way of fielding offers had cost her many big roles.
Gwyneth Paltrow was once one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. However, her appearances in movies have diminished over time due to her bad reputation on set. During the production of Iron Man 2, for example, Paltrow was reportedly not friendly to any of the cast and crew, often making people around her feel uncomfortable. Others also pointed out that Paltrow simply ignored her co-star, Scarlett Johansson, for no apparent reason, causing a sour atmosphere on-set. This behavior might have just cost Paltrow her career – or at least her good name – in Hollywood.
Besides a successful career, Russell Crowe also made a name for himself as a hot-blooded actor who often loses his temper during filming and real life situations. The Australian actor is also known for his vanity, bragging about his ability to turn bad movies (he referred specifically to Gladiator) to successful ones only because of his appearance in them. Crowe’s ego eventually got him to miss out on more and more roles, as directors refused to work with the troubled actor.
Alec Baldwin is known in the industry for his bad temper, causing numerous incidents during his career. A famous incident involved Baldwin and his daughter Ireland, to whom he left a disgraceful voice message that later went viral. Other than that, Baldwin is famous for being almost impossible to work with. In 2013, Baldwin was involved in a very publicized incident, where he shouted a certain profane word at a photographer who was trying to take pictures of him, causing him to be fired by MSNBC.
In the 90’s, Lacey Chabert launched to stardom due to her role as Claudia Salinger in Party of Five. She became even more successful after playing alongside Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams in the 2004 film Mean girls. Unfortunately for Chabert, her portrayal of Gretchen Wieners in the comedy led to a double-edged sword for her as she could not be separated from her iconic role. She wanted to avoid being typecast but it didn’t really work. Chabert has since made several low-budget films and has chosen to refocus her life to raise her family.
According to several sources in the media, famous Welsh actor Christian Bale has garnered a reputation for being a very professional and serious actor – quite possibly a bit too serious. While he was filming the movie Terminator Salvation, several crew members caught the actor screaming at the movie’s director of photography. Apparently, Bale was angry at him for ruining his scene and threatened to walk off the set if he interfered with his methodology again. While it didn’t scuttle his career, it definitely put a dent in his reputation.
This Canadian actress was one of the rising stars of the early 2000’s – and then she just sort of vanished into thin air. Elisha Cuthbert starred in the Girl Next Door and House of Wax, only to disappear off the radar thereafter. Reportedly, no one in the entertainment industry wanted to work with her again because her films flopped at the box office. Also, Cuthbert’s association with Paris Hilton contribute to her failing status in Hollywood. Sometimes the odds are just against you.
Coming from a prestigious family of actors, Kiefer Sutherland achieved worldwide fame playing the lead actor in the famous television series 24. However, a fellow cast member, Freddie Prinze Jr., said that Sutherland would occasionally arrive on-set heavily intoxicated. The production team would force him to sleep until he was sober again, thus delaying their schedule. This kind of behavior is not tolerated in the industry. We wonder if that’s the reason Sutherland has been off the radar lately.
Chevy Chase has quite the reputation for being one of the hardest actors to work with. This could explain why Chase’s career is consistently waning. Following his first chance on the Comedy show Saturday Night Live, the actor made a name for himself for having severe anger issues and improper behavior. Allegedly, Chase slapped his co-star Cheri Oteri once during a rehearsal. Will Ferrell, who witnessed the incident, immediately reported Chase to the show’s producers. The actor has been banned from the show since.
Shannen Doherty was labeled as a diva ever since she appeared as one of the leading roles in the teenage hit soap opera Beverly Hills 90210. Doherty was fired from the show due to her reportedly intolerable behavior. Unfortunately, industry insiders say that this attitude continued on the set of Charmed, where she became notorious for being rude to her other co-stars. Eventually, the actress got fired again from the series due to an ongoing dispute between the producers and herself.
Many people wondered why Cybill Shepherd has been missing from our screens for such a long time. As it turns out, the reason behind her disappearance is related to the actress herself. Shepherd was infamous for her offstage antics on the set of her show Cybill. Rumors about her reputation preceded her to a point that the show CSI had a character whose mannerisms were based on Shepherd’s behavior. Sadly, the Cybill-like character ended up being sent to the big talent agency in the sky.
Serving as a poster boy for many hits in the ’80s and ’90s, Val Kilmer’s career has since almost entirely vanished. The actor, who starred in blockbusters such as Batman Forever, Top Gun, Heat, and the Doors, practically ruined his own career due to his anger management issues on movie sets. Those issues caused Kilmer’s image to be perceived as troublesome among many casting directors, producers, and officials in the movie industry, all of whom refused to work with him.
The Australian actor and director’s career was severely damaged after he appeared on every news edition on the globe due to his alleged remarks, which contained many racist and anti-Semitic undertones. In addition to these serious allegations, Gibson is known amongst many to have major temper issues and would reportedly often scare people around him due to his erratic behavior. Today, Gibson is having a hard time returning to the public eye on any permanent basis, and the biggest lethal weapon in his arsenal turned out to be himself.
Since his role of Danny Zuko in the hit musical film, Grease in 1978, actor John Travolta has landed role after role in other classic films such as Pulp Fiction and Face/Off. He was also nominated for an Oscar twice in the past. However, along with all these great films, Travolta appeared in a few movies that weren’t a big hit, to say the least. For that reason, he has almost become too big of a risk for studios and Hollywood big shots to cast, especially considering his 2018 passion project, Gotti, tanked very, very badly.
This actress had a successful career a few years back, but today she is suffering from a growing symptom in Hollywood – bad career choices. Diaz chose to appear in movies that became flops at the box office like The Other Woman and the Annie remake. In addition to that, she invested an considerable amount of time on her relationship with the musician Benji Madden, which has certainly held her back in her professional life. Still, we hope to see Diaz back on the big screen again soon.
Once thought to be the most successful comedic actor in Hollywood, Jim Carrey is now on the industry’s blacklist. After his recent movies flopped at the box office, many major studios are afraid to take their chances with him and cast Carrey in any of their productions. The actor and comedian, who starred in movies such as Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, and The Mask, also experienced many personal issues and has made a conscious decision of his own to mostly stay off the radar.
Although Steven Seagal was a famous movie star during the ’80s and ’90s, appearing in many action movie classics such as Under Siege, he is not considered a favorite by producers – or most people who have crossed paths with him in showbiz. Reportedly, the martial artist is known amongst his peers to be an arrogant and self-centered individual. In addition to that, after hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1991, Seagal was banned from the show and was called “the worst host in show’s history.”
Many people will be surprised to find Jennifer Aniston on that list, but in her case, there’s more than meets the eye. While Aniston is a public figure who struts her stuff in television shows and film, she herself is a very private individual. During filming, Aniston would distance herself from other members of the cast and would regularly eat on her own, avoiding any contact with anyone else. She does that in order to maintain the level of privacy she’s so adamant about, which might be legitimate – but it certainly hasn’t won her too many admirers on-set.
Jessica Alba was one of the hottest stars in Hollywood during the early 2000s. She appeared in many films, such as the Fantastic Four films and Sin City. However, over time, Alba was being typecast for only certain roles, usually the bombshell with little more to her. Frustrated by the turning of her career, Alba decided to put her acting career on hold and open a successful cosmetics business, Honest Beauty. More importantly, she also chose to focus on raising her family.
Several rumors began circulating in the film industry regarding the reasons for Nicholson’s disappearance from the big screen. Many cited his 2010 film How Do You Know, which flopped at the box office, as the reason for his decision to step away from the spotlight. Despite all the speculations, the actor repeatedly said that he simply does not enjoy acting as he used to. He then added that he is not going to appear in movies until he passes away. And, you know, hopefully not after that either…
For years, Malkovich has had a reputation of being, let’s just say, creepy. He has been known to play roles of various deranged individuals, including in the film that carries his own name, Being John Malkovich. Perhaps being typecast this way has made it hard for studios to single him out for portraying all kinds of roles. He also has a reputation of being a rage-filled individual who is not afraid to get into confrontations, both on and off the set.
Apart from her scandalous reputation as a party girl, Lindsay also has a reputation for being impossible on film sets. Reportedly, many studios stopped hiring her after realizing that she simply wasn’t worth the trouble in the long run. While filming the movie Georgia Rule alongside Jane Fonda, for example, Lohan acted unprofessionally, arriving late to the set and forgetting her lines. James Deen, who appeared alongside Lohan in the film Canyons, called the ex child star a “child lashing out.”
Although she’s practically unknown today, Sean young had a successful career in the ’80s before it (and she) faded into oblivion. After appearing in Blade Runner and Dune, Young was cast in the 1987 film Wall Street alongside Michael Douglas, only to be almost fired from the production. The actress reportedly terrorized the set and often acted monstrously to the film’s cast and crew. Her attitude did not help her out in the long run, as her career slowly declined in the ’90s and beyond.
Isaiah Washington played the character of Dr. Burke in the first three seasons of medical drama Grey’s Anatomy until he was written off the show. The real reason for his disappearance was due to Washington calling a fellow co-star a very offensive slur. When the show’s executives heard about the incident, they decided to fire the actor immediately. After he left the show in 2007, Washington’s sullied reputation caused him to lose other acting opportunities, severely hampering his career.
While she is widely considered one of the greatest pop divas and cultural icons of the last century, Madonna’s behavior may have suited the music industry but was not acceptable in Hollywood. Rumors began surfacing regarding the singer’s attitude on movie sets, as she repeatedly ignored the director’s instructions all the time. Many people believe that the singer’s lacking performance deeply influenced the final result, which is why some of her films were considered to be total disasters.
Despite his public appearance as a goofy funnyman, Mike Myers is famous for being almost obsessively adamant to have full control, thus giving the cast and crew a hard time. The Canadian comedian and actor, who is considered a perfectionist, makes sure that nothing – and we do mean nothing – happens without his approval. Because of that, many people in the industry refuse to work with him. And the proof is in the pudding – ever since he stopped starring in the Austin Powers franchise, most of his roles have been in voice acting.
You probably did not expect to see Tom Cruise here, as he is one of the busiest actors in show business. However, many noticed that the former star’s career slowed down a bit from the studios and fans’ perspective alike. Because of his recent roles, almost all of which were firmly couched in the action genre, Cruise has been typecasted and many studios won’t consider him for other roles. Aside from that, he has an image of being a control freak in both movies and real life.
You would never have guessed that one of our favorite actors turned out to be almost unapproachable on set, but here we are. By all outside appearances, Bruce Willis is one of the coolest cats in Hollywood. According to crew members who had the dubious pleasure of working with him, however, Willis just focused on himself, preventing others from speaking to him in order to immerse himself in his role. Director Kevin Smith, who worked with Bruce Willis on his movie Cop Out, even called the experience of working with him “soul crushing.”
Hugh Grant was the British poster boy of the ’90s and the early years of the new millennium, making a name for himself as one of the successful actors in the romantic comedy genre. Since then, it seems that he’s practically vanished from our screens. Reportedly, Grant became more and more selective about his film appearances, with the ones he chose turning out to be box-office flops. We advise the actor to come out of his niche and dip his toes in other genres.
Josh Duhamel was known in Hollywood as a handsome, charismatic actor who often got many leading roles, including the famous soap opera All My Children. However, rumors has it that the actor could not control his temper and his behavior on set was very aggressive, intolerable at times. In addition to that, the actor is said to be very jealous and possessive of his wife, Black Eyed Peas lead singer Fergie. Duhamel would allegedly control every aspect of the singer’s life.
Anna Paquin broke into our lives as a child in the heartbreaking Award-winning movie The Piano alongside Holly Hunter. Since then, she appeared in movies such as Almost Famous and the X-Men franchise as Rogue. However, it seems that the actress had disappeared from the big screen completely, with some of her scenes being deleted from the final theatrical versions. To be fair, it may have something to do with the fact that Paquin has decided to focus on TV while raising a family.
For many years, Gary Oldman was considered one of the most professional and diverse actors in Hollywood, appearing on classics such as Leon, Dracula, The Dark Night Rises, and action films like RoboCop. However, Oldman has reportedly been banned from several studios in recent years due to “misogynic outbursts” against a certain prominent political figure. If that’s not enough, Oldman also defended Mel Gibson after the scandal regarding his own controversial slurs, which hasn’t won him too many new fans.
British actor Jude Law appeared in our lives in the 1990s and acted in numerous movies throughout the 2000s. While his films were usually modestly successful, he never made it to the big leagues, so to speak. As a result, after suffering several commercial flops in recent years Law decided to return to the theater while developing his activist side. The actor became a U.N. ambassador in Afghanistan and protested for civil rights in Belarus, among other causes. Some might even argue that’s actually a better use of his time.
While it seems that Chris Hemsworth had his lucky streak with blockbusters, recently he almost vanished from the big screen altogether. Fortunately for him, it is not because of his behavior or any other issues, but simply due to a long-term movie contract with Marvel. Because of his very prominent position as Thor, Hemsworth has been unable to take on other projects. In addition, the actor moved back to his native Australia, which is away from the center of attention in Hollywood.
From the moment that BBC’s Sherlock went on the air, it was certain that Benedict Cumberbatch was on his way to becoming a star. Aside from appearing in other successful productions such as Dr. Who and The Imitation Game, he regularly performs in British theater. However, not all is bright regarding Cumberbatch, who is known to be a tough actor to work with and is reportedly not on good terms with his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman, for example.
Pierce Brosnan was often typecast as a high-class English character in Hollywood during his career in moviemaking. After appearing as James Bond in four instalments of the iconic franchise, the studios decided to release Brosnan from the secret agent’s role and chose Daniel Craig to replace him. As it turned out, it symbolized his decline, as ever since Brosnan disappeared from the public eye, retreating to a private family life. Don’t get us wrong – he’s still acting, but only sporadically and in relatively minor roles.
Although the veteran actor has already retired from the movie industry, his reputation as a major troublemaker is still spoken of in hushed whispers in the business. According to various reports, many of Hackman’s fellow co-stars were terrified of working with the actor due to his unstable, erratic behavior. While filming The Royal Tenenbaums, for example, Hackman lashed out at the screenwriter while cursing at him and the director, causing everyone on-set to veer well clear of him. Maybe that retirement is best for everyone…
One of Hollywood’s finest actors is not considered for major roles anymore due to his bad conduct off-screen. Norton, who appeared in many high-profile movies including Fight Club, American History X, and The Hulk, is considered a menace by many directors. Following his reportedly obsessive need for control, few people have wanted to work with him. One of the stories about Norton says that he didn’t trust American History X director Tony Kaye at all and demanded to make the final edit of the movie himself.
Charlie Sheen made many successful movies and television shows in the past but unfortunately is more famous today for his erratic behavior and numerous scandals. The actor even admitted recently that he has tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus. Sheen’s behavior became so catastrophic that he was eventually fired from the successful show Two and a Half Men, being replaced by Ashton Kutcher. In addition to that, his co-star on the show Anger Management, Selma Blair, claimed that working with Sheen was a nightmare.
Reeves started his career in the late ’80s, breaking through into the mainstream media with ’90s hits such as Point Break and Speed. His Hollywood career soared when he received worldwide stardom with the Matrix series, but it seems that Keanu Reeves’ career just went downhill from there. Apart from appearing in 47 Ronin and John Wick, he has not obtained any lead role in the past 15 years. That’s going to change in late 2020, when he stars in the third Bill & Ted movie, but still…
Sean Penn is having a tough time getting roles these days, primarily due to the fact that he skewered Hollywood and the movies that have been coming out of late. He complained in a recent interview that actors and actresses are willing to settle for terrible movies because everyone wants to be in a movie that will earn a billion dollars. The Oscar-winning actor then went on to that both audiences and actors should demand better movies. While he may or may not have a point, it hasn’t done wonders for his own career.
Jennifer Lopez is notorious for her diva-like tendencies with her music. However, her behavior as an actress garnered her a very bad reputation in the movie industry as well. Now that’s what we call a double threat! According to multiple sources, the singer often has a seemingly never-ending list of demands from the production. She has also made a name for herself as a serious troublemaker, resulting in many people from the cast and crew refusing to work with her.
Katherine Heigl’s name has been circling around the entertainment business for quite some time, and not for good reasons. As it turns out, Heigl has made a bad name for herself as one of the most difficult actresses to work with in Hollywood – and that’s saying something. Reportedly, the actress is said to be extremely demanding on film sets while often acting snobby to other cast members, film crew or even her most dedicated of fans.
Mischa Barton rose to stardom after she landed a leading role in the show The O.C in 2003. Apparently, the actress was not prepared for this kind of instant fame and had much of it go to her head very quickly. Barton began adopting diva-like manners while filming the show, leading her co-star Tate Donovan to call her “the biggest diva on set.” Barton’s behavior caused her some serious problems in Hollywood, and she did not get any roles following The O.C. It was then that Barton began experimenting with illegal substances, leading to an even quicker professional demise.
Shia LaBeouf has made a name for himself as a bit of a troublemaker off-screen. On-screen, his behavior began to be very much like reality. LaBeouf is known for his antics and his method acting, which means that he often become his character in order to prepare himself for a role. As a result, Shia’s attitude is often unpleasant for the people surrounding him. During the filming of the war movie Fury, for example, Brad Pitt and Labeouf clashed because of the Beef’s antics.
Ellen DeGeneres was up until recently famous for her charming, goofy, and down-to-earth personality. Everyone who is anyone in Hollywood wanted to appear on The Ellen Show. But one simple tweet lead to an avalanche of confessions and accusations about how terrible Ellen actually is, once the cameras are turned off. Stories of everything from toxic work conditions to bullying of guests have come out in the open, to the point where the show is now under investigation by WarnerMedia. And Ellen’s good name is more than severely tarnished…