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Movies That Almost Destroyed Actors Careers

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Freddie Prinze Jr. was once a popular teen movie heartthrob in Hollywood, known for his role in “She’s All That”. “Down to You” focuses on Prinze Jr. navigating life post-breakup with his first serious love. However, his extreme measures in the movie, like drinking shampoo, were poorly acted and disturbing.

Mark Wahlberg Tanked in The Happening

Mark Wahlberg’s performance in “The Happening” was considered too whiny and self-pitying, resulting in disappointment compared to his previous work. Wahlberg himself expressed his dissatisfaction with the film and his role as a teacher.

Katie Holmes in Batman Begins

Katie Holmes played Rachel Dawes in “Batman Begins” but lacked chemistry with Christian Bale, resulting in criticism and alleged damage to her career. She hasn’t appeared in a notable movie since.

Ashton Kutcher in Valentine’s Day

Ashton Kutcher’s performance in “Valentine’s Day” was criticized for being cliché and predictable, earning him a Golden Raspberry Award for his work in the romantic movie.

Jessica Alba Was Not So Fantastic

In “Fantastic Four”, Jessica Alba’s performance as Sue Storm was criticized for lacking excitement, unlike the relatively better acting of other cast members like Chris Evans and Julian McMahon. Her role in the film affected her subsequent career in a negative way.

Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man

Nicolas Cage’s performance in “The Wicker Man” was criticized as comically inept, featuring scenes that were considered misguided and ineffective even by the actor himself. The film’s reception affected Cage’s reputation as a great actor.

Sandra Bullock in Nothing About Steve

Sandra Bullock’s performance in “All About Steve” was heavily criticized, with the movie receiving a low 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The attempt to portray Bullock’s character as quirky and endearing backfired, leaving audience members feeling uneasy about her performance.

Colin Farrell Stumbled in Daredevil

Colin Farrell’s performance in “Daredevil” received negative feedback, with the film failing to balance its tone. Despite being allowed to maintain his Irish accent for the role, Farrell failed to deliver a convincing portrayal, adding up to a poorly received film.

Jared Leto in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto’s performance as Joker in “Suicide Squad” was criticized despite his dedication to the role. The actor’s method-mode approach during the shoot did not resonate well with audiences.

Instead of being the most chilling Joker we’ve ever seen, he took the character to an irredeemably dark and creepy place. “Cinema Blend” had this to say, “Leto’s performance was the worst live-action Joker we’ve seen.” Ouch.

Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2

While the original “Zoolander” does have somewhat of a cult following, it grossed a mere $60 million on a $30 million budget. Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly a smash-hit. Historically speaking, that’s usually not promising. All that being said, for some odd reason, this didn’t prevent its producers from making a sequel to the film 15 years later.

Its cult following wasn’t enough to make it a box office success. In line with what most movie critics predicted, it was a huge flop. On popular movie rating sites such as IMDb, it scored a weak 4.7/10. Hopefully, Ben Stiller learned from this error, and let the Zoolander franchise R.I.P. once and for all.

Tom Cruise in The Mummy

As campy as it may be, we can all agree that Brendan Fraser brings charm and lightheartedness to the entire mummy franchise. This fact is exactly why “The Mummy” remake that came out in 2017 was an entirely unnecessary addition to the series. Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, who’s supposed to be the hero, Brendan Fraser type but ultimately misses the mark.

The character simply doesn’t manage to excite the audience, leaving us lost in a fantasy world that takes itself entirely too seriously. Cruis really missed the mark on this one.

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