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Career Killing Roles - 1/8/2013 8:00:03 PM   
will1000

 

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I was thinking today about stars who you were sure were the next big thing but are now doing straight to DVD releases or completely disappeared into obscurity thanks to a crap film or a crap role.

I was thinking that Vin Diesel isn't the action hero superstar I was sure he should be thanks in part too The Pacifier. I know he's the star of the Fast Furious films and has a new Riddick coming out, but they are both franchises that he exec produces. He hasn't done much outside of them.

So what other star killing roles/films are there and who are the victims?!
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RE: Career Killing Roles - 1/8/2013 8:12:32 PM   
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Nicolas Cage for Wicker Man or Ghost Rider.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 1/8/2013 8:51:26 PM   
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Where do you begin with roles that Mickey Rourke took in the early 90's...

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 9:48:22 AM   
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I don't think there is a better example than Ahmed Best as Jar Jar

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 9:52:36 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: The Waco Kid

Nicolas Cage for Wicker Man or Ghost Rider.



Except, somehow, he keeps on getting work.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 10:33:08 AM   
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stallone trying to do comedy in the 90s.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 10:49:27 AM   
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Superman!
Brandon
Reeves
and no doubt Cavill!

its cursed I tell thee!


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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 11:07:03 AM   
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Brandon Routh I'll give you, but if Cavill's career could survive The Immortals, then Man of Steel shouldn't cause him any sleepless nights! Besides, he's already got two more potential blockbusters in production apart from the inevitable MoS2

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 12:32:45 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

quote:

ORIGINAL: The Waco Kid

Nicolas Cage for Wicker Man or Ghost Rider.



Except, somehow, he keeps on getting work.


It's not so much that he keeps on getting work, it's that, like Christopher Walken, he still is considered as a relatively major draw and rarely says no. Although in Cage's case it's obviously cos he still owes trillions of dollars in taxes and therefore cannot afford to be choosy, whilst Walken just likes to keep busy and enjoys being on set, regardless of how bad the film he's in is.

I'm not quite sure which, if either, is worse - working because you have no choice, or working cos you don't really give a shit...

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 1:11:52 PM   
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Brandon Routh I'll give you, but if Cavill's career could survive The Immortals, then Man of Steel shouldn't cause him any sleepless nights! Besides, he's already got two more potential blockbusters in production apart from the inevitable MoS2

Reeves career was effectively killed by Superman, as much as he was outstanding. As far as I can see there is no MoS2 , looking a lot more like a 50/50 Superman/Batman. I will be surprised if called MoS2. The whole throwing in Batman feels like a vote of no confidence in this current Superman incarnation. I am looking forward to a new Batman and would like to think we will get a whole new version, but I feel general lack of thought and originality in movies these days will see us with some bloke shoehorned into the last Bale Batsuit and told to perfect his growly voice.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 1:20:25 PM   
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Are you speaking of George Reeves who couldn't get any work whatsoever after playing Superman, would have children punching him so they could boast to their friends that they'd punched Superman, and eventually committed suicide, or Christopher Reeve (no 's' on the end), who did at least get some film roles after Superman, even if they were mostly underwhelming, and the job people claim the "curse" really did on him was more to do with the latter years of his life?

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 9:37:12 PM   
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I'd also like to add Chris O'Donnell and his role in the Joel Schmacher Batman films. Those films not only killed a franchise but also screen careers! Val Kilmer hasn't done much of note either except Kiss Kiss Bang Bang! and eating pies.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 9:41:28 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: will1000

I'd also like to add Chris O'Donnell and his role in the Joel Schmacher Batman films. Those films not only killed a franchise but also screen careers! Val Kilmer hasn't done much of note either except Kiss Kiss Bang Bang! and eating pies.


To be fair to Val Kilmer, he was really good in the last episode of LIFE'S TOO SHORT... I suspect he might have been on 8.00 an hour and a free run at the buffet,but still...

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 9:51:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: will1000

I'd also like to add Chris O'Donnell and his role in the Joel Schmacher Batman films. Those films not only killed a franchise but also screen careers!


Alicia Silverstone never quite got her Clueless-era mojo back either. The most memorable thing she's done in recent years is chew her bairn's food.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 10:39:24 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: will1000

I'd also like to add Chris O'Donnell and his role in the Joel Schmacher Batman films. Those films not only killed a franchise but also screen careers!


Except Clooney, he's done ok for himself


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RE: Career Killing Roles - 2/8/2013 11:28:21 PM   
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Not exactly a film role, but I seem to remember that Tara Reid was once considered a hot, up-and-coming young actress with potential (she was pretty good in Body Shots), but then blew it by hosting some spring-break reality show where she got so fucked-up on camera that nobody took her seriously again..?

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 7/8/2013 9:26:06 AM   
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Isn't the Tara Reid thing more that that's what she's like all the time.

I think The American Pie series was a career killer for nearly everyone involved.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 7/8/2013 10:10:48 AM   
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ORIGINAL: squeezyrider

Isn't the Tara Reid thing more that that's what she's like all the time.

I think The American Pie series was a career killer for nearly everyone involved.


Come to think it, other than Seann William Scott, the cast haven't really done much else since, have they. Which is strange, considering the first two are really quite popular.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 7/8/2013 4:30:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

quote:

ORIGINAL: squeezyrider

Isn't the Tara Reid thing more that that's what she's like all the time.

I think The American Pie series was a career killer for nearly everyone involved.


Come to think it, other than Seann William Scott, the cast haven't really done much else since, have they. Which is strange, considering the first two are really quite popular.


If we're talking purely cinematic roles then yeah they haven't gone on to do much. However, Alyson Hannigan is in How I Met Your Mother, the new Friends/Scrubs (which for the record I don't think is at all funny and the canned laughter hurts it more)

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 7/8/2013 7:13:49 PM   
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Its amazing that Lindsay Lohan still gets work but i guess thats more to do with her crazy personal life rather than any particular movie role shes had.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 7/8/2013 8:38:45 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: great_badir

quote:

ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

quote:

ORIGINAL: The Waco Kid

Nicolas Cage for Wicker Man or Ghost Rider.



Except, somehow, he keeps on getting work.


It's not so much that he keeps on getting work, it's that, like Christopher Walken, he still is considered as a relatively major draw and rarely says no. Although in Cage's case it's obviously cos he still owes trillions of dollars in taxes and therefore cannot afford to be choosy, whilst Walken just likes to keep busy and enjoys being on set, regardless of how bad the film he's in is.

I'm not quite sure which, if either, is worse - working because you have no choice, or working cos you don't really give a shit...


Oddly I was thinking about Nicolas Cage after seeing his name plastered over yet another blandly named, generic looking action/thriller DVD....maybe the likes of Face Off and Con Air brought in his descent into the sort of generic pish he churns out nowadays?

Did John Travolta pretty much blow his career (again) with Battlefield Earth? His mid-90s revival seems an awful long time ago now. Obviously he's worked since but I'm not sure anyone takes him too seriously?

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 7/8/2013 9:26:11 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

Are you speaking of George Reeves who couldn't get any work whatsoever after playing Superman, would have children punching him so they could boast to their friends that they'd punched Superman, and eventually committed suicide, or Christopher Reeve (no 's' on the end), who did at least get some film roles after Superman, even if they were mostly underwhelming, and the job people claim the "curse" really did on him was more to do with the latter years of his life?


Christopher is great in the little seen and rather marvellous Noises Off.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 8/8/2013 1:00:16 AM   
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Hayden Christensen or is that more a career killing performance?

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 8/8/2013 12:06:22 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: clownfoot


quote:

ORIGINAL: AxlReznor

Are you speaking of George Reeves who couldn't get any work whatsoever after playing Superman, would have children punching him so they could boast to their friends that they'd punched Superman, and eventually committed suicide, or Christopher Reeve (no 's' on the end), who did at least get some film roles after Superman, even if they were mostly underwhelming, and the job people claim the "curse" really did on him was more to do with the latter years of his life?


Christopher is great in the little seen and rather marvellous Noises Off.


Noises Off is a little gem of a movie!

I'll add Elizabeth Bearkley to the list , Showgirls turned her from the "smart one" off Saved by the Bell to a cautionary tale of how not to ditch your child star image. Only Dustin Diamond had a worse post show career.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 9/8/2013 7:11:28 AM   
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Only Dustin Diamond had a worse post show career.


The horror of Saved by the Smell?

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 9/8/2013 9:24:55 AM   
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I'll throw Waterworld into the mix, pretty much killed Costners career for a good decade.

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 9/8/2013 9:53:14 AM   
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Apart from Tin Cup being one of the best sports movies and comedies ever...

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RE: Career Killing Roles - 9/8/2013 11:47:11 AM   
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I'll throw Waterworld into the mix, pretty much killed Costners career for a good decade.


Nah, it was The Postman that did him in.


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RE: Career Killing Roles - 9/8/2013 10:16:26 PM   
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I really like WATERWORLD and THE POSTMAN... yeah, I know the general opinion of TP, but it was a big blockbuster release and if you compare it to the utter bollocking braindead CGI shitfests that are what the Hollywood studios throw out way nowadays as our designated summer entertainment, it's practically THE GODFATHER... seriously, if any one of you out there thinks that TP is worse than any of the likes of the TRANSFORMERS movies then I truly despair...

I think that what did for Costner are the rumoured reports of how difficult he became to work with...



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RE: Career Killing Roles - 10/8/2013 10:07:42 AM   
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Seem to remember reading that playing Scorpio in Dirty Harry pretty much killed Andrew Robinson's career stone dead for about 10 years.
He played the psycopath so well people didnt want to see him for any other roles

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