I know that here at DL St. Joan of Crawford is our patron saint. And we all know that Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan was an express ticket to career ruin for her.
So with that template in mind, I'm curious if anyone else has good examples of a role, or a few roles, that led to career suicide?
(Primarily film roles, but TV or theater could work, too.)
There's an argument to be made for Patrick Swayze and/or Wesley Snipes in "To Wong Foo" though I personally loved Patrick/Veda.
John Travolta - Battlefield Earth
Oh, let me be the first to post "Vic Morrow, Twilight Zone". Or Brandon Lee, "The Crow".
Catwoman, Halle Berry
Kevin Costner, Waterworld and The Postman. It's like he didn't learn his lesson from the former. Stay away from post-apocalyptic epics Kevin. Stay away from post-apocalyptic epics Kevin. Stay away from post-apocalyptic epics Kevin. Stay away from post-apocalyptic epics Kevin. Stay away from post-apocalyptic epics Kevin. St......
Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but couldn't be seen as anything else but Nurse Ratched afterward.
Hard to say Costner's career is over when he just picked up an Emmy too weekends ago.
I'll give you that Waterworld greatly hurt his career, but we're a forgiving nation and few people in the entertainment/sports world are immune to forgiveness.
Listen to me you fey bitches...
"Mommie Dearest" did not kill my career. I made DUNSTON FUCKING CHECKS IN!!!!
And don't you fucking forget it.
You made That Fabulous Movie With Marlon Brando, Faye!
Madonna... all her movies.
Faye Dunaway's career would have derailed even without Mommie Dearest. She was 40 years old at the time, and was a notorious nightmare to work with. Her career would have gone downhill no matter what she did.
The great gay Laird Cregar - HANGOVER SQUARE,
Crash-dieted himself into a heart attack to be seen as a romantic male lead.
Lucille Ball in MAME.
R9 - that wasn't Brando in DUNSTON CHECKS IN?
Then who jumped from the chandelier and pushed me into the cake?
Who cares, without Mommie Dearest, we would have nothing! Thanks Faye, even if it cost your career, it gave us a lifetime of fodder.
Anything Cuba Gooding, Jr. did after Jerry Maguire. He simply could not make the right choices after such a good role.
(We can only hope.)
Judy Garland, Trog.
I think you mean Joan Crawford, R19.
Fine! Judy Garland, Behind The Green Door.
I think BATMAN AND ROBIN was supposed to catapult Chris O'Donnell to stardom but it was so bad it launched him right back to the bottom of the heap.
"Hard to say Costner's career is over when he just picked up an Emmy too weekends ago."
He moved to tv because his movie career was over.
It was only an unscripted walk-on but Our American Cousin effectively ended John Wilkes Booth's career.
Mr. Whipple, "Please Don't Squeeze The Charmin."
Chris O'Donnell was rather dull anyway, so it's not likely he would have gone far. He's better on TV.
Madonna in THE NEXT BEST THING.
She really could have pulled a one eighty after the critical acclaim she got in EVITA and shown everyone that she could truly act, but took this dreadful "Comedy" instead.
[quote]Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but couldn't be seen as anything else but Nurse Ratched afterward.
Fletcher was just getting back into acting when she took Cukoo's nest. She spent the previous 10+ years raising a family and taking care of a sick husband. Prior to her semi retirement, her acting career was mostly episodic TV. "Cukoo's Nest" didn't make her into a huge star, but she has worked constantly for the last 40 years.
[quote] She really could have pulled a one eighty after the critical acclaim she got in EVITA and shown everyone that she could truly act
She's a musician, not a miracle worker!
What has Dawson done of note since the 50 Load Weekend film?
Zac Efron, "High School Musical"
Patty Duke. Valley of the Dolls. And don't you forget it.
[quote] Judy Garland, Trog.
LOL! I can see Judy in it. "W-w-why, Mister Trog!"
I think it might have been that last Battle Of The Network Stars that ruined Helen Lawson's career.
Did Mommy Dearest really kill Dunaway's career or was it that few really wanted to work with her anymore because it was too stressful?
Diana Ross in The Wiz.
R22 beat me to it and R38 is a perfect example.
What big career was Elizabeth Berkely maintaining before Showgirls? Saved by the Bell had been off for two years by then. It was more like a comeback attempt that fizzled.
Judy Garland, The Swarm
[quote]What big career was Elizabeth Berkely maintaining before Showgirls? Saved by the Bell had been off for two years by then. It was more like a comeback attempt that fizzled.
There were no specifications on whether or not the actor whose career was killed was a bigtime movie star or not. Elizabeth Berkely was still acting before Showgirls, but the film was supposed to catapult her into the stratosphere, while her former SBTB castmates were still in TVland. It didn't.
It took years and years, but Chris O'Donnell, did finally rebound as a TV action star on NCIS: Los Angeles. He makes $140,000 an episode, well over 3 mill a year. Not movie star money, but enough to support his family nicely.
Constance McCashin....this thread is calling your name!
[quote]I know that here at DL St. Joan of Crawford is our patron saint.
I don't think that's correct at all. Not many of us who like old movies here like Joan's acting that much.
I would say Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck are much closer to Saints here than Joan Crawford is.
"THE WARRIORS opened every door in Hollywood for me, and XANADU closed them all again."
The [bold]gorgeous[/bold] Brandon Routh - Superman
For a brief instant, he shone with the intensity of a billion suns.