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Movies/Roles That Ruined The Careers of Actors or Directors.

Name actors or directors that had their careers ruined by making a certain movie or taking a certain role.

by Anonymousreply 2810/18/2020

Lisa Bonet - [italic]Angel Heart[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 110/17/2020

Every one of the young leads in Rules of Attraction.

by Anonymousreply 210/17/2020


by Anonymousreply 310/17/2020

Anthony Perkins in Psycho. He could never shake that role and most of his latter films involved him playing some variation of Norman Bates if not Norman Bates himself like in all the sequels to the movie.

It seems sad, but then again, most actors would kill to have such a legendary role that's still being talked about 30 years after their death.

by Anonymousreply 410/17/2020

Heaven's Gate - Michael Cimino. Peeping Tom - Michael Powell.

by Anonymousreply 510/17/2020

Short Bus... Everyone.

by Anonymousreply 610/17/2020

R4 I don't think that's so true about Tony Perkins. He had several roles like Goodbye Again, after Psycho, which were about a younger man being in love with an older woman. He did a Broadway musical, Greenwillow, that flopped. Wasn't that after Psycho? I think his career went downhill with his decision to make films in Europe rather than Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 710/17/2020

r1...Angel Heart didnt ruin Lisa Bonets career...the fact she couldnt act did.

by Anonymousreply 810/17/2020

James Ransone by jerking off while choking himself on film in Ken Park now he just does random roles on tv or bit parts in movies(mostly horror).

by Anonymousreply 910/17/2020

I hope Tom Hooper after Cats.

by Anonymousreply 1010/17/2020

Andy Robinson was such a convincing psycho in Dirty Harry that he struggled to get hired afterwards. Even Eastwood wouldn't work with him again, Scorpio was so indelible.

by Anonymousreply 1110/17/2020

Everyone involved with Showgirls not named Gina Gershon

by Anonymousreply 1210/17/2020

James Ransone had never been destined to be a superstar anyway. Yet he has been in many prestige TV series and was last year featuring in IT 2. 65 TVs & movies after Ken Park, I don't call it the end of the career though. Unlike the guy from Nine Songs, that movie killed his career.

by Anonymousreply 1310/17/2020

F. Murray Abraham's career wasn't ruined by winning an Oscar in Amadeus but he didn't become a star, and apparently didn't endear himself to anyone. A later director called him an egomaniac. So it was kind of an actor getting more exposure only making it more obvious he was annoying.

by Anonymousreply 1410/17/2020

I was going to say “Heaven’ Gate“, too.

Some diehards keep trying to get the world to re-evaluate it... but it’s a beautifully photographed, self important, bloated mess.

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by Anonymousreply 1510/17/2020

At Long Last Love more or less ruined the movie careers of both Peter Bogdanovich and Cybill Shepherd.

by Anonymousreply 1610/17/2020

[quote]I was going to say “Heaven’ Gate“, too.

Some diehards keep trying to get the world to re-evaluate it... but it’s a beautifully photographed, self important, bloated mess.

Yes, I totally agree (I posted that). It's a mess, and so tedious to watch.

by Anonymousreply 1710/17/2020

Ransone sounds kinda sounds like a bit of a douche so I'm sure that hasn't helped his career also is the guy that directed Ken Park a pervert cause he seems to have based his entire career on filming teenagers having sex.

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by Anonymousreply 1910/17/2020

Ishtar ended the directing career of Elaine May.

by Anonymousreply 2010/17/2020

There was a time when an actor or actress making a public fool of him/herself in a movie or TV appearance was enough to finish them. It was when critics and Hollywood columnists wielded tremendous power. As well as studio/network heads. There were only a few studios, and only three networks. They could finish you off if they wanted to. For any reason. Even if you insulted or disrespected them. Today everybody is a critic or an influencer, and honestly, nobody seems to lose their career any more. They always have fans, their work is everywhere, their music or movies are always playing on Instagram, YouTube, etc. Almost everyone makes a comeback or multiple comebacks.

by Anonymousreply 2110/17/2020

[quote] At Long Last Love more or less ruined the movie careers of both Peter Bogdanovich and Cybill Shepherd.

This lady has a funny series of videos:

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by Anonymousreply 2210/17/2020

Exorcist II pretty much confirmed that Linda Blair would only do B horror movies and crappy sex comedies for the rest of her life. After The Exorcist, she was making a name for herself doing weighty dramatic TV movies where she played troubled teens and was pretty good in them. Exorcist II came along and screwed all of that up. Didn't help that she was probably already into drugs by that point, but the fact that the movie was so bad and she was terrible in it didn't help.

She was pretty good in Hell Night a few years later, but that's probably the last decent thing she was ever a part of. Kinda sad when you think about it.

by Anonymousreply 2310/18/2020

Julie Andrews-Darling Lili. She had a few successful films later on but nothing to compare with her heyday. She is basically known today for just two films.

by Anonymousreply 2410/18/2020

The flop reception of “Night of the Hunter” was Charles Laughton’s first, and last, opportunity to direct.

And though she won the Oscar for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Louise Fletcher’s career pretty much tanked afterwards.

by Anonymousreply 2510/18/2020

R25, I've never understood the esteem in which Laughton is held as an actor. I find him terrible and hammy. I would wonder if it's a question of styles having changed, but apparently Daniel Day-Lewis thinks he's the greatest film actor of his time (according to Wikipedia).

by Anonymousreply 2610/18/2020

Halle Berry - Catwoman.

by Anonymousreply 2710/18/2020

Pia Zadora in "Butterflies" - a great career cut untimely short.

by Anonymousreply 2810/18/2020
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