Why do you love your favorite movies? For me, it is more about how the actors complexly execute the simplest of concepts. The stars of the shows are often why we love them, often more than the storyline.
Sometimes, we get so used to seeing them in one role that we cannot imagine them in another. The typecasting is not entirely a result of being unable to interpret other roles. Sometimes, the fans love the star that way and want to continue to see them in that light.
But, it happens that after gracing our screens for a long time, some of these stars disappear without a trace. We do not know why they left or where they are.
The truth is simple. The Hollywood scene is ruthless. For artists, it is the survival of the fittest. Even if you are a top-notch entertainer, one small mistake can get you on the Hollywood blacklist.
The promising careers of many famous actors have been cut short because of one wrong move. We compiled a list of 20 favorite stars of the past, which unfortunately made it to that list.
The Transformers star, although one of the most attractive actresses in Hollywood at the time, was suddenly dropped from the franchise. Not only did she lose that deal, but she also could not seem to get any other job going for herself within the industry.
Well, you know what they say about the bold unbridled tongue; it ends in pain. It happened that in an interview, she had compared the director, Michael Bay, to an evil dictator while on set. She told Wonderland in 2009, "he's like Napoleon, and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is."
It is widely believed that her disappearance from the scenes was a punishment from him. She was removed from the set of the series and was blacklisted throughout the industry. Some of her colleagues also described her as "difficult" to work with.
How badly some movies she starred in did at the box office made moving forward an uneasy ride for her. Whether the flop was her fault or not, she bared the brunt of most of it.
Acting as Jack Bauer's daughter, Kim Bauer, in the TV show 24, propelled Cuthbert to fame. She could easily have been the next big thing after that, but she disappeared into thin air.
Although she starred as a goofy, runaway bride in the comedy TV Show, Happy Endings, she hasn't been as prominent since the show wrapped up in 2013. What could have been the reason?
In 2012, Kim Bauer was placed 2nd on Entertainment Weekly's 20 Most Annoying TV Characters Ever. Hence, by the time she left the show, fans did not miss her too much. This might have negatively impacted her career.
Secondly, her role in The Girl Next Door, which should have further launched her career, did little help. Even in an era rich with teen comedy hits, the film did not do so well in the box office and received a pretty 'flat' reaction from critics.
Subsequently, she starred in movies that either tanked at the box office or received displeasure from critics. The worst for her is likely the horror flick, Captivity.
Tobey Maguire is one of those who got stuck in his role. We all loved him as Spider-Man, but he doesn't appear as much as we would want him to on our screens.
The reason is pretty simple, with age, he could not continue to play his superhero role. Although he maintained his boyish looks, that body is not of a boy. He could not go back, neither could he move forward because he probably could not move on to more mature roles.
He was also described as being tough to work with. This almost led to his being dropped from the second Spider-Man movie. He also happens to have a reticent personality that likely made it easy to slip the minds of casting agents.
Although Fraser started his career on an impressive note with George of the Jungle and The Mummy Franchise, he suddenly disappeared.
In 2010, he had a series of flops with the movies he featured in. Furry Vengeance and Extraordinary Measures were two massive ones. He also was in and out of the hospital for multiple surgeries for seven years.
Also, in 2018, he claimed that Hollywood had blacklisted him for alleging that a higher-up sexually assaulted him. In an interview with GQ, he alleged that Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, had sexually assaulted him. Berk denied the claim in an email to GQ.
Subsequently, Fraser claimed that he was rarely invited to the Golden Globes hosted by the HFPA, and he feels that incident is why.
You should remember Jessica Alba from the Fantastic Four series. A few years ago, she was a Hollywood sensation but suddenly disappeared from our screens after a few successful movies.
The decision to leave was more personal for her. She wanted to focus on her family. She told Romper: "I had this real moment of, I want to leave and thrive, and spend as much time with this little person that I'm bringing into the world as possible and stay. So, my health matters. I want this little person to be healthy. And it's freaking hard to be happy when you don't have your health."
She was also a bit "difficult to cast" in the eyes of filmmakers because of her racial background. Defining her by race likely diminished her opportunities. Still, she left at the peak of her career for her family's sake.
Mike Myers chose to take a step back. After giving us classics like Shrek, Wayne's World, and Austin Powers, he took a bow from the limelight. We will never forget all the hilarious moments we had with him.
What could be more important than being recognized as the creator and star of those masterpieces? Being a husband and father, that's what's up!
But, he did experience some troubles after quitting the movie Dieters halfway through its production in 2000. Universal and Imagine Entertainment sued him for a breach of contract, and he countersued. They dropped the lawsuits against each other and agreed to work on The Cat in the Hat together.
Another actress who chose to step down the Hollywood platform voluntarily is Jennifer Connelly. Ever since she starred in the classic by David Bowie, Labyrinth, as a teenager, she has been one of Hollywood's most beloved faces.
She achieved levels of fame wished by many Hollywood actors. For her interpretation of her role as the wife of a schizophrenic mathematician in the movie A Beautiful Mind, she won an Oscar. She also starred in He's Just Not That Into You.
However, she left the big scenes of her own accord. She tried to devote more time to her family, especially her mom, after losing her dad in 2008. She lost her mom too eventually, and that took its toll on her.
Also, she felt shallow at some point after winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She has been taking more time off between projects as well.
In an era where social media exposure is key to a star's shine, she is pretty behind the times with technology.
Schneider went from been everywhere in the late 1990s to the early 2000s to being nowhere. Although he features more on low-budget movies that manage to get more than its budget back, studios are more interested in multimillion and billion-dollar box office hits.
In his more prominent movies, he is more of a "one-hit wonder" with one-liners.
The primary reason why he has dropped from Hollywood scenes, though, is because he is anti-vaccine. When you are so outspoken and opinionated about a sensitive and hot topic, your career is likely to take a damaging blow, and his' has.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
"The Muscles of Brussels," Jean-Claude Van Damme is the perfect tough guy. His extraordinary flexibility made him unique. He used to be one of the most lusted-after guys for action movies, but that died down after he had mega-success with Bloodsport and Timecop.
He revealed why, explaining that it was entirely his fault. He wanted more and demanded a seemingly vast amount of money for his service. He was offered a 3-film deal at $12 million per film, but he demanded $20 million. That attitude put off many, and he eventually got lesser and lesser roles.
He told The Express in 2011, "I made a bad mistake, and I was on the blacklist in Hollywood for years."
Liv Tyler's age seems to be telling on her career. She had a smooth route to stardom. After starring in her father Steven Tyler's music video, Aerosmith, she came into the spotlight as a teenager.
Acting as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings cemented her spot there. She even received a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2004 for the role.
She was every shade of beautiful, fair, and white. But in an interview with More magazine in 2015, she said: "When you're in your teens or '20s, there is an abundance of ingenue parts which are exciting to play. But at [my age], you're usually the wife or the girlfriend - a sort of second-class citizen."
She is also an outspoken feminist. This makes some within the industry view her as difficult to work with because she is "detail-oriented" and "ballsy."
The Twilight Saga had everyone at the edge of their seat! The actors were everything to look forward to, either their build or voice. Well, the werewolf played by Taylor Lautner was famous. His career was hot but suddenly cooled off. Although he is still working, none of his other stuff clicked.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, who were his Twilight co-stars, had been branching off the franchise even while on to avoid being typecast. But, Lautner did not find it easy to move out of Twilight's shadow.
Even though he got a lead role on the action thriller Abduction, it grossed less than its budget. Although it didn't tell badly on him, it didn't do him any good as well.
His acting skills in some other movies didn't quite impress viewers as well. If he was not going to be a wolf, they did not seem too interested.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
The absolutely swoon-worthy Prinze Jr. was the teen idol heartthrob of the 90s and 00s. From She's All That to the Scooby-Doo series and I Know What You Did Last Summer, he delightfully lit up our screens. His career went pretty quiet, though, and if you have been wondering why here it is.
In 2014, he had to undergo spine surgery. He was dealing with such a health issue required being away from the spotlight.
He also prioritized his family over his career. He chose to focus on raising his children with his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar. He told GQ in 2016, "I want to cook breakfast and dinner for my kids every day."
For his love for video games and cooking, he has been dedicating time to those hobbies.
Since her divorce from Chris Patt, Faris has stepped back from the public's eye. We saw her on some of the most popular comedy shows like the Scary Movie franchise, Just Friends, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
These movies propelled her to fame, yet they put considerable pressure on her and her relationship. Since not everyone can balance such things, she decided to focus more on writing and podcasting.
The Harry Potter series shot Tom Felton to the limelight but sort of trapped him as well. The antagonist, Draco Malfoy, was an exceptional character, but it limited what the actor could do subsequently.
He did grow into a fine man, but he struggled to move on. In an interview with Daily Mail, he said: "I'm much more nervous in auditions now than I was at 11. You take a lot of hits before you get something good."
As much as he tried to distinguish himself from the Malfoy character, his subsequent roles were similar, "an unlikeable mini-baddie." He also needed a break. He added: " To me, fame is not a positive thing. "
Another actor who got typecast. Ashton Kutcher got his breakthrough with the hit sitcom That 70s Show as a jovial bonehead. His fans seem to love seeing him in such roles, and being on the top-rated MTV prank show, Punk'd did him good.
He has since ventured into other businesses and focuses on his family. Even if his movies don't get as much recognition, his family life does.
Seann William Scott
Stifler from the American Pie series was hilarious and lovable. He got stuck in that character genre after being cast for similar roles, such as Dude Where's My Car.
Typecasting tends to limit an actor's possibilities, and that is what happened to Scott. He now focuses more on doing voiceovers while appearing less on screen.
He also received negative publicity in 2011 for going to rehab. He, though, did not reveal the exact reason why.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
After giving us Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Cruel Intentions, we can never forget Sarah Michelle Gellar, even if she takes a hiatus from our screens.
She talked about how hard it was to land a role outside the horror genre and how that has caused her to focus on other things.
She is more focused on her family, like her husband and her cooking and lifestyle brand, Foodstirs. These days, she is more of a voice actor.
Acting no longer takes the forefront for Jim Carrey of The Mask, Liar Liar, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Truman Show. He was one successful actor who chose to step back because he lost his passion for the movie industry.
In 2018, he told The Hollywood Reporter: "I didn't want to be in the business anymore. I didn't like what was happening, the corporations taking over and all that."
Well, he did not just leave. He left for art, and he has been more into painting. Although he did not wholly disappear from the scenes, he is not trying to "hang on to a place in the stratosphere" of acting anymore.
Fairuza lost some interest in the world of showbiz and chose to take things slow.
She told Dread Central, "I struggled a lot with being pushed too hard in my 20s, with people telling me that I had to keep taking on more and more movies because that's really only when I'd be relevant. Hollywood is designed that way; it's always about the new flavor of the moment."
I guess that describes the entertainment industry as a whole.
Although she can be described as one of those rebellious actresses who adamantly stuck to creative roles, she delivered well on them. Her unique personality and charisma were the reasons we loved her on Return to Oz and The Craft.
She also endured being seen as the "actress who has played edgier, darker roles." Some of her follow-up films were widely panned and box office blunders. These also affected her stay in Hollywood.
Zooey Deschanel is known for hit projects like (500) Days of Summer and New Girl. She brought humor and joy to her audience with the comedies she starred in.
Sadly, she fits the bill of "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," an appealing, quirky female character who only serves to give new meaning to the male hero's life.
She is so closely identified with this concept that the death of the concept can spell the end of her career. At about 40, she is no 'girl,' and playing such roles is belittling for an accomplished performer like her.
She got in a legal dispute with two big agencies in Hollywood, Creative Arts Agency and United Talent Agency which could have acquired her on a 'do not cast' list. She though has had a pretty successful music career, so she did not lose out too much.