Actors are known for being a particularly vain bunch, which is to be expected really when your face features on hundred-foot high billboards, you're getting paid millions to play dress-up and if you do well enough at your job, you get showered with adulation from your peers and go home with an armful of little gold statues for all your hard work.
With so many movies coming out of Hollywood each year, and both the ever-changing tastes in cinema and the constantly-evolving way audiences are consuming content, actors are always facing a battle to establish themselves in the public eye. While that sounds difficult enough, remaining relevant in such a fast-moving industry is even harder.
Sure, Toms Hanks and Cruise have remained two of the biggest names in the business for over 30 years, Denzel Washington's name alone is usually enough to put butts in seats and the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel leveraged blockbuster franchises into sustained fame and fortune, but not everyone gets to be so lucky. Remember when 2012 was supposed to be the year of Taylor Kitsch?
In such a competitive industry when so much is at stake all the time, there are a number of ways for an actor to slip into obscurity. Whether it be creative and commercial missteps, a general apathy towards their work or a false confidence in their standing in the industry, its tough to remain at the top in Hollywood and these guys prove it.
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