In the movie business, taking a risk can be a great thing. Nothing destroys an actor’s career like becoming boring, and when a performer only does precisely what’s expected of them year after year, it’s only a matter of time before the writing is on the wall. Staleness sets in, and that’s game over.
Well, one method that can destroy a career even quicker is to pick a truly regrettable project. Play your cards wrong and everything you worked for can come crashing down over the course of one feature film. Perhaps you’ve picked a character you’ve doomed yourself to be associated with for life.
Sometimes blame for the critical or commercial failure of a movie will end up dumped at your feet. Or it can be the cherry on top of a sundae of bad decisions.
These actors didn't manage to torpedo their careers entirely, but they came awfully close to the brink before pulling things back, sometimes in unlikely fashion.
At least they won’t be left asking themselves “where did it all go wrong?” - we can pinpoint precisely where.