Recently, a viral Reddit thread asked, "Which actor most squandered an otherwise promising career?"
The thread quickly went viral as people started calling out the actors who were destined for greatness — until they blew it. Here are some of the top-voted responses:
1."Armie Hammer. Allegedly acting on BDSM/rape/cannibalism fantasies without his partner's consent?! No wonder he got dropped from everything."
2."Lea Michele. The lead in the Funny Girl revival was hers for the taking, but she spent her entire career being mean and difficult to work with, and now, shocker, no one wants to work with her. With her talent, she should have taken Broadway by storm and scored the lead in a hit movie musical or two."
3."Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) was sensitive about her large nose because of her school years and early acting career. With Dirty Dancing being a hit, she finally had the money to get herself a rhinoplasty. Unfortunately, Hollywood disagreed and felt she lost her distinctive look; she was deemed too plain for the big screen and couldn't build off her success. She continued working but didn't get to have a career as a leading lady."
4."Ja Rule turned down an offer to remain in the Fast & Furious franchise after the original movie ... After he turned them down, they wrote in a new character and gave the part to Ludacris."
5."T.J. Miller fucked up real, real bad right when Silicon Valley was reaching its peak popularity."
6."Surely this needs to include Danny Masterson or whatever that guy's name was from That '70s Show. Combine him with the girl fromSmallville and you have some seriously messed-up stuff."
7."Jussie Smollett has to be in the running on this one. One alleged crazy act and he'll never work in the industry again, in addition to the legal issues it has brought him. Completely squandered everything he had worked for, in addition to making life that [much] harder for real victims of hate crimes."
8."Laura Osnes just decided to not get vaccinated despite working in an environment like Broadway. All she does now are boring Hallmark movies."
9."Charlie Sheen. Could have been one of the greats. Went from Platoon in 1986 to Wall Street in 1987 ... And then a series of ups and downs before we all saw the unraveling into 'tiger blood' and 'winning' two decades later."
10."Faye Dunaway was set to become Hollywood royalty with Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown, and Network under her belt. But by the late '70s, her on-set behavior became the stuff of legend. She got branded with the cursed 'difficult' label ... Then Bette Davis came out against her, and that was pretty much it for her in leading roles in film. She had to start doing television, and many bit parts and guest appearances. A true fall from her former glory."
11."Roseanne. I think she's done now."
12."Not an actor, but Mike Richards destroyed his career by seemingly giving himself the Jeopardy hosting job. Everyone was annoyed when he was announced as host, then his past comments came out, so he stepped down from the hosting gig, and now he’s also out as executive producer."
13."CASEY AFFLECK. When the news [of alleged sexual harassment] broke in 2017 after he won an Oscar, his roles started drying up. No new projects on the way. Last film he did was straight to video with a 22% Rotten Tomatoes score."
15."Gina Carano had potential, huge potential. Imagine having a huge role in one of the most loved Star Wars new series — also being liked by many people because you're a legit strong character with no fluff — and then, bam, she had to go out and tweet stupid shit."
16."Edward Norton was one of the best actors in Hollywood, IMO. But apparently he has a bad reputation for being difficult on set. He hasn’t been in a big movie for a while now."
17."Katie Holmes had so many projects going, until she got with Tom Cruise."
18."Taylor Lautner. Bro went from being the highest-paid teen actor in Hollywood to being unable to get a part because a movie he starred in was so incredibly bad. The reviews are hilarious (Abduction, if anyone is interested)."
19."Katherine Heigl was everywhere and then gone. She bad-mouthed so many people, writers, shows, and movies that it was inevitable."
20."Mike Myers. Some folks said he eighty-sixed his career when he did The Love Guru."
21."Mickey Rourke has come out the other side, but he was on his way to being the next De Niro, and then all the boxing and facelifts and all that jazz. Glad he got to do The Wrestler, though, so he had something later in his career that people could hold up and say, 'Here's the guy who did The Pope of Greenwich Village. Look how brilliant he still is.'"
22."Lindsay Lohan. She had so much going for her, and it's such a shame that she just ended up getting caught up in all the crap that comes with Hollywood. I still kinda hope she'll make a comeback one day, because she is actually very talented."
You can read the full thread of responses on Reddit.
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.