In the early 2000s, the crime drama show “The Wire” made waves in Hollywood and all around the world, for that matter. The series hooked viewers by unveiling the intricacies of the American city of Baltimore by highlighting the different perspectives of the law and the lawbreakers. It was a pretty successful production, considering it got a whopping 9.3 rating on IMDb.
Idris Elba starred as Stringer Bell, one of the show’s main guys. Fans loved his character, but sadly, Elba did not share that love with his fans. Elba has openly stated that he loathed portraying this villain of a character and that Bell should not be anyone’s role model. Elba has had a lot of other occasions to redeem himself in more exemplary roles and has even been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Matthew McConaughey - Dirk Pitt (Sahara)
Matthew McConaughey is a highly admired star with a long-standing acting history in Hollywood. Over the years, he has made a massive name for himself, playing mostly rom-com roles. In 1993, he starred in the cult classic "Dazed and Confused," which to this day gets reminisced about for its accurate representation of the high school experience.
It's difficult to imagine that this star could be involved in a poorly performing flick, but in 2005 the unimaginable happened when he starred as Dirk Pitt in the film "Sahara." The movie failed at the box office and got a lot of mixed reviews. At least McConaughey has had a lot of other roles to make up for this one.
Blake Lively - Serena van der Woodsen (Gossip Girl)
"Gossip Girl" was adored by tons of viewers worldwide as it followed the lives of Upper East Side teenagers. It was juicy, it was scandalous, and it sprawled across six seasons (121 episodes). Serena van der Woodsen and the other members of the socialite tribe became household names, but that does not mean that all the actors enjoyed everything about it.
Blake Lively, who portrayed Serena, has been open about the fact that she didn't like everything that her character stood for. She also claimed that she didn't deem the content suitable for viewers of certain age groups. There's no denying, though, that this role gave her the stardom ranking she has today.
Allison Williams - Marnie Michaels (Girls)
Allison Williams got her reason for recognition in the comedy-drama series "Girls." The show was a brilliant masterpiece that Lena Dunham pieced together at the young age of 26. Williams had the "annoying girl" role that everybody loved to hate, but luckily it came out later that the show wasn't made for everyone to adore the characters. Good save!
In the end, it turned out that Williams didn't mind being the annoying character as much as she regretted not getting enough screen time. Beggars can't be choosers! Following the "Girls" season finale, Williams was lucky to land a leading role in the hair-raising "Get Out."
Mariah Carey - Herself (Glitter)
Mariah Carey has been writing songs since she was 15 years old. It didn't take much time for her to reach the celebrity status that she carries today. In 1990, when she was 20 years old, she released her first album called "Mariah Carey," and the rest, as they say, was history.
In 2001, she went on to star in the film "Glitter," which was sort of like her life story, revealing her rise to fame. Sadly, the movie tanked and received a lot of harsh criticism from the critics, and was therefore not Carey's favorite career move. Luckily, the singer found a lot of success in her music career and has given most of her time to that department.