Another former Hollywood heartthrob was the puppy-eyed Josh Hartnett. After his massive and very profitable success in the ’90s and 2000s, with big blockbusters like Black Hawk Down, Sin City and Pearl Harbor, Hartnett pretty much disappeared.
Even though the six figure checks have stopped, good old Josh has kept a steady (and much smaller) paycheck by acting in lower-budget indie films, such as Valley of the Gods, The Long Home and She’s Missing. Although we suspect he’ll always miss the golden days of starring alongside Ben Affleck on the silver screen, and so does his pocket.
Mickey Rourke made waves in Hollywood back in the 80's. His films The Pope of Greenwich Village, Barfly, Angel Heart, and more, made him a star who was praised by renowned film critics. He continued to act in several box-office hits like Sin City, Iron Man 2 and The Expendables. But some say his best performance to date was in the 2008 film, The Wrestler, in which Rourke plays a wrestler past his prime who struggles with inner demons in an unending quest to find peace and happiness.
As a past amateur boxer himself, Rourke was like a fish in the water with The Wrestler. Unfortunately, Rourke couldn't score any roles after this, and his bank account started to plummet due to his very expensive spending habits. And by expensive we mean that the man once bought six Cadillacs as a gift to his friends. Add that to careless behavior and substance abuse, and you have a perfect recipe for disaster.
After starring in 1995's pop culture classic, Clueless, Alicia Silverstone became the silver screen prom queen of Hollywood. Even though she was already on the celebrity radar after her 1993 film debut in The Crush, and starring in Aerosmith's "Cryin'" music video at the young age of 16, it was Clueless that really helped her rise to the top. However, just two short years later, in 1997, things took a turn.
Silverstone scored a big acting part as Batgirl, in 1997's Batman and Robin. The movie, as we all know, was a total failure, and Silverstone in particular received very bad reviews for her performance, even earning her a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress. The former prom queen went on to act in a few minor movies after that, but more or less retired to live a more quiet (and fairly less extravagant) life as a vegan cookbook writer and a dedicated activist for animal rights.
For a very brief period in 1999, Mena Suvari was considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. After achieving worldwide fame for her role in the American Pie films and the timeless classic, American Beauty, Suvari kind of went into hiding. By 2001, the beautiful blonde was having trouble securing acting roles, and unfortunately, things just got worse.
In 2010, Suvari got married, for the second time, to a promoter called Simone Sestito. A short 18 months later, they got divorced, but not before she was forced to pay a monthly stipend of $17,000 as spousal support. Combine that with a lack of a job and you can probably guess why this actress had to say goodbye to her once lavish lifestyle.
Ironically, being the original star of a $10 billion movie franchise doesn't guarantee you're financially set for life. Mark Hamill is the original Luke Skywalker, playing him in the first installment of the epic Star Wars saga, 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Unfortunately, after the following movie, 1983's Return of the Jedi, Hamill had a hard time finding work.
For nearly 30 years, Hamill was seen by every director and producer out there as Luke Skywalker, and nothing more. After years of doing little more than voice-over work for some animated TV series and a few video games, Hamill got a lucky break in 2015, when he was asked to play Skywalker once again, in The Force Awakens. And judging by his role in subsequent Star Wars films, in 2017 and 2019, this celebrity's paycheck may be rising to what it once was.