One of the major challenges of works of fiction is how to make them appear as authentic as possible. Someone must have forgotten that Scarlett Johansson isn’t Japanese, and more importantly, shouldn’t be cast for roles that ought to be given to Japanese nationals (obviously).
But she happened to be cast as Motoko Kusanagi in the Hollywood adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell”. Media Action Network for Asian Americans was extremely upset when she denied knowing she’d be playing a Japanese role, but how could she not have known? Anime fans all over the world were less than impressed.
Thomas C. Howell Went Straight to DVD
American actor, Thomas C. Howell, starred successfully in films like "The Outsiders", "The Hitcher", and "Red Dawn", making him popular among teen moviegoers at the time. Buttressed by early success, the artist in him had wanted to do something more challenging. He wanted to make a didactic movie, and worked hard on the film "Soul Man", in 1986.
Whatever the message was that Howell tried to convey, the public either didn’t like it or did not get it. Its viewers cried absurdity, and Howell ended up stuck in a purgatory of straight-to-DVD action flops for more than a decade.
Christopher Reeve Superman IV
Christopher Reeve has for years been the ideal actor for the role of Superman. In fact, his iconic good looks and personality became so associated with the role, that in the eyes of his fans, he became the superhero himself. After the third movie, Reeve was ready to take on new challenges but stayed on when management agreed to give him more creative freedom in the making of "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace".
This decision saw him sacrifice opportunities to star in "Body Heat", "American Gigolo", "Fatal Attraction", and "Lethal Weapon", among many others. Meanwhile, "Superman IV" didn’t live up to expectations and slumped at the box office.
Chris Kattan’s Corky Romano
The temptation to transition into movies can be very appealing, and history has proven this to be a viable option for a number of show hosts/casts. The odds are better if one comes from "Saturday Night Live", with Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig being prime examples.
Chris Kattan finally made the plunge in 2001, leaving the SNL nest to take a lead role in a Hollywood movie. The only problem was, the movie he chose: "Corky Romano". It was a dream come true for Kattan, up until the reviews tore him apart, leaving a deep and permanent scar on his acting career. Audiences detested the film with a passion, and Kattan’s opportunities to pursue a successful movie career dried up.
Demi Moore In Striptease
Demi Moore had established herself in Hollywood as an A-list actress when "Ghost" and "The Juror" became instant successes. For a while there, she was all people could talk about, and the opportunities started pouring in. Moore became the highest-paid artist of all time, following from her growing reputation.
She made history by playing the lead role in "Striptease", with a paycheck of $12.5 million, raising brows amongst peers. But the movie barely took off. It wasn’t entertaining, Moore wasn’t on par with the role either. Critics couldn’t stand it, nor Moore, and she’s never made it back to the elite’s tier since.