Taylor Kitsch is the kind of guy who doesn’t just go away without really trying out his luck. In a series of struggles, Kitsch first exhausted all his energy trying to make it in professional hockey. After finally deciding the hard-and-fast sport wasn’t for him after all, he did all he could to start out an acting career.
Kitsch had to live out of his automobile to make it through the financial challenges that loomed over him, as he waited for his opportunity to come along. His major break came in the role of Tim Riggins, in “Friday Night Lights”. Kitsch’s good looks captured the hearts of many girls. He was finally tested in the Hollywood scene when he starred in “John Carter”, but it turned out so bad, it lost $200 million.
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.
Lori Petty as Tank Girl
Somehow, some actors are better suited for supporting roles. Lori Petty did quite well while she played parts in "Point Break," "Free Willy", and "A League Of Their Own". Then she finally got a leading role she supposedly deserved, in "Tank Girl". It was an ambitious film that cost $21 million in 1995.
While the film boasts a loyal base of superfans, they are an extreme minority. Most mainstream critics felt that Lori Petty failed dismally in the role; and casting agents must have sensed something about her as an actress, as they avoided giving her leading roles after her cataclysmic performance. She finally made a mark in her career in 2014, after almost 20 years, in the TV series, "Orange Is the New Black".
Charlie Hunnam in The Stone
It may be that classic tales, such as that of King Arthur’s if retold to fit the times, shouldn’t stray too far from their original storylines. That, or maybe Charlie Hunnam’s ability to lead in such a crucial role is questionable.
The film "King Arthur: Legend Of the Sword" could well become Hunnam’s undoing, as the film failed to gain favor from moviegoers. This, despite the efforts made to improve its effects, and Hunnam’s huge success in "Sons Of Anarchy". Could this mean his career is on a downward slope? With his remake of "Papillon" merely landing a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, doubts regarding his acting skills are on the rise.
Eddie Murphy in Imagine That
There was a phase in Eddie Murphy’s career when he could turn any action-comedy film into gold, as it were; major blockbusters. The man was beloved all over the world, deemed the funniest comedian alive. He’d reaped huge rewards from the Beverly Hills Cop and Doctor Dolittle franchises. Then, out of nowhere, he wasn’t so funny anymore.
His role in "Imagine That" was abhorred, scathed by critics. Even his most ardent fans would have none of it, and it’s funny how he’s never really regained his former form.