Why Hollywood Won't Cast These Actors Anymore

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In the fickle world of Hollywood, it's just as easy for a star to rise to fame as it is for them to fall out of the public's good graces. A couple of box office flops, some personal issues, or just the decision to take time off could spell career disaster.

Is it possible that things like: Tobey Maguire's involvement in a high stakes and highly illegal poker ring; or Jim Carrey's ugly legal battle over the suicide of his ex-girlfriend; or Freddie Prinze Jr. openly trash-talking Kiefer Sutherland could actually be reasons that Tinseltown turned its back on these box office boomers?   

Without more email hacks like the one that exposed the inner workings of high level executives at Sony, it's impossible to know for sure. But some combination of these factors have led these actors to experience life in the cold shadow of their once towering celebrity status. Let's explore some of the reasons why Hollywood won't cast these actors anymore.

The box office strikes back

Two words: The prequels. Even if his performance was award-winning—spoiler alert: it wasn't—just the association with the universally panned Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes 1-3 would have been enough to stain Hayden Christensen's resume. Just ask Natalie Portman.

Christensen was actually doing some of the best work of his career in between shooting the prequels, like his moving performance in Life as a House (2001) and his emotionally complex portrayal as disgraced reporter Stephen Glass in Shattered Glass (2003), but nobody cared about any of that after listening to Anakin Skywalker whine about how much he hates sand. When his turn to the dark side was complete, Christensen's string of duds began.

After three years of eviscerating reviews and even worse box office results, Christensen pulled the plug, bought a farm, got married, and had a kid. To his credit, he told the Los Angeles Times that he felt he owed too much of his stardom to the Star Wars movies and that he knew the potential career risks of taking time off, but he did it anyway to see if he could "come back afterward and claw [his] way back in." After five years, he made his return with 90 Minutes in Heaven (2015), which currently sits at a 24 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and has a box office return of just under its $5 million budget. Does that farm Christensen bought have any sort of claw sharpening equipment? Because he's going to need it.

Dude, Where's My Career?

The star-making role of Steve Stifler in the American Pie movie series (1999-2012) is something of a double-edged sword for Seann William Scott. On one hand, he made a career out of playing a character who by all rights should have been reviled, but somehow became beloved. On the other hand, anytime he tried to do anything else, audiences couldn't figure out why Stifler wasn't just being Stifler. It's the classic type-casting conundrum that many actors face, so Scott turned to a perfectly logical solution: voice-over work. He's got four Ice Age movies under his belt, as well as the video game tie-ins that go along with them. They are by far his most successful post-American Pie films, and their low visibility status dovetails nicely into his preference for staying out of the spotlight.

Never being one to excessively party or chase fame, Scott checked into a 30-day rehab stint in 2011 for still vaguely unspecific reasons. Maybe he's trying to work out some personal issues, or maybe he prefers to quietly stack cash without having to tiptoe around the tabloid game. Either way, his Hollywood hiatus actually seems to be on his terms.


Everyone likes to point directly at Tobey Maguire's cringe-worthy turn as emo Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3 and say, "That. Whatever that was is what killed his career." While that's a fair assessment of that truly awkward performance, it's not the whole story.

According to Spider-Man director Sam Raimi's 2013 Vulture interview, Sony was more than willing to give him and Maguire a chance at redemption. It just took Raimi too long to get a script together for Spider-Man 4. That delay, combined with Maguire turning 35 the year production would begin, caused Sony to pivot to what eventually became The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) reboot, starring Andrew Garfield.

By this time, Maguire had already started producing films, and with critical darlings like 25th Hour (2002) and Seabiscuit (2003) as credits, that seemed like a natural move for him. Unfortunately, his follow-up producing efforts, Rock of Ages (2012), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), and The 5th Wave (2016), all fell way short of earning money. He also suffered a bit of a public image crisis when he was implicated in, and ultimately paid a settlement for his involvement in, an illegal poker club. As of this writing, he's only got one TV movie in production on his IMDb page, so either he's decided to focus on family—he is married with two children—or Hollywood has no more interest in anteing up for another Maguire move.

Rule No. 5: Don't get typecast

After the success of Old School (2003) and Wedding Crashers (2005), Vince Vaughn seemed keenly aware of where his appeal came from, so he essentially just repeated his cocksure, quickest-guy-in-the-room character. Unfortunately, Hollywood thought this persona would connect no matter what genre he was placed in, and Vaughn's formerly reliable performances were underserved by the dismal and predictable writing of romantic comedies like Four Christmases (2008) and Couples Retreat (2009).

Vaughn went back to the dude-bro formula with The Internship (2013), Delivery Man (2013), and Unfinished Business (2015), but it was too late. The shine had rubbed off. Then came the disastrous second season of True Detective (2015). Even if Vaughn could have managed to pull of a career one-eighty with an effective dramatic turn—which he clearly did not—it would not have saved that series from careening off the rails so badly that HBO wants to revamp it entirely, according to Indiewire.

At this point, Vaughn is too old to return to the sophomoric well from whence he came, so he's left eyeballing another rebranding of himself. For what it's worth, even if Vaughn and Owen Wilson are 70 years old before they finally agree to do that Funeral Crashers spin-off, we'll still pay good money to see it.

Hollywood said, 'Please, no Mohr.'

Although he showed plenty of promise in the '90s, thanks to a bit part on Saturday Night Live and a breakthrough performance in Jerry Maguire, Mohr's career in recent years has been more "miss" than "hit." Despite critical raves and a cult following, his first attempt at becoming a sitcom star flopped when the Fox comedy Action (1999) tanked in the ratings. His second attempt, Gary Unmarried (2008-10), lasted two seasons, but also received the kind of reviews that would kill any actor's TV career today.

He found slightly better luck as a host, which has resulted in stints on Last Comic Standing (2003-06) and, more recently, Jay Mohr Sports, which likely takes up much of his time. But even that path has had some bumps along the way, including a deal with Disney that ostensibly got canceled.

If that wasn't enough, Mohr's personal life has been a bit of a mess, to say the least. In July 2016, he filed for divorce from his actress-wife, Nikki Cox, and asked for an emergency petition for full custody of their son after alleging that Cox suffered from depression and self-medicated. Although he dropped the petition just six days later, Mohr filed for divorce again in 2016. It later took another nasty turn, with more allegations of drug use.

The bean counters aren't laughing

Back in the '00s, you couldn't go to a party or lunch with co-workers without someone declaring that Dane Cook was the funniest dude on the planet. Those days are long gone. What happened? 

Well, for starters, his big attempt at becoming a big movie star was a big ol' flop, thanks to a string of critically panned comedies that included the Razzie-nominated Employee of the Month (2006) and Good Luck Chuck (2007). His dramatic films didn't fare all that better, either; Mr. Brooks (2007) came and went without much fanfare, while his sci-fi passion project, 400 Days (2016), earned just $58 overseas. (He also claimed at one point that he was auditioning to star in Captain America (2011), which obviously didn't pan out.)

Cook later tried to go the route of television, which blew up in his face after NBC canceled his show before it even aired.

Meanwhile, Cook's career as a stand-up comedian took a turn for the worse, including multiple accusations of joke theft, shade from fellow comedians, weakening comedy album sales, and controversial jokes that got him in a whole lot of trouble.

What goes up must come down

Back in his heydey, Jim Carrey was the undisputed king of the box office. Films like The Mask (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Liar Liar (1997) regularly pulled in more than $100 million; by 2000, he had landed the biggest hit in Hollywood that year.

Of course, a lot can change over time. Thanks to low-key comedies such as Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Carrey's hold on the box office has significantly softened.

In recent years, his celebrity status has also taken a hit following the suicide of his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, which spawned an ugly legal battle with no clear end in sight.

Matthew Fox got lost after 'Lost'

Since Lost, uh, got lost in 2010, Matthew Fox's Hollywood career has taken a nosedive, for reasons both professionally and personally.

On the professional side, his movie career never quite took off. Alex Cross (2012) was a huge flop, while his role in World War Z (2013) was mostly left on the editing floor.

On the personal side, Fox has been battling nasty headlines, including allegations that he hit a female bus driver, allegations from a former Lost co-star that he "beats women" (both of which he vehemently denied), and a DUI arrest

If that wasn't enough, Fox also hinted to Men's Fitness in 2012 that he may give up acting. "If I don't get quality opportunities, you probably won't see much of me. I'll probably be doing something else," he said.

From the big screen to the bargain bin

Truth be told: John Cusack has been steadily working in recent years. It's just that a lot of his films haven't caught on the way they used to. 

While he reportedly made 17 movies between 2012 and 2016, a good chunk of those titles went straight to DVD or VOD. (Don't act like you actually saw The Factory in 2012 or The Carrier in 2014.) Even his higher quality movies, such as Love & Mercy (2015), failed to ignite passion in Hollywood, despite brief Oscar buzz for co-star Elizabeth Banks.

Of course, if this were 15 years ago, Cusack would be able to fall back on the occasional rom-com, like he did to moderate success in Serendipity (2001) and Must Love Dogs (2005). But now that he's in his fifties, that tried and true formula in flicks such as Say Anything...(1989) and High Fidelity (2000) is starting to feel, well, old.

On the bright side, Cusack has kept busy with a number of passion projects, including writing a book about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and co-founding the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

To be Honest, Jessica Alba's doing just fine

Having a crummy resume can make it difficult to land a job anywhere, especially in Hollywood. Take Jessica Alba, for example, who racked up five Razzie nominations and one win in her mostly disappointing career, thanks to flops such as Fantastic Four (2005), Awake (2007), and The Eye (2008). She latetried to place some of the blame on bad scripts and first-time directors, but when high-profile publications such as The New York Times start referring to your acting as "vapid," surely that's not a screenwriter's fault.

Still, the experience of working on bad movies seems to have weighed heavily on Alba. In 2010, she admitted to Elle magazine (via Vulture) that she almost quit acting after a director told her to "cry pretty." She's also admitted she "really stopped acting at 27" and has said in recent interviews that acting isn't really her top priority.

Indeed, much of Alba's focus has shifted to raising her children. She announced in August 2017 that she's expecting a third. She also runs her consumer-goods brand The Honest Company. Unfortunately, despite being valued at more than $1 billion in 2015, Alba's Honest brand has taken a hit over the years, thanks to numerous lawsuits over its products. One particular class-action lawsuit, over ingredients featured in its laundry detergent, dish soap, and multipurpose cleaner, resulted in a $1.55 million settlement.

Cruel rejections

Pigeonholed after the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Gellar was often relegated to horror flicks when she made the transition to the big screen, some of which were ripped to shreds by critics. Her non-horror movies also flopped, most famously the 1999 sci-fi romantic comedy Simply Irresistible and that seriously awful Scooby-Doo (2002) movie .

Even her attempts at a TV comeback failed. Ringer (2011) was canceled after one season, as was the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones (2013-14), despite starring the late Robin Williams.

But it hasn't been all bad for Gellar. She's found a lot of success as a voice-over actor and launched a "cooking and lifestyle brand" called Foodstirs. She's also the proud mother of two kids, whom she had with actor husband Freddie Prinze Jr.

Going down with the ship

Playing the villain in what was then the biggest movie of all-time proved to be difficult for Billy Zane, who spent years trying to convince audiences that he isn't always the snooty British guy who taunts Kate Winslet just as the Titanic (1997) is about to sink. 

Unfortunately, Zane hasn't had all that much luck accomplishing that goal. Instead, he starred in a whole string of movies you've probably never heard of. His roles on certain television shows have been a bit more high-profile; but even those haven't stayed on the air long enough to keep his career afloat. Freeform canceled Guilt (2016) after just one season.

Somebody saaaaave his career!

When you star on a television show for 10 years, as Tom Welling did on Smallville (2001-11), odds are you're going to get exhausted by the end of your run. It should come with little surprise that after the hit WB series ended, Welling took a self-imposed break from Hollywood.

It probably shouldn't surprise you, either, that his return to Hollywood has been incredibly limited, fueled in part by being more selective in the roles that he wants to play. At the time of this writing, he has starred in just three movies since Smallville went off the air in 2011, all of which came and went without much fanfare

In recent years, Welling made a few attempts at returning to the small screen. CBS declined to pick up a pilot starring Welling as a CIA black ops agent. On the bright side: recent reports say he'll join the third season of the Fox drama Lucifer in fall 2017. Who knows? Maybe this could be his gig for the next 10 years.

Super bland

Much like Billy Zane, Christopher Mintz-Plasse has had a tough time escaping the role that made him a star: the nerdy Fogell in the 2007 comedy Superbad. Sure, that sleeper hit led to multiple roles for Mintz-Plasse, including gigs in Role Models (2008), Kick-Ass (2010) and Pitch Perfect (2012); but many of those performances felt like a rehash of his old bag of tricks.

In recent years, Mintz-Plasse has branched out to other genres, including voice-over work, music, and television, some of which have been more successful than others. He celebrated his 28th birthday in 2017, so Mintz-Plasse is also growing out of his nerdy youth and into a legitimately dapper dude, which could finally help him shed his Superbad image once and for all.

Surviving on Sandler's scraps

When your filmography includes titles like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), a sequel to Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo (2005) and The Hot Chick (2002), the chances of you getting invited to the Academy Awards are slim to none. Indeed, Schneider's filmography isn't one likely to entice a studio to hire him in a Steven Spielberg film. After all, the Razzies nominated him for worst actor of the decade in 2010.

Schneider appears to have taken the message and has since carved out his own path in Hollywood, through voice-over work and self-produced series and specials, among other things. Plus, thanks to his good pal Adam Sandler, he'll likely always have a place to land in movies, even if they get, you know, terrible and scathing reviews.

Hey, remember the 80s?

Judge Reinhold was one of Hollywood's quintessential "that guy!" actors in the '80s, with memorable roles in hits such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

These days, people might not remember "that guy" at all. In the last 15 years or so, his only notable roles were a cameo on Arrested Development (2003-) and a stint on the short-lived TV series The O'Keefe's (2003), which got the plug after one month on the air. Other projects, including a TV reboot of Beverly Hills Cop and a sitcom by Judd Apatow, never made it to air.

To make matters worse: Reinhold was charged with disorderly conduct after an altercation with TSA agents at Dallas Love Field airport in December 2016. He later admitted to being "just embarrassed" by the incident, according to Page Six (which, by the way, referred to him as the guy from '80s movies like Fast Times at Ridgemeont High, which sorta proves our point).

If there's a glimmer of hope: Reinhold may finally be able to capitalize on Hollywood's current obsession with nostalgia. In June 2016, Variety reported that the long-awaited sequel Beverly Hills Cop IV had landed two directors, breathing life into a project that has been delayed for seemingly ever. 

Down goes Fraser

Both Monkeybone (2001) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) had the potential to nail shut the coffin on Brendan Fraser's career, but thanks to The Mummy trilogy (1999-2008) taking almost ten years to complete, his lingering star power kept him limping along. Then, in 2010, Fraser couldn't even pull off a movie co-starring Harrison Ford. Extreme Measures (1996) premiered right alongside Furry Vengeance (2010), the movie that solidified Fraser's seemingly unending commitment to insane movies starring animated creatures. During "The Mummy years," he was somehow landing roles in award-winning films like Gods and Monsters (1998) and The Quiet American (2002), but instead of elevating his game, his weaknesses as an actor were amplified alongside the brilliant performances of co-stars such as Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, and Michael Cain.

Frasier did have a chance to turn this all around by starring in the sequel to the wildly successful Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), but out of loyalty to the original film's director, he passed, according to Deadline. From then on, it's been low budget, low-profile stuff like 2013's HairBrained— a thinly veiled rip off of Back to School (1986) crossed with The Odd Couple (1968). Then, finally, there was that awkward Golden Globes clap, which circulated around the internet faster than a cat-on-Rollerblades video. For an actor, becoming a meme is rarely a good thing. Just ask Tom Cruise about Oprah's couch.

Team Jacob needs to rally

As a principal player in the massively successful The Twilight Saga (2008-2012), Taylor Lautner was poised for superstardom. But unlike his costars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who immediately began branching out from the teen vampire drama, Lautner coasted on the success of the franchise, logging only a small bit part in Valentine's Day (2010) while he made his money playing Jacob.

When it was time for Lautner's leading-man turn, the combination of typecasting, his lackluster acting abilities, and his overestimated value spelled disaster. His first star vehicle, Abduction (2011), was a critical and commercial bomb. Tracers (2015) didn't do much better. After that, his asking price for future roles—a reported $7.5 to $10 million per picture—seemed laughably high.  

Lautner has, however, found some success within the comedy genre. He attracted good reviews with the BBC series Cuckoo (2014-2016), and he's become a member of Adam Sandler's crew with roles in Grown Ups 2 (2013) and The Ridiculous Six (2015). Those won't put him in Oscar contention, but they are fan favorites. Even if Lautner's never going to become a critical darling, he still has a chance to be on a winning team.  

Hugh Grant's busy with daddy duty

Though one might think his downfall was triggered by his infamous scandal of 1995—the one where he was caught with a prostitute in his car off of the Sunset Strip—Hugh Grant went on to mile-high fame afterward. The smash romantic hits Notting Hill (1999), Love Actually (2001), and Bridget Jones's Diary (2003) all featured Grant as a leading man. Perhaps it was all that massive success within the same genre that sparked Hugh Grant overkill.

Speaking with The Telegraph in 2014, Grant said he was "over" rom-coms. "Nowadays I pretty much turn everything down anyway, because I just feel too old, certainly for romantic comedy and certainly for showbusiness [sic] in general. Occasionally, they wheel me out," he said. When he has been wheeled out as of late, it hasn't been all that great. There were big, blockbuster expectations for both Cloud Atlas (2012) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015), yet both under-performed at the box office. 

Not to mention, Grant's personal life has been pretty busy. Between 2011 and 2015, he fathered four children among two women. According to the Daily Mail, two of the children are only three months apart, meaning both of Grant's baby mamas were pregnant at the same time. Say whatever you want about his film career, but it appears this guy may have been too busy to even make it to a movie set.

The Kiefer connection

Freddie Prinze Jr. was the Hollywood "it guy" for nearly a decade, starting with I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and extending through his sitcom Freddie (2005-2006). But notice the time-span on the latter project. Not exactly a candidate for syndication. After the failure of Freddie came a few go-nowhere roles, followed by the infamous disaster Delgo (2008), which would go down in history as one of the lowest-grossing box office openings of all time.  

Pivoting back to TV, Prinze Jr. seemed to pick a winner again with a solid role on 24 (2010), except that turned out to be a nightmare. According to ABC News, Prinze Jr. said, "I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer [Sutherland] was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that." He continued, "I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped." 

And he really did. Aside from a few bit parts, Prinze Jr. has mostly pursued voicework since his ill-fated run-in with Jack Bauer. He also did some behind-the-scenes work for the WWE, released a cookbook, and is starting work on a second book specifically geared towards gaming, which is apparently Prinze Jr.'s true passion. "I'm a partner in this company called Twitch and they have 9.7 million active viewers watching these people play video games," he told People. "I want to create a cookbook that promotes good living, healthy living and easy recipes, where, again, you can sort of walk away, do your own thing." 

So did Hollywood turn his back on Prinze Jr., or was it the other way around?

If you looked up the word 'difficult' in the dictionary...

Katherine Heigl's Hollywood downfall can be boiled down to two words: burned bridges. In 2008, she infamously slammed Knocked Up (2007), the Judd Apatow comedy that launched her film career. She told Vanity Fair the film was "a little sexist," and "paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight." As if that wasn't enough, she added, "I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a b**ch... It was hard for me to love the movie."

That same year, Heigl heavily shaded Grey's Anatomy (2005-) and its showrunner, Shonda Rhimes, when she withdrew from the race for Emmy nominations, stating, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention." Oof.

Both Apatow and Rhimes have since made no effort to reconcile with Heigl, who continued churning out stale, increasingly unsuccessful romantic comedies until her name became synonymous with the worst of the genre. Through it all, rumors about her on-set difficulty swirled, which may or may not have led to some high-profile shakeups within her management and PR teams

As of this writing, Heigl's latest two TV projects didn't survive their first seasons, and her last widely released film, Unforgettable (2017) still hasn't made back its $12 million budget.

I Know What You Didn't Do Last Summer (Have a hit movie)

Jennifer Love Hewitt's rise to fame ran almost parallel to that of her I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) co-star, Freddie Prinze Jr. Unfortunately, their Hollywood fates seem to have taken the same turn. After an explosive mid-90s and early 2000s, Hewitt's career started to cool off with the Jackie Chan action-comedy flop, The Tuxedo (2002), as well as the sequel to the live-action Garfield film, because why not make two of those? Then came Delgo. Yes, the same Delgo that proved to be a harbinger for Prinze Jr.'s career.

Hewitt rallied with a five-year run on The Ghost Whisperer (2005-2010), followed by the Lifetime movie, The Client List (2010), which was spun off into a series, but that's where things took a turn. Rumors of Hewitt's on-set difficulty—including allegations that she demanded her real life baby daddy be cast in the show—supposedly caused the whole series to get axed. Then came Criminal Minds (2014), another seemingly lucky pivot for Hewitt, until fans literally started a petition to have her written off the show after just one season. Ouch.

Since exiting Criminal Minds in 2015, Hewitt has yet to log another screen credit, or even have anything listed in production. Granted, she also gave birth to her second child, so there's a possibility she's purposefully putting her career on hold to spend quality time with her kids. Either way, it doesn't seem like we'll be seeing her on the red carpet anytime soon.

Gothic girl

By the time Taylor Momsen was 17, she'd already been in the entertainment business for 15 years. Her parents started her in the modeling industry at just 2-years-old, an experience Momsen doesn't fondly recall. "My parents signed me up with Ford (modeling agency) at the age of two. No two year old wants to be working, but I had no choice," she told Starpulse.

From there it was a breakout role as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), several more choice kid roles, and then a big break as Jenny "Little J" Humphrey on Gossip Girl (2007-2012). But that would be where Momsen's acting career ended.

Her growing displeasure with Hollywood and gradual drift towards a music career essentially tucked Momsen's SAG card into a file folder. As her good-girl-next-door look morphed into a goth-inspired, raccoon-eyed rock frontwoman, Gossip Girl producers reduced her role on the show until she was eventually dropped as a series regular in Season 5.

There was no love lost for Momsen, who basically dove eyeliner first into a music career as the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless. In 2016, the band became the first in history to send its first four entries to the top of the Billboard' Mainstream Rock Songs chart. So no, Hollywood producers aren't banging down Momsen's door, but perhaps that's because they can't get through the crowd of record executives.

Buoyed by Bourne

Like Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt before her, Julia Stiles' career crashed in the mid-2000s. After dismal returns for A Guy Thing (2003) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Stiles pivoted to smaller films, including the critically panned remake of The Omen (2006) and a little-known David Mamet film called Edmond (2005), while relying on the Bourne franchise to keep her afloat.

Throughout this period, Stiles did a bunch of behind-the-scenes work, which she refers to as the "second phase" of her career during a 2010 interview with The New York Times. Except, in the same interview, she also expressed her desire to return to the A-List. "I think audiences, producers and directors included, develop crushes on actors (actresses in particular) and then lose interest and move on to the next one," Stiles said. "There are a handful of actors who sustain interest because it's exciting to watch them get better at what they do. I want to be one of those actors."

Unfortunately, Stiles' only tent-pole credit came to an end in 2016 when her Bourne character was killed off in the opening moments of the fifth installment of the Matt Damon-led action franchise. This led to more forgettable film work and a critically-skewered miniseries for British TV called Riviera (2017).

But hey, if all else fails, Stiles could cash in on Hollywood's nostalgia wave. How about a Save the Last Dance 2? Or, wait, since that apparently already exists, maybe a threequel?

Ashley Greene's career appears to be stuck at a red light

Though Ashley Greene did not rest on her laurels throughout the success of The Twilight Saga (2008-2012), what she chose to do outside of the blockbuster franchise barely grabbed any attention. Her biggest credit during that time was the indie flick Butter (2011), which had a big name cast, but failed to impress critics and made zero money. Plus, Greene's role was tiny. Outside of that, her only non-Twilight screen credit to make more than $1 million at the box office—out of seven films—was The Apparition (2012), which earned just under $5 million. With a budget of $17 million, that's not good. That also happened to be Greene's first star vehicle, making the film's failure a double whammy.

Her small screen attempts didn't fare much better. Pan-Am (2011-2012), ABC's big budget drama centered on the airline industry heyday of the '60s, was permanently grounded after one season. Greene's one-season turn on the Canadian police drama, Rogue (2013-2017), ended with the show's cancellation. Is that Greene's fault? Of course not, but it was another career dead end.

As of this writing, she has three films in post-production for 2017, none of which have generated any buzz. 

Diaz is donezo

For a solid two decades after her debut in The Mask (1994), Cameron Diaz maintained a status as one of Hollywood's go-to "It girls." However, her inconsistency at both the box office and in reviews have proven that although she's been extremely sought-after, she hasn't always taken the best offers or put in the best performances. Case in point: Her critically-acclaimed turns in Being John Malkovich (1999), Vanilla Sky (2001) and Gangs of New York (2002), which she immediately followed with the dismal sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).

Diaz's hit-or-miss career track stalled heavily in 2014 with the critical and commercial flops, Sex Tape (2014) and Annie (2014). Around this time, however, Diaz was gearing up for some personal re-branding. In 2013, she co-authored The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body, a best-selling lifestyle manual, which she followed up in 2016 with The Longevity Book, another tome in a similar category.

Her pivot to authorship also coincided with her marriage to Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden in 2015, all of which eventually contributed to a three-year hiatus from the film industry as of this writing. In June of 2017, Diaz addressed her Hollywood hiatus at Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Wellness Summit (via E! News) by expressing that years of the jet-setting lifestyle had taken its toll, and that she "felt the need to make [herself] whole."

It would seem, for now, that Diaz's absence from the silver screen is mostly due to an acute case of fame fatigue, although when and if she does decide to return, those Annie box office figures will likely raise more than a few studio eyebrows.