March 20, 2018 at 8:27 pm #1202516639
This thread was inspired by, but is not related to RobertPius’ thread about “Oscars that ruined careers.” Do not get the two threads confused.
Now that I got that out of the way, what are examples of bad films that ruined the careers of actors that had previously won an Oscar? Feel free to discuss!March 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm #1202516643
The first film that comes to mind for me is the 2006 version of The Wicker Man. That I believe was the death of Nicholas Cage and the birth of NICOLAS CAGE.
I put the second “Nicolas Cage” in bold and all-caps for a reason, and I hope you know what that reason is.March 20, 2018 at 9:03 pm #1202516663
Louise Fletcher followed up her Oscar win with Exorcist II. Don’t know if that killed her career but it didn’t really help.
It is odd to look at her credits. She didn’t get much of an Oscar bounce at all.March 21, 2018 at 12:14 am #1202516751
Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest is often cited as THE example of career destroyer.March 21, 2018 at 12:56 am #1202516760
Pinocchio, the one with Roberto Benigni that won him a Razzie, along with Breckin Meyer for the latter’s infamously bad English voice dubbing. It has only an 11 percent on Metacritic to this day. Talk about a career-killer.March 21, 2018 at 5:36 am #1202516820
No list of career ending films would be complete without the Catwoman movie, as per Halle Berry’s Razzie acceptance speech.March 21, 2018 at 7:48 am #1202516848
I too immediately thought of Fletcher in Exorcist II – thing is, my understanding is it was the best offer she received at the time (and, on paper, a John Boorman picture opposite Richard Burton must’ve sounded like a guaranteed home run).
Another one, though she recovered – Shirley MacLaine followed Terms of Endearment up with Cannonball Run II and didn’t do another film for four years.
COMING SOON to The Awards Connection: The 100 Greatest Oscar-Nominated PerformancesMarch 21, 2018 at 2:25 pm #1202517199
Cuba Gooding Jr. – Boat Trip
Geena Davis – Cutthroat Island
Sean Connery – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Gene Hackman – Welcome to Mooseport
Joe Pesci – Gone Fishin’
Adrien Brody – InAPPropriate ComedyMarch 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm #1202517294
Jack & Jill pretty much destroyed Al Pacino’s reputation, film wise. Stage wise, his reputation was destroyed in David Mamet’s universally reviled China Doll. At least The Irishman(Pacino’s first EVER collaboration with Martin Scorsese) has a nice path to redemption for him.March 21, 2018 at 10:48 pm #1202517428
I don’t think Canonball Run hurt MacLaine’s career much. It was clear she was doing that to be with her old Rat Pack friends.
It is odd though how she took that long gap in between films. She had her first spiritual book come out during that time. That may have hurt her a bit since some people thought she was crazy.
I’ve read she said she was in a tough spot after Terms of Endearment because she was sort of in the middle age wise. She said once she did Madame Soustzka she crossed over into old lady parts and then the roles started coming in.
Hard to think of many roles between 1983 and 1988 that she’d have been right for. I know she was interested in Agnes of God but Jane Fonda took the role.March 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm #1202517433
“Aeon Flux” was essentially Charlize’s “Catwoman,” but luckily she turned things around afterwards and remains a viable leading actress today. “North Country” was that same year, and at least that was a decent enough film.