Celebs Who Disappeared from the Limelight

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Josh Hartnett vanished not long after he hit it big.
Did he really ever hit it big though? He was in Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down, but both of those movies were loaded with stars, same with Sin City. He was very small cog in a few very big machines. He did Black Dahlia which was a bit of a miss, same with Lucky Number Slevin... after that I don't really recognise anything he's done. Apparently he's done a bit of television, now he's married to a supermodel and living in England.
 
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Clive Owen.

Maybe he's still big over in England, but over here in the US, it seems like he just dropped out of sight all of a sudden.
 
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Tom Hanks is still making big movies and a lead. Last 6/7 years he had that Captain Phillips film, Cloud Atlas was fairly huge, Saving Mr Banks was great with him as Walt Disney, Bridge of Spies won Oscars and was a Spielberg movie, that Sully movie about the pilot, The Divinci Code sequel folk were talking loads about, The Post with Meryk Streep that was Oscar bait and soon the new Toy Story. Seems to be the same run of stuff he'd been having in the prior years.
This.

He does more Oscar bait/independent movies now, but he still does the odd hit and is still very much in the limelight.
 
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Van Damme got old and bought a lot into his own hype, by all accounts he had quite an ego on him. He really strikes me as the kind of guy who thought he could do no wrong and it eventually bit him in the arse. He became more self aware in his later years and he made some really good films, like JCVD, The Expendables 2, one of the most recent Universal Soldier movies was good too. If you get half a chance track down Jean Claude van Johnson, it's a 6 episode TV series, it was cancelled after one season but it is absolutely brilliant.

Seagal was a fucking nutcase man. Like genuinely crazy. He's a pathological liar and a narcissist, probably a half dozen other personality or social disorders as well. It's kinda surprising the success he had given the magnitude or his mental health problems and just how much of an absolute arsehole and piece of shit he is.
Yeah both are mental man. I remember watching that JCVD documentary and he started crying outside a church because he couldn't save the world in real life.

Used to love Seagal and Out For Justice is a masterpiece but since I read more into him the bloke is a fruitcake, an absolute fruitcake.
 
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Sam Worthington is another. 10 years ago (fuckin hell time flies) he was the star of 3 massive films one after another. Terminator Salvation, Avatar and Clash of the Titans. Think he was up for James Bond too before those. He hasn't been in a big or good film since.
 
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Sam Worthington is another. 10 years ago (fuckin hell time flies) he was the star of 3 massive films one after another. Terminator Salvation, Avatar and Clash of the Titans. Think he was up for James Bond too before those. He hasn't been in a big or good film since.
Last time I remember him, he was in a big-budget bomb about a guy threatening to commit suicide by jumping off a building (which ended up being a good allegory for his career I suppose).

Having said that, he was never really considered a great actor even at the height of his fame IIRC - just lucky enough to be chosen for a box office success in which 99.9% of the budget was devoted to visual effects.

Anyway, there's a whole bunch of Avatar sequels currently in the works, so I suppose we'll be hearing a lot more from him after all.
 
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Linda Fiorentino.

She played the female leads in both the original Men in Black and Kevin Smith's Dogma. But her career-defining performance actually came a few years earlier in an independent film called The Last Seduction. Watch a few minutes of her in action and tell me she doesn't rock.


She would've been a clear favorite to win the Oscar that year, but some loophole prevented her from being eligible.

After Dogma, her career took a sudden nosedive. Kevin Smith openly blasted her in the press as being impossibly difficult to work with. She wasn't asked back for the MIB sequel (a big surprise at the time) amidst rumors that Tommy Lee Jones had refused to be in it if she was (though I later read an interview with the director in which he denied those rumors). For whatever the real reason, it seems that she was suddenly blacklisted from Hollywood.

Ironically, last time I heard of her, she was involved in a real-life Last Seduction incident - she apparently seduced an FBI agent into handing over confidential information regarding an ex-boyfriend to her, which she then passed on to the boyfriend to use as part of his defense in a trial he was on. The agent ended up going to prison IIRC.
 
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Sam Worthington is another. 10 years ago (fuckin hell time flies) he was the star of 3 massive films one after another. Terminator Salvation, Avatar and Clash of the Titans. Think he was up for James Bond too before those. He hasn't been in a big or good film since.
Have it on good authority that Wortho's a complete prick.
 
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Linda Fiorentino.

She played the female leads in both the original Men in Black and Kevin Smith's Dogma. But her career-defining performance actually came a few years earlier in an independent film called The Last Seduction. Watch a few minutes of her in action and tell me she doesn't rock.


She would've been a clear favorite to win the Oscar that year, but some loophole prevented her from being eligible.

After Dogma, her career took a sudden nosedive. Kevin Smith openly blasted her in the press as being impossibly difficult to work with. She wasn't asked back for the MIB sequel (a big surprise at the time) amidst rumors that Tommy Lee Jones had refused to be in it if she was (though I later read an interview with the director in which he denied those rumors). For whatever the real reason, it seems that she was suddenly blacklisted from Hollywood.

Ironically, last time I heard of her, she was involved in a real-life Last Seduction incident - she apparently seduced an FBI agent into handing over confidential information regarding an ex-boyfriend to her, which she then passed on to the boyfriend to use as part of his defense in a trial he was on. The agent ended up going to prison IIRC.
Wouldn't be the first person to flush their own career.

Katherine Heigl had absolutely everything going for her when she acted like a complete cunt surrounding the release of Knocked Up. Turns out no one wants to work with a cunt who's going to shit all over the movie they're meant to be promoting and she's made almost nothing but b-grade shit since.
 
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The producing is probably a good move. Routh probably thought he had it made after getting the Superman gig. The film itself wasn't that good but he probably assumed he'd get more milage out of it.

Martial arts stars like Seagal, Van Damme etc are in the same boat. I know they're still working but but it's all utterly forgettable straight to DVD shit. They're old now too but they were big stars in the 80's and 90's. There doesn't even seem to be room for a modern day action star like them anymore.
Producing is always a good move for any actor or actress, when roles dry up you can just cast yourself. Just look at Stallone, he was an 80's and 90's action star just like Seagal and JCVD but he kept his career going by producing and even directing his own films like the countless Rocky sequels, the Rambo sequels and even the new Expendables franchise. Though he has been doing this from the start of his career to be fair, he's was bit of a maverick in that regard.

I think superhero movies have taken the place of action star movies of old. They appeal to the same demographic and are just as action packed, though you still get the odd old style action flick, the John wicks movies with Keanu Reeves and the whole of Jason Statham's career is pretty much low budget action style flicks.