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Career Killer Movies

Director and actor Ben Affleck at the Venice Film Festival Director and actor Ben Affleck at the Venice Film Festival

“Back in the day”, Cruise, Berry, Costner, Affleck, and Cuba Gooding Jr were the highlight of major blockbusters that left us applauding frantically and buying tickets for repeat viewings. Which movies killed these movie stars’  careers and headed them for voiceovers and rotten comedy flicks?


Just like one mistake can kill a thriving hydroponics garden, one bad film can ruin a stellar star’s career and bring them crashing down from their pedestal to be doomed to a life of bad comedies and voiceover roles, as well as ridicule on Saturday Night Live and South Park? Lesson to be learned: Don’t do comic book movies. They are a death knell. Even Bruce Willis barely survived.

Tom Cruise

Once can argue it wasn’t precisely a movie that killed Cruise’s career, but his insane exhibition on Oprah. However, if he had any street cred left, it was completely destroyed with the horrible movie Knight and Day. A sloppy attempt at recapturing his earlier fame as the star of the Mission: Impossible franchise, this movie literally died a horrible death at the box office.

Halle Berry

Berry’s powerful performances in Dorothy Dandridge and Monster’s Ball made Halle one of the premier actresses in Hollywood - but then she did Catwoman, earning her the Razzie Award for Worst Actress. What was she thinking? As if that weren’t bad enough, she followed up with X-Men: The Last Stand. Since then she’s been relegated to critically acclaimed but unpopular roles. And can she ever come back from the brink?

Kevin Costner

Costner’s stellar performances in movies such as The Untouchables, The Bodyguard, Field of Dreams and Dances with Wolves established him as one of the great actors of his generation. Unfortunately, Costner was seduced by post-apocalyptic movies and did Waterworld and The Postman virtually back to back. Since then he’s slowly drifted downward, with a critical success in Open Range which didn’t do well commercially, and cheesy flicks such as Rumor Has It… and Swing Vote.

Ben Affleck

Affleck and Matt Damon were neck and neck when they both exploded into fame after their collaboration on the movie Good Will Hunting. However, while Damon went on to star in Saving Private Ryan, the Ocean trilogy and the Bourne series, Affleck didn’t choose his roles as well. Armageddon and Pearl Harbor gave way to the disaster known as Gigli, in which Ben and then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez played the leading parts. Affleck’s acting career faltered, and he is now better respected as a director.’

Cuba Gooding Jr

The brilliance displayed in Boyz n the Hood and his excellent performance in Jerry McGuire launched Gooding into the spotlight. He followed up with Men of Honor and Pearl Harbor, but crashed his career with Snow Dogs. A shame, because he returned to brilliance with Radio, but the film was not well received. Minor blips such as his small role in American Gangster and his performance as Ben Carson in Gifted Hands mark death throes as he descends further into the land of voiceovers and straight to DVD movies.

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