As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The entertainment industry has been a home to the most gifted stars ever to enthrall us on the silver screen. Failing to stand the test of time, it can be concluded that not everyone can remain relevant since day one like Jack Nicholson or Brad Pitt. The following are few of the many washed up celebrities who have faded away from the limelight:
15. John Travolta
As a rookie in Hollywood, everyone knew that there was something special about John Travolta. Reaching super stardom in early twenties, the actor became one of the youngest performers to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Due to a cruel twist of fate, Travolta began declining movies which became commercially successful for the critical failure ones; horribly damaging his career. His career revived after more than a decade when he starred in Pulp Fiction in 1994 but went downhill again.
14. Mike Myers
Best known for his performance in Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, Mike Myers was one of the most exiting comedians of his time. Eventually starring in successful comedy films such as Wayne’s World and Austin Powers series, he was a certified star.
In 2008, Myers produced, wrote and starred in Love Guru and it remains his biggest regret. The movie was so bad that it killed his career in an instant. Receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews, Myers has appeared in hardly three movies after its release.
13. Demi Moore
Quickly gaining recognition from her earlier roles, Demi Moore became one of the most amazing Hollywood stars in a long time. Starring in one successful box-office movie after another such as A Few Good Men and Indecent Proposal, her career shined.
What seemed gold turn into a disaster as Moore became the highest paid actress to star in Striptease for $12.5 million only to receive horrible reviews. One of her next films G.I. Jane was the final nail to the coffin and her career never recovered.
12. Jean-Claude Van Damme
Beloved action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in several worthy martial arts films such as Bloodsport and Kickboxer but his career gradually declined due to his own fault. After developing cocaine addiction, Van Damme’s life dwindled following an unsuccessful drug rehabilitation and five failed marriages.
His attempt to revitalize his career failed when his 2011 reality show Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Close Doors only went far as eight episodes. Despite having an active movie career even today, his status is not going anywhere.
11. Mel Gibson
It is hard to believe that Mel Gibson is the very same William Wallace who heroically led an army of Scots in the critically acclaimed Braveheart. A prolific actor and even a better director, Gibson was an unstoppable force in Hollywood but became overshadowed by his recurring alcoholism and legal issues.
With his last appraisable work being Apocalypto in 2006, Gibson has passed his prime but still continues to direct movies only to receive mixed to negative reviews.
10. Al Pacino
Without a shadow of a doubt, Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors of all time. With eight Academy Award nominations and one win under his belt, Pacino has cemented his legacy.
At 74 years, it is surprising to see that the actor who portrayed the cold-hearted criminals Michael Corleone and Tony Montana is still actively continuing his work in low-budget movies instead of quietly retiring with some dignity or opening an acting school.
9. Lindsay Lohan
With the talent to act and the voice to sing, it seemed that Lindsay Lohan had a promising future ahead but fate had different plans for her as she got involved in nasty business concerning DUI, frequent visits to rehabilitation facilities, probation and numerous drug problems.
In 2010, Lohan opened up to Vanity Fair as she stated, “I want my career back” and “I know that I’m a damn good actress“. The same year, she was fired from the movie The Other Side since the director considered her “not bankable”.
Perhaps the lowest point of her life came when she resorted to stealing a necklace from a jewelry store in 2011. With her life and career going down the spiral, it is indeed a sad spectacle seeing a talented individual being wasted.
8. Axl Rose
To achieve an incredible amount of success, you have to put your ego aside. Too bad Axl Rose still has not learned that. As the voice of Guns N Roses, Rose dominated the music charts with lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bass guitarist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler to the point of being called “The World’s Most Dangerous Band.”
As the band got bigger and better, so did its members’ ego and drug issues; leaving or being kicked out one by one. While Rose recruited new members, Guns N Roses became merely a tribute band with the same vocalist while the original members continued their careers with new bands; all of them achieving minimal success.
The original lineup has reunited every now and then apart from the stubborn Rose who did not even bother to make amends when all of them were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite their die-hard fans begging for a reunion, Rose has made his intentions clear of being a washed up rockstar instead of making a comeback with the original band members.