In the entertainment industry, more specifically in Hollywood, actors have to remain in their peak in order to secure steady stream of works.
It is a competitive landscape after all, with many fresh faces and younger stars coming to the scene every year. Established stars are not always guaranteed roles in upcoming movies, let alone the inexperienced ones.
Part of their jobs is to maintain good health, physically and mentally, even if the contract includes no such clause.
Otherwise no director would cast them for various reasons, including the risk of inefficiency thereby a waste of money. So basically it is just like every other profession.
From another perspective, professional actor is a very different job from others in the sense that actors are in the limelight both on and off screen.
Their daily activities are targets for paparazzi and entertainment news media, yet that is part of their stardom status.
Unflattering photos, run-in with the authorities, or inappropriate statements of any sort can send the careers to a free fall. The actors in this list has gone through some unpleasant situations that compromised their future in Hollywood.
10 Cuba Gooding Jr.
Known for the roles he played in American Crime Story, Men of Honor, and Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. does not appear that much anymore in recent years, and people are still wondering why.
In 2016, the actor told E! News he had massive opportunity to star Amistad and Hotel Rwanda, but he declined the offers.
The decision apparently came out as offensive stunt in the eyes of many Hollywood directors, and one that he regrets.
As a result, new offer seems hard to come by.
9 Jodie Foster
Everybody was happy to see Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs, The Brave One, and Carnage to name a few.
It looked as if Nim’s Island, which is a commercially successful film but critical failure, brought her to an acting career setback.
Beginning in 2010, she has shifted her focus from acting to directing. She still plays in several movies since then, however.
Foster is not so frequently cast anymore, and one can only guess whether it is because of her poor performance in Nim’s Island or simply a change in priority. It most likely is the combination of both.
8 Cameron Diaz
At one point Cameron Diaz was the highest paid female actor in Hollywood and richest female celebrity in the world.
She has received four Golden Globe award nominations, and received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Her most recent film is Annie, which made $133 million worldwide but her performance gets mostly negative reviews.
Following the release of the film, she decided to take a break from the industry because she had become too tired of traveling for filming, and then confirmed her retirement from acting altogether the next year.
7 Hayden Christensen
For his role in Star Wars film as Anakin Skywalker, the then rising star Hayden Christensen was the center of public attention and expected to be the next big name in the entire Hollywood.
Then suddenly he seemed to just vanish from the limelight.
After Star Wars, many of his films did not generate much interest, and as a result Christensen faded into the background.
He decided to take a short break and settle down as a family man.
He claimed to understand the consequences of staying away from the spotlight; in this case, no acting job.