Sometimes a bad time can ruin a bright future or a strong career.
This is a list of five actors who, because of bad decisions and excesses, fell from grace in the blink of an eye.
During the first eight seasons of Two and a Half Men (2003-2011), Charlie Sheen played Charlie Harper, a hedonistic ad-tune composer whose lifestyle comes to an abrupt end when his brother and ten-year-old nephew move into their beachfront home. The character was loosely based on Sheen's own personality..
At first, everything was going smoothly. The series, aimed at a very wide target audience and with a harmless and generally topical humorous style, left millions of dollars in the pockets of CBS executives.
The relationship between chain and actor changed when she was forced to halt the production of the eighth season so that Sheen, known in Hollywood for his excessive addiction to drugs and luxury prostitutes, enter a detox clinic.
The drop that filled the glass for CBS and that led to Sheen's firing from Two and a Half Men was a radio interview in which the actor threatened and launched anti-Semitic insults at Chuck Lorre, creator and producer of the hit series.
Since 2011, Charlie Sheen's film and television career has been non-existent.
The actor, who declared publicly in 2020 to be HIV positive, is now the face of HEX, a Swedish company of supposedly ultra-resistant condoms made of hundreds of tiny hexagons, which bills itself as the "first innovation in condoms in 70 years".
In 2006, Mel Gibson was stopped by Malibu police for speeding while driving while intoxicated, an open tequila bottle in hand.
Being detained, the Australian director / actor, then 50 years old, engaged in anti-Semitic insults at one of the officers.
Gibson had previously received criticism from the Jewish community for his feature film The Passion of the Christ (2004). Regarding the premiere of the controversial film, the acidic American animated television series South Park (which has nothing to do with the Jewish community) had painted him as a completely unbalanced mental fond of being tortured in medieval style. Apparently, the protagonist of Braveheart (1995) and the Lethal Weapon saga (1987) weathered the storm well.
However, the media storm was unleashed after what happened in Malibu, and the ultra-Catholic Gibson, father of seven and known as much for his critical and box office hits as for his radical anti-abortion, macho, and homophobic comments, soon issued a statement of apology through his spokesman's office:
“The foundations of my convictions make me show charity and tolerance in my life. Every human being is a child of God and if I want to honor my God, I must honor his children. But please know that I am not an anti-Semite. "Gibson declared, just before his career entered a phase of absolute lethargy and embarrassing phone scandals with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva (including death threats), from which now, it seems, is finally beginning to emerge.
From her role in the unsuspected successful remake of You to London and I to California (1998), Lindsay Lohan She became Hollywood's darling for almost a decade, chaining hit after box office hit and becoming highest paid actress of her generation.
The idyll ended in 2008, when the protagonist of Bad Girls (2004) fI was arrested for driving while intoxicated and possessing cocaine, among other charges.
The American public's perception of her changed radically as a result of the arrest, And the city of dreams became for Lohan the city of nightmares, with dozens of paparazzi flitting around him every time he left the house.
Since 2008, the career of the actress, who currently resides in London, has been diluted to the point that, with some exceptions, currently she is only offered roles in which, in one way or another, she has to do a parody of herself.
Seinfeld's iconic and histrionic Cosmo Kramer blew up his career one night in November in Los Angeles, his hometown, more than ten years ago.
In 2006, in a performance at the comedy club The Laugh Factory, Richards became involved in a verbal dispute with an African-American member of the public who, supposedly, has interrupted him, and who spits a cataract of racist slurs of the worst kind (if you can talk about classes in these things), before an audience that is divided between nervous laughter and complete bewilderment or rejection. "He's going crazy," you hear someone say from the audience.
The then incipient tabloid portal TMZ was in charge of spreading the video profusely (‘viralize’ one would say now) and criticism rained down on the comedian for his nefarious behavior.
Richards publicly apologized on the David Letterman Show, with Jerry Seinfeld as a guest, in a rather forced and awkward appearance to watch. Since the incident at The Laugh Factory, the career of the Los Angeles actor has not fully recovered.
At the 67th edition of the Golden Globes (2010), Martin Scorsese received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in recognition of his career. Those in charge of delivering the award were Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.
During De Niro's speech, De Niro played a little prank on his friend Scorsese. In a perfectly timed movement, the shot was passed to Brendan Fraser, who reacted to the joke with spasmodic applause.
The video went viral, and The internet was flooded with memes to the strange applause of Fraser. The career of the protagonist of The Mummy (1999) had already been half stagnant for several years, but his applause at the Golden Globes ended up sinking him, to the point that the public began to wonder that perhaps Fraser was funnier in meme form than in many of his flesh-and-blood performances.
Author: Javier G. Ruiz Sierra
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