Thousands of people dream of glory. But those who do get it realize that it is harder to stay at the top than to get there. The first success, even the most resounding, does not guarantee the development of a career. Unfortunately, the examples of some celebrities confirm it.
At viralifes, we like to learn from the mistakes of others. This time, we went in search of celebrities who have achieved great popularity but have been too quickly forgotten. In addition, we have identified some of the reasons why this has happened.
10. Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell became famous after starring in Scream, an iconic horror film of the 1990s. This film was a key part of the young actress’ career in the following years: Neve starred in the three parts of the film.
However, after the shooting of the last film in 2000, his career dropped dramatically. He has never been offered other roles in blockbuster movies. Neve Campbell returns to the big screen in 2011 again in the role of Sidney Prescott because the directors have decided to release another part of the film that made his fame. certainly, the actor was satisfied only in the skin of this personality.
9. Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice became the first rapper to have a single that reached the top of the charts. His song “Ice Ice Ice Baby” instantly became popular and his albums were sold in effective quantities. But despite his unbelievable popularity, this famous artist’s life ended up boring him. He, therefore, terminated his deal with his recording company and got rid of everything.
Today, Vanilla Ice still sings. He is an actor and producer of music. He no longer has his past glory, but the freedom to decide independently his look and his way of singing probably make him so happy.
In 2012, the music video “Gangnam Style” became the most-watched video in YouTube’s history. After his release, everyone was talking about the South Korean musician PSY. In European countries, this song remained at the top of the charts for months, even if it was in Korean.
The wave of popularity has given PSY a large number of concerts in different corners of the globe. Today, after 7 years, he continues to shoot but has not had many new successes in his career. PSY himself has named “Gangnam Style” as one of the main achievements of his life.
7. Robert Englund
Robert Englund also proved to be the hostage of a figure: Freddy Krueger, the role he played most and the principal success of his career. His big wave of fame began in the late ’80s, but in total, he played the role of Freddy from 1984 to 2003.
On the one hand, this character made Englund incredibly popular, but the sophisticated makeup hid the real face of the actor and did not give him the opportunity to fully demonstrate his own acting abilities and to be offered other types of roles.
6. Rick Moranis
In the 1980s, Moranis was one of the most sought-after comedians in the United States and Canada. The films with his participation became instantly popular. He played leading roles in Ghostbusters, Honey I narrowed kids and in other famous family movies of those years.
Moranis’ career was not destroyed by anything, but in the early 1990s, his wife died of cancer. After that, the actor made the decision to leave the cinema to raise his children alone.
5. Crazy Town
The Crazy Town group had existed since 1995 and was not so promising. Just in 1999, during they publish their single “Butterfly”, they become popular. The song quickly surmounted to the top of international charts and that album sold 1.5 million copies.
However, their next album proved much less successful, it was not even ranked in the charts. The group members said it was due to the pressure of the record companies. In the mid-2000s, they made a big break and released a new album in 2015. Although Crazy Town still exists today, they no longer have remarkable songs. In 2009, they were named as one of the best hit bands of the 2000s.
4. Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen has worked in cinema since childhood, but his role is also known to Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. This character was played by Christensen in both episodes of Star Wars.
Opinions on his work are divided: actor nominated for best actor at Golden Globe Awards and Saturn Awards. Other critics have been given him a raspberry or for the worst character. Today, Hayden seldom runs movies and plays mostly small roles.
3. Bomfunk MC’s
Bomfunk MC’s was formed by two DJs in 1998. In 2000, they released the song “Freestyler”, which is to this day the only song of the group that the whole world had to hear. Thanks to this song, the musicians received some awards. However, their subsequent albums have been much less successful.
The composition of the band changed several times, the musicians paused and devoted themselves to solo projects. In 2019, they release a new clip “Freestyler” in honor of the 20 years of the song and announce that they are currently working on a new album.
2. Shelley Duvall
Duvall had a lot of potential as an actress: she won an award at the Cannes Film Festival for her lead role in the movie 3 women and then continued to perform successful roles such as in The Shining, Annie Hall, among others. However, in the 1990s, Duvall went from being the main character to supporting character, and then in 2002 she completely stopped shooting. In 2016, she appeared on Dr. Phil’s Show where she admitted to being mentally ill.
1. Rupert Grint
Harry Potter’s character performers became the best-paid actors even before reaching adolescence. They have appeared not only in movies and television shows, but also on the covers of notebooks, backpacks, t-shirts, and other merchandising accessories popular with fans.
The last episode of the franchise was released in 2011, and at that time, Rupert Grint was a very popular actor. However, a series of roles in failed films has greatly reduced the interest of the film industry for him. He continues to make movies and TV shows, but apparently, it’s hard to do something as big as Harry Potter.
Not only a lack of talent can hinder the development of a career, but also other circumstances, health problems and thousands of unexpected things. And you? Did you meet people who had a lot of potentials but who, for one reason or another, decided to leave their field or their job?