Roles That Made Actors Quit Hollywood For Good


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Many actors have retreated from the spotlight over the years, sometimes setting the stage for a big comeback, and sometimes never to return. Whether a star has an illustrious résumé or is known for a single iconic role, taking on the wrong part can be the final nail in an acting career’s coffin. Here are some roles that made actors quit Hollywood for good…

Peter Ostrum in Willy Wonka and the Charlie Factory | 0:20
Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace | 1:04
Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game | 1:58
Carrie Henn in Aliens | 2:47
Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project | 3:51
Sean Connery in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen | 4:51

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many actors have retreated from the spotlight over the years sometimes setting the stage for a big comeback and sometimes never to return whether a star has an illustrious resume or is known for a single iconic role taking on the wrong part can be the final nail in an acting careers coffin here are some roles that made actors quit Hollywood for good pizza Ostrom and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the first and only role Peter Ostrom ever took was the sweetly naive Charlie Bucket in the original screen adaptation of Road dolls classic as Charlie Ostrom was poised to inherit a delicious empire but after the movie wrapped he stepped away from the spotlight Ostrom later told the Daily Express being in the film industry as a child was hard and I couldn't keep it going but in the end leaving was the right decision ultimately he turned down a three-picture deal after Willy Wonka but he remains close to his co-stars even today using his earnings he bought a horse his first step towards his ongoing career in veterinary medicine which is a whole lot better than running a factory notorious for mutilating curious children Jake Lloyd in the Phantom Menace landing the leading role in one of the most hotly anticipated films of the 90s should have been a dream come true for Jake Lloyd sadly Star Wars for Phantom Menace wound up being the first and arguably the worst installment in a disappointing prequel trilogy as bad as it was for viewers those lloyd's experience of a complete nightmare according to Lloyd years later playing the part made his life a living hell and no amount of spinning would help he was bullied mercilessly when he wasn't being bombarded with interviews at times doing as many as 60 a day he still got all the personality little figurines if you kept all the all the merchandise now he shunned it a bit now and just didn't keep the merchandise following a string of voice acting pods for Star Wars pod racing video games Lloyd's most notable brush with Fame was a high-speed police chase in 2015 Jay Davidson in The Crying Game he may have earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in recife hit The Crying Game in 1992 but Jay Davidson never considered himself an actor in fact he tried to back out of the role twice after he was cast a very private person Davidson had it written into his contract that he would not have to do any publicity following the film's release but he did attend the 25th anniversary reunion in 2017 upon seeing an initial screening Davidson explained to Rolling Stones that it made him very uncomfortable saying I'm not a performer you know what I mean I don't leave messages on answer phones in case of the hideous possibility that I will hear my own voice Davidson promptly returned to his roots as a fashion assistant and model he appeared in just one other major film 1994 stargate presumably because he loved the costumes Carrie Hann in aliens nine-year-old Carrie hen was living in Lakenheath England where her military family was stationed when a casting call for the 1986 space horror flick aliens rolled through town penn caught the eye of director James Cameron and though Han had never acted Sigourney Weaver both it's a castor of the orphan survivor Newt after their first meeting the chemistry between the two with immediate cementing the mother-daughter bond as a central theme of the film after primary filming had ended and Weiser and him were the only two actors left on set for effect shot the two became close she and I really bonded because everyone left us at least always joke as they were if it works and nobody wants why would she have fond memories of filming the gooey bug hunt she never took another acting part she did not want to live in LA after returning to the States because it would mean being separated from her family it's also didn't help much that Newt character was killed off in hypersleep prior to the events of alien 3 aliens have hen's only IMDB credit and today she's an elementary school teacher who occasionally finds copies of the aliens DVD for his students has a Donahue in the Blair Witch Project the release of the Blair Witch Project in 1999 marks the arrival of found footage horror a sub-genre which seemingly just will not die sadly the career of the film's lead star Heather Donahue did not have the same staying power Donahue managed to make a variety of appearances in indie horror flicks and on TV including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia but despite a convincing performance of the terrified lost camper he never found a niche in high-profile roles ten years later he finally cashed in her chips and hasn't sought acting work since telling people I took all my stuff into the desert relating to my acting career and burned it all Donahue turns to writing instead and had her first book grow girl published in 2012 the memoir chronicles have experienced growing medical marijuana on a pot farm in California she probably needed the stuff after that one time she totally freaked out in the woods Sean Connery in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen you can thank the 2003 flop the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for the retirement of legendary actor Sean Connery despite the great hype surrounding this comic-book adaptation it was a disaster on all fronts and the trouble started well before the movie ever saw a screen Connery was reportedly perpetually at odds with the film's director Stephen Norrington attention that resulted in heated verbal exchanges during filming and post-production it was a last draw for the screen legend and this extraordinary mess of a movie marked Connery's last appearance in front of the cameras always honoring hero March 2 GQ I was fed up of dealing with idiots for years there has been a widening gap between people who can make film than people who can't his last role on record happened in 2012 when he produced and provided the lead voice for sir Billy which was another critical disaster for obvious reason and save 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27 thoughts on “Roles That Made Actors Quit Hollywood For Good”

  1. I always known acting was tough and hard but some people say it's a piece of cake. It's the hardest job you can ever do that's why these young actors left their acting careers for good and never to act again. Remembering the lines and acting it out is the hardest out of acting.

  2. I heard Jaye Davidson accepted the Stargate role because they offered him a ridiculous amount of money. He really was a fine actor and I wonder if partially he just didn't want the androgynous type cast to be his "thing".

  3. If you dont like performing, then why are you in the performing industry? No one forced you to act or model. You chose to do that. Eh I just don't get it. Don't complain when you're the one who stepped into the industry.

  4. That teen who played Anakin Skywalker. His sub-adult angst and AWFUL dialogue delivery should easily convince him that acting is NOT in his future! His acting was so painful to watch that I was glad he has not shown up much since. That whole movie was drecky, sludgy and full of the WORST writing. There is only one other film that was on a par with it for horrible writing, and an agonizing long string of poor decisions. And that film was Aliens III.
    Fans will NEVER forgive the killing of Newt and Hicks, and as far as I know, it is regarded as "you must be mistaken, there never was a third film". Production featured a director who has now disowned the film and doesn't want to associate himself with it, a string of writers who farted around so much with a prison theme that they stunk up the whole storyline, and even James Cameron felt the film was a slap in the face to his own Aliens II, and the characters who had struggled so much to survive in it. Fans agreed with Cameron. It is, in most respects, considered a flop and many deny its existence.
    It's one thing to want to "put your own mark" on a film, but quite another if you disrespect how the fans feel about the characters they've come to love. Half-assed actors or writing do ruin films and these two are stark examples.

  5. Commercials? On Youtube? The one that's running now is going into its third minute. In future, if I run into one of these timewasters, I will waste no time . . . I will leave the video and possibly Youtube. Ask your viewers, Youtube; see how many agree with me.

  6. I watch what I like . I could careless what Hollywood or anyone else thinks. I don't care if it was a box office gold or a flop. I have seen some really bad box office gold movies and some low budget winners.

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