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Colleen Haskell became famous after appearing on the first season of Survivor. She got the most attention of any of the contestants, probably because of her conventional good looks.
Colleen guest stared on a few sitcoms and even starred in a 2001 movie with Rob Schneider called The Animal. That was the last movie Haskell ever made. It did okay at the box office, but apparently, it didn’t do well enough.
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Chris O’Donnell was all over the place in the mid-’90s. He played a rugby-playing medical student in Circle of Friends and a man patiently waiting on the sidelines in Scent of a Woman.
O’Donnell was a solid choice to play Robin in 1995’s Batman Forever. He played Robin again in that movie’s sequel. Even though that movie did well financially, it was so universally disliked that Warner Bros canceled plans to turn the series into a trilogy. O’Donnell stayed off the big screen for a few years after that.
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In 1993, character actor David Caruso played Detective John Kelly ABC’s NYPD Blue. Caruso thought he had it made. He was on a hit TV show, so it would be easy for him to branch out and move on, right? Wrong.
He starred in two underwhelming crime thrillers before he disappeared from the public eye. Caruso didn’t get another gig for two years, then appeared in a few little-watched movies. He was in CSI Miami in 2002, and that’s about it.
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Canadian actor Hayden Christensen thought he had landed the role of a lifetime when he was cast as a young Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. Unfortunately, the writing in the Star Wars prequels didn’t do him any favors. I don’t think anyone could have walked away from that movie unscathed.
He appeared in a few other low budget films since then, but so far nothing noteworthy. Hayden bought a farm in Uxbridge, Ontario, and now he’s learning about livestock.
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Amanda Bynes didn’t leave the public eye because of a movie flop— it was more because of a temporary mental flop. Bynes’ movies were doing really well, and fans seemed to love seeing her on screen. After The Amanda Show, she starred in a few romantic comedies including She’s the Man and What a Girl Wants.
Unfortunately, all of the attention was too much for her to handle. She turned to drugs and suffered something of a mental breakdown. Thankfully, Amanda seems to be doing better now and I hope we see some more work from her sometime soon.
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For a while there, it seemed like Eddie Murphy was absolutely everywhere. You couldn’t see a kids’ movie without hearing his voice or seeing his face. This man reigned as the king of comedy in the early 2000s.
Then, all of a sudden, he took a step back. He could tell that his star power was waning. He told the press, “I think my cool and edge are gone … Whatever my edge or cool was back then, I’m onto some other area. I don’t know what it is.”
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Brandon Routh certainly looks like a superhero, but his career didn’t exactly take off like one. When he was cast as Superman in Superman Returns, he probably thought he was headed for superstardom.
The movie was supposed to be a huge blockbuster, but it didn’t make as much money as producers expected. Routh didn’t show up in another movie for two years, and all of his subsequent roles were small guest parts.
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Megan Fox was at the top of her game after the first Transformers movie. Then rumors started to spread about Fox’s temperament on set. Apparently, she was difficult to work with, which is probably more of a reflection of the expectations Hollywood puts on women more than anything else.
Her movie Jonah Hex didn’t do very well at the box office. She took on some smaller roles, and then pretty much disappeared altogether.
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Taylor Lautner was slowly inching his way up Hollywood’s ladder when he was suddenly cast as Jacob, the teenage werewolf, in the infamous Twilight series. While his decision to take on the role of Jacob Black probably earned him a lot of money, it also cost him some respect.
Taylor has been slowly trying to rebuild his reputation as a serious actor by taking on small roles in well-received television shows.