Nobody should expose a child to the levels of fame that Culkin received in the 1990s. It’s no wonder that he struggled with mental health problems as a young adult. He rose to superstardom thanks to his performances in the Home Alone movies as well as Richie Rich (via We Got This Covered).
But Culkin took a lengthy hiatus from acting in 1994 that lasted for almost 10 years. He had a well-publicized feud with his father over the custody of his earnings. These days, Culkin does whatever he wants and enjoys working with avant-garde filmmakers. Now he’s a big part of the American Horror Story franchise.
It’s easy to forget that actors are human beings too. Basinger was one of the biggest sex symbols of her day and was even a Bond girl. But she quit acting because of her agoraphobia and anxiety. These conditions affected her intensely and she decided that she had enough of being in the public eye.
Yes, she made a lot of money but it didn’t improve her quality of life or mental health. Now the Academy Award winner lives by the beach in California with her family. She loves nature and animals so this is the perfect setting for her. It appears as though she’s living the dream (via Suggest).
Sometimes a director’s decision can shift the momentum of an actor’s career. Adrien Brody discovered this after Terence Mallick cut him as the main character in The Thin Red Line. But luckily he bounced back and won an Academy Award for The Pianist. But Townsend didn’t enjoy this good fortune after Peter Jackson cut him from The Lord of the Rings.
Townsend was one of the most exciting young actors in the world when Jackson hired him to play Aragorn. But then the director realized Townsend’s youth was an issue. He recast Viggo Mortensen in the role and the rest is history. Meanwhile, Townsend spent most of his career in indie movies (via The Movie Database).
There probably isn’t anybody on this list with a more celebrated career than Day-Lewis. The brilliant thespian won four Academy Awards for Best Actor after appearing in some of the best movies of the past 50 years. However, he disappeared out of nowhere after he claimed his final Oscar for Phantom Thread.
Then Day-Lewis announced his sudden retirement with immediate effect and appears to be sticking by it. This was a shame because he is one of the most talented actors of his generation alongside Gary Oldman. Nonetheless, Day-Lewis has achieved everything possible in the world of acting (via Variety).
Steve Stifler remains one of the most iconic and notorious teen movie characters. Scott played the loudmouthed, party-loving bully and immortalized him forever. He made millions from the American Pie franchise and won acclaim for his charisma. But Scott enjoyed a more subdued subsequent success (via Best Life Online).
He lent his voice to the Ice Age saga and appeared in random low-budget movies or TV shows. Nobody can say that Scott’s career is unsuccessful. However, it’s safe to say that he didn’t reach the levels of fame that people may have expected. Scott may prefer this because too much celebrity is a nightmare to live with.
Alba became a megastar in the 2000s after she broke through with Dark Angel. She appeared in everything from Sin City to The Love Guru and amassed a huge following. Meanwhile, most people regarded her as one of the world’s most beautiful women but suddenly she disappeared out of nowhere.
This was a significant surprise because she could have done whatever she wanted. But Alba became tired of the constant paparazzi attention and refused to play the game. These days she’s raising her family and focusing on her painting. She still has a massive Instagram fanbase and her artwork is available for sale (via Looper).