10 “Next Big Thing” Actors Who Fizzled Out


Fame can be fleeting for an actor, especially a fledgling actor. 

One breakthrough role and Hollywood is set abuzz with talk of the next Brando, Olivier, Denzel Washington, or James Dean. Sadly, that buzz can be short-lived.

The first year is fire, but the second year could find the actor scrambling for minor movie roles and tv spots. Recently someone asked, “Which actors began their careers as the ‘next big thing' but ended up fizzling out?” Here are the top-voted responses.

“Will Smith tried to buy his son Jaden into fame. Fortunately, I think they got the message after the third high-profile role nobody bothered to see,” one user suggested.

1. Jaden Smith

“Think about how bad of an actor you have to be. Having that much nepotism and still flopping,” added another.

“To me, this is the best answer,” said one person, “Hollywood kept trying to make him famous. But the box office doesn't lie.” He's a good actor. He just had terrible luck choosing films. He was good playing that cult leader from Waco,” another argued.

2. Taylor Kitsch

“My mom and I were talking about his career the other day. We both think he's a capable actor, but he went from one failed movie to another.”

“John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite),” shared one user, “He had the indy hit and then Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell. But School for Scoundrels bombed (deservedly), and I haven't heard from him since, but I may be missing something.”

3. John Heder

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