Sometimes, Hollywood stars do something that negatively impacts the way audiences see them. This can involve a less-than-stellar project or simply some event in their personal lives that fans can no longer choose to ignore. Whatever the case may be, some actors see their careers and reputations take a nosedive over time. Whether they’ve starred in popular movies or some of the most hated films of all time, these actors are less than popular with the general public.
For the record, we’re including stars who have dabbled in film, but may be better known for their work in another entertainment industry.
15. Justin Bieber
The singer has dabbled in acting with roles in CSI and Zoolander 2, but so far those roles have basically been treated as a joke. The young singer was killed in a shoot-out on CSI in order to get those who hate him watching the show. He also played himself and was killed in Zoolander 2.
Many people hate Justin Bieber because of his immature antics, like peeing in a mop bucket at a restaurant and egging his neighbor’s house. However, he has calmed down recently and his catchy music has made a lot of things forgivable to his fans. Plus, maybe there’s a message in one of his more recent hits, the perfectly titled song “Sorry.”
Perhaps he will be able to get acting roles in the near future that can be taken seriously.
14. Tyler Perry
Chances are, you already know if you’re a fan of this playwright-turned-filmmaker. Known primarily for his series of Madea films, Perry has been accused of playing to the lowest common denominator in terms of comedy and even exploiting negative racial stereotypes of the African-American community.
13. Shia LaBeouf
After a number of instances of bizarre behavior, this former child star has been all but absent in mainstream Hollywood, instead turning to independent and lower-budget productions to keep busy. At least he does manage to deliver a compelling performance every once in a while.
12. Charlie Sheen
The man who invented “winning” and “tiger blood” had a very public row with Two and a Half Men show creator Chuck Lorre. Though his many personal struggles have ultimately cost him, Sheen was able to bounce back with his Anger Management TV series, which was inspired by the Adam Sandler film.
11. Pauly Shore
This obnoxious funnyman was everywhere in the 1990s, but nowadays, his career is not flying quite so high. Regardless, his dopey sense of humor and irritating personality have divided moviegoers and comedy aficionados alike (much like another figure on our list). You either love him or hate him, we’re guessing.
10. Jaden Smith
While Will Smith is still a generally likable star, his youngest son has inspired a much more contentious response from the public. Between his generally subpar acting and his grandiose tweets, the younger Smith has often been considered a prime example of the millennial mindset; someone who believes that his seemingly nonsensical musings and annoying music demands should be taken seriously.
9. Adam Sandler
Few comedic actors are as polarizing as this former Saturday Night Live cast member. Though Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer are mostly appreciated, the vast majority of his filmography — and, to a lesser degree, his characters on SNL — are often considered among the most grating comedy work out there. Despite the backlash, Adam Sandler continues to make films, including a lucrative multi-film contract with Netflix, much to the frustration of many.
8. Woody Allen
The writer, director, and actor is highly acclaimed. But his own off-screen drama has colored how many people view him. His adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow has accused him of sexual abuse. Also, many were disturbed by the fact that he married his other adopted daughter, Soon-Yi.
Allen has managed to avoid controversy by not doing much press. Since his work is still admired by the industry, many actors still agree to work with him. However, those who have worked with him recently have been questioned about their stance on the sexual abuse allegations.
7. Hulk Hogan
The former wrestler was pretty successful in the ring and was able to cross over into movies and television as well. However, his chance for further success was ruined by multiple controversies. One was his racist tirade when he found out his daughter was dating a black man. The other was a sex tape that showed him having sex with his best friend’s wife. After multiple controversies he was dropped from WWE. The wrestler’s acting career was never that celebrated to begin with, but it also was effected.
6. Casey Affleck
The actor has recently had success in the industry with an Oscar nomination for his role in Manchester by the Sea. However, there has been pushback from many due to two women who are suing him for sexual harassment. It’s a toss up if this will have an effect on his movie career, but so far he is one of the more hated movie stars.
5. Sean Penn
The two-time Oscar winner may be highly celebrated for his on-screen talent, but his staunch political principles and tendency to show aggression to members of the media have earned him a well-placed “bad boy” status among fans.
4. Mel Gibson
Wow, so much scandal. Mel Gibson — a beloved actor and acclaimed director — has been arrested for alcohol-related incidents, gone off on members of the media, and been accused of anti-Semitism and racism. He would have ended up higher on this list, but his recent film, Hacksaw Ridge, has started his comeback swing.
3. Stephen Collins
For 11 seasons, Collins played the patriarch of the Camden family on 7th Heaven, but charges of sexual abuse of a minor — to which the actor ultimately confessed — have shattered his righteous image, leaving him with a fraction of the popularity he cultivated as the lead on the show.
2. Chris Brown
The singer had a pretty promising musical career and even made his way into movies with roles in Stomp the Yard and This Christmas. However, both careers slowed after he was caught being physically abusive to his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Since then, his behavior has gone downhill, and it looks like he’s sticking with his bad boy persona. He does have some fans left, but majority of the public has turned against him and he hasn’t been able to get a new acting role in years.
1. Bill Cosby
Do we really need to explain this one? Cosby was once one of America’s favorite TV dads, but so much darkness has come out about him in recent years, with dozens of women claiming that he sexually assaulted them over the years. As a result, many former fans have written off his classic sitcom The Cosby Show as something they can no longer watch. Sadly, this comic legend’s legacy will now be tarnished by just what a horrible human being he turned out to be.
Additional reporting by Nicole Weaver.
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