EXPOSED! Actors Who Basically Disappeared From Hollywood
Ade, son of Ade
July. 16, 2020
On the surface, making it big in Hollywood is a dream come true. There's fame, fortune, and all the perks of being a somebody around town. But being a successful Hollywood actor is still a job that requires putting in a lot of time and energy, and the business can be unforgiving. One wrong move and your career could be toast. For these actors, even the glamour and glitz of Tinseltown just wasn't enough to justify sticking around for the long haul, so they quit while they were ahead. Here are some stars who have basically disappeared…
So here are some actors that made the decision to ghost on the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown.
If you grew up in the '90s, then there's a pretty good chance that you know Joe Pesci from his role as one of the main villains in the holiday classic Home Alone. But if you're also a fan of great cinema, then you know that Pesci was a veritable acting force who collaborated with legendary director Martin Scorsese on such classic films as Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. Pesci also proved himself as a strong leading man with his command performance in My Cousin Vinny. His career was the kind most actors only get to dream about, but Pesci couldn't have cared less about the trappings of fame, and in 1999, he walked away.
According to Complex, the reasons for Pesci's early retirement are murky. While it initially seemed like he decided to pursue a career in music, a look back at Pesci's interviews over the years show a man who wasn't entirely feeling Hollywood and seemed apathetic about his successful film career. Granted, Pesci has popped up in a small handful of films over the past 20 years (and an odd appearance in a Snickers commercial,) but the actor seems reluctant to relive his glory days. In fact, he's probably the only person who has no problem telling off Martin Scorsese.
After a breakout role as Jim Carrey's love interest in The Mask, Cameron Diaz rocketed to Hollywood "It" Girl status with There's Something About Mary and continued to be a steady force at the box office with Charlie's Angels, Shrek, and a respectable turn in the indie flick Being John Malkovich. But in 2014, Diaz went on hiatus after starring in a critically panned remake of Annie, except it looks like Diaz might be doing more than just taking a hiatus.
According to the Daily Mail, Diaz reportedly told best friend and fellow actress Selma Blair that she retired from acting to focus on starting a family with her rocker husband, Benji Madden. Blair said Diaz is "done" with Hollywood and is serious about not coming back. "I mean, she doesn't need to make any more films, she has a pretty great life," Blair reportedly said at the Vanity Fair Oscars pre-party. "I don't know what it would take to bring her back."
However, after news of Diaz's supposed retirement blew up in the press, Blair took to Twitter to claim that she was "joking" and specifically insist that Diaz "isn't retiring from anything." As for what's really going on, nobody knows. According to People and Variety, Diaz's team won't confirm or deny reports of her retirement, which makes the situation all the more perplexing.
While rumors began to spread that Russo disappeared because of her bipolar disorder, the actress set the record straight in 2014 by telling Showbiz 411 that being bipolar wasn't the reason for her temporary absence from the big screen. She said she just genuinely needed a break after acting since age 9. As for what Russo did during her six years off?
With only a few acting credits to her name, Rene Russo seemingly came out of nowhere and planted herself as a steady fixture in such quintessential '90s movies as In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, Tin Cup, Ransom, and the hot and steamy remake of The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan. When the 2000s rolled around, Russo's output became less consistent, and then, just like that, she vanished for six years after wrapping production on 2005's Yours, Mine, and Ours. She wouldn't appear again until 2011's Thor, where she played Chris Hemsworth's Viking goddess mom Frigga.
For a while, it seemed like former Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers was the king of the comedy world. After the blockbuster success of the Wayne's World movies and Austin Powers franchise, there was no way Myers' Hollywood star could shine any brighter. And then he became Shrek! Myers was unstoppable! Until he wasn't.
In 2008, The Love Guru hit theaters, and it was a huge misstep. With a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 13 percent, it was the first sign that Myers was no longer a sure-fire hit at the box office. Outside of a brief cameo in Inglourious Basterds and 2010's Shrek Forever, Myers has seemingly vanished from Hollywood. Was it all because of that one terrible movie?
In a 2014 interview with GQ, Myers talked about his escape to New York, noting that his absence had nothing do with The Love Guru, of which he's actually proud of making. What really happened is this: Myers remarried and welcomed two children with his second wife. He's also been working on small passion projects that he's in no rush to complete. However, he said he had five very specific movie ideas that he was kicking around, but he wanted to let them "percolate." Considering several years have gone by since the interview, it's safe to say Myers is in no rush to return to Hollywood. Watch the video below and share your comments too.
Watch the full video: