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Ten Actors Who Are No Longer Considered Valuable

Posted: October 25th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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NY Mag recently posted its list of most valuable Hollywood actors, highlighting people who can attract the biggest audience by simply starring in a film. Robert Downey Jr took the top spot. He was followed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt.

Now, the magazine has unveiled its list of ten actors who held top spots on the list, but have since fell off. The first actor on that list is Jaden Smith (Will Smith's son), who was No. 67 last year for "The Karate Kid." But after the failure of "After Earth" and some bizarre Twitter postings, producers are no longer interested in him. In fact, when one studio executive was asked to rate Jaden's appeal from 1-10, the executive replied with a zero. Will Smith, meanwhile, is currently ranked sixth on the most valuable list.

Another actor on the list is Sam Worthington, a mostly unknown actor who was cast in leading roles in "Avatar," "Terminator Salvation" and "Clash of the Titans." Since then, audiences started forgetting about him and it will likely take "Avatar 2" for Worthington to hold on to his Hollywood career.

Check out the full list below.

* Jaden Smith

* Blake Lively

* Gwyneth Paltrow

* Jim Carrey

* Sam Worthington

* Katherine Heigl

* Gerard Butler

* Sacha Baron Cohen

* Kate Beckinsale

* Keanu Reeves


Source: NY Mag


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BJsforeveryone writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 9:24:00 AM

I have never and will never forget Kate Beckinsale and her sweet, juicy ass in tight leather- Marry me Kate !!!
-Actually liked After Earth...quite thrilling, though Jaden is not a solid actor yet, but the same thing goes with his dad and he has made millions so far !!
BadChadB33 writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 9:56:06 AM

Goodbye Jaden!! Thank Christ!!!
bandolero999 writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 10:16:59 AM

Rambo just creamed in his pants now.

Sam worthington needs to learn how to act.

Jim carrey sh*t on his own movie.that dumb and dumber sequel might bomb.

Gerard butler can be on top again if he stays away from those chick flicks.and does more drama or action movies

bandolero999 writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 10:18:53 AM

Keanu reeves man of tai chi was pretty bad.and upcoming 47 ronin might be another bomb as well.
[StuntMan_MiKe] writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 10:37:39 AM

Surprised that Nicholas Cage isn't on there but I'm sure he isn't far behind.
BJsforeveryone writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 11:10:39 AM

Jack Black ???
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 11:21:16 AM

Who the f*ck ever thought Jaden Smith was valuable?
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 11:37:04 AM

Besides his insane father, I mean.
PORN-FLY writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 12:30:41 PM

Heigl should have stayed on her show
shes the female Dave Caruso
she lost the sex appeal she had on that alien show and Under Seige 2

Cohen's banging the accent out of his wife
he'll be back
he was a tad over exposed for a bit

Reynolds saved his wife from skankdom so shes living off Van Wilder

Butler's just takin another bang-break
he needs to do a Mike Banning sequel
Gates writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 12:35:19 PM

@Stuntman

Remember this is a list of actors who are NO LONGER valuable. Cage made this list 15 years ago.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 12:53:40 PM

The sad thing about this list is that almost none of them were ever genuine box-office draws.

Butler perhaps, for about ten minutes, and Jaden, for the entire time Karate Kid was in theaters, with the caveat he make no more films, but really, even Reeves, the most renowned actor listed, was never a true draw.

Sure, people went to see movies in which he appeared, but no one ever said "hey, look, a new Keanu Reeves movie! Grab your purse and let's go!"

Basically a bullsh*t list created to draw in readers who revel in seeing the so-called mighty fall.

Cynical smut.
CelluloidMan writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 12:56:13 PM

Cyclical...the whole thing is cyclical. Maybe not as good as before, but after the flavor of the month wears off, the will have its up and downs.

Except for Jayden Smith, if he stays in the biz, he'll probably come up on top later.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 12:58:26 PM

@Gates: Cage passed the best-used-by-date almost twenty years ago, in my opinion, but he still has people willing to suffer through one of his atrocious straight-to-the-dumpster movies like Stolen and Frozen Ground and Bangkok Dangerous, just because he's Cage, which means people still find him entertaining, if only only a vicariously sadomasochistic level.

Hell...how many people went to see Kick Ass just because Cage was on the roster?
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:00:08 PM

-only.
M. Bullitt writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:04:27 PM

@Mink

On the last episode of Lost in Season 3, there's a guy answering a rescue call and his name is Minkowski!!!

Haha! You're everywhere man!
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:19:02 PM

@Bullitt: yep, that was me, but Abrams paid me only in Oreos, man, Oreos, and I don't mean Zoe Saldana Oreos either.
Deaft0ne writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:29:35 PM

The Bad Lieutenant remake was the only good film Nic Cage has done in the last decade.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:34:40 PM

Well, it is true the farther you go back, the harder it is to find a good Cage movie but if I take you literally and turn back the temporal dial to 2003, more than one film stands out above remainder (which I shall euphemistically label "crud") including Lord of War, Kick Ass, Knowing, Matchstick Men, National Treasure and The Weather Man.

Certainly at least a few of them are on par with Bad Lieutenant.
Deaft0ne writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:37:13 PM

@mink

Yeah I forgot about Lord of War and Matchstick Men, which are not only 2 of my favorite Nic Cage movies but favorites in general.
LearJet writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:38:10 PM

I can't disagree with that list.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 1:39:34 PM

*the.
Avirex writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 2:00:22 PM

Normally I would agree about Gerard Butler but his last film was actually a hit somewhat.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 2:19:31 PM

^^the list isn't one of people who make only bombs, but those actors and actresses who can't fill seats on name recognition alone, which is why I said almost none of these people ever really had that power, Butler being one of them for most of his career.

Can you honestly say anyone went to see Olympus Has Fallen just for Butler and not because it was a Die Hard rip-off during a bleak pre-summer month in which nothing else was worth watching?
Venom1970 writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 2:50:11 PM

This in a nutshell spells c*nt :

http://www.dustinputman.com/faq.htm
Venom1970 writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 2:52:53 PM

Good Grief!!!!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615774024/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0615774024&linkCode=as2&tag=tmbdotcom-20
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 2:53:47 PM

Dustin forget his other longtime childhood hobby: picking his nose with his sh*t hand.
Avirex writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 2:56:09 PM

Box office success based on name recognition is a tricky subject. Those who allegedly have that power have sketchy track records at best. The only actor I can make an arguement for is Denzel.

Brad Pitt flopped badly with Killing Them Softly and then raked in huge numbers with World War Z. Is it the actor or the subject material? Name recognition seems more like a concept marketed by publicists than a tangible concept.

minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 2:58:54 PM

@Venom: yeah, his book was at number five or eight or something a few weeks back, in that particular book category, which is movie review literature, I think. He's virtually the next Leonard Maltin. Yay.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 3:03:10 PM

"Brad Pitt flopped badly with Killing Them Softly and then raked in huge numbers with World War Z. Is it the actor or the subject material? Name recognition seems more like a concept marketed by publicists than a tangible concept."

It's tricky because it's not a simple x = y equation.

Killing Them Softly had only Pitt to catch audiences, and Pitt alone just isn't enough these days, except perhaps in foreign markets where 12 Monkeys is still first-run.

World War Z had more than Pitt, though. It has a much-maligned and mocked production history which seemed to correlate to some kind of morbid curiosity among the cinematically informed, but more importantly it was based on a rather widely-popular book and perhaps even more popular sub-genre, i.e., zombies.

In other words, abx = y instead.
Avirex writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 3:12:20 PM

True, which is kind of my point. People would like to believe its about the name but it's more a mixture if different variables. In reality when done properly you can sell huge with an unknown as often as you can with a 'star'. Though a lot of careers hinge on the flawed concept of name recognition studios and press invest in.
Donald Duck writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 3:22:40 PM

"almost none of these people ever really had that power, Butler being one of them for most of his career."

Right. Really, of the ten names on that list, Jim Carrey is the only one who was a truly strong box office attraction for an extended period of time (in his case, for at least a decade).

minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 3:31:04 PM

"Though a lot of careers hinge on the flawed concept of name recognition studios and press invest in."

Name recognition is as old as Hollywood, but less, I think, predominant than years before.

Way, way back in the 20s, 30s and 40s, an actors name on a marquee was second only to the title, and even then not always.

Today, I think it's a bit more diversified in that studios often rely now on mining and appropriately marketing genres and subgenres to the respective audiences, which I would attribute to more complex and well-funded marketing capabilities, not to mention vastly improved distribution media and more money.

You hardly even see an actors name on a marquee these days. Instead, posters sell the movie, and most posters feature slick, shiny CGI. When that fails, when there's no action director to sell or men in tights or battling computer-generated robots and/or monsters, it's a romcom film composed of an wide-net ensemble cast.

Rarely, compared to decades ago, does one or two actors sell a film, and I think studios have found that such a strategy doesn't work nearly as well saturating the media with cheaply produced ads, which are the modern equivalent of digital leaflets, filling films with expensive set-pieces or building the audiences rapport with a given director in a given genre, such as that guy who makes all those awful comedies, i.e., Paul Feig, who unlike Kubrick, Spielberg or even (shudder) Bay, never works outside his comfort zone, largely because he's bought by the studios the same way a carpenter buys a hammer: to slam nails home, not to turn screws.

Could explain why we have Channing Tatum instead of this generation's Harrison Ford.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 3:37:45 PM

@Donald Duck: true, very true. Carrey is perhaps the one and only one person on that list who genuinely, truly ever had brand-name recognition, and he squandered it many years ago to make movies like 23, probably because he thought he wasn't growing as an actor, or something.

Guess Carrey believed he could be more than a Max Headroom knock-off.

Anyway, that was many, many moons ago, when people conflated Carrey with comedy, which means that what someone above said about Cage ("NO LONGER") sure as hell applies to old Jim.

By the way, his role in Kick Ass 2 could have been done by anyone, seeing as how he was hardly allowed to act, was hardly in the film, was quickly killed off, and never removed his mask (IIRC).

Not really a high-water mark for the man of a million funny but identical faces.
Avirex writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 3:51:35 PM

The studios definitely don't depend on names as much as they did formerly, no doubt. I meant the actors themselves depend on the recognition concept because without it they'd have no outrageously large checks. They have to try hard to convince the studio their face brings money.

Studios are now shifting towards a global market aim in ways the classic film market never imagined. Which is why we've seen the shift you mentioned. Nothing appeals globally more than a visual onslaught of explosions and pretty colors. Whereas before the actor's performances had to be the focal point because there was little else to hide behind. International properties like comic books and Star Wars sell more now than marquer names as well. Basically I agree overall.

Another thing that's dwindled wildly is the dependency on great directors. Now studios choose any new guy who takes orders well and doesn't bitch about creative vision. Essentially the studios just want a set supervisor, not much else. Great directors have to struggle getting their independent pictures noticed. The lucky ones get to be a studio's bitch one day and slowly lose their former skills.
minkowski writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 4:11:08 PM

"I meant the actors themselves depend on the recognition concept because without it they'd have no outrageously large checks. They have to try hard to convince the studio their face brings money."

Oh absolutely, but the number of actors getting paid large sums for their name first, and not because they have become associated with a given franchise (i.e., RDJ vis a vis Iron Man) are shrinking, and I think there's only a handful of them left, like Cruise and he often gets paid what he does because he's often wisely innervated himself into the production pipeline, unlike a straight-up purchased actor operating as a work-for-hire under standard SGA rules.

Even then, in the case of actors like RDJ, it still comes down to whether or not the given performer is worth it in the equation, which is usually something like "will we make more money paying this guy to carry on his role while getting paid ridiculously sums of money, or will we make more profit kicking him aside in favor of a reboot?".

Of course, this model only works in the newly-established franchise-dominated paradigm, which means an actor doesn't really have to be any good, only liked by enough people, which then means the movie carries him, not the other way around.

Not sure when or if we will ever go back to a more traditional film-making model, but given the internationalism of today's cinematic markets, which is expected to only increase and grow in the coming years and decades, I would say no, not until foreign markets like China build a competitor to Hollywood, and even then I expect a franchise to franchise blood battle, which will be very interesting to see.
Tanman32123 writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 10:00:14 PM

Skimmed through the comments, Who didn't like Killing them softly? I thought it was a decent flick lol
OneTime writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 11:17:13 PM

pretty accurate
GreenLensman writes:
on October 25th, 2013 at 11:21:47 PM

you guys need to see Generation Um..best movie ever f*cking made.
BlackDynamite writes:
on October 26th, 2013 at 4:25:54 AM

How is TAYLOR KITSCH not on this list.
baygog writes:
on October 26th, 2013 at 11:30:28 AM

Mink, I agree with every single comment you have made here today. You are spot on.

I stand corrected - yes indeed, YES INDEED!!


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