There’s nothing quite like watching a star break down all assumptions audiences previously held about them. The added texture of knowing an actor’s background make their most unique performances that much powerful. Unfortunately, not every audience is always ready to leave the comfort zone they share with and actor. Here are 15 actors who tried to break typecasting to poor results.
Though everyman Kevin Costner would garner positive reviews for his performance as a serial killer in Mr. Brooks, but audiences may not have been ready to see the actor take on such a dark role. When gauged on Kevin Costner’s typical box office standards, the movie was a financial failure—it garnered a mere $29 million in U.S. theaters, a mere $9 million profit. The film seemed to mark the beginning of the end for Costner as a leading man– he will soon be rounding out the supporting cast in Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel.