Hollywood runs on ego. If you’re going to be the best at what you do, be it directing, writing, or acting, you’ve got to be confident in your skills and talent. This means it is also necessary to keep an ego in check to avoid the alienation of one’s audience or peers. When a celebrity starts believing their own hype and acting on that instinct, it usually leads to bad decisions. As proof, here are 15 Hollywood careers who were hurt by equal combinations of hype and hubris.
“I’m Chevy Chase and you’re not.” With these words, comedian Chevy Chase became the first breakout success in Saturday Night Live history. After managing to star in a series of seminal comedies during the 1980s (including National Lampoon’s Vacation), the actor’s career experienced a downturn during the1990s. This was in part due to his inflated ego and a penchant for taking paychecks regardless of the project. The actor’s downturn became painfully apparent with the Chevy Chase Show, a late-night talk show conceived by Fox. The studio paid the host $3 million for his work and never saw a cent of it back. The Chevy Chase Show lasted merely five weeks on the air and garnered Chase some of the worst reviews of his career. The actor has failed to successfully bounce back as a Hollywood leading man since.