Most Hollywood players take a few blows from time to time. After all, not every movie is destined to be a hit or a critical darling. Despite good intentions, some movies just turn out terrible. Still, film is a collaborative medium and the quality of the movie usually doesn’t fall on the shoulders of one individual alone… usually. There are some exceptions to this rule, a handful of films that were so poorly received that they effectively stalled the careers of one or more individuals involved. Hollywood is a land rife with comeback stories, but don’t expect to find many on this list– here are 15 disastrous movies that wound up killing entire careers.
Gigli was both a box office bomb and a publicist’s nightmare. The film coasted on the tabloid romance of stars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck—or Bennifer, as they’d be dubbed—so it should have at least gotten some attention for the couple’s chemistry. It did, but not in a good way. The film, originally intended as a black comedy, was slowly molded by the studio who made into a romantic comedy about a thug (Affleck) who falls for a tough lesbian (Lopez). Somewhere in the story of their romance is a mentally handicapped man they have kidnapped, a mobster trying to get out of jail (Al Pacino), and a detective who delivers a monologue about pie (Christopher Walken). The actors all survived the film, but director Martin Brest (who previously helmed hits like Beverly Hills Cop) has never worked in features again.