While being famous may seem like a blessing, it has a lot of drawbacks. Constant public attention and media scrutiny is not an easy thing to deal with, and it makes it almost impossible to have a normal life. Even when they’re not working, actors are still on the clock. With their careers constantly in flux, the slightest action could change everything. The movies can be a surprisingly fickle business. In an industry where things are so fluid, a performer can go from zero to hero overnight, but unfortunately, the opposite is also true. So wether it’s because of their careers, sketchy personal lives, or simply falling victim to the Hollywood machine, here are 10 Actors Who Have Aged In Shocking Ways.
If you were around in the nineties, you probably remember the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Where two identically adorable kids conspire to reunite their parents. And that’s when the world met little Lindsay Lohan, who played both of the movie’s freckled twins. Audiences were surprised that such a young kid could do double duty. Especially when most singular kids roles actually require twins. When strict on-set schooling guidelines clash with the pace of filmmaking, frankly it’s easier to swap them out. Lohan was quick to make her newfound Hollywood cred work for her, and landed a role that catapulted her to stardom in 2004’s Mean Girls. But as the years went on, her talent was overshadowed by some personal drama. And while she’s continued to do some acting work since, her earlier success has never been replicated.
One of the cutest kids to ever appear on screen, Macaulay Culkin’s most iconic work is enjoyable to this day. When the holidays come around, people order themselves an extra cheese pizza, make an ice cream sundae, and turn on 1990’s Home Alone. Watching Kevin McCallister defend his homestead against two idiot burglars is a timeless experience. One made even better by 9 year-old Culkin’s performance. After the movie’s success, his star began to rise. And quickly the actor was making millions of dollars per movie. Dollars which were handled by his parents. Familial turmoil proved overwhelming, and the young performer ended up leaving the business until things were sorted out. After a legal battle where both parents felt entitled to their child’s money, Culkin separated himself (and his money) completely. He’s since returned to acting, and plays in a band called The Pizza Underground.
Since the beginning of her career, Amanda Bynes has proven that girls can be hilarious. Starting out on Niclekodeon’s sketch comedy show All That, she climbed the ladder all the way to feature films. And even though the actress was unbelievable in She’s The Man, the majority of audiences will recognize her from the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray. The starlet retired from acting in 2010, but stayed in the public eye because of some erratic behavior, and a string of tweets. In 2012, Bynes was arrested numerous times and charged with DUIs among other things. Fans watched as the actress took her rants to Twitter, prompting a few professionals to intervene. She’s now enrolled in fashion school, and recently spoken about how she received the help she needed.
Viewers were introduced to Johnny Depp in a little show called 21 Jump Street. And after he asked to be fired, the actor took a hard left into a career that would take him as far away from his wholesome image as possible. The actor showed off his range in the years to come, and that earned him points will all kinds of moviegoers. From Edward Scissorhands to Benny & Joon to Donnie Brasco, Depp’s work was all over the map. And then in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean happened. Beginning with Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp’s opponents argue all his roles began to bleed into one: a quirky guy with a quirkier hat. And that the only thing on display now is his wasted talent.