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These 29 Movies Almost Broke Actors’ Careers
One bad movie can destroy almost anyone’s career in Hollywood. While it’s common for actors to star in awful films from time to time, some struggle to save their careers after working in movies that failed miserably. You can just ask Ben Affleck and Demi Moore, who accepted some bad roles, but eventually snagged A-list parts again. Unfortunately, some actors never find a way to rejuvenate their careers after starring in a box office failure.
The following actors starred in some awful movies, leading to their career’s demise. In some cases, a few stars recovered and were able to rebound from these flops.
Halle Berry – Catwoman
Berry’s fame flourished in the 2000s with roles in many successful movies. Fans remember her in “Boomerang,” “The Flintstones,” and the “X-men” installments as Storm. Berry fell from grace when she starred in 2004’s “Catwoman.” Critics and media sources called the movie one of the worst films ever made.
Shortly after, the shadow that “Catwoman” cast on Berry earned her the Worst Actress Razzie award. With a sense of humor, Berry accepted the Razzie award and responded , “I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It’s not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you.” In 2005, Berry’s high-profile status returned after starring in “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination . In 2019, the actress will star in “John Wick: Chapter 3” and “Bruised.”
Elizabeth Berkley – Showgirls
Elizabeth Berkley was widely known as Jessie Spano in the television series “Saved by the Bell,” which aired from 1989 to 1993. Berkley’s career took a drastic turn in 1995, when in trying to shed her image of a smart, driven high schooler, she starred in “Showgirls.” The film is about a dancer who moved to Las Vegas and climbed her way up from a stripper to the top showgirl.
“Showgirls” flopped at the box office and the film garnered 13 Razzie Award nominations. When the movie was released on video, it became a cult classic , which didn’t help Berkley’s career. Berkley’s agent, Mike Menchel, dropped her and other agents refused to work with her. Berkley moved on to smaller roles in unsuccessful movies such as “Taxman” and “Detonator.” According to IMDb , Berkley last appeared in an episode of “New Girl” in 2016.
Jake Lloyd – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
If you think children’s acting careers can’t get crushed, you should see what happened to Jake Lloyd. In 1999’s “ Star Wars: Episode I ,” Lloyd portrayed young Anakin Skywalker. The movie was simultaneously his first big break and his last appearance on the big screen. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 54% rating. The movie greatly disappointed hardcore “Star Wars” fans.
Although Lloyd’s acting played no factor in how bad the film turned out, his personal life was still affected. At school, other students bullied him non-stop. Lloyd told DailyMail , “My entire school life was really a living hell — and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day.” The young actor vowed to never return to the “Star Wars” movies. On June 17, 2015, police arrested Lloyd for resisting arrest and reckless driving. After serving 10 months in jail, Lloyd was diagnosed with schizophrenia and transferred to a psychiatric facility.
Brandon Routh – Superman Returns
Growing up, Brandon Routh often had people tell him that he looked like Christopher Reeve, who portrayed Superman in the 1970s. Routh’s resemblance to Reeve helped him land the role of Superman in 2006’s “Superman Returns.” The film performed well at the box office, but critics called the movie boring due to its lack of action scenes.
The movie’s sequel intended to feature Routh as Superman again, but the project took too long to get off the ground. As a result, the film series rebooted with Henry Cavill in the role of Superman. After that, Routh landed a few supporting roles in movies such as “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “The Informers.” While his movie stardom may have waned, his presence has remained strong on TV. He currently stars in “Legends of Tomorrow” as Ray Palmer, who he has also played in several other series.
Hayden Christensen – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Jake Lloyd wasn’t the only actor who came up short after a “Star Wars” movie. Hayden Christensen grew a large fanbase when he portrayed Sam in “Life as a House.” He then gained international attention as Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.”
When the film was released, “Star Wars” fans criticized Christensen’s acting skills. The awkward screen chemistry between Christensen and Natalie Portman also bothered the audience. Consequently, Christensen received the Worst Supporting Actor Razzie Award for “Episode II.” Although he continued acting, appearing in movies such as “The Last Man” and “Little Italy” in 2018, Christensen’s career stardom hasn’t regained its vigor.
John Travolta – Battlefield Earth
John Travolta’s career has gone up and down like a rollercoaster. In 1977, he danced his way into audiences’ hearts in “Saturday Night Fever.” Shortly after, he became a Hollywood icon when he starred in 1978’s “Grease.” His career began to wane in the ’80s with the sequel to “Saturday Night Fever,” and the “Look Who’s Talking” series in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Then, in 1994, Travolta starred in “Pulp Fiction,” receiving an Academy Award nomination for his performance. He became an A-list celebrity again.
Travolta returned to Hollywood as a high-profile actor, but his superstar status didn’t last for long. In 2000, he co-produced and starred in “Battlefield Earth,” which performed poorly at the box office and garnered a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For his performance in “Battlefield,” Travolta earned two Razzie awards. He continues to act, most recently starring in the TV series hit “American Crime Story: O.J. Simpson,” where he played Simpson’s lawyer Robert Shapiro.
Ben Affleck – Gigli
Ben Affleck shined in many movies, including “Dazed and Confused,” “Chasing Amy” and “Armageddon.” After Affleck starred in “Gigli” with his then-girlfriend. Jennifer Lopez in 2003, his career went downhill. On Rotten Tomatoes, “Gigli” received a rating of 6%. The film bombed at the box office as well.
Affleck’s career appeared dead after “Gigli.” In 2007, he transitioned into directing and worked hard to land a leading role again. His luck turned around after directing “Argo,” and snagging lead roles in “Gone Girl” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Currently, Affleck continues to act and direct movies.
Chris O’Donnell – Batman & Robin
Chris O’Donnell ruined his career after starring in “Batman & Robin” with George Clooney in 1997. Although the film performed well at the box office, it received very little praise from critics. Not only is “Batman & Robin” widely considered to be the most unsuccessful Batman film ever made, it also became known as one of the worst films of all time .
Warner Bros. canceled the sequel due to the movie’s negative reviews. O’Donnell earned Razzie Award nominations for Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Couple. The film didn’t affect Clooney’s career, but O’Donnell struggled to land roles in movies. O’Donnell worked on a few TV series and TV movies after “Batman & Robin, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he scored a prime role on NCIS: Los Angeles after having played the same character in the original series.
Mike Myers – The Love Guru
Following his success on Saturday Night Live, Mike Myers became widely known for his roles in “Wayne’s World,” “Austin Powers” and “Shrek.” After starring in “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” in 2003, his career dipped. However, his career bounced back in 2004, because of “Shrek 2.” A few years later, Myers surprised everyone with what many consider the worst movie of his career: 2008’s “ The Love Guru .”
The film received a 14% score on Rotten Tomatoes and had a negative reception. Critics blamed Myers for the film’s failure because he wrote and starred in it . Myers returned to the big screen with supporting roles in “Terminal” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but he hasn’t landed another prominent role. Most recently he served as a disguised guest host on a reboot of “The Gong Show,” but it too only lasted one season.
Tom Green – Freddy Got Fingered
In the early 2000s, Canadian Tom Green became a big deal. “The Tom Green Show,” which had first begun airing in 1994 in his native Ottowa, came to the U.S. in 1999. Airing on MTV, it helped the host/actor gather a giant fanbase. Eventually, Green wrote and starred in his own movie, “Freddy Got Fingered.” Hollywood expected Green’s fame to help him transition smoothly into big screen roles.
Despite his popularity, the comedy star disappointed fans with this 2001 movie debut. The film received a rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although the movie became a box office flop, it gained a cult following after its release on DVD. Green’s career never quite recovered, and he has since made the rounds on the celebrity reality show circuit.
Sean Connery – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
When a movie performs poorly, most actors try to recover their losses with a new project. However, Sean Connery had no intention of returning to the movie industry after “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (“LXG”) failed in 2002. Connery, who starred in the film, reportedly had an ongoing disagreement with director Stephen Norrington, and was unhappy with how the film turned out. Connery announced his retirement following the film’s release.
“LXG” was intended to have a sequel, but the project never came to fruition. The film killed more than Connery’s career. The director of “LXG,” Norrington, stopped working in the movie industry altogether after having many disputes with Connery.
Taylor Lautner – Abduction
Audiences saw a bright future for Taylor Lautner because of his starring role as Jacob in the “Twilight” saga. Lautner even gained a massive “Team Jacob” fanbase. His career suffered, however, after starring in 2011’s “Abduction.” “Abduction” scored a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As the movie’s lead, Lautner received a lot of criticism. Kyle Smith of the New York Post stated, “Actual abduction may be preferable to the movie of the same name, but only if your kidnappers don’t torture you by forcing you to watch it.”
Lautner hasn’t yet received the same amount of post-trilogy stardom as his “Twilight” co-stars, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. He most recently starred in three seasons of the BBC/Netflix show “Cuckoo,” serving as the replacement lead after Andy Samberg left to begin shooting “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
Demi Moore – Striptease
Believe it or not, Demi Moore’s career took a massive hit in the ’90s. The 1996 movie “Striptease” almost spelled the end of her career. Before disappointing fans, Moore starred in iconic movies such as “Ghost,” “A Few Good Men,” “Indecent Proposal” and “Disclosure.” Despite the film’s poor performance, Moore brought home $12.5 million for “Striptease,” becoming the highest-paid actress in film history at the time.
Critics called the film a major blow to Moore. “Striptease” earned seven Golden Raspberry nominations and won six. Moore revived her career after starring in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” in 2003. Recently, Moore has worked in movies as well as TV shows including “Empire” and “Corporate Animals.”
Geena Davis – Cutthroat Island
Recovering from a box office bomb isn’t easy. Before Geena Davis’s career took a hit, she starred in memorable classics including “The Fly,” “Thema and Louise” and “A League of Their Own.” In 1995, Davis’s career suffered after starring in “Cutthroat Island.” Critics felt bothered by the unrealistic stunts, script and acting in the movie. Even her work in her following film “The Long Kiss Goodnight” couldn’t help Hollywood forget
The film’s production was plagued by multiple recasts and rewrites. The movie’s financial loss became considered one of the biggest disasters in film history. As a result, the film’s production company, Carolco Pictures, closed down. Davis recently starred in TV shows such as “Commander In Chief,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Exorcist.”
Topher Grace – Spider-Man 3
Remember when Topher Grace played Eric Forman from the hit TV show, “That 70’s Show?” After the series ended, Grace took the chance to make it big in Hollywood as Venom in Sony’s “Spider-Man 3.” The film already had Thomas Haden Church starring as the villain Sandman, but producers added Venom as another antagonist. Although the film was very successful at the box office, it received mixed reviews from critics.
“Spider-Man 3” disappointed audiences, who felt the movie had too many villains and storylines . The producers’ mistakes almost cost Grace his career. He began to redeem himself by returning to TV as well as appearing on the big screen in movies including “Truth” alongside Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford,” and “Interstellar.”
Madonna – Swept Away
Many musicians like to test the waters of acting. Some realize they have real talent, while others fail and make a vow to never return to the movie industry. Madonna learned to leave her acting career behind after facing heat from critics. She attempted to act in “Swept Away” while her then-husband, Guy Ritchie, became the director in 2002.
The movie was a commercial failure and a major critical disappointment. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie scored a 5% rating. Guess who earned a Razzie for Worst Actress that year? While Madonna won the Worst Actress Award, the film received five Razzies in total. These days, Madonna is only focused on producing music .
Freddie Prinze Jr. – Scooby-Doo
The “Scooby-Doo” movie franchise couldn’t be saved even by Freddie Prinze Jr. He became Hollywood’s heartthrob in the ’90s. Classic movies like “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “She’s All That” gave him the star power needed to woo audiences. “Scooby-Doo” and its 2004 sequel performed terribly , according to theatergoers and Rotten Tomatoes.
“Scooby-Doo” received a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while its sequel performed even worse at 22%. Shortly after, Prinze went on to smaller roles in “Happily N’Ever After,” “Jack and Jill vs. the World,” “Delgo” and some TV work. However, Prinze’s recent projects didn’t bring him as much success as his roles before “Scooby-Doo.”
Brad Pitt – War Machine
“War Machine” was released on Netflix and in select theaters in 2017. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored a 49% rating. Critics pointed fingers at Brad Pitt for the movie’s failure because he produced and starred in it.
Scott Mendelson of Forbes stated, “Not only is it a bad movie, but it is a bad movie because it is a painfully uncinematic film. It is concerning how it is constructed and how much it cost, the kind of film that would be a financial disaster in cinemas.” After “War Machine,” Pitt continued to produce more movies rather than starring in them, including the Oscar nominated films “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” He recently produced “The King” and “Untitled Miranda July Project” in 2019.
Vin Diesel – The Pacifier
Fans and critics would prefer not to see Vin Diesel in a babysitting movie again. Although the film gained success at the box office in 2005, it also collected a lot of criticism. The movie scored a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The website’s critical consensus reads , “Vin Diesel parodies his tough guy image for the family audience, but the result is only moderately amusing.” Many theatergoers and critics complained that Diesel’s performance lacked humor and made the children’s movie boring.
That same year, Diesel starred in “The Chronicles of Riddick,” earning a Golden Rasberry Award nomination for Worst Actor. He then returned to the popular “Fast and Furious” franchise, helping resuscitate his career following his failures.
Scarlett Johansson – Ghost in the Shell
In 2017, Scarlett Johansson’s reputation took a hit after portraying Major Motoko Kusanagi in “Ghost in the Shell.” The movie was highly controversial , garnering accusations of whitewashing due to the decision to cast white actors in lead roles. As a result, fans created a petition calling for Johansson’s role to be recast.
Johansson addressed the controversy , saying, “I would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously. Hopefully, any question that comes up of my casting will be answered by audiences when they see the film.” The film was a box office bomb and a major critical disappointment. Currently, Johansson continues to act, but her reputation remains damaged. In 2019, the actress is starring in “Avengers: Endgame” and “Jojo Rabbit.”
Roberto Benigni – Pinocchio
After Roberto Benigni starred and won an Oscar for “Life is Beautiful” in 1998, his fans waited for him to return with another huge hit. A few years later in 2002, Benigni directed and starred in “Pinocchio.” Fans loved the film in Europe, but theatergoers in the U.S. loathed the English dub. On Rotten Tomatoes, “Pinocchio” scored a rare rating of 0%.
The Golden Raspberry Awards nominated the film for six Razzie Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. As a result, Benigni only worked on a few films and stopped acting in 2012. According to Variety , Benigni is returning to the big screen to play in a live-action version of “Pinocchio” in 2019.
Bruce Willis – Precious Cargo
Bruce Willis proved himself to be a star in popular movies such as the “Die Hard” franchise, “The Fifth Element” and “The Sixth Sense.” However, his career almost died after starring in “Precious Cargo” in 2016. The film flopped at the box office and scored a rare rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and fans tore the movie apart.
Willis’s acting career took a dive. Since 2016, most of his movies have been critical and commercial failures. Then in 2019, he rejoined with director M. Night Shyamalan to star in “Glass,” which received mixed reviews. Willis also had a role in “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” which earned an 86% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Rock – Tooth Fairy
Before Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock) became a respected actor, he was a wrestler trying to break into the film industry. Johnson’s career hit rock bottom when he starred in “Tooth Fairy” in 2010.
Fortunately, the film earned $112.5 million at the box office on a $48 million budget. The film’s commercial success didn’t stop critics from writing angry reviews. After starring in “Tooth Fairy,” Johnson worked hard work to land a serious role. His luck turned around after joining the cast of “Fast Five.” Many critics praised his performance , calling Johnson “the best thing, by far, in ‘Fast Five.'” As the series helped buoy his career, he’s gone on to star in successful movies including as the voice of the Maui in “Moana,” “Central Intelligence” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
Lindsay Lohan – I Know Who Killed Me
One bad decision can kill almost anyone’s career. Lindsay Lohan found incredible success with hits such as “The Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls.” With all her success, Lohan’s career seemed untouchable in 2003. However, her legal troubles and difficult attitude began to threaten her career. As a result, Lohan chose smaller roles to stay out of the spotlight.
In 2007, film crews and fans saw her become more unprofessional and irresponsible . Lohan got arrested for a second DUI before her movie, “I Know Who Killed Me,” released. Lohan earned a Golden Rasberry award for Worst Actress for her role in the film. Shortly after, Lohan worked in other movies that received unfavorable reviews such as “The Canyons” and “Inappropriate Comedy.” Lohan’s recent projects haven’t brought her as much success and she most recently has been running her own resort in Greece and documenting that story on TV.
Cuba Gooding Jr. – Boat Trip
Cuba Gooding Jr. is another actor whose career suffered due to a movie’s failure. In 2002, the Academy Award and Oscar winner agreed to star in “Boat Trip” and as a result, set sail to his high status in Hollywood. The movie received a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Critics described the film as homophobic, lame and desperate for laughs. Chris Rock made fun of Gooding for joining the movie when he already received notable awards for great films. “Boat Trip” earned a couple of Razzie Award nominations, including Worst Actor for Gooding and Worst Director for Mort Nathan. Gooding went on to star in more failed movies such as 2007’s “Norbit,” further damaging his career prospects. More recently, he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role as O.J. Simpson in the series “American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson.” However, some reviewers criticized his performance in the 2016 series.
Terrence Howard – Iron Man
Thanks to films like “Hustle & Flow” and “Crash,” Terrence Howard became a familiar face in Hollywood movies. He also appeared in “Iron Man.” The 2008 film featured Howard as Colonel Rhodes, Iron Man’s best friend. Howard was the highest paid actor in “Iron Man,” according to the Huffington Post . While Robert Downey Jr. only received $500,000, Howard took home $4.5 million.
While the first “Iron Man” movie catapulted Downey back to superstar status, Howard didn’t receive the same level of recognition. Marvel Studios offered Howard significantly less for the “Iron Man” sequel. As a result, Howard turned down the role and struggled to find prominent roles. In 2015, Howard got his groove back after landing the role of Lucious Lyon in “Empire,” a critically acclaimed TV series on FOX.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Jewtopia
In the 1990s Jennifer Love Hewitt became a teen idol after starring in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Throughout her career, Hewitt performed in popular TV shows including Party of Five” and the “Ghost Whisperer.” The actress shined in the spotlight for over 20 years.
Hewitt’s last movie was 2012’s “Jewtopia,” in which she plays the role of Alison Marks. The film earned negative reviews and a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Following this brief stint back in movies, Hewitt returned to TV where she starred in “The Client List” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She most recently starred in the show 9-1-1.
Chris Klein – Rollerball
Chris Klein starred in the wrong movie at the wrong time when his career tanked. After starring in both “American Pie” and “Election” in 1999, Klein gained popularity in Hollywood. Klein’s acting career looked promising when he landed a lead role in the 2002 remake of “Rollerball.”
The movie bombed at the box office and earned a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A critic consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states, “Removing the social critique of the original, this updated version of ‘Rollerball’ is violent, confusing, and choppy. Klein makes for a bland hero.” After facing ridicule for his role in “Rollerball,” Klein moved on to a few teen movies such as “Just Friends” and “American Dreamz.” In 2018, Klein joined Season 5 of “The Flash” as supervillain Cicada.
Jamie Kennedy – Son of the Mask
In the 1990s and 2000s, Jamie Kennedy landed roles in popular movies such as the “Scream” franchise and “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.” He also had a successful show called “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” on the WB in 2002.
Hollywood shunned Kennedy after he starred in “Son of the Mask” in 2005. He earned Golden Raspberry Award nominations for Worst Actor and Worst Couple. Besides becoming a box office flop, “Son of the Mask” is considered one of the worst movie sequels ever made . Critics called the visuals and script unforgivable. Now, Kennedy appears in TV movies and shows such as Lifetime’s “Surviving Compton” and FOX’s “Lucifer.”
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Netflix movie Lou cast: Who stars in the Netflix thriller?
Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett are the main attraction of the Netflix movie Lou as the two leading ladies. Janney plays a John Wick-esque character (complete with a beloved dog, but don’t worry, Jax makes it out alive!) while Smollett plays her neighbor, Hannah. Lou is a hardened recluse living on the fringes of their secluded island, while Hannah is a single mother struggling to make ends meet to take care of her daughter, Vee.
A horrible storm hits the island, and someone kidnaps Hannah’s daughter in the midst of it, forcing her to turn to Lou for help. While searching for Vee, the two women are forced to confront some of the dark secrets from their past.
Even though Smollett and Janney are the stars, Lou has a great cast of actors that also includes Logan Marshall-Green and Greyston Holt (remember him as one of the hot werewolves from Bitten ?).
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For those unfamiliar with Allison Janney , the powerhouse actress is a Hollywood staple. Throughout her many decades in the business, Janney has won countless accolades, including seven Primetime Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She has also secured two Tony nominations.
Janney first rose to prominence playing C.J. Cregg on The West Wing . More recently, she starred as Bonnie Plunkett for nine seasons in the CBS sitcom Mom . Janney won her Oscar for I, Tonya , and has also appeared in projects like Masters of Sex , The Help , Juno , and many others. Next, she’ll star in the comedy miniseries Mrs. American Pie , the comedy film The People We Hate at the Wedding , and the sci-fi drama True Love .
Jurnee Smollett has been acting since she was a kid, with recurring roles in shows like Full House and On Our Own . But most people probably know her as Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights . The last few years have really helped cement Smollet’s status as a superstar. She played Dinah Lance/Black Canary in Birds of Prey and is reportedly going to reprise her role in a spinoff standalone movie at HBO Max.
Smollett also delivered an incredible performance in the short-lived but acclaimed HBO series Lovecraft Country and she recently starred opposite Miles Teller and Chris Hemsworth in the Netflix thriller Spiderhead . Next, she’ll star in the courtroom drama film The Burial with Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones.
Completing the cast trifecta is Logan Marshall-Green , who plays the film’s primary antagonist, Philip. You might recall Marshall-Green playing Trey Atwood in The O.C . He also recently completed a stint on the ABC series Big Sky .
Here’s the complete cast list for the Netflix movie :
- Allison Janney as Lou
- Jurnee Smollett as Hannah
- Logan Marshall-Green as Philip
- Ridley Asha Bateman as Vee
- Matt Craven as Sheriff Rankin
- Greyston Holt as Chris
- Daniel Bernhardt as Tony
- RJ Fetherstonhaugh as Gerry
- Andres Collantes as Deputy Torres
- Marci T. House as Agent Lee
- Toby Levins as Agent Hampton
Netflix movie Lou starts streaming on Friday, September 23.
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Thinking she'd put her dangerous past behind her, Lou (Allison Janney) finds her quiet life interrupted when a desperate mother (Jurnee Smollett) begs her to save her kidnapped daughter. As a massive storm rages, the two women risk their lives on a rescue mission that will test their limits and expose dark and shocking secrets from their pasts.
Rating: R (Language and Violence)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Original Language: English
Director: Anna Foerster
Producer: J.J. Abrams , Jon Cohen , Hannah Minghella
Writer: Maggie Cohn
Release Date (Streaming): Sep 23, 2022
Runtime: 1h 47m
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Film, tv & music • forming the future • est. 2014, know the cast & characters: ‘lou’.
The Lou cast features Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett and Logan Marshall-Green. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Anna Foerster’s 2022 Netflix movie . Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Lou follows a mother who looks for her kidnapped daughter. When Hannah enlists the help of a local hunter, she learns the truth about the woman’s government background. The narrative examines the motivations of the title character, a stern invidivual with a secret to protect. Here’s every main actor and character in Lou .
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Lou Cast: Allison Janney as Lou
Character Profile: A mysterious woman who resides on an island. She is a hunter with a particular set of skills. Lou helps a distressed woman track down her daughter.
Janney’s Resume: C.J. Cregg in The West Wing (1999-2006), Sally Lester in The Hours (2002), Bren MacGuff in Juno (2007), Charlotte Phelan in The Help (2011), Bonnie in Mom (2013-)
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Lou Cast: Jurnee Smollett as Hannah
Character Profile: A single mother. She panics when her husband kidnaps their daughter. Hannah asks Lou for help and tries to understand the big picture.
Smollett’s Resume: Eve Batiste in Eve’s Bayou (1997), Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights (2000-11), Nicole Wright in True Blood (2013-14), Dinah Lance/Black Canary in Birds of Prey (2020), Lizzy in Spiderhead (2022)
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Lou Cast: Logan Marshall-Green as Philip
Character Profile: Hannah’s husband. He takes his daughter and retreats to an island forest. Philip hides the truth about Lou from Hannah.
Marshall-Green’s Resume: Dean Bendis in Dark Blue (2009-10), Will in The Invitation (2015), Jackson Brice in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Grey Trace in Upgrade (2018), Henry Parsons in Intrusion (2021)
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Lou Cast: Matt Craven as Sheriff Rankin
Character Profile: An island sheriff. He assists Lou and theorizes about Philip’s motivations.
Craven’s Resume: Michael in Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Lt. Dave Spradling in A Few Good Men (1992), Zimmer in Crimson Tide (1995), CIA Director McCone in X-Men: First Class (2011), Chief Bill Vickery in Sharp Objects (2018)
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The Lou cast also includes Ridley Asha Bateman ( Shattered ), Greyston Holt ( Bitten , Riverdale ), Daniel Bernhardt ( Barry , Altered Carbon ), RJ Fetherstonhaugh ( Wayward Pines , Snowpiercer ) and Andres Collantes ( Reacher , Honor Society ).
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Allison Janney leads the cast for new Netflix thriller Lou – with the Oscar-winner starring as a mysterious loner who seems more than happy to leave her dangerous past behind until she's enlisted to rescue a kidnapped child.
Janney is joined in the cast by Jurnee Smollet – with both of them also serving as executive producers – while there are also supporting roles for a number of other actors.
Read on to find out who they're playing and where you might have seen them before.
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Allison Janney plays Lou
Who is Lou? A mysterious loner who thinks she’s put her dangerous past behind her.
What else has Allison Janney been in? Janney's breakthrough role came playing C. J. Cregg on The West Wing, and she's gone on to appear in a huge variety of TV shows and films since. Highlights include Emmy-winning roles in Masters of Sex and Mom, and an Oscar-winning performance in I, Tonya, while other films credits include 10 Things I Hate About You, Drop Dead Gorgeous, American Beauty, The Hours, Hairspray, Juno, The Help, The Way, Way Back, Spy, The Girl on the Train, Bad Education and Bombshell.
Jurnee Smollett plays Hannah
Who is Hannah? A desperate mother who comes to Lou to ask for help rescuing her kidnapped daughter.
What else has Jurnee Smollett been in? Smollet first found fame as a child actress, with appearances on TV shows including On Our Own and Full House and films such as Eve's Bayou. As an adult, she's had roles on Friday Night Lights, The Defenders, True Blood, Underground and Lovecraft Country – earning an Emmy nod for the latter – and has appeared in films such as The Great Debaters, Hands of Stone, Birds of Prey and Spiderhead.
Logan Marshall-Green plays Phillip
Who is Phillip? Details about this character have not been revealed prior to release.
What else has Logan Marshall-Green been in? Marshall-Green has appeared in a variety of TV shows including 24, The O.C., Traveler, Dark Blue and Quarry, and more recently has been part of the main cast for The Defeated and Big Sky. Previous film credits include Prometheus, The Invitation, Snowden, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Upgrade.
Ridley Bateman plays Vee
Who is Vee? Hannah's daughter, who has been kidnapped.
What else has Ridley Bateman been in? This is only child-star Bateman's second major credit after her appearance in the film Shattered earlier this year.
Matt Craven plays Sherrif Rankin
Who is Sherrif Rankin? A law enforcer who plays a role in the investigation into Vee's disappearance.
What else has Matt Craven been in? On TV, Craven has appeared in multiple episodes of High Incident, L.A. Doctors, NCIS, Resurrections, and Sharp Objects, while film roles include Jacob's Ladder, A Few Good Men, The Juror, Disturbia, Tempting Fate and X-Men: First Class.
Greyston Holt plays Chris
Who is Chris? Details about this character have not been revealed prior to release.
What else has Greyston Holt been in? Holt had a main part in the Candian TV shows Durham Country and Bitten and has had recurring roles in series such as Alcatraz, Batwoman and Riverdale. This is his most major film role to date.
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Lou cast & character guide.
Lou is the latest action thriller film to stream on Netflix. Here is your full guide to the cast, who they play, and where you've seen them before.
Warning: Contains potential SPOILERS for Lou As a high-stakes action thriller, Lou 's cast and characters features an impressive and varied array of talent. From Underworld: Blood Wars director Anna Foerster, the movie takes on a revenge angle similar to Netflix's 2021 movie Sweet Girl . As such, Lou's cast and characters reflect many of the genres tropes while adding some interesting nuance.
Lou is named for the movie's main character, Lou, an evasive recluse that lives a peaceful life with her dog. Lou's life is turned upside down when her neighbor Hannah's daughter gets kidnapped, and the two women take it upon themselves to pursue the kidnapper while a wild storm rages. Events unfold that could potentially expose each woman for who they really are, revealing details about their pasts that they intended to remain hidden forever.
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Netflix's 2022 movie Lou has an award-worthy, talented cast led by Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett. However, beyond the film's main double-act, there are a range of able supporting players also involved. Here is the complete guide to Lou 's cast and characters, including who the actors portray and other projects in which they have featured.
Allison Janney as Lou
As the titular character in Lou , Allison Janney plays a hermit who must do what she can to save the life of a kidnapped young girl. Pursuing the kidnapper with experience and skill, every move she makes could possibly unmask Lou for the person she really is. Academy Award-winner Janney is well-known for her work on The West Wing as White House Press Secretary and eventual Chief of Staff, C. J. Cregg. Janney was honored with the Primetime Emmy Award four times for the role, a feat she came close to matching with her Emmy Award-winning role as Bonnie Plunkett in the CBS comedy Mom .
Jurnee Smollett as Hannah
Actor Jurnee Smollett portrays Hannah, a mother desperate to locate her kidnapped daughter as a storm intensifies outdoors. Hannah seeks the help of her recluse neighbor Lou in finding her daughter and, in doing so, discovers more about Lou than she had imagined. Smollett began her acting career as a child performer, having grown up in the limelight as part of the Smollett family of actors. She appeared in several episodes of Full House and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper before landing a series regular role as one of the main characters in Friday Night Lights opposite Michael B. Jordan. Smollett went on to star in movies like Birds of Prey before returning to television in her Primetime Emmy Award-nominated performance as Leti in HBO's Lovecraft Country .
Logan Marshall-Green as Philip
As the primary antagonist Philip in Lou , Logan Marshall-Green embodies a ruthless character hellbent on destroying Hannah's life while facing the wrath of Lou in the process. Logan Marshall-Green's early acting roles included William Devane's son on the hit show 24 and playing Trey Atwood on The O.C. He moved into film roles in Across the Universe , Prometheus , and as Jackson Brice in Spider-Man: Homecoming . The actor was recently featured as part of the ensemble cast of Big Sky season 2 , playing Travis Stone.
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Lou's Supporting Cast & Characters
Ridley Asha Bateman as Vee - Playing Vee, the kidnapped daughter of Jurnee Smollett's Hannah, Ridley Asha Bateman costars in Lou with just the third project on her resume. She was also featured in the short film Shelter in Place and played Willow Decker alongside Frank Grillo in the 2022 movie Shattered .
Matt Craven as Sheriff Rankin - Portraying the Sheriff looking to uncover the facts surrounding Vee's kidnapping in Lou , Matt Craven is a character actor best known for his portrayal of Chief Bill Vickery in HBO's Sharp Objects and Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis in the CBS procedural drama NCIS .
Meet the cast of Lou: who's who in the Netflix thriller movie
Lou is a thriller movie about a single mother who discovers her daughter has been kidnapped during a storm.
Lou is a thriller directed by Anna Foerster that has landed on Netflix. The movie follows a single mother who teams up with the mysterious woman next door when her daughter is kidnapped, in an attempt to rescue her and bring her home safely.
As well as battling a raging storm and all the elements, the duo uncover some secrets along the way and find their limits tested as a result, so there is a lot going on and they find themselves going on a mental journey as well as a physical one!
The new Netflix movie has a great cast attached including Oscar winners and some familiar faces, and if you're looking for something gripping to watch this weekend, Lou could be the perfect choice for you.
So read on to find out who's who in Lou , and where you've seen them before...
Who's who in the Lou cast?
Allison janney as lou.
The titular character Lou is a loner who lives with her dog, preferring to live a quiet life. She is Hannah's landlady and doesn't always see eye to eye with her, as we see in the film's first few minutes that Hannah's behind on rent, which causes some tension between the two of them. However, she teams up with Hannah when Vee goes missing, with the unlikely duo facing up to some dark secrets.
Lou is played by actress Allison Janney, who has starred in films such as The Help , Juno, The Hours and I, Tonya, which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for . She also provided the voice of Goldie O'Gilt in Disney's DuckTales .
Jurnee Smollett as Hannah
Hannah lives next door to Lou, and as mentioned above the two have a fairly strained relationship and rely on each other even though they hate to admit it. She lives with her young daughter Vee and is trying to raise her as a single mother. The movie follows Hannah as she tries to find out who has kidnapped Vee and why.
She's played by Jurnee Smollett, who was Black Canary in the DC movie Birds of Prey, and Lizzy in the thriller Spiderhead . She was also a series regular in Friday Night Lights and The Defenders .
Logan Marshall-Green as Philip
Philip is Vee's father and Hannah's ex-partner, and it's clear there are some difficult family dynamics going on as Hannah reveals she thought she was "free" of him, but he's come back and taken Vee. There's a lot of mystery surrounding Philip, such as why he decided to kidnap his own daughter.
The actor who plays him, Logan Marshall-Green, is best known for his role as Grey Trace in Upgrade , and also starred in movies like The Invitation , Prometheus and Devil .
Ridley Asha Bateman as Vee
Vee is the daughter of Hannah and Philip, and lives with her mother in a home next door to Lou's. She's a seemingly normal child who likes making friendship bracelets and Lou's dog Jax, but when she's suddenly kidnapped her future is seriously at risk.
She's played by Ridley Asha Bateman, who started her acting career in the short film Shelter in Place , before going on to star in the movie Shattered . Lou is only her third credited acting role.
Matt Craven as Sheriff Rankin
Sheriff Rankin plays a key role in the investigation into Vee's disappearance, but with a storm raging and limited resources available in this small town, it's proving to be quite difficult.
He's played a lot of TV roles including NCIS and Sharp Objects , and has starred in movies such as A Few Good Men , Tempting Fate and X-Men: First Class .
Who else is in Lou?
The Lou cast is fairly small, but here are some other names who appear in the film:
- Greyston Holt as Chris
- Daniel Bernhardt as Tony
- RJ Fetherstonhaugh as Gerry
- Andres Collantes as Deputy Torres
- Marci T. House as Agent Lee
- Toby Levins as Agent Hampton
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When I told my wife that I had to watch “An Allison Janney Action Movie” for a review this week, she was a little startled (although interested in the concept, to be fair). I’m all for unexpected casting, and the truth is that Janney has the range to do just about anything, as she’s proven with her long, award-winning career. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Janney is easily the best thing about “Lou,” but watching this talented actress give so much to a movie that gives absolutely nothing back starts to get depressing. She’s constantly trying to pull “Lou” into more interesting territory, but the clunky filmmaking and silly script keep pulling in the other direction, with her talented co-stars Logan Marshall-Green and Jurnee Smollett stuck in the tug-of-war.
In what’s sort of a gender-swapped “ Taken ,” Janney plays the title character, a loner in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s. The film opens with Lou in a dark place. She kills a deer to establish her tough guy bona fides for the audience, withdraws all of her money, and writes a mysterious letter to someone about inheriting her home. She slugs some bourbon and prepares to take her own life when a woman renting a home nearby bursts through the door. It’s Hannah (Smollett), and her daughter Vee ( Ridley Asha Bateman ) is missing. Oh, did I mention a storm is coming? It’s about to get ugly outside and there’s now a missing girl.
Hannah knows who took her daughter—her ex-husband Phillip (Logan Marshall-Green), who we meet beating and killing a man who was silly enough to pick up a hitchhiker. It’s revealed that Phillip was not just an abusive husband to Hannah but faked his own death so he could get to his daughter under the cover of being presumed dead. Phillip is not your ordinary sociopath—he was a special forces soldier, and he even brought along a couple of his buddies to help with the kidnapping. All of them underestimated Lou. Of course.
Once Lou and Hannah get out into the torrential rain, “Lou” should have had momentum as a survival thriller. And there’s a great action scene in a cabin wherein the title character unleashes her training on a couple of dudes who don’t see it coming. With some tight fight choreography that Janney completely sells, I was ready for the film to build from there. And then it just stalls out.
A ridiculous twist doesn’t help. Without spoiling, “Lou” has one of those suspension of disbelief character connections that requires robust writing and direction to push through it. When a movie takes a sharp, unbelievable turn, viewers are willing to set aside skepticism if the story keeps them entertained. But “Lou” can’t manage this trick, allowing us to question the logic of it all in a way that makes the emotional scenes later feel hollow. The minute you start asking whether or not someone would make that choice in a movie like “Lou,” it comes apart.
Credit to Janney for never giving into the idea that Lou has to be likable. She’s a suicidal killing machine. If anything, I wanted the film to lean into her cynicism and nihilism even more but was impressed that Janney never softens her edges. She seems to be the only person involved who understands that this movie needs to be a no-fat, no-frills thriller. Her co-stars, the usually reliable Marshall-Green and Smollett, don’t fare as well with the former turning the crazy dial up too high and the latter being given almost nothing to play beyond panicked mother.
Action movies that reshape the expectations of actors known primarily for drama can be a blast. I loved what Bob Odenkirk did in “ Nobody ,” for example. And Allison Janney proves with “Lou” that she could carry an action movie. If only she got one worth carrying.
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A storm rages. A young girl is kidnapped. Her mother (Jurnee Smollett) teams up with the mysterious woman next door (Allison Janney) to pursue the kidnapper – a journey that tests their limits and exposes shocking secrets from their pasts.
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