What In The World Happened To…?

Posted: August 21, 2011 in List!, Random
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Film Cocaine asked a few of the peeps on Facebook to try and exactly find out what in the world happened to certain actors. Did their careers die a horrible death? Did they give up on acting? Did they forget they’re world famous? Below is the latest expedition into what Film Cocaine is calling, HOLLYWOOD CAREER DEATH.

Many a person asked me about the following actor, both on Facebook and in real life. (Yes, I have a real life outside of film). So, I had to ask that ever elusive question, WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO ELIJAH WOOD?

Elijah Wood was one of Hollywood’s biggest heart throbs, with a well rounded career and friends in all the right places, Elijah was on his way to mass-stardom. He starred in a little film franchise, known as Lord of the Rings and he became the centerfold blue eyed hunk which many females (and males) drooled over. His performance in Deep Impact garnered him critical acclaim, a few years before the Rings franchise and he was quickly becoming a household name.

What went wrong with Elijah’s career? Bad choices? Horrible scripts? Box office bombers? 

Elijah starred in a few powerful films after the Rings franchise which included Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City, Green Street Hooligans and a small role in the film collectif called, Paris Je t’aime. Elijah faded after this and ended up in Hollywood career hell with the voice of a few well known characters in several animated films such as Happy Feet and Happy Feet Twobeing released later this year. Is it safe to say that Lord of the Rings completely destroyed his career? Yes. Elijah Wood invested a few years into becoming Frodo Baggins and reached a career peak with said franchise. In Hollywood, the danger of becoming part of such a franchise is that most actors lose their momentum after such a well known franchise. Daniel Radcliffe might also hit this slump after the end of Harry Potter. Elijah Wood is not done as an actor, as he is starring in The Hobbit which is slated for a 2012 and 2013 release date. This time, once again, as Frodo Baggins. Typecast much? This will be Elijah’s fourth and fifth film as exactly the same character. Elijah needs a miracle to get back onto track after the incessant typecasting of this specific character. Who knows, Elijah might kick start his career with the release of The Hobbit, but Film Cocaine highly doubts this. This might spell the end for an already lackluster career. Sorry, Elijah.


Sarah made some risky moves with her career. She weaved in and out of a popular television show (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) to films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, Cruel Intentions and the Scooby Doo films. After the end of the super successful Buffy, Sarah starred in the well received The Grudge and somehow returned to the spotlight of Hollywood for the hype around The Grudge. This horror fest was the final moment in a charred career. Poor Sarah died a horrible Hollywood Career Death through not being able to follow up on The Grudge’s success. Sarah made a few straight-to-dvd releases and has no future projects currently planned. All’s well that ends well, Sarah. Who knows? She might be able to pick up the pieces of a limbless career and build herself back up into a Hollywood heavyweight. The chances are unlikely that Sarah Michelle Gellar will ever return as a Hollywood power player. It is a sad goodbye to a reasonably fun actress.



Little girls back in the late 90’s and early noughties fainted on a daily basis when Dawson’s Creek was still running. The release of Varsity Blues was a sign that James Van Der Beek was being cemented as a film actor too. Dawson’s Creek ended in 2003. James Van Der Beek ended his reign as an actor. Throughout film history, many actors faded into a deep, dark oblivion, never to be seen again. I highly doubt any recent career crashed and burned as much as James Van Der Beek’s. He released a few independent films in the past few years, but he was never able to achieve the success he once had. James Van Der Beek’s career is one of Hollywood’s most infamous career deaths. Blame it on poor choices, blame it on a young Hollywood boom, James will never truly be known as a Hollywood actor. His career is currently being cremated in television production hell.

Who do you think deserves a place on What In The World Happened To…? 

  1. Dian-MIcheal says:

    It is so true! I sometimes wonder? Maybe they fall off the wagon! There is a list of people who I wonder about! Keep us posted!

  2. rpalland says:

    Yes, will definitely do so! You’re welcome to send Film Cocaine a list if you so wish?

  3. Aimee de Kock says:


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