Actors Whose Careers Tanked Because Of One Movie Role
Scarlett Johansson was already famous prior to starring in the slew of movies made by Marvel where she was given the role of Black Widow. However, in between her stints with the movie franchise, Johansson accepted the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.
Ghost in the Shell is beloved by many manga and anime enthusiasts, and they clamored for inclusion when the live-action film was announced. Unfortunately, whitewashing remains to be a prevalent practice in Hollywood, so instead of hiring a Japanese actress, they hired Johansson.
Boycotts followed, ripping the flooring from under the production team. The film suffered a great deal but due to Johansson’s star power, her career survived the ordeal.