Best example: Ryan Reynolds 62 credits
Reynolds is proof that we can never underestimate the power of a twinkling smile and a rockhard body. The actor first delighted audiences playing the smart aleck Berg on the turn-ofthe-millennium TV show “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place.” Tall, adorable and with impeccable comedic timing, Reynolds was born to do a romantic comedy or five. And that’s exactly what he did with a series of so-so movies, including “Definitely, Maybe” (2008) and “The Proposal” (2009). He also headlined some spectacular boxoffice failures. The action comedy “R.I.P.D.” (2009), for example, made about $78 million on a reported production budget of $130 million. Ouch.
His most recent star vehicle, “Self/less,” opened last weekend and brought in a paltry $5 million. But despite a string of underperforming outings, including a much-derided turn as the Green Lantern, Reynolds is set to star as the title character in an adaptation of another superhero comic, “Deadpool.”
See also: Taylor Kitsch, star of one of Hollywood’s most mythical bombs, “John Carter” (2012) and Kate Hudson, who is cute as a button but hasn’t made a good movie since, well . . .