The late 2010s witnessed the downfall of countless celebrity careers due to a variety of controversies. Though many of these TV and film stars are dead-set on making a comeback, we likely won't see these names in any upcoming casting announcements. These are the actors Hollywood won't cast in 2020.
The Jussie Smollett story of 2019 was a whirlwind tour for onlookers. At first, he appeared to be the victim of a horrific hate crime in Chicago in late January.
Next, he was arrested under suspicion of orchestrating the attack himself. The charges of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police were later dropped in March, however, in the resulting court case. But that wasn't the end of it.
Citing the enormity of the resources used in the investigation - a whopping $130,106 -Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi later stated, per Page Six, quote, "The City of Chicago will be sending Mr. Smollett a bill."
According to the Chicago-Sun Times, Smollett levied a malicious prosecution counterclaim against the City of Chicago, the police department, and others that November. While continuing to maintain his innocence, the actor's lawyers claimed that the original case against Smollett had caused him, quote, "humiliation, mental anguish and extreme emotional distress."
While we await the resolution of this whole debacle, as of December 2019, it seems the professional damage to Smollett has been done. The actor was fired from Empire and not asked to return for its sixth season. And with nothing on the acting docket in 2020, it appears that Hollywood may take the cautious route and avoid hiring Smollett, at least until this situation is completely resolved.
Watch the video for more about Actors Hollywood Will Avoid Casting In 2020!
Exiled from the Empire | 0:20
Barred from Hollywood | 1:55
From Full House to the big house | 3:33
Weird science | 4:54
Stormy Weatherly | 6:12