It’s sometimes hard to understand why celebrities, especially actors, do this or that. Like, for example, why would anyone want to quit making hundreds of thousands of dollars? To me it’s baffling, because I’m a dirty bum compared to them, but it appears that their luxurious lifestyles are more than what we see on the surface. Many actors have willingly walked away from fame because of their personal squabbles with writers or directors, or maybe they just wanted to take a long break from all this Hollywood madness, and live a normal life for a change…
Either way, here are 8 amazing actors who walked away from fame.
1. Jack Nicholson
To me Jack will always be Johnny from The Shining and the army dude who says “you can’t handle the truth”. Like, seriously, I don’t even know the name of that movie, and I’ve seen it when I was 10, but I still remember that line. Anyway, he’s had his ups and downs throughout the last few decades, trying to prove he’s one of the best Hollywood actors, but in the end he got tired of everything. In Jack’s own words “[I’m] not going to work until the day I die.” So unless it’s something he really wants to work on, he’ll probably take a nice long break from acting.
2. Macaulay Culkin
You’ve probably heard this one at least 3 or 4 times already, but he’s our boy-wonder, so I have to at least mention him. After playing in Home Alone 1/2, and pretty much becoming an international icon, Culkin had the opportunity to be the equivalent of Brad Pitt. Only 4 years after the Home Alone 2, when Culkin was 14, he straight out quit the showbiz in favor of creating his own band – The Pizza Underground.
3. Mara Wilson
She was such an adorable kid, especially as Matilda in Mrs. Doubtfire. I honestly don’t know if there are any other big movies she did, but starring side by side with Robin Williams must have been incredible. At age 13 she then suddenly quit acting, mainly because she didn’t have as much fun.