There have been several stars that have taken it upon themselves to turn away the advances of an industry that only embraces a select few.

JAKE LLOYD
A former child star that landed the part of a lifetime, when Jake Lloyd was tapped to play a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, he beat out some stiff competition. One of the most anticipated movies ever, it was the first time a new film in that franchise had been released in over sixteen years, and the world couldn’t wait. Unfortunately, the film wasn’t very good and the little kid that played one of the main characters could be pretty annoying. But in retrospect, that largely comes down to poor writing and directing.
Sadly, people aren’t always very mature, and according to Jake, a lot of vitriol was sent his way despite how young he was at the time. Evidently taunted often by his peers and constantly decried online, when Jake resurfaced in 2012 after walking away from acting, he revealed the impact the movie had on his life. Referring to his school life as a “living hell,” he was done with acting likely forever because he said, “[I] learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me.”


DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
Roundly considered one of the most talented actors to ever live, Daniel Day-Lewis was a unique entity in the movie world as it was clear that riches and fame were not his focus. Someone who was highly sought after by the most powerful directors alive, it seems like he could have landed almost any role he wanted but he was so selective that he was only in five films during the nineties. Best known for his impressive work in films like My Left Foot, The Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York, and There Will Be Blood, most of his work was highly lauded for good reason.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, his spokeswoman announced that he was retiring from the business in June of 2017 and that a film he’d already worked on would be his last ever. Someone who was well-known for how much he committed himself to whatever role he took on, he usually wouldn't break character on set and spent months preparing for each of his roles. That seems to be why he has turned his back on Hollywood as he spoke of feeling so empty after completing his final film, since it had ruled over his life for so long, that it was the end of his career.
RICK MORANIS
The kind of actor that is just so easy to love that it almost seems hard to believe, Rick Moranis had the instinctual ability to play characters that audiences would come to care deeply about. Also a truly hilarious person, when he played a character, there was a pretty good chance that it would stand the test of time. Starting out on the Canadian sketch comedy show SCTV, after hitting it big there, he would go on to star in films like Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
On fire up until the beginning of the nineties, his personal life would take a huge hit in 1991 when his wife passed away from breast cancer ten days after she turned thirty-five. Far too young for someone to lose their life, the fact that they had two kids made it all the worse and caused him to take a hiatus from acting. Returning to work for several years, his career never hit the same heights again, and we think that may have a lot to do with whether or not his heart was truly in it since he wanted to be with his kids. Either way, after the release of a 1997 movie, he has yet to appear in a live-action film and only provided his life to three animated films, the last of which was released in 2006.
AMANDA BYNES
The final former child star to appear on this list, at one time, it seemed as though Nickelodeon was putting many of its eggs in the Amanda Bynes basket. The star of its shows, All That and The Amanda Show, for many years, she would also be a part of the network television show What I Like About You several years later. Also a film star at one time, she was integral to the success of movies like Big Fat Liar, What a Girl Wants, She's the Man, Hairspray, and Easy A to name a sampling.
Another star that announced her retirement when they seemed to be at the top of their game, with Amanda, she did so at only twenty-four because she was disillusioned with her life. Sadly, this would only be the beginning as she also attempted to break free from her family for an extended period, even going so far as to accuse her father of horrible things. Evidently undergoing a mental breakdown of sorts, her life was in great turmoil that resulted in legal and emotional issues so at least Hollywood wasn’t the only thing she wasn’t interested in any longer.
DAVE CHAPPELLE
Starting out his career in the public as a stand-up comedian, Dave Chappelle is one of the best in the world today but was not willing to rest on those laurels at all. Instead, over the following years, he created a career for himself as a movie actor in-between his parts in films like Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Con Air, Half Baked, and Undercover Brother. However, his profile was the biggest it has ever been when he seemed to be riding high on television as the star of the sketch comedy show Chappelle’s Show.
People were shocked when headlines spread that he had not only departed the show that he had co-created and was the driving force behind it, but he had also left the country and gone to South Africa. At first dogged by rumors that he had been in the midst of a mental breakdown, in the years after, he has revealed that it was the pressure of his newfound stardom and schedule that was at fault. Especially disliking reports of how much money he was set to make, he felt he lacked any semblance of a private life and couldn’t even do stand-up effectively any longer and that was his true passion.


SEAN CONNERY
An actor that was near the top of that industry for several decades, the list of influential characters Sean Connery brought to life is extensive, to say the least. Someone who will likely always be best known for originating James Bond in the Eon Productions for years, he made the character such a hit that he has been around long enough for five more actors to play him. Also memorable in other films like Highlander, The Untouchables, The Hunt for Red October, The Rock, as well as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, his impact on film should not be understated.
Sadly, Sean would take the lead role in the 2003 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and that decision would be the beginning of the end of his career. A movie that was directed by Stephen Norrington who’d previously made Blade, the arguments the two of them had on the set of the movie were said to be epic in nature. In fact, they were so bad and the film did so poorly that Sean walked away from the business and Stephen has yet to sit in the director’s chair for a movie since. Hating a representative of a business so much that you end your career is one heck of a way to tell Hollywood where to go.

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