There’s nothing Hollywood loves more than crowning the next big thing. From Lana Turner’s discovery in a drug store eighty years ago to eight days ago when Brie Larson was given an Oscar and immediate buzz for high-profile casting roles, there’s nothing quite like the movie industry when it comes to finding a talent and making them an overnight sensation.

But there’s nothing movie audiences love more than taking away that crown. From Sean Young and Jan-Michael Vincent to Sam Worthington and Piper Perabo, Hollywood history is overrun with the names of “next big things” who never became much of anything.

So, the question presents itself: Once Hollywood declares you a star, how many “dud” movies can you get away with before your fame card gets revoked?

That question may have popped into your head recently as you watched ads for “Gods of Egypt,” a film so bad that some reviewers gave it zero stars, and which will earn only a tiny sliver of its reported $140 million budget. It may have happened again when you heard about “London Has Fallen,” which opened this past weekend to similarly bad reviews. Of course, “dud” movies open all the time — but since these particular films both star Gerard Butler, they may have made Hollywood history.

From Adrien Brody to Kate Hudson to Cuba Gooding, there are an amazing number of actors still coasting off the push given to them by Hollywood five, ten or more years ago. But has the former King of Sparta now become King of the Duds?

Using a simple formula (dud = movie that had poor box-office, poor reviews, or both) and simple criteria (non-animated films that had the actor in question as a main star), let’s take a look at the stats.

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Gerard Butler: 15 Films

In 2006, Zack Snyder’s “300” was an out-of-left-field hit, catapaulting the Scottish actor into the Hollywood stratosphere. Handsome, charming and talented, he seemed like Sean Connery for a new generation — and accordingly, had top scripts and collaborators at his feet.

But when you’re a Hollywood star, your skills as an actor are counter-balanced by your ability to pick a project. Sign on to too little, and you risk turning yourself into Jason Patrick; sign on to too much, and suddenly you’re Michael Caine in the ’80’s. So, after he was handed the key to Hollywood, which films did Mr. Butler choose?

“P.S. I Love You” (2007)
“Nim’s Island” (2008)
“RocknRolla” (2008)
“The Ugly Truth” (2009)
“Gamer” (2009)
“Law Abiding Citizen” (2009)
“The Bounty Hunter” (2010)
“Coriolanus” (2011)
“Machine Gun Preacher” (2011)
“Chasing Mavericks” (2012)
“Playing for Keeps” (2012)
“Movie 43” (2013)
“Olympus Has Fallen” (2013)
“Gods of Egypt” (2016)
“London Has Fallen” (2016)

Ask around, and you’ll have a hard time finding someone who would argue that any of those 15 films were commercially and/or or critical hits. So, has anyone in Hollywood ever made more than Butler’s 15 consecutive duds?

Gerard Butler at the "London Has Fallen" premiere SOURCE: Getty

Kate Hudson: 18 Films

Once the most promising actress of her generation, at age 21 Hudson seemed like she had been manufactured in a test tube to become the queen of Hollywood: She had famous parents (Goldie Hawn and pseudo-stepfather Kurt Russell), striking beauty and was coming off an Oscar-nominated role in a beloved movie. Since “Almost Famous,” the number of major awards nominations are very easy to calculate, because they are zero.

So, what has Hudson done with the Hollywood clout once bequeathed to Penny Lane?

“Dr. T and the Women” (2000)
“The Four Feathers” (2002)
“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003)
“Alex & Emma” (2003)
“Le divorce” (2003)
“Raising Helen” (2004)
“The Skeleton Key” (2005)
“You, Me and Dupree” (2006)
“Fool’s Gold” (2008)
“My Best Friend’s Girl” (2008)
“Bride Wars” (2009)
“Nine” (2009)
“The Killer Inside Me” (2010)
“A Little Bit of Heaven” (2011)
“Something Borrowed” (2011)
“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (2012)
“Wish I Was Here” (2014)
“Good People” (2015)

In case you weren’t counting, that is 18 consecutive dud movies (with occasional breaks for things like “Glee,” “Clear History” and selling sweatpants). Some may argue that “10 Days” was a pretty good movie (it sits at 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and it did double its budget — but even if that’s true, Hudson would then be tied with Butler for 15 duds in a row. Besides, if you’re remembering that film as good, you probably just have it confused with a Sarah Jessica Parker movie.

Kate Hudson SOURCE: Getty

Adrien Brody: 20 Films

Like Butler, this Queens-born actor spent a decade in Hollywood before he became an “overnight sensation,” winning the Oscar for a powerful turn in Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist.” Almost as importantly, he had an all-time great Oscar acceptance that made him a household name adored from coast to coast. Like Hudson, he hasn’t been nominated for any major film awards since.

Taking a look at Brody’s post-“Pianist” career, things aren’t pretty:

“The Village” (2004)
“The Jacket” (2005)
“King Kong” (2005)
“Hollywoodland” (2006)
“The Darjeeling Limited” (2007)
“The Brothers Bloom” (2008)
“Cadillac Records” (2008)
“Giallo” (2009)
“Splice” (2009)
“Predators” (2010)
“The Experiment” (2010)
“Wrecked” (2010)
“Detachment” (2011)
“Back to 1492” (2012)
“InAPPropriate Comedy” (2013)
“Third Person” (2013)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Brody can be a tough one to factor into a list like this, because anything from Wes Anderson is going to be critically-acclaimed and financially stable, as he makes his films relatively cheaply. Then there’s “King Kong,” a remake that Peter Jackson made at the height of his “Lord of the Rings” powers and certainly brought in an audience, but isn’t regarded a decade later as much more than a blip on the blockbuster radar.

So, generously assuming that “Budapest” broke Brody’s 2004-2014 dud streak, he reached a total of 16 films. Then again, if you want to say that his role in “Budapest” wasn’t a starring role — an assertion few would argue with — then you could say that his subsequent (all essentially straight-to-video) films “American Heist,” “Dragon Blade,” “Backtrack” and “Septembers of Shiraz” have his streak alive and well at a stunning 20 films.

But don’t feel too bad: He probably got paid pretty well for those weird razor commercials. Which is appropriate, since it sometimes feels like the most artistic thing he’s done in the last decade-and-a-half is experiment with his facial hair.

Adrian Brody SOURCE: Getty

Halle Berry: 10 Films

Someday, a Hollywood historian will write an essay on the Brody/Berry kiss seen ’round the world — and how it apparently sucked all the awesomeness out of them both. Like Brody, the “Monster’s Ball” Oscar winner spent the next decade choosing some truly horrible film projects.

Removing “Die Another Day” and her occasional “X-Men” films since some other factor (Bond, Wolverine) makes those franchises invincible, here are the forgettable titles you’re left with:

“Gothika” (2003)
“Catwoman” (2004)
“Perfect Stranger” (2007)
“Things We Lost in the Fire” (2007)
“Frankie & Alice” (2010)
“New Year’s Eve” (2011)
“Dark Tide” (2012)
“Cloud Atlas” (2012)
“Movie 43” (2013)
“The Call” (2013)

Even if Berry is lagging behind Hudson, Butler and the others, it is still amazing to contemplate all those scripted words, all that casting and filming and hard work … to make ten movies where the best of the bunch would probably be the godawful “Gothika.”

Halle Berry SOURCE: Getty

Cuba Gooding Jr: 28 Films

Perhaps the patron saint of overnight-sensation-turned-Hollywood-hangover, Gooding won the Oscar in 1996 for “Jerry Maguire,” and hasn’t done much in the years since but leave people scratching their heads.

“What Dreams May Come” (1998)
“Instinct” (1999)
“Chill Factor” (1999)
“Men of Honor” (2000)
“Rat Race” (2001)
“Snow Dogs” (2002)
“Boat Trip” (2002)
“The Fighting Temptations” (2003)
“Radio” (2003)
“Shadowboxer” (2005)
“Dirty” (2005)
“End Game” (2006)
“What Love Is” (2007)
“Daddy Day Camp” (2007)
“Hero Wanted” (2008)
“Linewatch” (2008)
“The Way of War” (2009)
“The Devil’s Tomb” (2009)
“Lies and Illusions” (2009)
“Hardwired” (2009)
“Wrong Turn at Tahoe” (2009)
“The Hit List” (2009)
“Sacrifice” (2011)
“Red Tails” (2012)
“One in the Chamber” (2012)
“Life of a King” (2013)
“Absolute Deception” (2013)
“Freedom” (2014)

Things were bad for quite a while with Cuba, and sometime around 2007 it veered into projects with big-screen aspirations but straight-to-video inevitabilities. Someone could point to “Pearl Harbor” as some sort of success, but keep in mind no one remembers that as being a “Cuba Gooding” movie, and even those who liked the film thought Gooding’s work should have been cut out altogether.

Over the last eight years or so, Gooding seems to have selected his roles with two criteria: Will it let him point a gun in the poster? Will Christian Slater be in it as well? An amazing 28 films later, Cuba Gooding is still famous enough to be heavily-promoted in “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson,” which got so much attention that it may have just given Gooding another push. Somebody get Christian Slater on the phone: Hollywood has another decade of scripts waiting.

Cuba Gooding Jr. SOURCE: Getty

Posted by:Larry Carroll

Writer, Geek, Bon Vivant.