Picking the right script is harder than you might think. Sometimes, an actor says yes to a movie under the mistaken belief that it will be a huge hit, only for it to turn out to be an incoherent mess that puts off critics and audiences alike.

Then there are those movies where an actor is so wooden, he or she could be used to build a dining room table.

Oftentimes, these movies come very close to destroying an actor’s career. Here are twenty movies that almost crashed – or indeed did crash – their star’s careers.

Hayden Christensen – Attack Of The Clones / Revenge Of The Sith

Hayden Christensen probably thought landing the part of the adult Anakin Skywalker in the second movie of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy would lead to great things. Sadly, a combination of his wooden acting, George’s appalling script and two movies that were about as exciting as watching paint dry pretty much did for Christensen’s career. Luckily, despite the near-universal panning his acting in Star Wars received, Christensen has been working steadily ever since, and he’s currently got two movies in post-production.