What The Hell Happened To ... Cuba Gooding Jr.?
Show him the money.
When we first started this column, we asked, "How did Wesley Snipes end up in direct-to-video hell?" In our second installment we pondered, "Where did Shannon Elizabeth go?" This week, Rotten Tomatoes turns its gaze upon the once-promising, now perplexing career of a certain boat-tripping, dog-sledding Oscar winner in hopes of pinpointing just where things went wrong. So what the hell happened to Cuba Gooding Jr.?
Perhaps it is as simple as the Oscar curse. Before his fervent acceptance speech at the 1996 Academy Awards, Cuba Gooding Jr. was an A-lister on the rise; after that, it all seemed to go downhill. Cuba Gooding Jr.'s career choices, to put it mildly, became erratic. Could behind-the-scenes management kerfuffles also have been to blame? Should Gooding not have chosen, as Tropic Thunder's Kirk Lazarus might say, to "go full retard" in Radio? And who will answer for the abomination that was Boat Trip? (And Snow Dogs? And Chill Factor? The list goes on...)
Read on to begin our investigation into the rise and fall (and rise and fall) of Cuba Gooding Jr.
First up: The Early Years