6 Super-Popular YouTubers Who Tried and Failed to Make it in Hollywood
For years, YouTube stars were nothing more than that — they were famous only to the people who bothered to watch them online. But in the past few years, a number of YouTube personalities have successfully made the leap from online fame to legit stardom. Tyler Oakley has become a red-carpet regular, interviewing celebs at A-list events like this year’s Grammys. (If you don’t know much about Tyler already, get ready to meet your new obsession.) And let’s not forget that Justin Bieber himself started out as a YouTube performer.
But those are the exceptions, not the rules. Usually, even the most popular YouTubers still aren’t impressive enough to meet Hollywood’s standards. A YouTube star might be one of the most talented singers out there — or a hilarious comic, or an amazing dancer… you get the idea — but ultimately, their fame will most likely stay confined to the Internet. Take a look at these YT icons who waded into Hollywood waters but couldn’t quite stay afloat:
Smosh (Ian Hecox & Anthony Padilla)
The guys of Smosh have been YouTube sensations for more than a decade. With 21 million subscribers and 5.2 billion video views, they're one of the most popular channels of all time. In 2014, some Hollywood execs decided to find out if that momentum could last on the big screen. The guys filmed Smosh: The Movie, and it came out in 2015, but... nobody really knew or cared. Sure, it did fairly well for a Netflix-released film, but it has just a 2-star rating on IMDB and a 47 percent rating on Rotton Tomatoes. Bummer. Although it doesn't look like these guys are destined to be Oscar winners, they did do some voiceover work for the new Angry Birds movie, so that's something!Photo: WENN