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Started by dead-ced-dead, November 26, 2021, 11:06:34 AM
Quote from: bgmnts on November 26, 2021, 10:44:23 PMI'm going to go and say Sam Neill purely on the basis he was rocketed to the moon by being given the lead in probably one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, being outshone in that film by Goldblum and then not doing much of note after, to my recollection (Event Horizon is great).But Goldblum went on to star in one of the othee biggest blockbusters of all time a few years later and become embedded in our cultural consciousness.
Quote from: Bad Ambassador on November 26, 2021, 11:08:24 PMNeill's been in a huge amount of stuff since then, just nothing even remotely on the same level. He's done 14 films in the last five years, including Peter Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok, Peter Rabbit 2 and Liam Neeson thumpathon The Commuter, as well as the excellent Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He's also done a bunch of television.
Quote from: thecuriousorange on November 26, 2021, 12:30:03 PMSam Worthington was handed a golden ticket with a starring role in Avatar, but was seen in very little else in the decade that followed. At least nothing anywhere near that scale. His generation's Michael Biehn?
Quote from: Ignatius_S on November 26, 2021, 11:09:53 PMNah.Firstly, both Neill and Goldblum were already well established actors. Secondly, Neill is an incredibly prolific actor who has been in a lot of very good stuff - admittedly, not huge commercial hits and something like Event Horizon was a flop - and Dean Spanley is absolutely wonderful. Dead Calm and The Dish were blockbusters, but brilliantly received and stand up today.Had he wanted to live in Hollywood, I suspect his career would have gone in a different direction but that's not what he wanted. TV stuff like The Tudors and Peaky Blinders did well and excellent notices.Not that I would particularly recommend them but he was in both the recent Peter Rabbit films
Quote from: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 26, 2021, 11:16:10 AMBryan Cranston seemed poised for great things after Breaking Bad, but nothing he's done since has really seemed to make a mark.
Quote from: Ignatius_S on November 26, 2021, 04:18:17 PMWith regards to picking films roles, these things aren't an exact science, actors are sometimes badly advised or for that matter, their representatives will simply not present them with offers. Additionally, circumstances change - Super Mario Bros. is a classic example; the principal cast all signed on due to the script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais but then found out a completely different one was going to be used, which they were stuck with. There are many actors that I wished had been in better films, but there are so many factors at play.
Quote from: Ham Bap on November 27, 2021, 12:22:59 AMI always wished that Patrick McGoohan was in more films. He's great in everything he's in. I know he turned down James Bond, did a few good films but apart from The Prisoner probably more well known for Columbo than any movie role he had, maybe apart from Braveheart.
Quote from: Ron Maels Moustache on November 27, 2021, 01:12:09 AMAnyway, my nomination for this thread would be Brad Davis. You probably wouldn't even recognise the name now, even though he began his movie career winning a Golden Globe for his part in Midnight Express and was almost cast as the lead in Rambo at one point. He had the looks and intensity of a young Brando, but despite roles in a few high profile films, he spectacularly fucked-up his career with booze and drugs, and although he cleaned up and made something of a comeback, he had tragically contracted HIV during his wild years and died in 1991 aged only 41.His posthumously-published memoir bluntly laid into Hollywood's hypocritical attitude to actors with AIDS, particularly how the studios would publicly claim to support AIDS and HIV actors, while effectively blacklisting them from working. I've often wondered if the fact that he turned on the industry was what led to him being effectively erased from film history, from Hollywood's point of view it's like he never existed.https://www.nytimes.com/1997/04/16/garden/for-the-widow-of-brad-davis-time-cannot-heal-all-the-wounds.html
Quote from: George White on November 27, 2021, 09:35:48 AMI get the impression that Neill never really wanted to be a STAR. He's not a very Hollywood guy anyway, what with his farm and his wine.
Quote from: SweetPomPom on November 27, 2021, 06:52:07 PMLast few things I've seen Liv Tyler in she's barely been a cameo with hardly any lines. That's got to be choices rather than all she's being offered.
Quote from: Bad Ambassador on November 27, 2021, 10:45:25 PMLinda Fiorentino acquired a reputation for being "difficult", coincidentally around the time she starred in the Weinstein-produced Dogma. Since then she made three films in 2000, one in 2002 and one in 2009.
Quote from: clingfilm portent on November 27, 2021, 11:35:15 PMAlso, wasn't Sean Young's career scuppered after she turned down sleazeball Charlie Sheen?
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