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« on: April 23, 2009, 08:09:30 AM »

After watching Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler last night, I started thinking about actors who's career was in the toliet until one role brought them back.  Rourke in The Wrestler is a good example although I'd argue his performance as Marv in Sin City started the ball rolling.  Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man is another prime example. 

However, then there are the actors who's career is killed by a role.  The one that always comes to mind for me is Michael Beck in Xanadu.  He struck gold with his role as Swan in The Warriors but Xanadu killed his career. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009, 08:19:40 AM »

Anthony Perkins career was killed by Psycho
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2009, 08:20:56 AM »

Elizabeth Berkley is ShowGirls.
An American hero, she sacraficed her career for the greater good.

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 08:23:15 AM »

* John Travolta - saved by PULP FICTION

* Marlon Brando - saved by THE GODFATHER

* Frank Sinatra - saved by FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009, 08:51:12 AM »

* John Travolta - saved by PULP FICTION

And killed again by Battlefield Earth TeddyR
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2009, 08:54:54 AM »

* John Travolta - saved by PULP FICTION

And killed again by Battlefield Earth TeddyR

Then resurrected in Hairspray
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009, 02:03:10 PM »

One of the single most tragic:

Faye Dunnaway . . . "Mommie Dearest" . . .

Watch Dunnaway in "Bonnie and Clyde" or "The Affair" or "Chinatown" or numerous other roles, and then reflect that this very wonderful and watchable actress had her career done in completely by the public reception to her performance as Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest".  Prior to that, her films were all A-list, big budget, and she was an up-and-comer.  Afterwards, even though she never stopped working & has a new film due out in 2009, she was never offered a major role in a big-budget film again.  Even her brilliant turn in the Bukowski bio-pic "Barfly" failed to revive major interest in her.  Gotta give her props for not giving up!

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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2009, 03:33:31 PM »

One of the single most tragic:

Faye Dunnaway . . . "Mommie Dearest" . . .

Watch Dunnaway in "Bonnie and Clyde" or "The Affair" or "Chinatown" or numerous other roles, and then reflect that this very wonderful and watchable actress had her career done in completely by the public reception to her performance as Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest".  Prior to that, her films were all A-list, big budget, and she was an up-and-comer.  Afterwards, even though she never stopped working & has a new film due out in 2009, she was never offered a major role in a big-budget film again.  Even her brilliant turn in the Bukowski bio-pic "Barfly" failed to revive major interest in her.  Gotta give her props for not giving up!

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It's a shame....I actually enjoyed MOMMIE DEAREST quite a bit.

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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2009, 03:49:05 PM »

Bit of an obscure one here.

For those who have seen Kung Fu Hustle..  The lead villain, called simply beast in the film, is played by Bruce Leong.  He was one of the numerous Bruce Clones who popped up to fill in the void left by Bruce Lee's death in the 70s.  Well, he wasn't one of the more popular ones, and his career never really went too far.  His last film before Kung Fu Hustle was in 1988 - leaving a 16 year hole in his filmography between the two.  Since Kung Fu Hustle, he's landed three more roles. 

I dunno if his career will continue to stay afloat as an actor (though I think he deserves it - at 60, he's still in good shape and was quite entertaining in Kung Fu Hustle), but he certainly got a quite nice second shot at it thanks to Stephen Chow.
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2009, 04:00:01 PM »

Well, it's a phenomenon a little well placed nudity can't achieve.

Heather Graham was a cute girl hovering around the edges of indie cinema for a decade or so with no fanfare. Then came her clothes-doffing role as Roller Girl in "Boogie Nights" and she has been a sex symbol ever since.

This is also true of Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct."

Of course, neither of these two women are known for their acting ability.
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2009, 04:04:37 PM »

Well, it's a phenomenon a little well placed nudity can't achieve.

Heather Graham was a cute girl hovering around the edges of indie cinema for a decade or so with no fanfare. Then came her clothes-doffing role as Roller Girl in "Boogie Nights" and she has been a sex symbol ever since.

This is also true of Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct."

Of course, neither of these two women are known for their acting ability.

Sharon Stone was really good in Casino, the role that landed her an Oscar-nomination. 

Maybe that's a credit to Scorsese's directorial abilities more than anything?   TeddyR
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2009, 04:10:30 PM »

Judge Dredd killed Sly's career


Rocky Balboa saved Stallones's Career
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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2009, 06:54:15 AM »



It's a shame....I actually enjoyed MOMMIE DEAREST quite a bit.


I liked Mommie Dearest as well and found it to be a shame it did that to her career. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2009, 07:46:22 AM »

Judge Dredd killed Sly's career


Rocky Balboa saved Stallones's Career

Prior to that, Cliffhanger saved his career after a hat-trick of flops: Rocky V, Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2009, 11:49:44 AM »

Judge Dredd killed Sly's career


Rocky Balboa saved Stallones's Career

Prior to that, Cliffhanger saved his career after a hat-trick of flops: Rocky V, Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

Stallone is a prime example of this thread but he may hold the record for resiliency in Hollywood. For example, he does a film like Rambo then stars in Rhinestone. 
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