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Failed Leading Film Careers

David Schwimmer‘s attempt to become a leading man was a disaster. The Pallbearer & Kissing a Fool were disasters and box office bombs, even his supporting roles in Apt Pupil & Six Days, Seven Nights were not great. Who else failed miserably?

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by Anonymousreply 454March 9, 2024 1:24 AM

Jim Sturges - The Way Back and 21 come to mind. He can act, but he has little to no charisma. Not leading man material.

by Anonymousreply 1August 31, 2023 3:45 PM

I can’t think of one…

by Anonymousreply 2August 31, 2023 3:47 PM

Jessica Alba.

by Anonymousreply 3August 31, 2023 3:49 PM

Jude Law

by Anonymousreply 4August 31, 2023 3:51 PM

Josh Hartnett

by Anonymousreply 5August 31, 2023 3:51 PM

Matthew Perry

by Anonymousreply 6August 31, 2023 3:51 PM

R4 Jude had some successes

R5 total flop, but so hot

R6 Matthew flopped in romantic comedy but did okay with those Whole However Many Yards movies which were carried by Bruce Willis I guess

by Anonymousreply 7August 31, 2023 3:53 PM

R1 nice find. Yeah, so forgettable never even really knew his name and I saw those movies

by Anonymousreply 8August 31, 2023 3:55 PM

R2 did anyone see this?

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by Anonymousreply 9August 31, 2023 3:55 PM

Tom Greene

by Anonymousreply 10August 31, 2023 3:56 PM

Lily Collins

by Anonymousreply 11August 31, 2023 3:58 PM

Russell Brand

by Anonymousreply 12August 31, 2023 3:58 PM

R10 Daddy, would you like some sausage?!

by Anonymousreply 13August 31, 2023 3:58 PM

Clive Owen got the big push for a few years, and then was demoted to supporting roles.

by Anonymousreply 14August 31, 2023 4:01 PM

The studios tried with Schwimmer but the audiences said “neigh”

by Anonymousreply 15August 31, 2023 4:13 PM

Taylor Kitsch

by Anonymousreply 16August 31, 2023 4:20 PM

R16 good one

by Anonymousreply 17August 31, 2023 4:21 PM

Steve Guttenberg. Had some success as a leading man in the 1980s, but then shifted to supporting or behind-the-scenes roles.

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by Anonymousreply 18August 31, 2023 4:22 PM

Dane Cook

by Anonymousreply 19August 31, 2023 4:23 PM

R18 wasn't he on Married with Children?

by Anonymousreply 20August 31, 2023 4:23 PM

Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw in every fucking movie she did after SATC. Why pay to see Carrie Bradshaw in a movie when you can watch her on tv for free?

by Anonymousreply 21August 31, 2023 4:25 PM

R21 she’s so obnoxious in films. In fact she works best when her character is meant to be hated: First Wives Club, Family Stone

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by Anonymousreply 22August 31, 2023 4:27 PM

R19 true but this movie is hilarious

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by Anonymousreply 23August 31, 2023 4:28 PM

Personally I enjoyed David d Caruso's movies but he had a very narrow range. The cool tough guy speaking in a restrained monotone.

by Anonymousreply 24August 31, 2023 4:35 PM

I think Shelley Long is in the Failed Leading Film Careers Hall of Fame.

by Anonymousreply 25August 31, 2023 4:44 PM

Madonna. Bless her

by Anonymousreply 26August 31, 2023 4:45 PM

Madonna beats Shelley

by Anonymousreply 27August 31, 2023 4:46 PM

Re: Josh Hartnett. His failure was his choice because he didn’t want to be a movie star. He turned down several offers including the Superman franchise and several other films that would have vaulted him into the stratosphere career wise. But he didn’t want to and it pissed off Hollywood’s bigwig producers.

by Anonymousreply 28August 31, 2023 4:51 PM

Farrah Fawcett three bombs after leaving Charlie’s angels to make movies and her leading lady chance was gone.

Marisa Tomei and Mira Sorvino briefly tried to be leading ladies after their Oscar wins. Tomei was able to bounce back and is a permanent A list character actress.

by Anonymousreply 29August 31, 2023 4:53 PM

As far as actors go, Josh Hartnett seems smarter than most. I don't blame him for not wanting to be Superman. And he's done lots of small interesting things instead -- the man starred in Raoul Peck's Exterminate All the Brutes miniseries ffs. And now he's shining in a small role in Oppenheimer. He's going to have a longer career than expected

by Anonymousreply 30August 31, 2023 5:01 PM

Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigel and Kate Hudson

by Anonymousreply 31August 31, 2023 5:07 PM

Jim Parsons

by Anonymousreply 32August 31, 2023 5:11 PM

LOL, Hartnett would be playing leads in films if the public cared. They don't

by Anonymousreply 33August 31, 2023 5:20 PM

Obvious lesbian DL fave Ellen as a straight woman looking for a husband as the leading lady in a romantic comedy. Who thought this would be remotely believable? But she's done well for herself otherwise.

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by Anonymousreply 34August 31, 2023 5:23 PM

Topher Grace Thomas Jane Chris O'Donnell Eric Bana

by Anonymousreply 35August 31, 2023 5:32 PM

Wow I completely forgot about Jim Sturgess, r1. I was so hot for him after seeing 21. I wonder if he got harassed by Spacey.

by Anonymousreply 36August 31, 2023 5:39 PM

I OWN this thread.

by Anonymousreply 37August 31, 2023 6:03 PM

Seinfeld. His biggest role was an animated Bee and it flopped.

by Anonymousreply 38August 31, 2023 6:26 PM


by Anonymousreply 39August 31, 2023 6:51 PM

R38 But he never attempted live action leads. You tried it.

by Anonymousreply 40August 31, 2023 6:51 PM

Gretchen Mol

by Anonymousreply 41August 31, 2023 6:56 PM

Linda Fiorentino

by Anonymousreply 42August 31, 2023 7:10 PM

Can't Stop The Thread

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by Anonymousreply 43August 31, 2023 7:17 PM

Anyone from Downton Abbey

by Anonymousreply 44August 31, 2023 7:17 PM


by Anonymousreply 45August 31, 2023 7:26 PM

TimOTay big bent veiny chlamydia cock Chalamet

by Anonymousreply 46August 31, 2023 7:32 PM

Linda Fiorentino quit acting. I just saw her today in Dogma. She was a weirdo.

by Anonymousreply 47August 31, 2023 7:33 PM

Schwimmer as a leading man is just...hilarious in the worst way possible. Sure, he was an ensemble member on the biggest (read: also the worst) TV sitcom of the 90s, but that doesn't always translate to the big screen, and it definitely did not.

by Anonymousreply 48August 31, 2023 7:37 PM

Miss Anna Sten, grandmother of all failed Hollywood leading careers

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by Anonymousreply 49August 31, 2023 8:06 PM

Who wants to watch a movie named The Pallbearer?

by Anonymousreply 50August 31, 2023 8:24 PM

Timothée Chalamet

by Anonymousreply 51August 31, 2023 8:25 PM

Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler. Coincidentally, both did horrendous rom-coms with Jennifer Anniston.

by Anonymousreply 52August 31, 2023 8:35 PM

R52 I watched this POS while stuck on a runway while a plane was de-iced. Horrendous movie.

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by Anonymousreply 53August 31, 2023 8:38 PM

Ansel Elgort

by Anonymousreply 54August 31, 2023 8:46 PM

Josh Hartnett may not have become huge but he had/has major charm and looks.

by Anonymousreply 55August 31, 2023 9:13 PM

Justin Long OWNS this fucking thread

by Anonymousreply 56August 31, 2023 9:14 PM

R56 I can remember when Justin was in all those aughtie horror movies like Jeepers Creepers. He wasn't bad in those.

by Anonymousreply 57August 31, 2023 9:15 PM

Brenton, I love you bunches but you haven’t really registered on the big screen…

by Anonymousreply 58August 31, 2023 9:16 PM

I really like Aaron Eckhart.

by Anonymousreply 59August 31, 2023 9:18 PM

Justin Timberlake

by Anonymousreply 60August 31, 2023 11:24 PM

Johnathon Schaech

by Anonymousreply 61August 31, 2023 11:24 PM

Monica Potter

by Anonymousreply 62August 31, 2023 11:48 PM

Jennifer Connelly

by Anonymousreply 63August 31, 2023 11:49 PM

Didn't Monica Potter suffer from resembling Julia Roberts a little too much?

by Anonymousreply 64August 31, 2023 11:59 PM

Love Suzanne Pleshette, but it seems as though there was an attempt to make her a film star in the early 1960s and it didn't happen. Similarly, MTM tried movies post-Dick Van Dyke show and it went nowhere. The MTM show, was her 'crawling back to tv after failing in movies and Broadway' moment.

by Anonymousreply 65September 1, 2023 12:01 AM

Samantha Eggar

by Anonymousreply 66September 1, 2023 12:02 AM

R45 Oprah’s only flop was Beloved. You tried it.

by Anonymousreply 67September 1, 2023 12:13 AM

Robert Preston.

by Anonymousreply 68September 1, 2023 12:16 AM

I'd like to buy a G.

by Anonymousreply 69September 1, 2023 12:21 AM

G is the greatest actress of all time. The Academy almost never gets it right.

by Anonymousreply 70September 1, 2023 12:27 AM

1956 Universal

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by Anonymousreply 71September 1, 2023 12:57 AM

Zoe Zaldana.

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by Anonymousreply 73September 1, 2023 2:29 AM

Margaret Elliot

by Anonymousreply 74September 1, 2023 2:35 AM

Schwimmer directed the charming British film "Run, Fatboy, Run", and quick google tells me he's directed a lot of TV as well as producing.

I'm perfectly happy to say that he's better employed behind the camera in front of it.

by Anonymousreply 75September 1, 2023 2:55 AM

[Quote] Oprah’s only flop was Beloved. You tried it.

Well, it was the only theatrical release she starred in.

by Anonymousreply 76September 1, 2023 3:18 AM

Chris Evans

Sebastian Stan

Chris Hemsworth

by Anonymousreply 77September 1, 2023 3:21 AM

Scarlett Johansson is great in an ensemble cast but not so good at carrying films all on her own, Lucy, that Japanese movie etc

by Anonymousreply 78September 1, 2023 3:24 AM

I don't think Jennifer Aniston is a good example at all, although someone listed her above. She's had quite a number of financially successful movies: Office Space, Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses, We're the Millers, and Murder Mystery. And she's also had critical successes: Office Space (again), The Good Girl, Friends with Money, and Cake.

by Anonymousreply 79September 1, 2023 3:34 AM

Vera Hruba Ralston

Anna Sten

by Anonymousreply 80September 1, 2023 3:35 AM

Chris Pine

Harry Styles

Florence Puke

by Anonymousreply 81September 1, 2023 3:39 AM

Good ol' Anna Sten...

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by Anonymousreply 82September 1, 2023 3:40 AM

Meghan Markle

by Anonymousreply 83September 1, 2023 3:42 AM

R79 what a bunch of forgettable garbage and only a few of them were financially successful. Joan Rivers remarked that all her movies seemed the same.

by Anonymousreply 84September 1, 2023 3:51 AM

Woody Harrelson

by Anonymousreply 85September 1, 2023 4:34 AM

[quote] only a few of them were financially successful.

Actually, every single one I listed as financially successful did indeed turn a profit. (Check on imdb if you don't believe me.)

As for "forgettable garbage": that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. She has been a very successful (because profitable) movie star, like it or not.

by Anonymousreply 86September 1, 2023 4:44 AM

Diane Kruger

Claire Forlani

Josh Duhamel

Martin Henderson

Hayden Christensen

Orlando Bloom

Ashton Kutcher

by Anonymousreply 87September 1, 2023 4:50 AM

Alicia Silverstone owns this thread

by Anonymousreply 88September 1, 2023 4:51 AM

Rosamund Pike

by Anonymousreply 89September 1, 2023 4:59 AM

Jessica Biel

Charlie Hunnam

Gretchen Mol

Jeanne Tripplehorn

by Anonymousreply 90September 1, 2023 5:06 AM

Let's not overlook . . .

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by Anonymousreply 91September 1, 2023 5:17 AM

Stephen Dorff; Ann Magnuson; Cyndi Lauper; Anne Heche; Andrew Dice Clay; Tom Selleck; Rob Lowe; Dana Carvey; Chris Kattan; Julie Brown; Eric Stoltz; Cindy Crawford; Britney Spears; Courtney Love

by Anonymousreply 92September 1, 2023 5:32 AM

Dane Cook

by Anonymousreply 93September 1, 2023 5:33 AM

Robby Benson

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by Anonymousreply 94September 1, 2023 6:18 AM

Elisha Cuthbert

by Anonymousreply 95September 1, 2023 6:28 AM

Yahoo Serious

by Anonymousreply 96September 1, 2023 7:49 AM

Skeet Ulrich, Peter Gallagher, Alexander Skarsgård (his brother still has a chance)

by Anonymousreply 97September 1, 2023 8:02 AM

Jennifer Aniston's lifetime box office is respectable. Buy you have to admit she didn't attain A list leading lady status.

by Anonymousreply 98September 1, 2023 8:04 AM

forgot the link

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by Anonymousreply 99September 1, 2023 8:04 AM

Billy Eichner

by Anonymousreply 100September 1, 2023 8:20 AM

Polly Bergen!

by Anonymousreply 101September 1, 2023 12:57 PM

LaWanda Page

by Anonymousreply 102September 1, 2023 12:59 PM

Ken Osmond

by Anonymousreply 103September 1, 2023 1:00 PM

In regards to Chalamet, I agree pushing him as an action star has been utterly ridiculous. However, he and his team will keep pushing if it's the last thing they do. He still has Dune 2 and Wonka so while I wouldn't exactly called it failed yet, the public just isn't buying him.

by Anonymousreply 104September 1, 2023 1:47 PM

[quote] the public just isn't buying him.

Maybe new Hollywood will program it's AI movie stars with the illusion of testosterone

by Anonymousreply 105September 1, 2023 1:51 PM

All the plain Jane looking girls of the 2010s:

Emma Stone

Brie Larson

Jennifer Lawrence

Saoirse Ronan

by Anonymousreply 106September 1, 2023 1:51 PM

R106, I'm not sure the first three can be classified as "failed".

by Anonymousreply 107September 1, 2023 1:59 PM

Cuba Gooding, Jr. Although a lot of it has been by his own hand.

by Anonymousreply 108September 1, 2023 2:03 PM

R107: I'm not sure many of the people listed on here can be marked as failed. This thread will inevitably end up being like many other threads just listing celebrities we hate.

by Anonymousreply 109September 1, 2023 2:21 PM

Rami Malek. He goes from a Best Actor win to essentially a cameo with like only one line of dialogue in Oppenheimer.

by Anonymousreply 110September 1, 2023 2:22 PM

R106 Jennifer Lawrence was literally the biggest movie star in the world, male or female, for a good sustained half a decade. All 3 of these women are Academy Award winners and have starred in more than one huge commercial and critical hit. All 3 of them are considered attractive by wide sections of the public. That their careers may have had some dips and dives is virtually true of every movie star who has ever lived.

What the fuck are you talking about?

by Anonymousreply 111September 1, 2023 2:31 PM

Rachel Zegler in a year from now.

by Anonymousreply 112September 1, 2023 2:32 PM

R109, exactly. And anyone who brings up facts will be dismissed/mocked as a stan or something.

by Anonymousreply 113September 1, 2023 2:36 PM

Adrien Brody

by Anonymousreply 114September 1, 2023 2:44 PM

R111 nice rant. Did you notice there are 4 names on that cunt's list? Not 3.

by Anonymousreply 115September 1, 2023 2:51 PM

R114: He won too young.

by Anonymousreply 116September 1, 2023 2:55 PM

HALLE BERRY. I guess that's karma for that hit and run accident where she considered herself "the victim".

by Anonymousreply 117September 1, 2023 3:04 PM

Richard Grieco.

by Anonymousreply 118September 1, 2023 3:41 PM

Marion Davies

by Anonymousreply 119September 1, 2023 3:43 PM

R117: One word: Catwoman.

by Anonymousreply 120September 1, 2023 3:46 PM

Jennifer Anniston is a huge romcom star and successful female lead of comedies in general. Y’all Mary’s be hating.

Her Friends costar could only wish they attained her success in film.

by Anonymousreply 121September 1, 2023 3:49 PM

R120, absolutely. It proved that she wasn't an actress (which we already knew).

by Anonymousreply 122September 1, 2023 3:57 PM

R122 We did? Halle was brilliant in Jungle Fever and Boomerang. Cat woman was a horrible movie with a horrible script.

by Anonymousreply 123September 1, 2023 3:58 PM

A lot of these men have done well in comic book films, but have failed as a leading man in a straight drama or romcom.

by Anonymousreply 124September 1, 2023 3:59 PM

R123, admittedly, I have seen her later movies versus the earlier ones. Maybe I should give Jungle Fever and Boomerang a chance.

by Anonymousreply 125September 1, 2023 4:02 PM

R124 Excellent point.

by Anonymousreply 126September 1, 2023 4:10 PM


Halle had a leading film career and even she will admit, and has many times over, that Catwoman was horrible. She has had no problem making fun of it and even accepted the Razzie. She still makes fun of it to this day.

As someone else pointed out Boomerang & Jungle Fever were great. Most people didn't see Gothika (and it wasn't great) but she acted her ass off. The funny thing is, I'd say her best performance was "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," but that was not a theater release. She went for the sexpot roles like Swordfish and Die Another Day. There's a marked difference between Halle in "Losing Isaiah," and "Monster's Ball." She grew, she just didn't always take roles to show that off.

by Anonymousreply 127September 1, 2023 4:13 PM

David Schwimmer and Justin Long are both so fucking ugly and unappealing I will never understand how either one of them achieved any level of success.

by Anonymousreply 128September 1, 2023 4:26 PM

The one and only really good Schwimmer performance I've ever seen was in Band of Brothers. It was most unexpected.

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by Anonymousreply 129September 1, 2023 4:31 PM

R128: Tell me about it.

by Anonymousreply 130September 1, 2023 4:34 PM

[quote] I think Shelley Long is in the Failed Leading Film Careers Hall of Fame.

I agree. But, I will always love her as Carol in the theatrical Brady Bunch movies. She and Gary Cole had great chemistry. Gary should have had a bigger career.

by Anonymousreply 131September 1, 2023 4:36 PM

Thread Closed again and again and again..

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by Anonymousreply 132September 1, 2023 4:48 PM

Kate McKinnon only won her two Emmys because of politics. She tried a transition into movies but failed because people saw her for the talentless hack she is.

by Anonymousreply 133September 1, 2023 5:07 PM

I was always curious why Halle was never paired with Denzel in a movie. It seems almost like people didn’t want them in a film together.

by Anonymousreply 134September 1, 2023 5:11 PM

Justin Long was cute and dorky when he was young. Unfair to link him to Jewish Boo Radley from Friends.

by Anonymousreply 135September 1, 2023 5:17 PM

R20, no, it doesn't appear he was in that. There was a nebbishy character named Steve, I think.

I read this once about Steve Guttenberg: that he had a character actor's face but built a leading man's physique, so I guess that screwed him for both types of roles for a while.

by Anonymousreply 136September 1, 2023 5:22 PM

The guy who was going to take over Indiana Jones. Alden Ehrenreich.

R24 His best role was getting blown away by Christopher Walken in "The King of New York".

by Anonymousreply 137September 1, 2023 5:32 PM

[Quote] Jennifer Aniston's lifetime box office is respectable. Buy you have to admit she didn't attain A list leading lady status.

You're so right.

by Anonymousreply 138September 1, 2023 6:06 PM

David Duchovny.

See him in "Playing God." He disappears among Angelina Jolie, Timothy Hutton, and a few no-name gangsters.

by Anonymousreply 139September 1, 2023 6:14 PM

"The one and only really good Schwimmer performance I've ever seen was in Band of Brothers. "

He was also excellent in that miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial, he played Robert Kardashian and was subtle and affecting as a man who slowly realized his friend was actually guilty of a double murder.

And I'm no fan of his, and am happy that he's mostly behind the camera. But he impressed even this non-fan, in that one role.

by Anonymousreply 140September 1, 2023 6:39 PM

R140, is that the one where he kept saying "juice! Juice!!!!!".

by Anonymousreply 141September 1, 2023 6:45 PM

Saoirse Ronan had four Academcy Award nominations by the time she was 25, three for Best Actress. She's always been pushed for a Kate Winslet type career, not a Julia Roberts one. She's doing fine..

by Anonymousreply 142September 1, 2023 7:30 PM

Emma Stone R106?

You mean the Emma Stone whose new movie, [bold]Poor Things[/bold], just debuted in competition at the Venice Film Festival and is already getting rave reviews?

You mean [italic]that[/italic] Emma Stone?

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by Anonymousreply 143September 1, 2023 7:54 PM

While she has limited range, Scarlett is a lead. She was nominated for Marriage Story and had Black Widow built for her.

But I find all the current top lead actresses (Emma Stone, JLaw, Margot) to be bland.

by Anonymousreply 144September 1, 2023 8:27 PM

I wouldn't know Saoirse Ronan if she was sitting next to me on the subway.

by Anonymousreply 145September 1, 2023 11:15 PM

[Quote] You mean the Emma Stone whose new movie, Poor Things, just debuted in competition at the Venice Film Festival and is already getting rave reviews? You mean that Emma Stone?

Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and Ramy Youssef also star in a genre-defying film that starts as absurdist comedy but evolves into an unconventional reflection on female freedom.

With costars like that what could possibly go wrong . . .?

by Anonymousreply 146September 1, 2023 11:16 PM

R145, Great, that doesn't change the fact that she's had a successful career. Didn't Little Women make $100 million?

by Anonymousreply 147September 1, 2023 11:17 PM

They seem to remake LITTLE WOMEN every few years or so…why?

by Anonymousreply 148September 2, 2023 12:50 AM

[quote]Didn't Little Women make $100 million?

Worldwide: $206 million on a $40 million budget.

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by Anonymousreply 149September 2, 2023 5:53 AM

R149, what a BOMB!

by Anonymousreply 150September 2, 2023 5:36 PM

R140 yes you nailed it. I was going to say that. And it’s perfectly edited with how his character’s story arc played out.

by Anonymousreply 151September 2, 2023 7:13 PM

William Peterson

by Anonymousreply 152September 2, 2023 10:54 PM

Nick Cannon

by Anonymousreply 153September 2, 2023 10:58 PM

Jimmy Fallon

by Anonymousreply 154September 2, 2023 10:59 PM

Tracy Ullman, sadly. Very talented, but could not get traction

by Anonymousreply 155September 2, 2023 11:17 PM

Tracy Ullman was made for sketch comedy and character acting anyway.

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by Anonymousreply 157September 2, 2023 11:54 PM

Mitch Gaylord

by Anonymousreply 158September 3, 2023 12:06 AM

Tracey Ullman is a character actress, she was never built up as a lead actress. And I'm sure she never wanted that anyway.

by Anonymousreply 159September 3, 2023 12:25 AM

Sam Worthington

by Anonymousreply 160September 3, 2023 1:06 AM

Eric Bana

by Anonymousreply 161September 3, 2023 1:18 AM

Too bad about Bana, I liked him.

But I heard he insisted on spending a lot of time with his family in Australia, it may be that he just wasn't ambitious enough to claw his way all the way to the top. Well, I genuinely hope he's happy with the choices he made, and choosing family over Hollywood is much more likely to make a person happy than the reverse.

by Anonymousreply 162September 3, 2023 1:22 AM

[quote]choosing family over Hollywood is much more likely to make a person happy than the reverse.

That's bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 163September 3, 2023 1:26 AM

[quote] They seem to remake LITTLE WOMEN every few years or so…why?

Because it's one of the most beloved novels of all time? Just a guess.

by Anonymousreply 164September 3, 2023 1:27 AM

Little Women, the Three Musketeers, Lorna Doone, Pride and Prejudice, etc., will be made over and over. We should be due for a Treasure Island remake soon.

by Anonymousreply 165September 3, 2023 1:31 AM

in the US anyway I'd include Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas

by Anonymousreply 166September 3, 2023 1:34 AM

Penelope Ann Miller—she was in several big films in the early 90s, seemed to disappear, and then started showing up in supporting roles.

by Anonymousreply 167September 3, 2023 1:43 AM

Lauren Holly

by Anonymousreply 168September 3, 2023 1:51 AM

R21 i really liked SJP in Extreme Measures. I never watched Sex And The City, not my thing.

by Anonymousreply 169September 3, 2023 2:32 AM

Dermot Mulroney

by Anonymousreply 170September 3, 2023 2:43 AM

Loren Dean (whom I really liked).

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by Anonymousreply 171September 3, 2023 4:58 AM

I had a crush on Loren Dean. WEHT him?

by Anonymousreply 172September 3, 2023 5:07 AM

R44, many of Downton Abbey's cast had very respectable careers and still do. The UK isn't like Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 173September 3, 2023 5:48 AM

Jon Hamm. Box office poison. Confess Fletch was a piece of shit. Too many chances given to guy, that usually plays the asshole half way though the movie. Doing crappy commercials for a payday hasn’t helped either. He is not funny.

by Anonymousreply 174September 3, 2023 9:25 AM

He’s got a big role in the 2nd season of Good Omens. So far (I’ve only watched two episodes). It’s a goofball roll and I think he’s funny.

by Anonymousreply 175September 3, 2023 11:28 AM

^ role

by Anonymousreply 176September 3, 2023 11:29 AM

I like Eric Bana, really hot and a good actor. He never really became a household name.

by Anonymousreply 177September 3, 2023 11:33 AM

(R175) Hi Jon. Which bar are you at?

by Anonymousreply 178September 3, 2023 1:11 PM

R174: He must be getting desperate....he finally showed his ass in the season premiere.

by Anonymousreply 179September 3, 2023 1:50 PM

Christopher Atkins. A pretty face and a cute ass did not an actor make.

by Anonymousreply 180September 3, 2023 1:55 PM

R179 he better show us the Hammaconda now

by Anonymousreply 181September 3, 2023 2:34 PM

I've posted this before but Tracy Ullman's career was hurt by the fact she was loathed by everyone she worked with. A nasty, cruel woman. Remember, she sued the Simpsons creators for millions of dollars because, as she said something along the lines of: I suckled that show on my own tit.

James Brooks once said that he'd rather give up his career than ever talk to Tracy again.

Too bad, because her comedy is excellent. In real life, she's a walking tragedy.

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by Anonymousreply 182September 3, 2023 2:41 PM

R182 When did Brooks ever say that?

Tracey has plenty of friends in the business. And she did “breast-feed the yellow people,” which is why the network paid her millions in royalties for the early episodes.

You might be mistakenly blaming her for her dead husband’s producer antics. Allan McKeown was famously a prick and a clumsy producer in Hollywood. He was a music video director who conned her into letting him run her career, and he bullied anyone who came near her.

He’s dead now, so things are different.

by Anonymousreply 183September 3, 2023 3:15 PM

Like Lilly Tomlin I find myself studying Tracey Ullman rather than laughing at her. Loved her in PLENTY as Meryl Streep’s cross dressing sidekick.

by Anonymousreply 184September 3, 2023 3:27 PM

In Plenty she played the "only thing worth watching part". Every Streep movie seems to have one (though its never Meryl herself).

by Anonymousreply 185September 3, 2023 4:36 PM

Emile Hirsch

by Anonymousreply 186September 3, 2023 6:47 PM

Camilla Belle. Doing movies on Great American Family now.

by Anonymousreply 187September 3, 2023 6:49 PM

I think Eric Bana will have work whenever he wants it, at least in Australia - besides being incredibly hot, he's actually talented. Chopper was the first thing I saw him in and he's crazy good in it. He also was a comedian before becoming an actor which always surprised me - comedians shouldn't be that hot

by Anonymousreply 188September 3, 2023 8:19 PM

Griffin Dunne

by Anonymousreply 189September 3, 2023 8:21 PM

The late Treat Williams.

by Anonymousreply 190September 3, 2023 8:46 PM

Did Brenda Vaccaro ever make it in feature films?

by Anonymousreply 191September 3, 2023 9:40 PM

Some of these people just didn't have "It". Others, like Treat Williams, got sidetracked by drugs.

It's hard for people to believe, but there are people who just don't want leading film careers.

by Anonymousreply 192September 3, 2023 9:46 PM

The very FIRST Oscar winner Emil Jannings, winning for the Blue Angel alongside Marlena Dietrich,.

He is the first winner of an Academy Award, as after being announced as a winner, he was presented his Academy statuette a month before the actual ceremony. This also makes him the first no-show winner at an Academy Award presentation.

Because of his thick German accent, the advent of sound ended his American career. Returning to Germany, he became an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazis; thus, he spent the next decade-plus making films that supported Nazi ideology.

At war's end Jannings was blacklisted by the Allied authorities, and he never made another film. He died five years later, lonely and bitter.

Jannings reportedly carried his Oscar statuette with him as proof of his former association with Hollywood. However, his active role in Nazi propaganda meant that he was subject to denazification, and a comeback attempt would not be legal.

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by Anonymousreply 193September 3, 2023 9:53 PM

[quote] The one and only really good Schwimmer performance I've ever seen was in Band of Brothers.

Never found him sexy until I saw him in Band of Brothers. He's actually a great actor when he performs in roles outside of comedy.

by Anonymousreply 194September 3, 2023 9:55 PM

Maxwell Caufield.

by Anonymousreply 195September 3, 2023 9:59 PM

R195, saying Caufield was being groomed to be a leading man is like saying Lorna Luft was being groomed to be a leading lady.

by Anonymousreply 196September 3, 2023 11:56 PM

As an aside, Polly Bergen was a cunt.

by Anonymousreply 197September 4, 2023 12:11 AM

Why r195?

by Anonymousreply 198September 4, 2023 12:47 AM

R171 Loren Dean seems like a poor man's Matthew Modine combined with a poor man's Kurt Russell

by Anonymousreply 199September 4, 2023 12:51 AM

Mandy Moore

by Anonymousreply 200September 4, 2023 1:45 AM

Elizabeth Shue

by Anonymousreply 201September 4, 2023 1:50 AM

Joey Heatherton

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by Anonymousreply 202September 4, 2023 2:03 AM

So… everyone?

by Anonymousreply 203September 4, 2023 2:04 AM

Veronica Lake

Betty Hutton

Brandon Routh

by Anonymousreply 204September 4, 2023 2:09 AM

Edmund Purdom

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by Anonymousreply 205September 4, 2023 2:13 AM

Rik Mayall. Americans just didn't get him.

by Anonymousreply 206September 4, 2023 2:31 AM

Betty Hutton had a huge film career

by Anonymousreply 207September 4, 2023 3:57 AM

"Emile Hirsch"

Emile Hirsch made enemies. I forget the story, but apparently he assaulted a big cheese, or someone who was close to a big cheese. And he was basically blacklisted after that, the offers stopped dead.

Now it's possible for some actors to come back after assaulting someone, but even someone as talented as Russell Crowe had to spend a few years in purgatory before becoming employable in Hollywood again. But Crowe was both talented and a proven moneymaker before his little scandal, and Hirsch hadn't proven himself at the box office when he made his little slipup. So he'd made a powerful enemies and allegedly pissed other people off, so when he found himself in trouble nobody would help him.

by Anonymousreply 208September 4, 2023 4:19 AM

Rachael Leigh Cook

by Anonymousreply 209September 4, 2023 4:22 AM

Jennifer Love Hewitt

by Anonymousreply 210September 4, 2023 4:27 AM

Freddie Prinz Jr

by Anonymousreply 211September 4, 2023 4:27 AM

It always seemed like Freddie just walked away.

by Anonymousreply 212September 4, 2023 4:36 AM

Eric Bana was great in Dirty John.

by Anonymousreply 213September 4, 2023 4:41 AM

50's actress Maggie McNamara (Three Coins in the Fountain). She was poised to be the American Audrey Hepburn, but she had mental issues and walked away from acting after just 10 years and 5 films. She committed suicide at 50

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by Anonymousreply 214September 4, 2023 4:47 AM

Ezra Miller

by Anonymousreply 215September 4, 2023 4:51 AM

I mean they really are LUCKY when they're cast in a sitcom as themselves based on their ability to land a joke.

by Anonymousreply 216September 4, 2023 5:13 AM

I remember in the mid-90s when Julia Ormond was everywhere--Legends of the Fall, First Knight, Sabrina, Smilla's Sense of Snow, etc., but she never really caught on as a leading lady.

by Anonymousreply 217September 4, 2023 5:14 AM

Lindsay Lohan

by Anonymousreply 218September 4, 2023 6:11 AM

R217 She’s a perfect example, because while she was certainly talented enough and perfectly attractive, she just didn’t have the extra “something” that makes a star. In some inexplicable way that you couldn’t quite put your finger on. And Hollywood really tried to make her happen. And it just didn’t…happen.

Of course the Emile Hirsch example, if true, shows that we never really know what goes on behind the scenes that is make or break time. It not always just about what we see on the screen.

by Anonymousreply 219September 4, 2023 7:26 AM

[quote] Jennifer Love Hewitt

I still have no idea to this day why so many people think/thought she was stunning and hot. Sure, she had a rack, but everything else was "meh".

by Anonymousreply 220September 4, 2023 3:52 PM

Ryan Philippe

by Anonymousreply 221September 4, 2023 5:46 PM

I hated JLH for life when she portrayed Audrey Hepburn. That alone should have gotten her banned from Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 222September 4, 2023 6:47 PM

JLH and her squinty, fake smile:


by Anonymousreply 223September 5, 2023 2:29 AM

Emile Hirsch assaulted a young woman at a bar. He appears to have serious violence/mental issues.

by Anonymousreply 224September 5, 2023 6:19 AM

Julia Ormond was fucking Harrison Ford and that is how she got Sabrina. No idea about the other roles. Of course, even the talented have to fuck for roles in Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 225September 5, 2023 6:20 AM

R225 That certainly applies to the men as well.

by Anonymousreply 226September 5, 2023 7:17 AM

Eve Plumb never made it big after ‘Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway’.

by Anonymousreply 227September 5, 2023 8:41 AM

Mama’s mussy twitching with Josh Hartnett‘s Black Mirror episode with him and Aaron Paul face to face in their skivvies up in orbit, HAWT!!

by Anonymousreply 228September 5, 2023 9:23 AM

Rae Dawn Chong. She was the It Girl for a brief moment in the 80s, but once the 90s rolled around her career took a nosedive.

by Anonymousreply 229September 5, 2023 10:10 AM

Rae Dawn is so obnoxious that it would not surprise me if she alienated people in Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 230September 5, 2023 11:13 AM

Elizabeth Berkeley

by Anonymousreply 231September 5, 2023 11:27 AM

I like 'While You Were Sleeping' but I think Sandra Bullock has made a lot of forgettable garbage.

by Anonymousreply 232September 5, 2023 11:36 AM

Ronnie and Nancy got married right after he made that movie with the chimp.

Then they both just fell off the face of the earth.

by Anonymousreply 233September 6, 2023 2:26 AM

Peter MacNicol was supposed to the great white boy hope prior to Sophie's Choice. Kevin and Meryl stole the movie away from him. Then he played a goofy asshat in Ghostbusters 2 and his entire career went down the shitter.

by Anonymousreply 234September 6, 2023 2:26 AM

R234 He did great work on Veep and 24, and seems content with his career

by Anonymousreply 235September 6, 2023 3:10 AM

R235 Even though he was horrible on Veep

by Anonymousreply 236September 6, 2023 3:16 AM

Sharon Stone, movie star for life. Rarely very good in a leading role, with a few exceptions. Couldn't carry movies to make a career.

Leading role worldwide box office under 1 billion. Charlize Theron career box-office as a lead = 1.6 billion. Kristen Stewart = 4 billion!!!

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by Anonymousreply 237September 6, 2023 10:59 AM

Lee Tracy

Rangy, red-headed and straightforward to the bone while possessing distinctively adenoidal vocal tones, this actor with a voracious appetite for high living was a fine cinematic representation of the racy and race-paced style of pre-Code Hollywood. Lee Tracy patented with peerless skill the lightning rod timing and machine gun delivery so identified with that period and would have continued on handsomely in films had severe typecasting, a hair-trigger temper and a notoriously reckless off-camera life not gotten the best of him.

During the filming of Viva Villa! (1934) in Mexico City, Tracy displayed shocking, ungentlemanly behavior that resulted in fisticuffs with the law and a high-profile arrest on public morals charges. MGM not only kicked Tracy off the picture but felt compelled to apologize publicly to the Mexican people for his disrespect and terminate the actor's five-year contract.

"ungentlemanly behavior" ie he got drunk and peed off a hotel balcony onto a crowd of Mexicans.

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by Anonymousreply 238September 6, 2023 11:51 AM

R237 Jesus. Huge box-office stats is not the full story of a successful Hollywood career. If that is the case then Meryl Streep should be shuffled to the margins.

You acknowledge that Sharon Stone was a movie star, so why include her at all? If iconic Sex Goddess Sharon Stone gets dismissed as “failed”, then who else? Sophia Loren? Marilyn Monroe?

by Anonymousreply 239September 6, 2023 7:42 PM

Sophia Loren was a SUCCESSFUL leading lady. It's been often said that Sharon Stone is a Movie Star without a movie career.

by Anonymousreply 240September 6, 2023 7:44 PM

R236 He was a delightfully foul villain, and stole every scene. They tried to put him up for an Emmy, but he appeared in too many scenes to count as a guest star.

by Anonymousreply 241September 6, 2023 7:50 PM

I guess it’s all relative. Sharon Stone remains a very famous person. And Basic Instinct, Total Recall and Casino were all big hits of their time. Either commercially or critically. I personally wouldn’t put Stone in the same category as a Julia Ormond.

by Anonymousreply 242September 6, 2023 7:50 PM

Nor would I.

by Anonymousreply 243September 6, 2023 7:57 PM

[quote] Timothée Chalamet

I'm afraid his career is doing just dandy, much to your regret.

by Anonymousreply 244September 6, 2023 8:26 PM

Sharon gets a pass because her performances in Basic Instinct and Casino are iconic. She was redhot from 1992-1996. Definitely a huge star and one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. Not an overall failure at all.

by Anonymousreply 245September 6, 2023 8:31 PM

There is no Hollywood star that hasn’t had flops. Some of the major ones have had as many flops as successes. It’s the nature of the business. Only on DL would someone as successful, rich and famous as Sharon Stone-or Margot Robbie or Jennifer Lawrence for that matter-be included in a thread on “failed careers”. And many, many of the all-time Hollywood greats went through serious career slumps before rebounding back in later years. Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are some prime examples.

Now there have been many examples of overhyped newcomers that were given multiple chances, didn’t catch on, and basically faded into obscurity.The Gretchen Mols and Christopher Atkins’s of the world. That’s different. For some it’s fairly obvious why. For others it’s more inexplicable.

The OP did say failed “leading” careers. Many do go on to fairly successful careers as character actors in supporting roles. There’s nothing to be ashamed of in that. The much maligned Julia Ormond popped up in some episodes of Mad Men a few years back. I thought her work was interesting and even sexy. And she looked beautiful. Clearly she had reserves of talent that Hollywood didn’t tap.

by Anonymousreply 246September 6, 2023 10:31 PM

Geena Davis would've had a stronger career if she hadn't fucked so many failures.

Her worst films usually involved a boyfriend/husband. Cutthroat Island. The Long Kiss Goodnight. Earth Girls are Easy.

by Anonymousreply 247September 6, 2023 10:38 PM

Jeff Goldblum isn’t a failure

by Anonymousreply 248September 6, 2023 10:50 PM

R244: Not much longer.

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by Anonymousreply 249September 7, 2023 3:38 AM

R249 Yeah he seemed promising in the beginning but he’s gone full Hollywood douchebag.

by Anonymousreply 250September 7, 2023 4:04 AM

R18 They liked him when he was young and pretty, but that didn't last.

by Anonymousreply 251September 7, 2023 4:14 AM

Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey and Jessica Raine from Call The Midwife. They both left their respective hit shows after 3 seasons for their film careers. I can't help think that both would have been better to stay in their roles and ride the success of them.

by Anonymousreply 252September 7, 2023 8:46 AM

I doubt Stevens' career would be any different if he had stayed on Downton

by Anonymousreply 253September 7, 2023 7:24 PM

He would have got decent money from the remaining series and films and played a big part in the storylines of a globally watched tv series.

by Anonymousreply 254September 7, 2023 8:56 PM

I couldn't stand Jessica Raine in CTM, but she will probably have a longer career from doing various roles than the woman who's been playing Trixie for a million years now.

by Anonymousreply 255September 7, 2023 11:21 PM

Jessica Raines has the worst case of resting bitch face of any actress alive today. (Or dead)

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by Anonymousreply 256September 8, 2023 12:03 AM

Geena Davis

by Anonymousreply 257September 8, 2023 12:26 AM

LeeLee Sobieski

by Anonymousreply 258September 8, 2023 12:47 AM

Didn't she become a dominatrix?

by Anonymousreply 259September 8, 2023 12:58 AM

Shannyn Sossamon

by Anonymousreply 260September 8, 2023 1:00 AM

Lolita Davidovich

Lena Olin

by Anonymousreply 261September 8, 2023 1:01 AM

Anne Heche

by Anonymousreply 262September 8, 2023 1:04 AM

Abbie Cornish

by Anonymousreply 263September 8, 2023 1:22 AM

Freddie Prinze, Jr. Those insipid romcoms were like poison to his film career. Also he wasn’t very good.

by Anonymousreply 264September 8, 2023 1:25 AM

Lisa Eichhorn

by Anonymousreply 265September 8, 2023 8:50 PM

Julia Stiles

Jason Biggs

by Anonymousreply 266September 8, 2023 9:02 PM

Mena Suvari

by Anonymousreply 267September 8, 2023 9:05 PM

Heather Graham.

Gretchen Mol. Especially her. I felt bad for her because she was promoted with so much drama and hype. It got out of control through no fault of hers.

by Anonymousreply 268September 8, 2023 11:22 PM

Klinton Spilsbury

by Anonymousreply 269September 8, 2023 11:53 PM

Lucille Bremer

by Anonymousreply 270September 8, 2023 11:53 PM

Lucille Bremmer was fucking a big-time producer, someone high up in the MGM musicals department. She was known around the MGM lot as "[Big Producer's] Piece".

She got as far as she did because she was passably pretty, was a passable dancer, and knew who to fuck for roles. But she was totally lacking in acting chops and star quality, so her career was actually better than the career she deserved.

by Anonymousreply 271September 9, 2023 2:55 AM

I’m not sure what we’re counting as failure.

Shirley Temple certainly failed as an adult lead. As did Deanna Durbin.

by Anonymousreply 272September 9, 2023 3:15 AM

I cannot stand David Schwimmer.

by Anonymousreply 273September 9, 2023 3:20 AM

No, Deanna Durbin had hits as a young adult.

by Anonymousreply 274September 9, 2023 3:22 AM

R272 On the DL any actor whose films haven’t all grossed $500 million worldwide, or won 3 Academy Awards, is embarrassing failure.

by Anonymousreply 275September 9, 2023 4:16 AM

R271 Lucile Bremer was fucking Arthur Freed. Some of her other roles weren’t great, but she was perfect in Meet Me in St Louis.

by Anonymousreply 276September 9, 2023 5:15 AM

Has Taylor Kitsch been mentioned?

by Anonymousreply 277September 9, 2023 2:41 PM

Isn't it funny how Taylor is getting all this press about a "comeback" and he never ever mentions his role in "The Normal Heart"?

by Anonymousreply 278September 9, 2023 3:56 PM

Kitsch was the weakest link in TNH. cute but not the best actor IMO.

by Anonymousreply 279September 9, 2023 3:58 PM

He wasn't much of a pleasure on the set either.

by Anonymousreply 280September 9, 2023 4:00 PM

[quote]Has Taylor Kitsch been mentioned?


by Anonymousreply 281September 9, 2023 4:01 PM

R280, details…c’mon now.

by Anonymousreply 282September 9, 2023 4:04 PM

(R253) I wanna know why he did the horrible Lucy in the Sky with Natalie Portman? He was so miscast.

by Anonymousreply 283September 10, 2023 5:05 AM

Was Taylor’s boyfriend on set? R280

by Anonymousreply 284September 10, 2023 5:21 AM

Who’s Taylor’s boyfriend?

by Anonymousreply 285September 10, 2023 5:24 AM

Micheal E. Knight left All My Children and got the lead in Date with an Angel with Phoebe Cates. It was a bomb, and he was soon back on AMC.

by Anonymousreply 286September 10, 2023 12:36 PM

Stars appear to be on top but still have a hard time predicting their career. Some get their second wind because they partner with a certain director. Quentin Tarantino said no one wanted Travolta at the time of Pulp Fiction. Travolta's last film was Look Who's Talking 2, before Tarantino hired him. Linda Hamilton's career flatlined after breaking with James Cameron.

Famous actors like Freddie Prince Jr. hit walls behind the scenes. They're household names and we think they could have any movie they want, but it's harder work staying on top. Ruffling the wrong feathers can shut someone out.

I see why some actors like Josh Hartnett, Bridget Fonda, get a taste, make their movies, find out it's really kind of unfulfilling and don't care about playing someone else's game. Waiting hours in trailers for sets, doing multiple takes, green screens, multiple takes of the boring parts of acting work. It's so much different than a lively theatrical performance on stage.

Doing the promotional interview circuits, competition with costars being asked the same questions over and over, hounded or autographs and privacy invaded. Imagine doing all that work, feeling like acting in movies isn't all that cracked up to be just to find out all after all the hard work you put in, it was mediocre, or a bomb.

Seems to me, more than being an actor, actors have to really love the whole game to keep at it. That's why the ego maniacs survive.

by Anonymousreply 287September 10, 2023 3:12 PM

He is so sexy to me on Friends. But only on Friends.

by Anonymousreply 288September 10, 2023 3:13 PM

Thank God, Molly Shannon.

by Anonymousreply 289September 10, 2023 3:49 PM

"Seems to me, more than being an actor, actors have to really love the whole game to keep at it. That's why the ego maniacs survive."

That's why I think that Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a huge career advantage in Hollywood. It gives a person the overwhelming need for attention that it takes to devote years of your life to put in the gruntwork it takes to maintain fame, and it gives you the casual ruthlessness needed to clear all obstacles out of your way. The Jennifer Lawrences of the world may decide that being tops of the A-list isn't worth it, but a Tom Cruise or Joan Crawford will make that A-List fame the cornerstone of their existence. And that's why they stayed stars for decades.

by Anonymousreply 290September 10, 2023 11:30 PM

Will Ferrell I believe he is a one note actor. He cannot hold my attention in a leading role. No sex appeal and zero chemistry with the camera. His falling out with his business partner (Adam McKay) was a reflection of Adam agreeing Will was not suitable for the leading role. Will acted like a pathetic baby and threw a tantrum.

Correct me if I am wrong.

by Anonymousreply 291September 11, 2023 3:01 AM

R290: Honey they wouldn’t be in show business if they weren’t narcissistic looney tunes.

by Anonymousreply 292September 11, 2023 3:03 AM

I worked with the girl that was Gretchen Mol’s colorist, and you could smell the starlet’s desperation on her when she came in!

by Anonymousreply 293September 11, 2023 2:12 PM

R293 what would Gretchen do?

by Anonymousreply 294September 11, 2023 4:22 PM

R294, it’s not something you can “do”, but she wasn’t “on”- vivacious, colorful, or endearing. There wasn’t an overall likeability or “stickiness” factor to her like Jennifer Coolidge or Sigorney Waever (I worked with both of them)

She’d just come off Boardwalk Empire, and seemed cautious, wan, and weary- a sort of dishwater personality. At that junction, you become part of a much larger publicity and marketing machine, get pulled along for the ride, and a lot of it is how you respond to luck, timing, and exposure. You cannot take yourself or the process seriously, second guess, or wear your emotions on your sleeve.

She did. I admit I am very much the same way with my career.

Female celebrity momentum also very much like a pregnancy in that if you haven’t landed an even more notable, prestigious or meaty project in nine months than the previous, you’re dead in the water and forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 295September 11, 2023 6:05 PM


by Anonymousreply 296September 11, 2023 11:50 PM

Kate Hudson? Did she ever live up to the promise of ALMOST FAMOUS?

by Anonymousreply 297September 12, 2023 1:20 AM

Hell NO!!!!

by Anonymousreply 298September 12, 2023 1:26 AM

Penny Milford was a neighbor of mine in NYC very briefly R294.... and never was able to capitilize on her early Oscar nom

Does anyone on DL remember the name Penny Milford??

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by Anonymousreply 299September 12, 2023 1:38 AM

Holy crap. Penny's still alive? Damn, she was good.

by Anonymousreply 300September 12, 2023 4:02 AM

"Kate Hudson? Did she ever live up to the promise of ALMOST FAMOUS?"

She went on to single-handedly kill the RomCom genre, which has to be a major achievement of a sort.

by Anonymousreply 301September 12, 2023 5:55 AM

Of course, R299 she was Miss Flem in Heathers

by Anonymousreply 302September 12, 2023 7:34 AM

[Quote] "Kate Hudson? Did she ever live up to the promise of ALMOST FAMOUS?"

Never even came close.

by Anonymousreply 303September 13, 2023 2:41 AM

Linda Cardellini

by Anonymousreply 304September 18, 2023 12:15 PM

Linda Fiorentino. Touted as the successor to Barbara Stanwyck after THE LAST SEDUCTION. But she was outspoken about things and many bigwigs in Tinseltown were not happy with her comments and she was greylisted. She still got work but nothing major.

by Anonymousreply 305September 18, 2023 3:18 PM

R297 She got to fuck MCBogo and star in a movie with him. She’s fine.

by Anonymousreply 306September 18, 2023 4:09 PM

She’s done far better than was warranted by her lack of talent.

by Anonymousreply 307September 18, 2023 5:42 PM

I think a lot of this defines the industry more than the actors mentioned, mostly. It’s a churn.

by Anonymousreply 308September 18, 2023 6:12 PM

Hilary Duff. I don't need to say anything except....Hilary Duff. Oh and Lindsay Lohan (obviously).

by Anonymousreply 309September 18, 2023 6:16 PM

Has Teresa Wright been mentioned? She was an A-list ingenue (Shadow of a Doubt is my favorite Hitchcock, and his), but never really moved on to leading lady roles with any success.

by Anonymousreply 310September 18, 2023 8:10 PM

Teresa Wright took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Mrs. Miniver" the same year she was nominated for Best Actress for "Pride of the Yankees." In both films, she was a sweet-natured, devoted young wife, and in "The Best Years of Ours Lives," she was a sweet-natured devoted young daughter. She was in a lot of big, prestige pictures, but her public falling out with Samuel Goldwyn seemed to doom her chances of bigger success.

by Anonymousreply 311September 18, 2023 9:06 PM

Betty Hutton was another one who allowed her mouth to sabotage her career.

by Anonymousreply 312September 19, 2023 12:58 AM

Has Nastassia Kinski been mentioned yet, because it sure seemed like they were trying hard to make her happen in the early '80s (Exposed, Cat People, Unfaithfully Yours, The Hotel New Hampshire...)

by Anonymousreply 313September 19, 2023 2:27 AM

The discount Leo DiCaprios -- Michael Pitt and Dane DeHaan

by Anonymousreply 314October 1, 2023 10:15 AM

Shiloh Fernandez. They tried to make him happen.

by Anonymousreply 315October 1, 2023 11:25 AM

Richard Madden.

by Anonymousreply 316October 1, 2023 1:03 PM

Peter Firth. Great comeback as an older actor in "MI:5," ("Spooks"), but he didn't resemble his former self! (Launching pad series for careers of Nicola Walker and Matthew MacFadyen.)

by Anonymousreply 317November 13, 2023 7:18 AM

Kit Harrington.

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by Anonymousreply 318November 13, 2023 7:19 AM

R314: Don't forget Mouseboy.

by Anonymousreply 319November 14, 2023 8:22 PM

R318 Kit doesn’t really have star power and was just lucky to ride the GOT wave to the bitter end. He’s always going to be ‘Jon Snow’. Compare that to Richard Madden’s character being killed off early allowed him to use GOT as a stepping stone to move on to other things.

by Anonymousreply 320November 15, 2023 8:18 AM

R119, that’s not true. Marion Davies had a very successful career. She chose to retire in 1937. As a result, her films were no longer shown.

In 1942, “Citizen Kane” harmed her reputation; people perceived Marion as “Susan Alexander”. It was a horrible injustice. Even Orson Welles regretted the damage to Marion’s reputation.

by Anonymousreply 321November 15, 2023 11:27 AM

No one's mentioned Anne Heche.

She was meant to be the next "It Girl" of the late 90s, but she got with Ellen right as her first leading role dropped, and she claims the studios killed her career because of it.

But was it her talent/persona that did her in?

by Anonymousreply 322November 15, 2023 2:18 PM

Virginia Mayo

by Anonymousreply 323November 15, 2023 2:24 PM

Brie Larson she's not a marvel

by Anonymousreply 324November 15, 2023 3:03 PM

R299 Penelope was good in Heathers Her performance in the vastly overrated Coming Home for which she received an Oscar nomination was nothing to write home about

by Anonymousreply 325November 15, 2023 3:06 PM

Linda Fiorentino’s last credit is in 2009. She torched her own career with her bad behavior.

by Anonymousreply 326November 15, 2023 3:35 PM

[quote]As an aside, Polly Bergen was a cunt.

What, r197? I guess maybe when she was younger, but I did several projects in her later years and she was an absolute sweetheart.

Really charming and very nice.

by Anonymousreply 327November 15, 2023 11:04 PM

Rebecca Ferguson

by Anonymousreply 328November 16, 2023 4:20 AM

[Quote]As an aside, Polly Bergen was a cunt.

R327 You know how bitchy fags cane be

by Anonymousreply 329November 16, 2023 5:13 AM

[quote]R49 Miss Anna Sten, grandmother of all failed Hollywood leading careers

aka Miss Anna STENCH, to investors.

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by Anonymousreply 330November 16, 2023 6:42 AM

Sam Goldwyn financed his films with his own money so he did’t have investors, afaik.

by Anonymousreply 331November 16, 2023 6:51 AM

[quote]R148 They seem to remake LITTLE WOMEN every few years or so…why?

Because it always makes money.

What do you think Hollywood is there for?

by Anonymousreply 332November 16, 2023 6:54 AM

I saw all three of Anna Sten’s big leading roles for Goldwyn and the only one I didn’t enjoy was Nana. She was great in The Wedding Night but she got a bum rap and her looks were out of synch with the times. Plus that thick accent. Good actress, though - she had a big part in Soldier Of Fortune with Clark Gable and Susan Hayward (1955) and nailed it.

by Anonymousreply 333November 16, 2023 6:55 AM

John Lund. Paramount thought he would be their postwar Clark Gable, went so far as to pose him in exact copies of Gable publicity stills from the ‘30s.

Rosemary Clooney. She was in a handful of early 1950s films, then played the female lead in White Christmas, the highest grossing of 1954. Young, pretty, soulful - good singer and actress. Very promising film career - but she decided to have five kids for the next five years, instead.

William B. Peterson was supposed to be the next big thing in movies, with To Live And Die In LA.

Edward Albert really went nowhere after Butterflies Are Free.

by Anonymousreply 334November 16, 2023 7:07 AM

*William L. Petersen

by Anonymousreply 335November 16, 2023 7:09 AM

R323 Virginia Mayo was a popular leading star for a reasonable amount of time. Most stars of those days had 5 or10 years at the top (like Ruth Roman). She had more than 10, under contract to Sam Goldwyn, then Warner Bros.

Viveca Lindfors comes to mind. More success as a character actress or on the stage. Warner Bros. Launched her as a beautiful leading lady opposite Errol Flynn.

Nancy Olson, Barbara Bel Geddes, Signe Hasso, Tana Elg.

Nancy Davis (Reagan).

John Hodiak.

Alida Valli. Really good actress from Italy. David Selznick failed to turn her into an American star, though she went back to greater success in Italian films. And was great in The Third Man.

Faith Domergue.

Jane Russell, kind of.

by Anonymousreply 336November 16, 2023 7:23 AM

Lucille Bremer

by Anonymousreply 337November 16, 2023 7:26 AM

Tippi Hedren

by Anonymousreply 338November 16, 2023 7:26 AM

C. Thomas Howell, Mitch Gaylord, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, Kelly McGillis, Charlie Schlatter, Craig Scheffer, Brooke Shields, Matthew Modine, Christian Slater, Deborah Foreman, Skeet Ulrich, NEVE CAMPBELL.

by Anonymousreply 339November 16, 2023 7:34 AM

Anne Heche wasn't pretty enough, interesting enough or sexy enough to be leading lady material. Plus, she was a weirdo. And I agree her relationship with Ellen didn't help, but that was not the only reason.

by Anonymousreply 340November 16, 2023 12:21 PM

[quote]r334 Very promising film career - but she decided to have five kids for the next five years, instead.

Clooney needed to keep her legs closed to married men - including her husband.

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by Anonymousreply 341November 16, 2023 9:08 PM

Rebecca De Mornay

by Anonymousreply 342November 18, 2023 4:32 AM

R342 She did okay after she took over running that homeless shelter and charity bookstore in NYC. Even if they didn’t want the muffin tops.

by Anonymousreply 343November 18, 2023 6:10 AM

Diane Venora

by Anonymousreply 344November 19, 2023 2:33 PM

Lara Flynn Boyle

by Anonymousreply 345November 19, 2023 2:35 PM

After winning America’s heart as Tiffany Welles, it seemed there was nothing Shelley Hack couldn’t do. Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese fought to have her in their movies, increasing her luster, but then the highly anticipated TROLL (1986) failed to score at the box office.

The once meteoric ride was over. And it was back to television.

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by Anonymousreply 346November 19, 2023 3:46 PM

Betsy Drake

by Anonymousreply 347November 20, 2023 4:04 AM

Maggie McNamara

by Anonymousreply 348November 20, 2023 4:07 AM

Ansel Elgort.

The great Jon Bernthal, always a bridesmaid.

Benjamin Bratt.

by Anonymousreply 349November 20, 2023 7:07 AM

Jonny Lee Miller.

Garrett Clayton.

Leonard Whiting.

by Anonymousreply 350November 20, 2023 7:19 AM

Kate Jackson

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by Anonymousreply 351November 22, 2023 5:03 AM

Harry Hamlin

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by Anonymousreply 352November 22, 2023 5:04 AM

Mary Tyler Moore. She was in Elvis' last theatrical feature and didn't make another film until 1980s Ordinary People after which she did Six Weeks and Just Between Friends.

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by Anonymousreply 353November 22, 2023 5:15 AM

The she was in a dreary flop, after.

Back to TV, Beth!

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by Anonymousreply 354November 22, 2023 5:29 AM

and even worse Sick Weeks

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by Anonymousreply 355November 22, 2023 5:53 AM

WTF ??

by Anonymousreply 356November 22, 2023 6:17 AM

Michael Ontkean. Peter Fonda. Blythe Danner didn't really make it as a movie star despite the critics' praises and comparisons to Jean Arthur, and other '30s darlings. Jill Clayburgh didn't become big, either. James Brolin tried the big-screen route, also.

Marsha Mason!

by Anonymousreply 357November 22, 2023 7:49 AM

Timothy Hutton. No young actor ever got more critical praise that I can think of, other than Sean Penn (who didn't deserve as much).

by Anonymousreply 358November 22, 2023 7:50 AM

In the 1950s Barbara Bel Geddes and Kim Stanley were the hottest actresses on Broadway. They got the best roles, and the best critiques. They both deserved their status -- probably the best actresses of their time.

Hollywood lured both of them to make movies, promising them celebrity status. Didn't work. Bel Geddes settled for secondary roles and then TV. Stanley made a few good movies and then went back to New Mexico for the rest of her life. Turned out that being a great actress didn't amount for much if you weren't 1950s style pretty,

by Anonymousreply 359November 22, 2023 2:43 PM

Barbara did go back to Broadway and had a huge hit in the 60s with Mary, Mary, and was also in the play Finishing Touches, later (and other things). Kim Stanley also went back to Broadway for a while, post-Hollywood. She also did movies and TV, sporadically, playing the mother of Frances Farmer (Jessica Lange) in Frances, and was in The Right Stuff. She played big Mama on V in Cat On A Hot Tine Roof, and was on Medical Center, Night Gallery, Quincy, and shows like that.

by Anonymousreply 360November 23, 2023 2:03 PM

*on TV

by Anonymousreply 361November 23, 2023 2:03 PM

I absolutely love DL fave Julia Roberts's response when she was asked about Jennifer Lawerence being America's Sweetheart. "Just how many of us are there?" I fucking love this self absorbed narcissistic super bitch.

by Anonymousreply 362November 24, 2023 5:52 AM

Jill Clayburgh had back to back Oscar nods and prior to that had 2 big movies with silver streak and semi tough. She turned down Norma Rae to do the awful La Luna and that seemed to be the beginning of some mediocre/bad choices that she never recovered from career wise. I don’t think she cared after starting her family and taking an extended break from acting.

by Anonymousreply 363November 24, 2023 6:16 AM

R363, Even though Clayburgh received a GG nomination, wasn't there a controversy over the mother-son incest element of "La Luna" at the time?

Because that motif might not have ultimately been a career winner for Clayburgh with John and Jane Q. Moviegoer.

Meanwhile, Sally Field as "Norma Rae".....

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by Anonymousreply 364November 24, 2023 11:43 AM

R362, that really is a great response.

by Anonymousreply 365November 24, 2023 12:12 PM

I don’t know if this counts, but Don Ameche went from being a popular film star in the 30s and 40s (and doing a lot of radio) to not being able to get arrested where movies were concerned in the 50s or for many years afterward. He was in a hit Broadway musical in the 50s (Silk Stockings) but not movies. I remember when I was a little kid watching him host a weekly show in the 60s featuring acts from international circuses. I think he did some TV in the 70s. Of course his movie career came roaring back after he was cast in Trading Places, and he eventually won an Oscar in the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 366November 24, 2023 2:29 PM

They tried to make Jon Hamm the next Clooney. Didn’t happen. Did movies nobody watched. Has returned to television. Begging for a role in the Marvel Universe. Doubt it happens. Always plays the cop/sheriff/FBI asshole. Shows his wide ass and beer gut now.

by Anonymousreply 367November 25, 2023 3:40 AM

R567: You know he's desperate now that he's showing his fat ass.

by Anonymousreply 368November 25, 2023 3:41 AM

Clooney himself hasn't done much in a long time.

by Anonymousreply 369November 26, 2023 2:51 AM

R369, Were Clooney's filmography non-existent, it wouldn't really matter to him, money-wise.

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by Anonymousreply 370November 27, 2023 4:43 AM

R370 He needed the income from being a star to start the company.

by Anonymousreply 371November 27, 2023 12:16 PM

He actually has done some pretty damn good movies.

by Anonymousreply 372November 27, 2023 6:52 PM

I recent watched The Truth About Cats and Dogs, and yes, Janeane Garafalo would definitely make that list, but I also remembered that Hollywood was trying to make Ben Chaplin happen (end of the 90's - early aughts. He also starred in Washington Square with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Birthday Girl with Nicole Kidman. Nothing seemed to stick (cute but a bit dull) and I believe he went back to the UK to do stage work. He's also recently appeared in some streaming UK tv dramas.

Anyone else remember this guy? Here he is on Conan:

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by Anonymousreply 373November 30, 2023 6:58 PM

Desi Arnaz, Jr.

by Anonymousreply 374December 1, 2023 3:35 AM

R274 Deanna Durbin wasn’t a failed leading lady.

by Anonymousreply 375December 3, 2023 9:17 PM

Ben did a Broadway show with John Lithgow, then disappeared.

by Anonymousreply 376December 3, 2023 9:30 PM

William Devane, in the 1970s...he was the love interest of Vanessa Redgrave in Yanks and was one of the male leads in Hitchcock’s Family Plot.

Liv Ullmann was unsuccessful at least in becoming a Hollywood star.

Marthe Keller.

Jason Robards Jr. (as a romantic lead).

Luise Rainer.

Troy Donahue.

Pat Boone.

by Anonymousreply 377December 4, 2023 1:17 AM

Robert Wagner

by Anonymousreply 378December 4, 2023 1:18 AM

I feel kind of bad saying this, but… Rita Moreno?

I don’t remember her in any leading roles. (Though of course her times were working against her.)

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by Anonymousreply 379December 4, 2023 2:28 AM

In our time, Rami Malik.

by Anonymousreply 380December 4, 2023 2:34 AM

William Devane has had a steady career in movies and television.

Not every actor can become a legend.

by Anonymousreply 381December 4, 2023 3:40 AM

And not all of them can win an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a Grammy!

by Anonymousreply 382December 4, 2023 3:57 AM

R381 The name of the thread is “Failed Leading Film Careers.” I. e., any actor who the film industry put in lead roles who failed to maintain a career as a lead in films.

by Anonymousreply 383December 4, 2023 12:22 PM

Maxwell Caulfield

by Anonymousreply 384December 4, 2023 12:24 PM

Katherine Healy

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by Anonymousreply 385December 4, 2023 6:01 PM

Dudley Moore

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by Anonymousreply 386December 4, 2023 6:05 PM

R383, Is there a "retirement age" cut-off as it were, like with normal careers? Or do you mean "maintain" unto 80s, a la Clint Eastwood or Paul Newman?

by Anonymousreply 387December 5, 2023 8:54 PM

R46, I'm not a fan, but Timmy does have the lead in next year's "Dune: Part 2."

William J. Peterson.

by Anonymousreply 388December 5, 2023 9:04 PM

Jesse Eisenberg.

by Anonymousreply 389December 5, 2023 10:23 PM

Kate Hudson is probably the reason Italian men beat their girlfriends.

by Anonymousreply 390December 5, 2023 10:58 PM

Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Richard Thomas, Pamela Tiffin

by Anonymousreply 391December 6, 2023 1:37 AM

Elizabeth Ashley

by Anonymousreply 392December 6, 2023 1:38 AM

Ronald Reagan

by Anonymousreply 393December 6, 2023 1:44 AM

Don Murray

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by Anonymousreply 394December 6, 2023 2:28 AM

Marlo Thomas

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by Anonymousreply 395December 6, 2023 2:47 AM

Charles Grodin

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by Anonymousreply 396December 6, 2023 2:48 AM

Lynn Redgrave After Georgy Girl it was assumed that she would have 'a blazing bonfire of a future'

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by Anonymousreply 397December 6, 2023 2:56 AM

Farrah Abraham Paris Hilton Kim Kardashian

The plotline in each of their respective pieces left much to be desired.

by Anonymousreply 398December 6, 2023 3:12 AM

Miss Dey (yet to comment)

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by Anonymousreply 399December 6, 2023 4:49 AM

Brooke Shields. You would've thought after that start she could have parlayed it into some kind of film career like Jodie Foster. Something went off there.

by Anonymousreply 400December 6, 2023 5:13 AM

She couldn’t act.

by Anonymousreply 401December 6, 2023 5:17 AM


by Anonymousreply 402December 6, 2023 5:24 AM

It’s true Brooke Shields was a fairly bad actress at that age. She turned down a lot of films (like Scarface) while in college, however, and her mother wasn’t a professional manager who’d ever given a thought of building Shields’ career long term. The actress didn’t even have an agent - everything went through (drunk) Teri.

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by Anonymousreply 403December 6, 2023 5:30 AM

Jodie's mother was her manager too but was not a drunk and much smarter. Plus it didn't hurt that Jodie understood how to interpret a script and understand a character and their motivation. Brooke learned lines and looked pretty.

by Anonymousreply 404December 6, 2023 5:34 AM

It’s interesting that both moms (Brandy and Teri) were lesbians.

Maybe they should have hooked up and joined forces.

by Anonymousreply 405December 6, 2023 5:50 AM

Seann William Scott.

Owen Wilson.

by Anonymousreply 406December 6, 2023 11:31 AM

Jodi Foster's mom was a lez?

by Anonymousreply 407December 6, 2023 11:49 PM

Yes. Maybe it’s genetic.

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by Anonymousreply 408December 7, 2023 1:53 AM

Robert Sean Leonard

Alana Haim -was supposed to be the next big thing and and an Oscar contender before Licorice Pizza laid an egg.

by Anonymousreply 409December 8, 2023 2:32 AM

Cuz she's fugly.

by Anonymousreply 410December 8, 2023 4:55 PM

Amy Irving

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by Anonymousreply 411December 8, 2023 4:56 PM

Did someone already say Jennifer Garner? Oof 13% on RT.

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by Anonymousreply 412December 8, 2023 5:13 PM

Rob Morrow.

by Anonymousreply 413December 9, 2023 1:33 AM

Ryan Phillippe.

by Anonymousreply 414December 9, 2023 5:53 AM

Edward Furlong.

by Anonymousreply 415December 9, 2023 9:20 AM

David Naughton. Griffin Dunne. Julia Sweeney. Lindsay Lohan. George Maharis. Robert Morse.

by Anonymousreply 416December 9, 2023 2:01 PM

Jack Webb

by Anonymousreply 417December 9, 2023 2:21 PM

Rita Moreno never had the lead in a film, afaik. She blamed it on her being Latina but maybe she also just wasn’t a leading lady type of actress.

by Anonymousreply 418December 9, 2023 2:51 PM

^ R379 (I mean we can’t say she had a failed leading film career when she didn’t play leads anyway.)

by Anonymousreply 419December 9, 2023 2:52 PM

George Lazenby....Carrie Snodgress....Glenne Headly

Lance Guest...Ken Wahl...Billy Campbell

by Anonymousreply 420December 9, 2023 5:24 PM

In other words, everyone except 17 people.

by Anonymousreply 421December 9, 2023 6:35 PM

Mischa Barton.

by Anonymousreply 422December 9, 2023 6:40 PM

Ellen Degeneress

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by Anonymousreply 423December 9, 2023 6:43 PM

Jamie Gertz

by Anonymousreply 424December 10, 2023 6:04 PM

Ryan O'Neal

by Anonymousreply 425December 10, 2023 6:23 PM

R412 God I love that movie. It’s sooo bad.

by Anonymousreply 426December 10, 2023 6:52 PM

R420, Ken Wahl's various injuries caused him to retire from acting. He had won a GG as Vinnie Terranova. I loathe his politics, but damn if he wasn't God's gift, KWIM?

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by Anonymousreply 427December 11, 2023 12:44 PM

There are actors who were very successful as long as their MGM contracts lasted, but once the contracts were over, some of their movie careers as leads died almost immediately. Jane Powell comes to mind - she was still a star, she did Meet Me In St. Louis on TV and other good things, but she was all but over in movies. Same with Stewart Granger (as a popular Hollywood lead). Ann Miller is another one.

by Anonymousreply 428December 12, 2023 11:17 PM

(Ann Miller wasn’t really a lead, though.)

by Anonymousreply 429December 12, 2023 11:18 PM

Patrick Wilson

by Anonymousreply 430December 13, 2023 1:54 AM

Peter Firth.

by Anonymousreply 431December 15, 2023 5:12 PM

Treat Williams

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by Anonymousreply 432December 18, 2023 5:48 PM

Russell Nype. He caused something of a sensation in the show, Call Me Madam. singing "You're Just in Love" with Ethel Merman. Won a Tony. Hollywood beckoned. He was cast in the lead in MGM's Young Man In A Hurry, but was fired after filming a little over a week. He was replaced by Glenn Ford (the film was re-titled Young Man With Ideas). He said later (according to Wikipedia) that he was too young for the role of a man who'd been married 10 years and had three kids. Yet, he was born in 1920, and the film came out in 1952. Ruth Roman (playing the wife) was two years younger than Nype. Glenn Ford was only four years older.

He was also supposed to be in Pat and Mike (1952), with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (according to Garson Kanin in the book, Tracy and Hepburn). Apparently negotiations broke down, maybe his agent asked for too much money. The part went to William Ching (as Hepburn's boyfriend).

Nype won another Tony and was later in some movies like Love Story (1970) in small parts, but never had that big Hollywood career.

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by Anonymousreply 433March 1, 2024 2:45 AM

It seems odd to think it, but RDJ never really had leading man status until Iron Man. And I don't know if that counts.

Keri Green was in some excellent teen movies and then ran screaming into the night.

Jennifer Grey removed her nose and her career in one fell swoop.

Lauren Bacall's career seemed to sink early although she had success as an older actress.

by Anonymousreply 434March 1, 2024 4:16 AM

R434 Not arguing, just curious, but wasn't Downy a leading man in The Pickup Artist? Or an I mistaking what a leading man is?

by Anonymousreply 435March 1, 2024 7:45 AM

*am I

by Anonymousreply 436March 1, 2024 7:45 AM

Matt bomer

by Anonymousreply 437March 1, 2024 7:55 AM

Chris Evans is not a leading man and this is what I find cute about him.

by Anonymousreply 438March 1, 2024 8:44 AM

RDJ certainly had leading roles - they just didn't lead to financial success. He was too unconventional.

by Anonymousreply 439March 1, 2024 12:17 PM

So I think what is actually meant re Iron Man is "major star," not "leading man", which is just anyone who is a leading man in a film.

by Anonymousreply 440March 1, 2024 12:21 PM

The guy who left Downton Abbey and had plastic surgery in hopes of being the next Tom Cruise.

by Anonymousreply 441March 1, 2024 12:26 PM

R420, Ken Wahl quit the Biz because of debilitating injuries.

by Anonymousreply 442March 1, 2024 5:14 PM

Sorry for repeating myself, r420! (R442)

IDK, r417; was Jack Webb ever really promoted as a "leading man"? In any case, "Dragnet" remains iconic.

I wonder about the future roles for the immensely talented Freddie Highmore, aka the now-done "Good Doctor." He was before TV the lead in several movies, including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Timothee has had the career Freddie should have had.

by Anonymousreply 443March 1, 2024 5:27 PM

Sam Rockwell.

by Anonymousreply 444March 6, 2024 3:26 AM

[quote]I feel kind of bad saying this, but… Rita Moreno? I don’t remember her in any leading roles. (Though of course her times were working against her.)

She had a very few. The Night of the Following Day and Popi are the only two that come to mind. She had a great villain's part in Marlowe.

by Anonymousreply 445March 6, 2024 3:35 AM

Dane Cook--I'm sure he's been mentioned already, though. Same with Russell Brand.

by Anonymousreply 446March 6, 2024 3:36 AM

R443 Jack Webb Promoted himself as a leading man.

After the box office success of the Dragnet movie (1954) based on the radio and TV series, Jack directed and starred in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955). Followed that up with The D. I. (1957), -30- (1959) and The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961), co-starring with Robert Mitchum. All directed by Webb.

by Anonymousreply 447March 6, 2024 11:06 PM

Jamie Kennedy (Malibu's Most Wanted, 2003).

by Anonymousreply 448March 7, 2024 2:35 AM

Michael Sarrazin.

by Anonymousreply 449March 7, 2024 2:39 AM

Gloria DeHaven

by Anonymousreply 450March 7, 2024 9:51 AM

Tom Drake.

by Anonymousreply 451March 7, 2024 12:20 PM

Was just thinking of Melanie Griffith. After Working Girl she got the big build-up. But each film got worse. Bad plastic surgery, then she was relegated to the tabloids.

by Anonymousreply 452March 7, 2024 12:44 PM

Fair enough, r447.

by Anonymousreply 453March 7, 2024 5:32 PM

Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) trailer w/Jack Webb. (Cool trailer.)

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