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Fire Your Agent: 10 Actors Who Need A Change Of Career Direction

Fire Your Agent: 10 Actors Who Need A Change Of Career Direction

Last week brought the borderline-absurd news that Nicolas Cage was in talks to star in a new take on the god-bothering “Left Behind” franchise (this is a WTF even for Cage). This week brings the first major movie starring another Oscar-winner, Halle Berry, in five years, in the shape of “Cloud Atlas,” as well as the barely-noticeable release of Gerard Butler vehicle “Chasing Mavericks.” These things mean many things, but perhaps first and foremost among them, it’s that certain actors aren’t having the best of times.

Careers ebb and flow and always have in Hollywood, but there seems to have been a particular trend of late, exemplified by Cage above all others, of actors who once sat atop the world now finding themselves in lesser work, long without a hit or an acclaimed performance. To pay tribute to Cage, Berry and Butler, and to wish them better luck in future, we’ve put together a list of ten performers who really need to have a think about the direction that their careers are heading in. Some are in need of serious help, possibly an intervention. Others are considered some of our best, but lord knows they’ve made some spotty choices or in the case of folks like Colin Farrell, keep getting positioned by the powers that be as a leading-man hero when clearly the actor is better suited to character work with depth and texture. Check it out below, and let us know which actor you’d most love to pull themselves up by the bootstraps in the comments section below.

Forest Whitaker
After winning Best Actor for “The Last King of Scotland” in 2007, it feels like Forest Whitaker had one of the fastest ever turn-arounds from Oscar-winner to star of… well, a lot of undesirable crap. A character actor favorite who’d long been familiar from the likes of “Platoon,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “The Crying Game,” it was the rare chance of a lead role for the actor, who around the same time was appearing in a TV stint on “The Shield.” Whitaker got a little post-Oscar boost, getting some paycheck roles of the kind he wouldn’t have had before, in mid-level programmers like “Vantage Point” and “Street Kings,” but none were especially well-reviewed, or big hits. Would-be awards bait like ‘The Great Debaters” and “Hurricane Season” turned out to be anything but, and the best thing he’s done since his Oscar remains a vocal turn in “Where The Wild Things Are.” But a glimpse over his CV for the last few years reveals a very disconcerting bunch of direct-to-video movies that you’ve never really heard of (“Fragments,” “Powder Blue,” “My Own Love Song,” “The Experiment,” “The Truth,” “Catch .44,” “Crossfire“), along with a season back on TV with short-lived “Law & Order” rip-off “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior“). It may be that Whitaker simply wasn’t getting the offers that some do — he’s always been a very specific physical type. But it also seems that there were a lot of bad decisions along the way. You’re an Oscar winner for crying out loud! Fortunately, things are looking up these days — he has the lead in Lee Daniels‘ starry “The Butler” (unfortunately still directed by Lee Daniels, but it’ll at least get a theatrical release), he’s in Scott Cooper‘s “Out Of The Furnace” with Christian Bale, and he’s backing up Arnie in “The Last Stand.” So a comeback to the roles that should have arrived post-2007 seem to be on the horizon. And hopefully we’ll get more of those, and fewer 50 Cent and Bruce Willis movies that go straight to VOD.

Adrien Brody
Brody co-starred in “The Experiment” with Whitaker, and the film seemed to mark something of a cautionary tale for future Oscar-winners. Like Whitaker, Brody was a popular character actor, and he recovered from having a lead role cut down to shreds in the editing room (Terrence Malick‘s “The Thin Red Line“) to win an Oscar for Roman Polanski‘s “The Pianist” in 2003. And understandably, Brody seized the chance to become a leading man quite quickly, taking roles in “The Village,” “The Jacket” and Peter Jackson‘s “King Kong” in quick succession. And they were all disappointments to varying degrees, and things have only gotten worse since. Some of what Brody’s done since (“The Darjeeling Limited,” “Hollywoodland,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Splice“) were good movies in which he gave good performances. Some (“Giallo,” “Predators,” “Wrecked,” and once more for emphasis, “Giallo“) were bad movies, and bad performances. But really nothing managed to properly capture the imagination of the public. Brody was delightful in a tiny cameo as Salvador Dali in “Midnight In Paris,” but that hasn’t necessarily signaled an upward swing — he has Paul Haggis‘ “The Third Person” coming up, but also something called “InAPPropriate Comedy” starring Rob Schneider of all people. Hopefully, that’s some kind of nadir. At least “Midnight In Paris” seems to suggest he’s willing to do what he should be doing, and taking smaller roles for great filmmakers, rather than leading man roles he’s unsuited for (see “Predators”). You’re an Oscar-winner, how did you fall off the track this far?

Halle Berry
After Halle Berry won the Best Actress prize in 2002 for her raw and blistering performance in “Monster’s Ball,” her response to her bruising, powerful turn was to try and cement her A-list status with a series of action or horror leads. Aside from two more entries in the “X-Men” franchise she’d already began, there was Die Another Day,” “Catwoman,” “Gothika” and “Perfect Stranger,” films that steadily got worse and worse as time went on. Berry pulled out of the nosedive with Susanna Bier‘s “Things We Lost In The Fire,” an excellent, underrated performance that might actually be better than her one in “Monster’s Ball,” but not one that was seen by many unfortunately. She then took three years off, for the most part, with the seen-by-even-fewer people “Frankie & Alice” following in 2010, with only “New Year’s Eve” and DTV shark thriller “Dark Tide” coming since. This week, she’s starring (multiple times) in “Cloud Atlas,” her most high-profile picture in half a decade, and whether you love or loathe the film, it’s undoubtedly a step in the right direction for Berry. But it may not last; next year brings another genre entry in “The Hive,” a small role in portmanteau comedy “Movie 43,” neither of which suggests an absolute return to form. She’s clearly got the chops, but she’s definitely got to find some meatier roles.Hilary Swank
Ok, so one Best Actress Oscar isn’t a guarantee of future success, but surely once you have two, you’re set, right? Not so much, at least in the case of Hilary Swank. The one-time “Next Karate Kid” gave an astonishing turn in “Boys Don’t Cry,” and only five years later, won for the second time for Clint Eastwood‘s “Million Dollar Baby.” But the trouble is that almost everything in between, and since, disappointed. Swank landed on her feet reasonably well after “Boys Don’t Cry,” with “The Gift” and “Insomnia,” but “11:14,” “Red Dust” (the forgotten feature debut of Tom Hooper) and blockbuster-that-never-was “The Core” all barely made an impact. The Eastwood film and a second Oscar gave her a second lease of life, but she soon squandered it away on ill-advised genre efforts and leading roles like “The Black Dahlia,” “The Reaping” and “Freedom Writers,” with only the middling success of “P.S. I Love You” providing a bright spot. Attempts at a third Oscar with “Conviction” and “Amelia” fell flat, and things reached a nadir last year with the barely-released Hammer horror “The Resident.” There’s some stuff on the way that looks a little more hopeful with the Richard Curtis-penned HBO TV Movie “Mary & Martha,” and weepie “You’re Not You.” But it seems to us that more parts along the lines of “Insomnia,” and fewer where she has to carry the picture by herself, might be in order.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon picked up the gold statue for “Walk The Line” and was one of the highest-paid stars around, thanks to the one-two punch of “Legally Blonde” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” Since playing June Carter Cash, she’s been relatively sparing in picking roles, with only five live-action-leads, plus “Monsters Vs. Aliens,”  and of those films, only “Four Christmases” was an unmitigated hit. “Rendition” was a critical and commercial flop, as was James L Brooks‘ “How Do You Know” (something that theoretically should have been in her sweet spot). “Water For Elephants” was a modest success, but any goodwill from that was sort of undone by this year’s “This Means War,” which remains one of the worst films of 2012 (although technically grossed more than ‘Elephants’ worldwide, though it cost more). What sums up most of these picks is that the young star of the brilliant “Election” doesn’t seem to be anywhere to be found in these films. Fortunately, Witherspoon seems to have realized this too and change seems to be on the horizon; she got good notices for Jeff Nichol‘s “Mud” at Cannes, and stars in Atom Egoyan‘s forthcoming West Memphis Three drama “Devil’s Knot.” If she can keep away from the mooted “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” movie, all the better. She was up for Amy Adams‘ role in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s original version of “The Master” before it fell apart, and you can understand why, she’s a terrific actor when she wants to be (see “Walk The Line”), but she could stand to make a lot better choices and become part of the dramatic A-list that Adams has now ascended to. 

Clive Owen
It’s about a decade since British actor Clive Owen started to be exposed to American audiences. The delayed release of 1998’s “Croupier” ultimately became a surprise indie success, which saw Owen get a tiny and memorable role in “The Bourne Identity,” star in “The Hire” series of short films for all-star directors like Wong-Kar Wai, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Ang Lee, and finally get picked out as a leading man. Those first few attempts — “Beyond Borders” and “King Arthur” — didn’t pay off, but things went much better over the next few years, with an Oscar nomination for “Closer,” and impressive turns in the successful duo of “Sin City” and “Inside Man,” as well as a great performance in “Children Of Men.” Things haven’t been so great since the middle of the 00s, though. From “Shoot ‘Em Up” to “Intruders,” nothing really paid off (minus “Duplicity” that still didn’t really connect with audiences, but a strong turn it was), with a villainous turn behind a silly mustache in Jason Statham vehicle “The Killer Elite” probably marking the low-point. In fairness, 2012 has been better with the acclaimed Sundance thriller “Shadow Dancer,” and an Emmy nomination for “Hemingway & Gellhorn.” With a lead in Guillaume Canet and James Gray‘s “Blood Ties” coming next year, hopefully that, and “Sin City 2” will put him back on top, though, because otherwise we’re worried that a future on some network detective show may beckon and clearly the actor is far above that fare.

Colin Farrell
The career of Irish actor Colin Farrell has had more ups and downs than most — it sometimes feels like Farrell’s had multiple comebacks over the last decade or so. Ten years ago after starring in “Tigerland,” Farrell was the hottest leading man in Hollywood, with parts in “Minority Report” and “Phone Booth” really putting him on the map, and blockbusters “Daredevil” and “S.W.A.T.” on the way. But the actor’s substance abuse problems reached a peak, at the same time that films like “Alexander” and “Miami Vice” proved to be expensive flops, and it seemed like he might be done as a Hollywood leading man. Farrell took time off, sobered up, and won acclaim for a terrific performance in Martin McDonagh‘s “In Bruges,” seemingly taking stock again and choosing smaller, more interesting projects; absolutely the right thing to do. But Farrell’s career since then has been unpredictable at best. “In Bruges” was a modest indie hit, but another terrific little home-grown project, Neil Jordan‘s “Ondine,” went virtually unseen. He was a blast in an unlikely role in the comedy smash “Horrible Bosses,” but only a  month later top-lined “Fright Night,” which was pretty much a disaster. And this summer, he had another tentpole lead, in “Total Recall,” but the box office returns suggested he’s not much more of a draw than he was half a decade ago. The studios keep trying though as Warner Bros wanted him in “Arthur & Lancelot,” and put him in “A Winter’s Tale” when that film fell apart. But ultimately, Farrell feels like Jude Law — a character actor whose good looks saw him pushed into carrying films that probably aren’t playing to his strengths (whereas something like “Seven Psychopaths” does). The sooner he (or his reps) come to terms with that, the happier he’ll probably be and discerning audiences will simply be able to enjoy the actor in solid, interesting parts instead of having to topline middling tentpoles like “Total Recall.”
Gerard Butler
Like Farrell, Butler has been touted for leading man status for a decade or so, cropping up in “Reign of Fire,” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life” and “Timeline” in the early part of the ’00s, and impressing in homegrown picture “Dear Frankie.” And while “The Phantom Of The Opera” was something close to a disaster, it looked like he’d actually made it when he toplined surprise smash “300” in 2006. And unlike some of these actors, Butler does have a legitimate audience, a small but fervent band of female followers who’ll turn up to films like “The Ugly Truth” and “P.S. I Love You” and keep them profitable. But they don’t crossover to the fare that’s not directly targeted to them, hence the underperformance of films like “Gamer” and especially “Machine Gun Preacher,” which tried to cement him as a serious actor, but which ended up taking a truly terrible $1.1 million worldwide. That most of his films vary between mediocre and terrible is perhaps a more serious concern. Short of the essentially-being-buried “Chasing Mavericks” or the equally undersold “Playing For Keeps” turning out to be hidden gems, the best thing he’s done in recent memory is a vocal turn in “How To Train Your Dragon.” A sequel to that’s on the way, along with a starring role in “Olympus Has Fallen,” but the latter risks looking like the cheaper version of the bigger-budget “White House Down.” Butler has talent, but if he doesn’t want those roles to dry up, he needs to start taking more parts like his small but impressive performance in “Coriolanus.”

Nicolas Cage
Yeah, it almost goes without saying. And there’s a reasonably good reason for the downfall of Mr. Cage — huge tax debts have left him taking virtually any offer that lands on his desk, or at least that’s how it seems. But it’s unbelievably dispiriting to see the man who starred in “Raising Arizona,’ “Wild At Heart,” “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Adaptation” reduced to this point. Cage has always been inconsistent, but in his late ’90s prime, it seemed that for every Bruckheimer blockbuster he took, there was another small movie and brilliant performance (plus he’s great value in things like “The Rock” and “Face/Off“). And even a few years ago, things like the “National Treasure” franchise made him a legitimate A-lister, even if the dodgy likes of “Ghost Rider” and “The Wicker Man” had already started cropping up. But since “Bad Lieutenant” in 2009 (itself a Millennium exploitation movie given greater weight by the direction of Werner Herzog), he’s seemingly made a cheap action movie every few months. Some have been ok (he’s very fun in “Kick Ass,” maybe “Drive Angry” if we were feeling generous), most have been dreadful, and Cage seems to be valuable more as a pre-sale face than as an actual actor.  But 2013 looks a little better. He’ll feature in an actual proper, studio release, albeit in voice only, with “The Croods,” and is about to work with David Gordon Green on “Joe,” but the bulk of the stuff he has in the works is the same kind of bordering-on-self-parody sub-Liam Neeson thriller he’s been churning out for some time. Can’t Quentin Tarantino or someone give him a reinvention at this point? How much tax can one man have to pay back anyway? 

John Cusack
As someone for whom “Grosse Point Blank” and “High Fidelity” were seminal moments of my adolescence, it breaks our heart to have Cusack on a list like this. But the actor who was once practically an A-lister, and the star of clssics like “Eight Men Out,” “The Grifters,” “ Say Anything” and “Being John Malkovich” has, over the last few years, become the guy who seems to pick up the parts that Nicolas Cage turns down. It hasn’t even been that long since Cuscak starred in a commercial hit. He toplined both “1408” and “2012” in the late ’00s, and while neither are exactly high-art, they seemed to validate him as a leading man. But just about everything since has been a disaster. Those that made it to theaters, like Hot Tub Time Machine,” “The Paperboy” and “The Raven” were pretty dreadful, and made no money. But there were others that didn’t even get that far: “War Inc” barely got a release, and “Shanghai” and “The Factory” are still essentially missing in action, though have snuck onto DVD in some parts of the world. And we’re not that confident in some of the stuff he’s got coming up, which includes co-starring with Nic Cage in dreadful-looking serial killer flick “The Frozen Ground,” and the ludicrous-sounding thriller “Grand Piano.” And really, Cusack has no one to blame but himself — the films he’s picked have just been plain bad. Time to reconnect with the top-flight filmmakers that he worked with in the 1990s — surely an old pal like Cameron Crowe or Stephen Frears could find him a part in something.

Thoughts? At least all these actors still have hope (ok Cage is a question mark), unlike say Cuba Gooding Jr. or Heather Graham who’s career-choices seem to have gone severely off the deep end in the last decade, minus a few decent turns that have gone mostly unnoticed. Let us know below.

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Comments

Paul Schrader

Nic Cage has completed a film titled Dying of the Light in which he gives one of his finest performances. Or. So I am told.

Raindogs

If I may, can we add… Denzel Washington?!

b

I scanned these comments, but don't think anyone mentioned Robert DeNiro. I guess he's a bit different since his career will forever be known for greatness, but the last ten years is a big WTF to me looking at his resume. Am holding out hope for Silver Linings Playbook, but other than that a bunch of mediocre shit. If he does one more of those Fockers movies that is it for me. I will swear him off for forever.

I haven't seen Machete though so perhaps that will renew my faith in him and his film choices. And I suppose it's unfair of me to cite an actor who made his career with films from Scorsese, The Deer Hunter and The Godfather Pt. II, it's hard to live up to such awesomeness.

Angela

Hey, Fright Night was awesome, even if no one went to see it.

Daisy Kenyon

Is it really the agents fault though? it may just be a downturn in career or bad luck. Hollywood Inc. is brutal

LAH

I agree with several of the people that think this topic is unfair. If you frequent movie theaters, or Netflix or whatever illegal downloading site you may watch movies from you'll see there are a limited number of good movies per year. The odds of getting a great script, then getting a director and producer that will get the most out of the script and then find a studio that will leave them alone and not muddle with it or have enough cash to may for the movie is pretty low. There just aren't enough good movies to employ every good actor and actress in Hollywood so you take a chance or sometimes bite the bullet and do a movie to get paid or stay in the spotlight.

Dee

Funny you mentioned Jude Law. I'd certainly nominate him, though it seems he's started to correct course. Even with lacklusters like Contagion, it fares better than Repo Men.

Rosie

This is the most arrogant article I have ever written. All actors encounter either bad press, failed movies or even a dry spell in their career. It's nothing new. Yet, this article seemed to indicate that if your opinion is adhered to, every Hollywood movie or television star will be consistently successful. The arrogance in this article is unbelievable.

ugh

Correction: "Whose," not "who's" in the last paragraph.

jean vigo

I find it hard to believe that a lot of these actors can't read a script ahead of time and see that it's going to be a stinker. An agent is an agent in ANY biz, regardless of what he/she will say. Objective #1: maximize income/percentage. Sell your "property" for the highest bid.

Maybe these actors need to be more pro-active instead of playing the "talk to my agent" game. I'm sure they can live comfortably enough than 99% of us and wait for the right project.

bapi

Josh Hartnett

Dan

I think Sigourney Weaver needs to be on here. She still has the "Avatar" buoy keeping her afloat, and she's apparently done very well in "Red Lights", but "Abduction"? And "Cold Light of Day"? C'mon.

ali

Just because you are resonably good looking does not make you a lead actor and neither does giving a strong performance in a character role. None of the actors on this list are leading actors. They are all good/solid supporting actors. If they can check their egos and play to their strengths( Reese,stop doing rom-coms. Halle, you are supporting dramatic actor)their careers can rebound.

The Jackal

Cusack and Cage are the poster boys for disastrous acting choices. Halle Berry has just fallen off the map as a legitimate actor. Gerard Butler just needs to be a little choosier, as his role in Corialanus proved he's still got the acting chops. Hillary Swank pops in occasionally decent flicks, Amelia and Freedom Writers were enjoyable if not spectacular. I think Adrian Brody is just fine. He turns in good performances in independent films and I thought he was a hoot in Predators. Forrest Whitaker, in my opinion was never meant for leading man status. The Last King of Scotland was the role was born to play, yes. He still does well in supporting roles. Not sure what happened to ol' Clive. Children of Men was phenomenal. Hope he gets back on track soon.

Thems the facts

Krazyjoe

"Those that made it to theaters, like "Hot Tub Time Machine," "The Paperboy" and "The Raven" were pretty dreadful, "

Hot Tub Time Machine was hilarious. I saw that 4 times in theaters. You guys need better taste.

Krazyjoe

"Some ("Giallo," "Predators," "Wrecked," and once more for emphasis, "Giallo") were bad movies, "

Predators was excellent.

myattempt@sarcasm

i'd add daniel day lewis to this list. by now he shouldve had a 3rd oscar but he's busy taking 5 year breaks between films and now wasting his time with that talentless hack steven spielberg. what a loser.

cinephile

Yup, I'd add Renee Zellweger to this list. Where the hell did she go, like, four years ago?

Sitting Pat

Colin Farrell was awesome in Seven Psychopaths. If that's the direction his career is headed, smaller interesting films with great performances, then he's headed in the right direction.

As for Reese Witherspoon, I guess in her case it's don't eff your agent. Her days of being a viable lead are over. It's not the projects, she's proven over and over, as has been said here, that she's no longer a very good actress.

bruckey

22 that need saving
http://www.hitfix.com/galleries/can-these-careers-be-saved/more-galleries

takealook

Similarly to @ADAM's stance, I am going to say that I don't think Reese Witherspoon is that great of an actor either. Most undeserved Oscar if I've ever seen one – she was decent in Walk The Line but compared to Felicity Huffman's performance in Transamerica?? Shocking. And she became completely overrated after that. Maybe she can't get better roles because dare say it, she isn't in that league?

asiandude

I found it weird :) if The Playlist made this 1.5 years ago CHARLIZE THERON would definitely be on here :D and look @ what a ride she has had since Young Adult!

Some I think should be mentioned: Winona Ryder / Uma Thurman (indeed, all the Kill Bill girls – Lucy Liu at least started making some small wave + Daryl hannah probably too rich & weird) / Gwyneth Paltrow (without the tabloid + connection + Iron Glee, she would be here) / Kate Hudson / JLO / Renee / Thandie Newton / Ewan Mc

Shawn Gordon

Here are ten alternatives, actors who for the last decade have had a pretty lackluster career, especially when you look at the decade prior.

Harrison Ford, Harvey Keitel, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton

Leonardo

they really want some money, but common what happened to their seelf-respect…

Sean

At The Playlist, must you put the list onto 3 pages instead of 1….?? Well regarding the actual article it is perfect to a T! Every1 you mentioned I have at some point or another thought "where the hell did you go? & why?" Its really a shame too esp for some of the "better" names on here…. Such as Hilary Swank, Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Clive Owen, Colin Farrell, Halle Berry, & Reece. The rest are whatever to me… I wish The Playlist could have gone into some deeper digging & give us reasons as to WHY WHY WHY this has happened to some great actors & their careers (such as inner gossip of Hollywood, the politics of the buisness,)…. Now that would be a fantastic article. This is some some stuff we already knew unfortunatley ….B/c is this really just the case of a BAD AGENT…?!?!? I def dont think so… And it appears theres literally only a handful of top actors who have stayed around for decades anymore rather than 2 handfuls or a group of 20 or so has wittled down to about 5 I think….

Someone

It's over for Halle. Thats why she wants to move abroad– at least she knows it cause Nicole Kidman sure doesnt.

JD V

Whoah, now hold on. PREDATORS is not a bad movie. : )

Jon

Don't forget that Cage did Bringing Out the Dead

Jolene

Tom Hardy needs a better agent as soon as possible.

Ellie Mae

Regarding Gerard Butler, some of your comments just didn't ring true. The movie "Phantom of the Opera" was bashed by the critics because most didn't even bother to watch it and they didn't like the broadway musical either. But it was truly fantastic and beautiful and Gerard was fabulous in it. Just go to IMDB and Amazon – regular people overwhelmingly love this movie. His new movie, "Chasing Mavericks" is a PG rated relationship movie based on a true story about surfing the big waves near Santa Cruz, California. Directed by a great talent, Curtis Hanson. What's so bad about a nice family movie with good values and a good message, plus fantastic footage? Does every movie have to be a cartoon, science fiction, edgy, super hero or super violent to appeal to you critics? Gerard is a super talent in my book.

Jacques DeMolay

Replace Collin Farrel with either A) Cuba Gooding Jr., B) Val Kilmer, or C) Kevin Costner and it'd be perfect.

Also, Drive Angry was fucking awesome and you all know it, Playlsters. Of course, that's more to William Fitchner's credit than Cage's, but still…

Duddi

I've just read the article and the comments but in whole this mess i don't see mentioned not even one time the name of a dude called Val, Val Kilmer !? – Is he a finished episode or maybe he's ok with those "ugly", "stupid", "lazy" straight to video garbage he's been on in the last 5 years !!!

Piotr

Your use of the word 'portmanteau' suggests you have no idea what it means.

coke

"The Butler" (unfortunately still directed by Lee Daniels, but it'll at least get a theatrical release)

LOOOL

Rizzo

These guys should not fire their agents. Their presence helps me pick out which movies to avoid in the theater and just wait until I can watch them on Encore.

Glass

Fucking KILLER idea for an article. I would hate to be an actor so bad… You can probably count on one hand, the actors that have the power to say, "send me all the good scripts with legendary directors attached, so I can decide which one to be in next". Actors usually have the 'audition' mentality built into them, so in the end, they take what they can get.

MJ

I disagree on Colin Farrell, his films over the past 6 years or so might be under seen but they feature the best work of his career. Cassandra's Dream, Ondine, In Bruges, Triage, The Way Back & even his bit parts in Crazy Heart & Dr. Parnassus are all great performances. Seven Psychopaths is doing well for what it is in the current marketplace & even his Hollywood return last year was quite entertaining (HB & Fright Night), though we'll just pretend Total Recall didn't happen.

peter vincent

Fright Night was hardly a "disaster". It made 41 million worldwide on a 30 million budget, despite being released at the ass end of august. also, it received pretty solid reviews. I mean, whatever – it's your article, but if that's a disaster and meanwhile "Alexander" is just a "flop" – then your brain is fucked.

Chris

Once again, The Playlist's fact-checking leaves much to be desired. Regarding "Hot Tub Time Machine," it actually pulled in $50 million and made a profit. I agree it wasn't very good, but it did decent enough business and has something of a following.

JanBerlin

Wasn’t Cusack‘s "Grace is Gone" considered awards material?

Adam

I swear I'm not trying to be a troll here, but I'm gonna take what is apparently a brave stance and say that I don't think Nicolas Cage is actually very good. In fact, a couple of the folks on here aren't in need of better agents, but actually owe their success to the ones they've got. I don't think Cage was great in Raising Arizona or Leaving Las Vegas, I think that if you could have put any living human into those films and they'd have come off great, provided they were able to perform the incredible scripts they were given.

Wildcat

Whitaker fired his agent after they forced him to do The Last King of Scotland. And look at where he is now… on this list.

Cribbster

"Predators" wasn't a bad movie. It was pretty good. And Adrian Brody was as good as he needed to be in it.

Greg

Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton. Micheal Keaton.

Niall

Antoine Fuqua didn't direct Law Abiding Citizen. Yay for fact checking guys!

Mitchell

Zellweger.

Jesse

Sorry but Halle Berry is doing fine, she has the lead female role in Cloud Atlas and she's the lead in upcoming thriller The Hive directed by the director of The Machinist. She got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a drama two years ago. Really she's doing fine, keep in mind she's over 45.

cary

the problem of these actors is lack of ambition. they choose safe and easy jobs rather than challenging ones.
you should have mentioned Swank's attendance at Chechen president's birthday party and Owen's burger king commercial. I completely lost any remaining respect for both actors.

DG

I wouldn't mind if most of these people disappeared for the scene altogether but I still like Whitaker and a Reese Witherspoon comeback would be good as well. Election is good and all but has anyone here seen Freeway? Weird fucking movie that she is hilarious and awesome in

OOGLE MONSTER

Mira Sorvino, obviously!

Jeff

Peter Jackson's King Kong was disappointing?

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