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Hollywood careers that just ended abruptly

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams


    check_six wrote: »
    Willis is notoriously cranky. He causes trouble on shoots he's not even part of. When the Game of Thrones lads were trying to shoot the duel between The Mountain and Oberyn Martell he had a boat parked in the background. They asked all the other boat owners to move, and they were happy to do so. Willis threw a strop and refused to move. This escalated to him hooning up and down the seafront in the boat trying to interrupt the filming out of spite. Willis in real life is the type of guy who could do with a solid puck in the gob from John McClane.

    That’s my point , if he was a young woman he’d be black listed


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,615 ✭✭✭El Tarangu



    The pandemic has destroyed the entertainment industry and it could be all over for Hollywood.

    Just to come in late on this: this isn't the case. Sure, the pandemic shut down all shooting for the first couple of months, but Netflix got 16 million new subscribers over the course of a few weeks, they were mad for new content. Filming has started up again - these days, everyone involved with the shoot, actors and crew, are sequestered in a hotel for the duration of the shoot, not seeing their families or anything for the time that the shoot goes on.

    A few people have mentioned John Cusack - his thing recently (well, before Covid) was touring around showing one of his big films (High Fidelity, Say Anything), and then having a Q and A afterwards.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams


    El Tarangu wrote: »
    Just to come in late on this: this isn't the case. Sure, the pandemic shut down all shooting for the first couple of months, but Netflix got 16 million new subscribers over the course of a few weeks, they were mad for new content. Filming has started up again - these days, everyone involved with the shoot, actors and crew, are sequestered in a hotel for the duration of the shoot, not seeing their families or anything for the time that the shoot goes on.

    A few people have mentioned John Cusack - his thing recently (well, before Covid) was touring around showing one of his big films (High Fidelity, Say Anything), and then having a Q and A afterwards.

    I went to a screening of “dead mans shoes” with a q&a with paddy considine after , some absolute cnt of a film student was blessed with the opportunity of asking a question and with that annoying Dublin nasally college accent asked “hi paddy do you like take movies like the bourne identity to fund your own work or have you sold out to Hollywood “ paddy didn’t flinch and replied “I’ll sell out to Hollywood in the morning mate” :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,758 ✭✭✭✭Strumms


    sugarman wrote: »
    I wouldn't say ended abruptly, but Bill Murray had a fairly sharp drop off post Groundhog Day and Kingpin in the mid 90s when he was still in his 40s. Since then he mostly stuck to cameos and voice work.

    Doing about one film every 18 months on average the last few years... also has a part in a comedy series called The Now, but that’s being delayed I’m reading, not a staring role but a reoccurring one..71 at his next birthday so maybe a slowing down is to be expected... I doubt at 71, several millions in the bank I’d be all that arsed about spending 5-6 months on film sets every year then hopping around the universe doing interviews and assorted promotions....


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams


    Reading through those links in the thread one can only conclude actors are wank3rs :)

    Interesting marky Mark bullying jack raynor (lovely guy) I wonder was it racist , coz marky Mark hates educated Irish people as when he was young and broke they were getting all the jobs in Boston on the j1


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  • Registered Users Posts: 60,269 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    Reading through those links in the thread one can only conclude actors are wank3rs :)

    Interesting marky Mark bullying jack raynor (lovely guy) I wonder was it racist , coz marky Mark hates educated Irish people as when he was young and broke they were getting all the jobs in Boston on the j1

    Not really seems like he is just taking the p1ss out of him.
    He’s a pain in the ass. F**k yeah, who the f**k does he think he is?


    He’s in such a unique position because the world will be very different for Jack after Transformers comes out. He’s really good at what he does, I give him **** for being Irish. I’m Irish Catholic myself. He’s doing a great job, it’ll be interesting to see how life changes for him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,060 ✭✭✭xper


    Have been trying to think of a few more examples today of actors who stopped acting, not just became less prominent or tolerated (or died!). I think there is a definite trend for female actors to quit more easily given the long standing Hollywood bias against roles for older women, the frequently misogynistic working environment that has gone hand in hand with that and family considerations.

    The only male actor I can think of that hasn't been mentioned in the thread that quit the industry totally voluntarily is Jack Gleeson after Game of Thrones.

    Madeleine Stowe hasn't appeared in a cinema release since 2003 after a very steady stream of decent roles through the 90s right until then. An abrupt change brought about by motherhood and not a full career end as she has been doing some TV work on and off since then, most notably a long run in Revenge.

    Leelee Sobieski quit acting before turning 30. Kids/other artistic interests, it seems.

    Portia DeRossi announced she was quitting acting a couple of years ago but notably made an exception for Arrested Development.

    Bijou Phillips was getting something of a steady movie career up and running in the 00's then called a halt due due to health issues.

    Tom Cruise quit acting many years ago and now just stars in movies.

    Shia LaBeouf must be next up for no-one-will-put-up-with-his-crap status.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,591 ✭✭✭joebloggs32


    To add to the thread further, Steve Guttenberg is another.

    Bonafide Hollywood star of the 80s being in such movies as Police Academy (1984), Cocoon (1985), Police Academy 2 (1985), Short Circuit (1986), Police Academy 3 (1986), Three Men and a Baby (1987), Police Academy 4 (1987), Cocoon 2 (1988) and Three men and a Little Lady (1990). He was on fire back in the 80s as he was on the silver screen so much with many hits.

    That's it pretty much. His next movie wouldnt be until 1995 which was The Big Green. A Disney sports comedy movie. But that wasn't as successful as The Mighty Ducks.
    Even in the classic stonecutters episode of The Simpsons they joke and say "who makes Steve Guttenberg ... A star... We doooo" :p that first aired in January 1995 and he was well gone at that point sadly.

    See there were no scandals about him. No him going to rehab etc. No bad attitude. He was clean as a whistle. Hollywood just stopped casting him in major movies after Three Men and a Little Lady.

    You forgot to add the absolute classic High Spirits :) which was shot in Limerick


  • Registered Users Posts: 84,788 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1


    gw80 wrote: »
    Where's Lou diamond Phillips?

    He is in the tv show Prodigal Son and previously was in Longmire


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 291 ✭✭Morathi


    I went to a screening of “dead mans shoes” with a q&a with paddy considine after , some absolute cnt of a film student was blessed with the opportunity of asking a question and with that annoying Dublin nasally college accent asked “hi paddy do you like take movies like the bourne identity to fund your own work or have you sold out to Hollywood “ paddy didn’t flinch and replied “I’ll sell out to Hollywood in the morning mate” :)

    Brief aside, saw this movie for the first time recently, loved it. Recommended for anyone wondering what to watch tonight.

    Or, well, tomorrow night as it's 3.23am now :pac:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,821 ✭✭✭✭Realt Dearg Sec


    xper wrote: »


    Tom Cruise quit acting many years ago and now just stars in movies.


    Hahaha, nice.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams


    tipptom wrote: »
    Rebecca De Mornay,what happened there?

    Shes currently in “promising young woman “ playing the mother and the husband is played by the big cop from shawshank Clancy brown ....,

    Excellent movie


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams


    Morathi wrote: »
    Brief aside, saw this movie for the first time recently, loved it. Recommended for anyone wondering what to watch tonight.

    Or, well, tomorrow night as it's 3.23am now :pac:

    I’m a big fan of Shane meadows:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,123 ✭✭✭The White Wolf


    Sarah Michelle Gellar was always a weird one to me. A talented actress who set the archetype down for how female hero leads are still being written today.....however her career never really seemed to get going after Buffy ended.

    She's still active on social media and seems happy so I that's all that matters at the end of the day. Still....would love to see her land a major role.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,766 ✭✭✭Princess Calla


    Sarah Michelle Gellar was always a weird one to me. A talented actress who set the archetype down for how female hero leads are still being written today.....however her career never really seemed to get going after Buffy ended.

    She's still active on social media and seems happy so I that's all that matters at the end of the day. Still....would love to see her land a major role.

    Well her career started when she was about 6, so by the time buffy finished she already had close to 20 years in the industry.

    I remember seeing an interview with James Marsters (spike) and he was saying in the end producers were throwing money at her to stay in Buffy but she was adamant she was going......said it wasn't about the money, sure she was marrying Freddie, but the filming schedule was too intense....she's in pretty much every scene in Buffy....she had enough.

    Alyson Hannigan also said by around series 3 SMG was pretty much over Buffy.

    SMG also received death threats from fans after a comic con interview, so you can see why she might not be too enamoured.

    She's still doing bits and pieces but I doubt she'll commit to a schedule like buffy again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,069 ✭✭✭✭fryup


    Jason Scott Lee

    he was brilliant in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and then more or less disappeared


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams


    Not really seems like he is just taking the p1ss out of him.

    What got me thinking was the famous night marky was on Graham Norton after a few drinks , dara obrian mentioned living with 7 lads in a house on j1s and Mark flipped “there was 11 of us in a flat in poverty and you took all the jobs “ :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 60,269 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    A lot of actor take TV gigs because is regular work with a regular pay check.

    For every actor that has smash hit movie or two there are thousands that don't.

    If you are just making films you might do 1 maybe 2 a year if you are lucky for not great money TV offers you security and an off season that you might be able to fit a film into it.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 35,941 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp


    Sarah Michelle Gellar was always a weird one to me. A talented actress who set the archetype down for how female hero leads are still being written today.....however her career never really seemed to get going after Buffy ended.

    She's still active on social media and seems happy so I that's all that matters at the end of the day. Still....would love to see her land a major role.

    Honestly, I just presumed she fell down the hole badged "too pretty to act" that often befalls female TV stars who try to widen their CV. And if it's not beauty, then it's simply being typecast. Whedon's writing set the mould, but equally one that feels like there's a bit of a backlash against his tropes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,777 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06


    A lot of actor take TV gigs because is regular work with a regular pay check.
    For every actor that has smash hit movie or two the thousands that don't.
    If you are just making films you might do 1 maybe 2 a year if you are lucky for not great money TV offers you security and an off season that you might be able to fit a film into it.

    Totally get that, but what interests me in this thread are the actors that were in smash hit movies and then... nothing.
    Well not nothing, but not the lead or main cast in a major Hollywood movie.

    Maybe they had a box office bomb or were no longer flavour of the month, maybe a fall from grace or people tired of their antics, or personal stuff intervened.

    A lot of them resurfaced after a time either in minor film roles or major ones on TV.
    But I had assumed by Hollywood careers it meant career in major movies (notwithstanding there's a lot more money and critical acclaim for TV roles than there was say in the 80s)

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)



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  • Registered Users Posts: 60,269 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    odyssey06 wrote: »
    Totally get that, but what interests me in this thread are the actors that were in smash hit movies and then... nothing.
    Well not nothing, but not the lead or main cast in a major Hollywood movie.

    Maybe they had a box office bomb or were no longer flavour of the month, maybe a fall from grace or people tired of their antics, or personal stuff intervened.

    A lot of them resurfaced after a time either in minor film roles or major ones on TV.
    But I had assumed by Hollywood careers it meant career in major movies (notwithstanding there's a lot more money and critical acclaim for TV roles than there was say in the 80s)

    In the 50's, 60's & 70's those that would be classed as Hollywood Legends now all worked in film and TV the stigma of being a TV actor started to appear in the 80's & 90's and changed at the start of 00's thankfully no the best actors follow the best scripts.

    And has been shown by this the majority of those named haven't stopped working they have just been replaced by the newest shiniest actor as the star power and they will be replaced in time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 176 ✭✭Aurelian


    Josh Hartnett really didn't stay long at the top.

    George Lazenby couldn't have got a bigger break and really seemed to sabotage his career.

    But how many legit stars from 20 years ago are still stars? DiCaprio, Matt Damon? Tom Cruise? Clint Eastwood?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,007 ✭✭✭Beric Dondarrion


    Shes currently in “promising young woman “ playing the mother and the husband is played by the big cop from shawshank Clancy brown ....,

    Excellent movie

    That's Jennifer Coolidge playing the mother (Stifler's mom), she's not blond in it as she is in most other things though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,734 ✭✭✭saabsaab


    Orlando Bloom.


  • Posts: 8,856 ✭✭✭[Deleted User]


    Aurelian wrote: »
    Josh Hartnett really didn't stay long at the top.

    George Lazenby couldn't have got a bigger break and really seemed to sabotage his career.

    But how many legit stars from 20 years ago are still stars? DiCaprio, Matt Damon? Tom Cruise? Clint Eastwood?

    Clint Eastwood started his career in the 1950's and was still making and directing films up until relatively recently- he's 90 now so more a retired star than a faded star.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,928 ✭✭✭wally79


    Clint Eastwood started his career in the 1950's and was still making and directing films up until relatively recently- he's 90 now so more a retired star than a faded star.

    He’s still going according to IMDb. Has an upcoming project


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,783 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy


    saabsaab wrote: »
    Orlando Bloom.

    Was in The Hobbit trilogy and has a series on Amazon called Carnival Row.

    There are plenty child actors who stepped away like Ariana Richards, who played Lex in Jurassic Park and a few other roles. I was thinking Mara Wilson as well, but seems she does a bit of work still.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,511 ✭✭✭✭MisterAnarchy


    Aaron Eckhart and Josh Lucas are 2 actors who seemed to vanish from the limelight.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,876 ✭✭✭Padre_Pio


    Aaron Eckhart and Josh Lucas are 2 actors who seemed to vanish from the limelight.

    Eckhart was in Midway (decent) Sully (v good) and the XX Has Fallen (tripe) movies recently.

    Hardly vanished. IMDB says he was in another movie last year with Tommy Lee Jones.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,348 ✭✭✭S.M.B.


    CastorTroy wrote: »
    I was thinking Mara Wilson as well, but seems she does a bit of work still.
    She is probably known more for her writing than acting these days. Wrote a book a few years ago called Where Am I Now?

    Recently watched the documentary Showbiz Kids featuring herself and a host of child stars where she talks about the book and how the roles dried up once she aged into a fairly "average" looking adolescent.


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