What’s worse as an actor; to crumble after a couple of ill chosen projects, reduced to straight-to-DVD purgatory, or stick around long after they’re wanted and become tiresome? I’ve looked at the former before and while I pitied the likes of Brandon Routh and Jake Lloyd, writing about the latter makes me actually begin to dislike the actors.
We’re dealing with a movie industry where the franchise is king and yet the media so often puts stock on the ability for an actor to draw in the crowds. While having a big name on the poster is important, the impact of it on box office is becoming increasingly lessened, particularly with the older, showy generation. That’s why Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender are succeeding while Taylor Kitsch and Sam Worthington (much more traditional stars) are on the fast train to has-been-ville.
You get some actors who evolve with time, having a career defined by their versatility – Leonardo DiCaprio is a man hard to pin down in one type (other than greatness) and Liam Neeson certainly deserves a mention for his backward trajectory, starting out in Oscar winning films and then moving into mindless (but still entertaining) action – but it’s sadly more common to see an actor purposely get themselves stuck in rut.
Here are ten actors who I’m now more than a little bored of in their current career paths. They have real potential to be something greater – many have the odd film that shows what could be – yet they keep returning to the same old tat. Warning: expect actors who’ve not changed at all in the past decade.
This article was first posted on August 12, 2013