As depressing as it may be, a once beloved superstar can go from hero to zero at an alarming pace. Follow up a smash hit with one too many commercial flops or critical duds and, before long, a once bankable actor can be left on the outside looking in.
But the beautiful thing about the world of Hollywood and the business of acting is that an undesirable thespian's career can suddenly be saved with one dynamic, game-changing or unexpected performance.
Whether it was down to the fact that these stars had grown stale after occupying a certain genre for too long, chosen to pursue projects they weren't really that passionate about or just lost their way after initially becoming household names, there's no denying that every name on this list was in dire need of a hit to revive their flailing careers. And a hit is exactly what they found... eventually.
As this list will no doubt highlight, you simply cannot keep a talented actor down. So, let's take a look at how successfully stepping into the shoes of iconic superheroes, kicking more asses than we can count and pulling Oscar-calibre performances out of their back pockets helped save these actors' careers.