In recent years, it seems we've surpassed the golden age of the movie star. There are famous people, to be certain, but the reasons behind their popularity aren't based on talent or their ability to carry an entire motion picture - sometimes they're simply famous for being famous. There are remnants of the Movie Star, but it hasn't quite been the same. In the late 70s, Hollywood funded and promoted movies based on their cast; never mind the quality of the script, studio heads decided, if we can re-team Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould it'll spell a big payday (alas, this was flawed math, as S*P*YS was a miserable flop while M*A*S*H won the Palme D'Or at Cannes).
We still have our Tom Cruises and our Pacinos, but they're aging fast. Cruise may be mired in controversy and the plastic surgery, but we still get behind the next installment of Mission: Impossible.
Of the New Hollywood, there are still some performers that fall into the old-fashioned movie star, and one of the best in the past two decades is Charlize Theron.
It didn't take many minor or supporting roles for Theron to get noticed - just a non-speaking role in a DTV Children of the Corn sequel before she was headlining films.
But like so many starlets of the past, it was a bumpy, tragic ride to fame, filled with happenstance and fortitude. Let us review.
Kenny Hedges is carbon-based.
So I suppose a simple top 5 in no order will do: Halloween, Crimes and Misdemeanors, L.A. Confidential, Billy Liar, Blow Out
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