Topic for this week is Falling Stars
This is a tough one. And I need to think of 5 dudes who aren't much of a big star now. Well it took me an hour or so to come up with this list. But I'd be glad to read your comments (pro and cons) Ha!
1. Tom Cruise
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 42 nominations ago he was doing well with excellent performance in Magnolia (2001), Jerry Maguire (1996) and Vanilla Sky (2001) but his downfall started when he accepted crappy films like Austin Powers (2002) and Lions for Lambs (2007) until he finally succumbed to the Church of Scientology.
2. Mel Gibson
I used to like him during Conspiracy Theory (1997) and Braveheart (1995). But after lousy roles like the musical comedy What Women Want (2000) and The Singing Detective (2003) he directed The Passion of the Christ (2004)? I guess when you choose to bring your religion too much into your career, this is what you get.
3. Russel Crowe
Great films like L.A. Confidential (1997) and The Insider (1999) and long time actor from Australia, after making Gladiator (2000) he slowly went down (except for A Beautiful Mind (2001) of course) all the rest were not as pretty. Take for example 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) - not another pirate movie!? From a hunk to a big chunk. One of the sexiest actors turned big bellied? I doubt that it's for his role in Robin Hood. And what's up with punching a hotel staff just because of a missed phone call?
4. Denzel Washington
Films like Malcolm X (1992), Philadelphia (1993) and Fallen (1998) are greats, but then after a while making films like John Q (2002) with a preachy and simplistic screenplay, and Out of Time (2003), one of those good-cop-framed-must-prove-otherwise films, I guess I'm still waiting for that Great series of films from Denzel.
5. Brendan Fraser
Now don't get me wrong! Brendan is still a hunk with out without the rumored hair implants! LOL But seriously, playing too much crappy films over shadows his potential. Ok, I first got a crush on him on Encino Man (1992) and I was a kid then, and he is now famed with his sequels of The Mummy (1999). But need I list the flop films he made? Uhm, maybe the ones I really really hate like George of the Jungle (1997), Blast from the Past (1999) and Monkeybone (2001)! C'mon Brendan! Caveman days should be over by this time. And the latest, Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) is also no better! He should make more films like The Last Time (2006) and Crash (2004) and take more on the lead role.
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