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  • Paul Sheehan
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    I am disheartened that Helen Hunt did not parlay her four Emmys into something more substantial.

    Yes, she did win an Oscar (the same year as her third Comedy Actress award for “Mad About You.”

    But, to my mind, winning the Oscar was a curse. Hunt is just not a movie star. It is sad to see a talent like that wasted. 

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    I am disheartened that Helen Hunt did not parlay her four Emmys into something more substantial.

    Yes, she did win an Oscar (the same year as her third Comedy Actress award for “Mad About You.”

    But, to my mind, winning the Oscar was a curse. Hunt is just not a movie star. It is sad to see a talent like that wasted. 

    Seriously Paul? The majority of Emmy winners don’t become movie stars. No need to list every actor.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I feel a little weird in seeing an actor get blamed for a lack of a high-profile career in films. That seems like it risks generalizing things. It’s highly possible that they suffereed from a lack of decent roles being offered to them.
     

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    Marcus Dixon
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    I always thought it was weird that Dennis Franz won a record-tying four Drama Actor Emmys and then went nowhere after “NYPD Blue.” Did he retire?

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    I am disheartened that Helen Hunt did not parlay her four Emmys into something more substantial.

    Yes, she did win an Oscar (the same year as her third Comedy Actress award for “Mad About You.”

    But, to my mind, winning the Oscar was a curse. Hunt is just not a movie star. It is sad to see a talent like that wasted. 

    The lead role in As Good As It Gets should have gone to Holly Hunter. Producer/director/screenwriter James L. Brooks wouldn’t pay Hunter the money she felt she deserved.

    I don’t think she is a talent wasted. Helen Hunt was willing to work cheap for a great part opposite Jack Nicholson. The role won the Oscar. Any number of good actresses would have done just as well.

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    Looked it up out of curiosity and IMDB says Franz’s only role this century was NYPD Blue.

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    And some might not “want” it bad enough, which is perfectly fine. I’m pretty sure that Helen Hunt said that she didn’t want to do series television again and rather focus on her family (including a divorce). I doubt she considers her career squandered. She’s worked steadily, has four consecutive Emmy wins, and a very dubious Oscar win. That’s enough of a haul to call it a day TBH. She rocked it in “The Sessions” BTW.

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    Helen Hunt was offered Parenthood before Maura Tierney and eventually Lauren Graham– Didn’t want it. Hunt was also offered The Good Wife before Ashley Judd and eventually Julianna Margulies– Also didn’t want it. I assume she’s been offered more. Perhaps if she got a 13-episode order she would be more inclined to return to the small screen. 

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    As much as I love her, I don’t think Merritt Wever has any plans to become a huge star. I think she likes her character actress status right now. 

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    Completely forgot that Helen Hunt is an Oscar winner. Shame it’s one of the forgettable ones.

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    Helen Hunt was offered Parenthood before Maura Tierney and eventually Lauren Graham– Didn’t want it. Hunt was also offered The Good Wife before Ashley Judd and eventually Julianna Margulies– Also didn’t want it. I assume she’s been offered more. Perhaps if she got a 13-episode order she would be more inclined to return to the small screen. 

    She was offered Parenthood part AFTER Maura Tierney was diagnosed with cancer. As for The Good Wife, Elisabeth Shue was offered it first couple of times (they wanted her BADLY) then it was offered to Ashley Judd and THEN to Helen Hunt.

    You’re welcome. 

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    I saw Helen Hunt at a preview screening of her film Ride a few months ago, and she said that she’s currently developing a television series that she would star in.  It must be in early stages, since I haven’t seen any rumors or reports of it elsewhere, but I would love to see her back on television. It would be great to see her tackle a TV drama.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Looked it up out of curiosity and IMDB says Franz’s only role this century was NYPD Blue.

    I remeber watching Access Hollywood (one of the shows I watch every day lol) and they asked him and he said it had to be the right role or something like that.

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    I am disheartened that Helen Hunt did not parlay her four Emmys into something more substantial.

    Yes, she did win an Oscar (the same year as her third Comedy Actress award for “Mad About You.”

    But, to my mind, winning the Oscar was a curse. Hunt is just not a movie star. It is sad to see a talent like that wasted. 

    An Oscar, 4 Emmys, 4 Golden Globes, and 2 SAG Awards. I’d be more than satisfifed with that whether I was a movie star or not. Not every actor/actress wants/needs huge stardom.

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    Helen Hunt was offered Parenthood before Maura Tierney and eventually Lauren Graham– Didn’t want it. Hunt was also offered The Good Wife before Ashley Judd and eventually Julianna Margulies– Also didn’t want it. I assume she’s been offered more. Perhaps if she got a 13-episode order she would be more inclined to return to the small screen. 

    She was offered Parenthood part AFTER Maura Tierney was diagnosed with cancer. As for The Good Wife, Elisabeth Shue was offered it first couple of times (they wanted her BADLY) then it was offered to Ashley Judd and THEN to Helen Hunt.

    You’re welcome. 
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    I stand corrected re Parenthood. Thanks for that!

    But re The Good Wife — I was going by Julianna Margulies in one of the round table interviews. She said something along the lines of… “I almost didn’t take it because they offered it to Helen Hunt and she didn’t want it, then Ashley Judd, but she probably wasn’t going to want it either. So it’s like f*** you, I’m not even sloppy seconds, I’m sloppy thirds.” I could be wrong or crossing the interviews. I’ve actually never even heard Elisabeth Shue mentioned with The Good Wife, and if she was offered it (which, I believe you), why in the WORLD would she turn down a script like that?? I don’t know how anyone would turn it down, unless the work load of 22 episodes intimidated them. I love the series and have read the pilot several times always thinking, “This is too good for cable.” Shue’s career (and Hunt’s and Judd’s, and as we have seen with Margulies’s) would have been revived in the best way. 

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