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    I think we can all agree we see actors and actresses early on in their careers doing really great work, and you start to think when are they going to just make it! There are cases where you see them totally materialize into the next big thing like Brie Larson, Emma Stone, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

    However, it is always unfortunate when you see actors with definite talent never fully live up to their potential and fall into projects that just ruin their careers.

    Examples of this for me are:
    Heather Graham – With Drugstore Cowboy and Boogie Nights you really saw her potential as an actress. You thought with her charm she could definitely have a career. She also had an added depth and a pretty but unique look. However, after Austin Powers her career went nowhere. It seemed like she was trying to be more like Cameron Diaz than herself. I thought after her adorable turn in Hangover she could maybe build it back but it was too fargone.

    Kate Hudson while she has gotten a lot of work post Almost Famous wouldn’t seem like a person belonging on this list. However, she was sooooo close to being an Oscar winner. She had some charming moments, but she has lost her way I am not sure she even has any talent anymore.

    I am worried about Chloe Moretz and Rachel McAdams. With McAdams’ Oscar nod she gave herself some more time so it looks good for now. Moretz also seems to be taking time to try and make projects and find projects to get her career back to where it was with Let Me In and Kick Ass and Hugo (my favorite part of that movie)

    Thoughts?

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    River Phoenix is the first that comes to mind.

    I am also scared for Hailee Steinfield and Jennifer Hudson.

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    Great idea for a thread.

    Jeremy Northam maybe. Such a great actor. I felt like he had technical ability comparable to someone like Daniel Day-Lewis, but an accessibility and charm of someone like Colin Firth. He had a stretch in he mid 90’s to early 2000’s where he just classed up every film he was in. Emma, Happy Texas, An Ideal Husband, The Winslow Boy, Gosford Park, Cypher.

    And then it just went kaput. He couldn’t get himself in a succesful or significant movie no matter how hard he tried, and his heat just disappeared. I know he’s doing fine and has a succesful career doing thing like The Crown. So I don’t want to denigrate where he is right now, because it’s a good spot for an actor to be in. But I sort of feel under different circumstances or choices, the guy might have been a multiple Oscar winning screen icon, as opposed to a solid, working character actor on a Netflix show.

    Goes to show, that it’s not just about the talent (which Northam has in spades). It’s about the choices as well.

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    Didn’t Hailee Steinfeld get a lot of praise for Edge of Seventeen? And a Globe nod? Which might not mean much to people but the fact that they even considered her means that at least there was enough buzz there.

    She was also in Pitch Perfect 2, a very big hit, and will be in the third one keeping herself visible.

    She was quite good in Begin Again too.

    She got sidetracked because of her “music career”, but she hasn’t disappeared or anything.

    Is she even 20 yet?

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    Robert Pattinson:
    He was probably the best actor in Twilight, and it’s a shame he didn’t ride that popularity wave and sign onto projects that could’ve showcased his skills better.

    Lindsay Lohan:
    She had so much potential, especially during the years of The Parent Trap and Mean Girls before she started getting into drugs and plastic surgery. If she wouldn’t have turned into such a train wreck, I no-doubt believe she could’ve reached her full potential.

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    Colin Farrell but he’s getting back on track

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    To reach back a few years to character actors who could still make an impact:

    Aaron Eckhardt, so great in his first leading role in In the Company of Men.

    Jennifer Ehle, two-time Tony-winner flirting with stardom in films such as Possession and, particularly, Sunshine.

    John Heard started out promising in arthouse faves Chilly Scenes of Winter and Cutter’s Way (aka Cutter and Bone) and has since been relegated to less edgy supporting roles.

    Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who showed great promise in Scarface, The Color of Money, and luminosity in Limbo.

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    To reach back a few years to character actors who could still make an impact:

    Aaron Eckhardt, so great in his first leading role in In the Company of Men.

    Jennifer Ehle, two-time Tony-winner flirting with stardom in films such as Possession and, particularly, Sunshine.

    John Heard started out promising in arthouse faves Chilly Scenes of Winter and Cutter’s Way (aka Cutter and Bone) and has since been relegated to less edgy supporting roles.

    Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who showed great promise in Scarface, The Color of Money, and luminosity in Limbo.

    These are good. Eckhart I feel is still in the game. A lot of people were speculating that he might be up for an Oscar this year for Sully and Bleed For This. But he wasn’t given enough to do in Sully, and Bleed For This didn’t really make any impact on release. I really believe Eckhart can win an Oscar one day. He’s got the talent. People like working with him. Just needs the right movie.

    Jennifer Elhe is in the game as well. Super talented, and always employed in films. Usually indies. Hopefully she gets some breakout indie hit at a festival like Sundance that brings her back to the spotlight.

    Don’t really know why Mary Elizabeth Masterantonio didn’t become bigger. Incredibly talented. So much screen presence. Beautiful. Sexy. All the adjectives. She should have had a career comparable to her Scarface co-star Michelle Pfieffer. Maybe her percieved ethnicity held her back. She’s Italian-American, but with an ethnic enough look that might as well read “Latina”. Which would have made things a lot harder for her in the 80’s and 90’s. Glad she’s still getting good work on TV.

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    Eckhart I thought was the best part of Sully

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    Eckhart I thought was the best part of Sully

    He didn’t get the reviews though, which screwed him over. The focus went to Hanks in reviews.

    Almost feel bad for Eckhart, considering Hanks is usually a good luck charm for supporting actors (Abdi, Rylance, Seymour Hoffman have all gotten Oscar nominations or wins for supporting him in the last 10 years).

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    She is still amazing but Naomi Watts (in terms of exposure). After Mulholland Dr, Oscar nomination, and then King Kong, she should really have been propelled to stardom. She doesn’t look for publicity, but poor project selection over the years also played a part in why she’s not as widely recognised as one of the very best of her generation as she ought to be.

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    Yes.

    And bring Emily Watson back into the spotlight. She’s got at least one more great role in her!

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    Yes.

    And bring Emily Watson back into the spotlight. She’s got at least one more great role in her!

    She’s going to be in the new movie On Chesil Beach with Saoirse Ronan!

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    Great idea for a thread.

    Jeremy Northam maybe. Such a great actor. I felt like he had technical ability comparable to someone like Daniel Day-Lewis, but an accessibility and charm of someone like Colin Firth. He had a stretch in he mid 90’s to early 2000’s where he just classed up every film he was in. Emma, Happy Texas, An Ideal Husband, The Winslow Boy, Gosford Park, Cypher.

    And then it just went kaput. He couldn’t get himself in a succesful or significant movie no matter how hard he tried, and his heat just disappeared. I know he’s doing fine and has a succesful career doing thing like The Crown. So I don’t want to denigrate where he is right now, because it’s a good spot for an actor to be in. But I sort of feel under different circumstances or choices, the guy might have been a multiple Oscar winning screen icon, as opposed to a solid, working character actor on a Netflix show.

    Goes to show, that it’s not just about the talent (which Northam has in spades). It’s about the choices as well.

    You are 100% spot on. Jeremy Northam is brilliant and should be an Oscar winner by now, if there was any justice.

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