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    Not to rehash and old thread, but I just rewatched Men In Black and was suddenly forced to realize that I haven’t heard the name Linda Fiorentino in over a decade. What the heck happened to her career?

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    Vin Diesel

    “The best way to make someone feel small, is to not say anything to them at all” —>clicks ignore button

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    Patrick Fugit: Gave a great breakout performance in Almost Famous. Very talented young actor. Never did get many big opportunities after that performance, though he had a nice role in the little seen comedy Saved!. Has appeared in small roles in a few big films recently, with Gone Girl and First Man.

    Carrie Fisher: Yes, Carrie had a huge amount of success. But drug use and mental health issues really hurt her acting career. I think she definitely had the potential to be a bigger movie star, especially in the world of comedy films.

    Mark Hamill: Again a huge amount of success, especially in the world of voice acting. But Hollywood was just not interested in making him a star after Star Wars, and a lot of bad film roles led him to staring in some of the cheapest direct to video low budget stuff imaginable, especially considering he was the lead actor in the biggest franchise on the planet.

    Courtney Love: Feel she could have had much better success and grew as a actress after The People vs Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. I think issues in her personal life really kept her from her full potential.

    Jamie Bell: He should have been the go to child and teen star after Billy Elliot, a truly great performance. The low budget and mostly unseen fare he starred in really kept him from his potential has a star. But maybe we are slowly seeing a comeback in this case. He was great in Rocketman this year.

     

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    Angela Bassett. I can only imagine what her career would have been if she was peaking now instead of the 90’s (like Regina King)

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    Not to rehash and old thread, but I just rewatched Men In Black and was suddenly forced to realize that I haven’t heard the name Linda Fiorentino in over a decade. What the heck happened to her career?

    Apparently she was very difficult to work with. That’s the main theory why she didn’t appear in Men in Black 2. I actually tried looking into this. One source listed a few different rumors, the first being that she asked for way too much money to be in the sequel, the second was that the cast and crew of the first film hated working with her, and the third is that Tommy Lee Jones would only return for the sequel if she wasn’t in it. I don’t know how true any of those rumors are though. Apparently she claimed she wasn’t in the sequel because she was unavailable. Anyways, Kevin Smith has repeatedly said that she was difficult to work with on the set of Dogma. From what I’ve read, he said that there were days where she wouldn’t talk to him and she refused to do press for the movie. Her not talking to him apparently is because he let other members off the set when they weren’t busy, but always made her stay, reasoning that she was in every scene (The source that included this quote also says that she’s not in every scene of the film). The reason why she wouldn’t do press if because they photoshopped her head onto another woman’s body for the poster without her permission since she had never done a photoshoot. Apparently, Smith talks about their feud in the film’s commentary, and he’s said that he wishes he had cast his first choice for the role, Janeane Garofolo instead. Apparently, Fiorentino has not spoken publicly about their feud, so we only have Smith’s side of the story. Anyway, there’s no doubt that her career was hurt by Smith (who was then a somewhat respected filmmaker) publicly trash talking her and saying that she was difficult to work with. Given that Fiorentino is pretty much completely out of the public eye, I doubt anyone’s gonna bother trying to get her side of the story nowadays, and it’s very likely if she didn’t talk about it then, she wouldn’t want to talk about it now.

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    Vin Diesel

    What I find interesting about Vin Diesel is that he gives very good voice over performances in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Giant. Granted, his characters aren’t very talkative, but he still pulls them off very well. Especially impressive in Guardians as he says nothing but the same line over and over, and yet you can tell based on his delivery what he’s trying to say.

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    Sal Mineo
    Jayne Mansfield
    Jean Harlow
    Butterfly McQueen
    Edward Furlong
    Lizabeth Scott
    Macaulay Culkin
    Hattie McDaniel
    Juanita Moore
    Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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    Eric Bana. No doubt about this, for me. A fantastic talent.

    He in “Chopper” is one of best performances of the last 20 years.

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    Hayden Christensen

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    Hayden Christensen

    I really wonder what would’ve happened to him if he didn’t do Star Wars. He’s given legitimately good performances in other works (he also had some decent moments in Star Wars even if most of his work was very stiff). All I’ll say is, I’m pretty sure Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t regret passing on Anakin.

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    Not to rehash and old thread, but I just rewatched Men In Black and was suddenly forced to realize that I haven’t heard the name Linda Fiorentino in over a decade. What the heck happened to her career?

    She really is a perfect entry in this thread though because her performance in The Last Seduction is probably one of the best by any actress in the last 25 years, and the fact that she wasn’t eligible for an Oscar nomination was a crime. Hard to work with or not, she probably tops my list of most underutilized actresses and if any prestigious director took her on with a strong screenplay she would be dynamite.

    FYC: Mary Kay Place in Diane

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    I really wonder what would’ve happened to him if he didn’t do Star Wars. He’s given legitimately good performances in other works (he also had some decent moments in Star Wars even if most of his work was very stiff). All I’ll say is, I’m pretty sure Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t regret passing on Anakin.

    I remember seeing him in Life as a House and thinking he was going to be really big. But yeah, Star Wars put the lid on that.

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    I became a fan of Michael Pena after Crash but he hasn’t done anything compelling since.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    Emily Lloyd is the biggest waste of talent for me. What a career she could have had if she hadn’t turned down Pretty Woman.

    FYC:

    Antonio Banderas and Asier Etxeandia, Dolor y Gloria (Best Actor/Supporting Actor)
    Emily Beecham, Little Joe (Best Actress)
    Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, The Good Liar (Best Actor/Actress)

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