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  • IsabelaRooney
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    Rebecca Hall, Jamie Bell, Rinko Kikuchi, Gabourey Sidibe, James McAvoy, Joan Allen, Halle Berry, Samantha Morton, Ellen Page, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Connely, Sophie Okonedo, Abigail Breslin, Mo’nique, Abbie Cornish, Mia Wasikowska

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    A few more (some of these may have already been mentioned; perhaps by me):

    Mena Suvari: She was a big up and comer in the late 90’s with roles in big movies like American Beauty, Sugar and Spice, American Pie and Slums of Beverly Hills and somewhere around the mid-2000’s she sort of just stopped getting cast in big roles and never got a chance to really develop into a big star.

    Sela Ward: Yes, she won two Emmy’s and had a strong and diverse TV career; but I always felt she had the potential to be a big movie star. She just never seemed to really get cast in any big films. Her career did seem to focus solely on TV. She had that famous cameo on “The Fugitive” and the meaty role in “The Stepfather” but her film career is pretty limited.

    Wes Bentley: Seriously WTF happened to him after “American Beauty” he just sort of vanished. Didn’t I read he had a drug problem or something?

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    A few more (some of these may have already been mentioned; perhaps by me): Mena Suvari: She was a big up and comer in the late 90’s with roles in big movies like American Beauty, Sugar and Spice, American Pie and Slums of Beverly Hills and somewhere around the mid-2000’s she sort of just stopped getting cast in big roles and never got a chance to really develop into a big star. Sela Ward: Yes, she won two Emmy’s and had a strong and diverse TV career; but I always felt she had the potential to be a big movie star. She just never seemed to really get cast in any big films. Her career did seem to focus solely on TV. She had that famous cameo on “The Fugitive” and the meaty role in “The Stepfather” but her film career is pretty limited. Wes Bentley: Seriously WTF happened to him after “American Beauty” he just sort of vanished. Didn’t I read he had a drug problem or something?

    I’m no Wes Bentley expert, but if my memory serves me correctly, yes he developed a drug problem. I believe he’s sober now. Of his recent projects, I believe he appeared on two seasons of American Horror Story, and I remember he had a small, but noticeable role in the most recent Mission Impossible.
    I personally wonder why Aaron Eckhart never got huge. After giving a highly praised performance in a film as big as The Dark Knight, you think he would’ve gone somewhere. I’ve seen him pop up in some stuff since then, but nothing that ever felt particularly big. Really a shame, as I think he’s a wonderful talent.

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    Add these two to the list:

    Logan Lerman. He’s an extremely talented actor that had started off well, turning in great performances like Perks of Being A Wallflower, Indignation, and Fury. Even in Percy Jackson, he was probably the best actor in that movie. Unfortunately, that and poor career choices like Sidney Hall may well have destroyed his career, and he hasn’t gotten a ton of projects since then. Hopefully, The Hunt will get him back on track, and give the status that he deserves.

    Shailene Woodley. Similar to Logan Lerman, giving great performances in movies like The Descendants and The Fault In Our Stars, but the Divergent franchise and terrible film choices like Snowden derailed her. It seems, though, that Big Little Lies kind of helped her get her career back on track, and hopefully a few more career choices can bring her back to the spotlight.

    Oscars 2020: I stan Joaquin Phoenix, Alan Silvestri, and Dean Deblois.

    Emmys 2020: I stan Logan Lerman, Olivia Colman, and David Harbour.

    Tom Hanks and Amy Adams stan in general.

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    I forgot to list Andie McDowell, a remarkable but criminally underrated actress whose moment in the sun was way too brief.

    Also, while it feels silly to say Geena Davis didn’t reach her full potential as she was one of the world’s biggest stars for a while and did a string of truly iconic roles, she certainly has spent the past 25 years not reaching her full potential (except off-screen). Every time she’s not given a juicy role, the world is missing something unique and I’m holding my breath for an almighty comeback.

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    LLLhawks
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    Yessss to Logan Lerman. And Im also gonna add Max Thieriot. Very impressed with him in 6 Souls and Bates Motel. Thought I’d see more of him.

    And what about Kirsten Dunst? Loved her in Interview of the Vampire. Shame she didnt get much love after that, except for her role in Fargo that one time.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    Both Geena Davis and honestly Susan Sarandon lol. Susan deserves to be a leading lady..

     

    Second Aaron Eckhardt. “Rabbit Hole”!!!

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    Susan Sarandon was a big name leading lady during the late eighties-mid nineties.  She has an Oscar on her resume and four other nominations from the Academy.

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    Boidiva02
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    Susan Sarandon was a big name leading lady during the late eighties-mid nineties. She has an Oscar on her resume and four other nominations from the Academy.

    and then suddenly her career as a leading lady seemed to just sort of vanish overnight. At one point Meryl and Her got all of the roles for females over 40 and then suddenly, only Meryl got them. I don’t know if Susan stopped taking leading roles or if she just wasn’t cast anymore.

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    What the hell happened to Joseph Gordon-Levitt? If you asked me around 2012 or 2013 I would have been sure he’d be an Oscar nominee by now but he’s basically disappeared.

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    What the hell happened to Joseph Gordon-Levitt? If you asked me around 2012 or 2013 I would have been sure he’d be an Oscar nominee by now but he’s basically disappeared.

    He’s into arts and photography now. Lol. No, i think after The Walk and that Snowden movie, he was done….

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    King’s film career is entirely supporting roles. Bassett was a headliner for a while.

    True

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    Lisa Eichhorn:

    She gave two of the greatest performances in the late 1970’s/early 1980s in Yanks (1979) & Cutter’s Way (1981). Whilst both films received generally favourably reviews, and stellar for her personally her career never took off. She was supposed to star in All Night Long (1981) with Gene Hackman but was replaced by Barbara Streisand simply because Babs wanted the role I think. Not that it really mattered because the film was panned and tanked and hasn’t improved with age.

    Ms. Eichhorn was also impressive in the 1984 film Wild Rose. She has worked steadily over the years but mainly in TV and small roles in minor films.

    I really thought back in the days of Yanks & Cutters Way that she was headed for great heights but it sadly never happed.

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    Anyone already mention Lindsay Lohan and/or Randy Quaid?

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    Aunt Peg
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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.

    I think Emily Lloyd has some health issues which short circuited her promising career. Might have even been something like a fear or appearing in front of a camera or something like that. Such a shame.

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