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[–]crazycatguy23 438 points439 points  (61 children)

Jon Hamm. I thought after Mad Men and The Town he would be all set.

[–]adamsandleryabish 89 points90 points  (11 children)

just like Bryan Cranston and James Gandolfini when you become so famous off a huge show and huge character it’s probably hard to get good roles

[–]Graywolves 66 points67 points  (4 children)

I just read un Bryan Cranston's book that for Breaking Bad he was almost not picked because they just thought of him as the goofy dad in Malcom in the Middle. Fortunately he did an episode on the X-files before that was anything but Hal and it helped them not cross him off so easily.

[–]diddykongisapokemon 65 points66 points  (2 children)

Vince Gilligan actually wrote that episode and conceived Walt with Cranston in mind.

But the network refused at first because of Hal, as you said

[–]Graywolves 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I couldn't remember Vince Gilligan's name for some reason, thanks!

[–]diddykongisapokemon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Lol I had to look it up, was about to type Vince Vaughn. Not sure why, it isn't a difficult name at all

[–]denizenKRIM 155 points156 points  (9 children)

Actually I think anyone who becomes the breakout lead in a TV show will have the toughest time branching out.

Hard to convince people you can be someone else when they’re so used to you being excellent in one specific role for years.

[–]WWJLPD 60 points61 points  (0 children)

I think he's mentioned being typecast before - he wants to branch out, but everyone keeps coming to him with the "perfect role" where he gets to play the suave leading man from the 50s or 60s.

Edit: "A lot of the things I got offered were these basically like kind of versions of Don Draper, versions of Mad Men. Every script that had a guy wearing a hat and smoking a cigarette was sent my way. And I was kind of like, 'Well I'm doing that eight months out of the year, why would I want to continue to do that on my downtime?'" - Jon Hamm

[–]sfairraid13 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Well Dick Whitman convinced everyone he was Don Draper, so expect to see Jon Hamm in the next Scorsese movie

[–]Bear2120 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Steve Carrell did ok

[–]laststance 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Supposedly this is why Carrell left the show early, to dissociate himself from the show and work on his film career. Then he took mainly serious roles and shied away from comedy films.

[–]asayys 77 points78 points  (3 children)

I'm someone who hasn't seen either of those but I really liked him in Black Mirror.

[–]VesperalLight 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I haven't either, but he was also great in Baby Driver.

[–]beertastic 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Started watching that show recently. I'm up to near the end of season 3. The Jon Hamm episode is still my favorite episode.

[–]inksmudgedhands 25 points26 points  (8 children)

I want him to play an older Clark Kent/Superman with a leaning on Clark. That's my wish. I think he would be amazing.

[–]sfairraid13 130 points131 points  (1 child)

He was great in Baby Driver. That'll help

[–]TheLivingTomatoGhost 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Literally came here just to say that. After Baby Driver, I would beg to any Hollywood producer to cast him. He's terrific in everything he's in and has so much potential.

[–]warlockx77 9 points10 points  (4 children)

He’s stated publicly that he picks his scripts very very carefully.

[–]cokecakeisawesome 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I can see that, he works with the same people a lot, which to me screams "I take jobs where I want to work, not where I need to".

[–]ChrisCinema 201 points202 points  (15 children)

Aaron Eckhart. He gained mainstream recognition in "Thank You for Smoking" and "The Dark Knight", but not so much after that. He was still good in "Sully" though.

[–]peebo_sanchez 100 points101 points  (10 children)

2 words. I, frankenstein.

[–]pwolf1771 22 points23 points  (0 children)

This one has always surprised me I really thought after Dark Knight he’s open the flood gates but I guess he chose pay days over quality. I could see him being one of those guys who comes out of nowhere some October and just blows everyone away and wins a best supporting Oscar...

[–]lacourseauxetoiles 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Agreed. I have no idea why he didn't get more big roles after The Dark Knight.

[–]cupcakesarethedevil 30 points31 points  (0 children)

He did get a lot of leading man roles after that they we're just bad movies

[–]jacobs0n 3 points4 points  (0 children)

first time I saw him was Paycheck

[–]emisfer 130 points131 points  (10 children)

Pablo Schreiber. Loved him as Nick Sobotka in The Wire and pornstache in Orange is The New Black. He should get more work, I feel like he nails those "struggling middle-class working man" type of roles like no one else.

[–]mjack421 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Fucking scared me during his run in Law and Order: SVU.

[–]SutterCane 49 points50 points  (2 children)

He's great on American Gods and he looks to have a big role in Den of Thieves. So maybe he'll do more stuff soon.

[–]ju012835 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So great on American Gods!

[–]Glothr 10 points11 points  (0 children)

He was really good in 13 Hours. Had a bunch of great lines and made me laugh quite a bit.

[–]SwannyWilkinson 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He was fantastic in American Gods. I had no idea it was the same actor who play Nick Sobotka in The Wire till I googled him.

[–]Clayish 67 points68 points  (10 children)

Never understood why Sheryl Lee didn't blow up after Fire Walk With Me.

Her performance is a STRONG 10/10

[–]PrinceRory 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Everyone hated Fire Walk With Me at the time. She was amazing in it but it was probably tough to build a career on a critically reviled, Box Office flop.

[–]bono_212 13 points14 points  (4 children)

To that extent, I'm also surprised that MacLachlan didn't have a bigger career, but I really feel like only Lynch gets great performances out of him.

[–]Scott_Pilgrim_Fan 6 points7 points  (1 child)

His performance in Agents of Shield was rather good.

[–]andrew991116 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He wanted to break out in film and away from the role of Dale Cooper (he actually refused to return in FWWM at one point), but his film career was largely unsuccessful (Showgirls)

[–]warchiello 238 points239 points  (12 children)

For me it's always going to be Clive Owen. Should have been Bond.

[–]OceanSage 60 points61 points  (6 children)

I think the fact that he turned down Bond hurt his career. He was incredible in King Arthur. I thought he was so cool in his smaller part in The Bourne Identity as well.

The International & Children of Men were pretty good. I liked him in Sin City, but he really gets overshadowed by the rest of the cast.

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[–]OceanSage 6 points7 points  (0 children)

OMG I forgot about that movie!

[–]slicshuter 17 points18 points  (0 children)

He's fucking fantastic in The Knick. One of my favourite shows of all time.

[–]AetherMcLoud 17 points18 points  (0 children)

"Children of Men was pretty good" is a pretty big understatement. It was incredible, both plot and visuals.

[–]cokecakeisawesome 3 points4 points  (0 children)

First remember seeing him in "Croupier". It's older, but it still holds up well.

[–]pwolf1771 17 points18 points  (0 children)

After Children of Men I really expected him to explode not sure why he never became a mega star because he’s incredible when he wants to be...

[–]Shalabadoo 35 points36 points  (0 children)

People need to watch the Knick

[–]motes-of-light 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It sounds weird, but I've got the feeling Clive Owen doesn't particularly want to be "big". Artistically successful, sure, but I think he deliberately walked back from stardom a bit.

[–]AetherMcLoud 28 points29 points  (8 children)

Eric Bana.

Dude's phenomenal in everything he's in and usually steals the show in scenes where he's just a side character (Black Hawk Down for example). He was also great in Hannah where he again was just the supporting character for the main heroine.

He should have been a bonafide action/character actor on the level of someone like a Christian Bale or maybe even a Leonardo DiCaprio by now. But it seems he always stars in movies that are great movies but not commercially successful, or just a supporting actor to better known (but probably worse acting) stars in bigger movies. Or that Spike Lee Hulk movie I guess.

I mean just look at this one-take fight scene from Hannah. Guy doesn't even need a stunt double or fast cuts to make up for the fact that he can't fake-fight for shit unlike most blockbuster action star these days.

[–]girafawelcome to the f#ckin show 108 points109 points  (31 children)

Already pretty famous, but I expected Liev Schrieber to be on a Jason Stathom level by now, and Ben Foster to be leading more films.

[–]OceanSage 69 points70 points  (5 children)

Ben Foster impressed me in The Punisher, X-Men, 3:10 to Yuma, The Mechanic, & Hell or High Water! He's a great actor.

[–]HonorUndRespect 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Have you seen Hell and High Water? Ben Foster was crazy good in it.

[–]Affordable_Z_Jobs 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Ben Foster definetly. It seemed like he was in every other movie. Granted a lot of those movies were not great, but he was great in them.

Xmen 3, 30 days of night, Pandorum, 3:10 to Yuma, The Messager... then nothing.

[–]dcy123 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Warcraft... He was ok in.

[–]motes-of-light 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It was a huge miscast, and a terrible movie (imo, of course).

[–]Graywolves 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Ben Foster is probably what confuses me the most. It seems like he can regularly land roles and excel at them but just not high profile ones as much, I almost wonder if it's deliberate.

[–]girafawelcome to the f#ckin show 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I almost wonder if it's deliberate.

It always seems like it, somehow. Like Thomas Jane. Liev has worked so many A-list project but hasn't had his Transporter, hasn't really had his name in lights.

Closest was when he was Sabretooth, and Ebert said that he and Jackman acted their asses off in the film which was the only redeeming quality - but damn I want more. I've loved him since Sum of All Fears, I wish the movie had just been about his character.

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 18 points19 points  (7 children)

Shrieber has a pretty bad reputation from what I can gather, and does a lot of theater.

[–]down42roads 20 points21 points  (1 child)

He's also about to start his sixth season as the lead on a TV show.

[–]crazycatguy23 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Bad reputation for what?

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Not being pleasant to work with.

[–]ToPimpAButterface 221 points222 points  (19 children)

Tobey Maguire. He was fricken Spider-Man. Then nothing.

[–]ggyujjhi 199 points200 points  (3 children)

Too busy playing poker

[–]Tsegen 51 points52 points  (0 children)

And bullying the host apparently.

[–]GroovyBoomstick 10 points11 points  (0 children)

And insisting people refer to him as “Tugboat Maguire”

[–]ToPimpAButterface 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Would you say he went all in?

[–]tng29 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Gambling is hell of a drug.

[–]aemoseley 84 points85 points  (2 children)

He was amazing in Brothers and really good in Pawn Sacrifice. It's crazy that he's only acted in a total of five movies since the Spider-Man trilogy (not counting his cameo in Tropic Thunder).

[–]jebuschrust69 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Even his cameo was great!!!

[–]dtc413 10 points11 points  (0 children)

His stand out scene in Brothers (I’m trying to avoid sharing spoilers) is still one of the greatest scenes of raw anger and despair that I’ve ever seen in a film. Blows me away every time.

[–]TheSpot94 13 points14 points  (0 children)

What’re you talking about?! He starred in the Eric Jonrosh epic the Spoils of Babylon and was great in it

[–]cwfoxx 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I’ve heard that he doesn’t get work because he is really hard to work with

[–]kgpowl 120 points121 points  (21 children)

Michael Shannon.

His kills it in every film he's in.

[–]NeoNoireWerewolf 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I don’t think he fits this thread at all. His career has been pretty fantastic over the last few years. He consistently gets work along side incredible directors. He just isn’t traditional Hollywood handsome, so he doesn’t get offered big franchise leads. He is one of the most sought after dramatic performers in his age range, though.

[–]warlockx77 35 points36 points  (4 children)

Was also brilliant in Boardwalk Empire.

[–]ballislifeballisall 10 points11 points  (0 children)

His roles in Revolutionary Road and Nocturnal Animals blew me away.

[–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (4 children)

He is an amazing actor, but also kind of intense and terrifying. I feel that sort of limits his roles and ability to break into the mainstream.

[–]YesILeftHisAss2398 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I thought he was excellent in The Shape Of Water. When he yanked on his finger, wow.

[–]Wigley123 6 points7 points  (1 child)

yep, absolutely fantastic. I know the buzz is all on Sally Hawkins role, and she definitely killed it, but in my opinion, Michael Shannon had the best performance in tSOW

[–]AetherMcLoud 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He even kills it in short youtube videos: https://youtu.be/dngOH9G4UPw

[–]esquemo 20 points21 points  (4 children)

I expected to see Mira Sorvino more, sounds like the seedy underworld of Hollywood got her blacklisted--too bad.

Also, John Leguizamo hasn't had as many starring roles as his talent certainly qualifies him for.

[–]TheBat45 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Patrick Wilson.

There's not a reason in the world why he shouldn't be a bigger star. He definitely has a pretty solid career with The Conjuring franchise (hoping for news of a 3rd one soon), Insidious, Watchmen, Fargo S2, Bone Tomahawk, and Aquaman coming soon... but he should be an A lister. Like it's a shame that he's in a throwaway movie like The Commuter right now and has like 4 minutes of screentime or whatever.

[–]lacourseauxetoiles 145 points146 points  (37 children)

I'm surprised that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill didn't have anywhere near the same amount of success after Star Wars that Harrison Ford did.

[–]emisfer 223 points224 points  (9 children)

As far as I know, it was Mark Hamill's decision to focus on voice acting, animations and other smaller projects rather than big Hollywood blockbusters.

As for Carrie Fisher, she was just bonkers man. Lovely, kind and all that, but still bonkers and excentric. What a character.

[–]bracake 149 points150 points  (1 child)

When she was really struggling with mental illness, I imagine she found it hard to get work. But even thought she stayed out of the spotlight prior to the Force Awakens she was still reportedly Hollywood's most prolific script doctor so she was still working.

[–]captainjjb84 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Drowned in Moonlight, strangled by her own bra

[–]clwestbr 61 points62 points  (3 children)

The addiction problems probably didn't help either.

She grew into a hilarious, badass older lady though. Her books are fantastic and she was Hollywood's biggest name in script doctoring.

[–]throwaway21343232242 4 points5 points  (0 children)

yeah, well marks face got pretty jacked up in the car wreck

[–]Calvin_Hobbes124 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Well that’s because Harrison Ford branched out by doing raiders before the original trilogy concluded. He convinced the public he could do more than Star Wars.

[–]searchfornirvana 61 points62 points  (11 children)

Fun fact, Mark Hamill was almost cast as the lead in Amadeus (1984) but Milos Forman decided he didn't want audiences watching Luke Skywalker play Mozart.

[–][deleted] 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Probably a good call. Tom Hulce was pretty perfect in the role

[–]searchfornirvana 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Yeah. Honestly if I were to recommend a film based on the performance of its two lead actors, Amadeus would be near the top of the list. He and Abraham are a treat to watch

[–]lacourseauxetoiles 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I kind of want to see what the film version of Amadeus would have been like with Ian McKellen and Mark Hamill as the leads now.

[–]zortor 13 points14 points  (0 children)

They tried but they weren't the best actors to begin with. Hamill's charismatic but kinda goofy, Carrie doesn't take shit and was unfortunately unwell mentally.

[–]cyclops274 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Harrison Ford is better actor than Mark Hamill. He has the looks and charm for a leading actor. Replace Indiana Jones with Mark Hamill it won't be watchable.

[–]SheWasEighteen 178 points179 points  (23 children)

Sam Rockwell.

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 109 points110 points  (7 children)

I suspect Rockwell is aging into a bigger career. An Oscar nom (or win) this year will surely help.

[–]lacourseauxetoiles 79 points80 points  (4 children)

He's gonna be playing George W. Bush in Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic next year, so he definitely is getting bigger roles.

Edit: I meant this year. Time flies.

[–]lipstickpizza 12 points13 points  (2 children)

He's going to be Bush in that film??

Goodness, the dream of Bale and Rockwell in the same film and probably a hefty amount of same scenes is definitely something to look forward to.

[–]lacourseauxetoiles 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Amy Adams and Steve Carell are also gonna be in it to as Lynne Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. I bet it’s gonna be my favorite film of the year.

[–]TinyBobCat 16 points17 points  (0 children)

That’s a great shout. He’ll nail that.

[–]SheWasEighteen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We can only hope. I love him in everything I see him in.

[–]OP_Is_A_Filthy_Liar 26 points27 points  (1 child)

The Way Way Back made me love him. That's more than acting.

[–]BladeRunnerTHX 39 points40 points  (5 children)

lol he's about to be nominated for an Oscar and he's been acting for years. He's about as successful a character actor can get.

[–]ProdigalSheep 35 points36 points  (2 children)

I disagree. He's about as good as an actor can get, but his career has not matched his talent, IMO.

[–]Ecko09 50 points51 points  (7 children)

Tom Cavanagh. How was he not discovered is beyond me, the dude is so good in Flash.

[–]theluketaylor 18 points19 points  (0 children)

He has done a lot of great stuff on TV, but I've never seen him in many movies. Ed was a fantastic show and he was always funny as JD's brother on Scrubs. Anytime I see his name on something I know at the very least he'll be good.

[–]cortez0498 19 points20 points  (3 children)

He's the best actor on the Arrowverse, imo.

[–]Ecko09 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Up there with Manu Bennet. Defnitely.

[–]Calvin_Hobbes124 52 points53 points  (7 children)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The guy was in inception, dark knight rises, and looper, I thought for sure he would shoot to the top of the a-list. I wouldn’t say he’s struggling now, but he definitely isn’t as high profile as I thought he would be.

[–]HereCumDatBoii 23 points24 points  (0 children)

He kinda disappeared after Looper. I was curious why he didn't become huge, cuz I remember there being hype for him for about a year.

[–]Godgivesmeaboner 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Don Jon didn't do that well but it's one of my favorite movies. I would love to see him do more movies.

[–]nocimus 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I wonder if it's not partially on purpose. The guy has about fifteen different projects going on it seems, and is a huge proponent of the indie scene.

[–]microtome 16 points17 points  (12 children)

Peter Weller... I don't think he's been the lead in anything after Robocop 2

[–]subjectiveoddity 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Not the lead but he directs a lot of tv in addition to hosting many history programs. He also has a doctorate in Italian and Roman art history. Stars as an antagonist/important secondary character on multiple tv shows that have just completed in the last couple years. He was great on Longmire and the perfect prick on Dexter and S.O.A.

He's a very busy dude.

[–]LetsFireRockWithMe 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I've always been bummed and surprised that after Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens, and Tombstone, that Michael Bien didn't get more roles. It'd be great if Cameron cast him in the Avatar sequels.

[–]Fools_Requiem 58 points59 points  (18 children)

Nathan Fillion. I wish he had more big roles after Serenity, but I think he settled with Castle and just coasted from there.

Viggo Mortensen. After LotR, and then Hidalgo, I thought he would become a big name in Hollywood, but after A History of Violence, he stuck with mostly small movies. Apparently, he's a really good swordsman, and that would have made him really good for movies that make use of his skills as both an actor and a swordsman. He's probably too old to do those movies now, though. He was probably in more big movies before LotR than after.

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 58 points59 points  (9 children)

Does Viggo really want it though? I suspect he’d have been in a Marvel film by now if so. A lot of his charm is his disinterest in the mainstream machine.

[–]Fools_Requiem 25 points26 points  (1 child)

My understanding was that he didn't like the idea of being mainstream. Sort of like Josh Hartnett, who hasn't been in a major movie since 2007's 30 Days of Night.

[–]doriiit 8 points9 points  (0 children)

He's really good in Penny Dreadful, but yeah no movies in years.

[–]NeoNoireWerewolf 13 points14 points  (4 children)

He was never interested in large scale films or Hollywood extravagance. Dude is a poet and really educated in art and music. He lives in Watertown, NY, of all places, taking care of his dad. He’s like the exact opposite of most movie stars. He only did Lord of the Rings because his son loved the books and thought it would be cool if he did them.

[–]Ozymandiabetes 42 points43 points  (6 children)

Emily VanCamp.

After Revenge and the Captain America films, I'm surprised she isn't in more films or doing an HBO/ Netflix series.

[–]wtf793 13 points14 points  (2 children)

About the Cap films: I read somewhere that the Russo’s didn’t like her acting that much. Maybe that’s the reason she’s not in Infinity War 1 and 2.

[–]quangtran 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I think it has more to do with them not being all that interested in Sharon Carter.

[–]lipstickpizza 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I had a crush on her back when she was on Everwood. Funny how her on screen brother Chris Pratt would turn out to be the megastar of all the people from that show.

[–]bujweiser 28 points29 points  (5 children)

I figured Sam Worthington was the next big thing after Avatar and Terminator.

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Having just watched Manhunt, the guy really can’t act. Handsome yes.

[–]pwolf1771 8 points9 points  (0 children)

In think studios realized really quickly that audiences wanted nothing to do with this guy unless he was knee deep in a cgi mess...

[–]Canis_Ex_Machina 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Sam Worthington can act. He can do an American accent. He cannot do both at the same time.

Same with Jai Courtney.

[–]newbrutus 47 points48 points  (14 children)

Tony Shaloub

[–]OceanSage 22 points23 points  (5 children)

It's probably too difficult for people to not see him as just Monk

[–]MannahBanana 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I had this problem for the first episode of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, but after that I had forgotten about Monk. The writing and acting on that show is great.

[–]SilverKry 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I see him as his Galaxy Quest character.

[–]ChooseCorrectAnswer 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I'm in my 30's. I remember seeing Tony Shaloub in a lot of small movie roles before Monk. So, in my eyes, Monk was his big role -the better-late-than-never climax of his career. I never really thought, "Oh, Monk is over. Now it's time for him to be a big-time movie actor." Despite that, yeah, I'm surprised he hasn't been utilized in smaller roles in big films.

[–]ReddJudicata 20 points21 points  (1 child)

He’s always the guy from Wings to me. But I’m old.

[–]smilbandit 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I liked him in, The Seige

[–]nammertl 79 points80 points  (19 children)

I actually thought Robert Pattinson from the twilight series would be a much bigger star by now. The guy was once the most popular actor in all of Hollywood at one point.

[–]Jared-From-Subway 91 points92 points  (5 children)

He's doing good stuff, just not as often. Lost City of Z was good and his most recent Good Time was my favorite movie of the year... but both of those were smaller movies so i get what you mean. His name seems like it should have more commercial appeal.

[–]diddykongisapokemon 65 points66 points  (3 children)

He's been focusing on smaller movies and it's working out for him. He's gone from a punching bag to a critical and indie darling

I think Twilight soured him on bigger movies

[–]lacourseauxetoiles 44 points45 points  (1 child)

That seems to have happened with Kristen Stewart too.

[–]cortez0498 33 points34 points  (0 children)

I think he's going the same route as Daniel Radcliffe. He made enough money that now he can choose to do smaller movies that he likes.

[–]MaddiKate 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I always thought he would do a great job playing Kurt Cobain in a biopic.

[–]SurvivorSi 15 points16 points  (1 child)

He seems like he's more keeping out of the spotlight by choice.

[–]Ecko09 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Not surprised, after the shit that movie series gets.

[–]mjack421 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Derek Luke. I thought he was masterful in Antwone Fisher, maybe Biker Boyz killed his career, but he was awesome again in Friday Night Lights one year later. Had solid charisma and talent.

I wonder if maybe he came a bit too early where only Samuel L, Will Smith, and Denzel seemed to get most of the black actor work. But maybe he just picked bad projects after Friday Night Lights. He would be great now with guys like Lakeith Stanfield, Chadwick Boseman, and Michael B Jordan doing well as African American actors in sort of a mini-boom, and he's only 43.

[–]CaptainRogers275 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He's on Thirteen Reasons Why now

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (10 children)

Paul Schneider. He's absolutely perfect in All the Real Girls. I think he makes everything he's in better. Literally the only enjoyable thing about Elizabethtown. And steals every scene he's in in The Family Stone. He was awful in Parks & Rec, but it was just a garbage character in a show that hadn't found its footing or identity.

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[–]Overlord_C 32 points33 points  (0 children)

More like Brandanaquits

[–]Monkeymonkey27 19 points20 points  (0 children)

He was the straight man but he was accustomed to the weird shit in parks and rec so we couldnt relate. Ben worked better because he was as shocked the town was weird as us, even in later seasons

[–]Jason4hees 12 points13 points  (3 children)

This^ He stole almost every scene in Assassination of Jesse James which couldn't have been easy considering the talent level involved

[–]ChooseCorrectAnswer 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The Assasination of Jesse James by... is one of my favorite films. Probably my favorite of the past 20 years. I never knew that actor's name before your comment, yet I agree with you. He was really good in it. Ed Miller: Yeah, yeah. Like that. Boy, you talk good. Dick Liddil: You can hide things in vocabulary.

[–]Terceiro-Homem 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Evan Rachel Wood and I say this knowing that she's in Westworld a show that is in its first season and her character is already being part of lists of best characters of all time.

The first time I saw her mid 2000s I was sure that she would be a mega star ScarJo,JLaw,Emma Stone levels but the film that was supposed to catapult her into stardom, ''Across the Universe'' , was a massive flop financially.

[–]Tobes_macgobes 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I want more Bryce Dallas Howard. She’s an underrated actress.

[–]Lipka 37 points38 points  (11 children)

Sharlto Copley. He absolutely makes District 9 and is one of the only good parts of Elysium. Admittedly I haven't seen Hardcore Henry or The A-Team but I feel like he's good enough to be in a lot more movies than he is.

[–]bobbypellitt 15 points16 points  (0 children)

He was so amazing in Free Fire.

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 12 points13 points  (1 child)

A Team was his big Hollywood chance. The movie (not him) tanked. I suspect he’s just too much of an oddity to be fitted in. Another actor that will get more interesting roles as he gets old. Villains especially.

[–]lancerevo98 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I loved that movie and especially his performance. Hated that it tanked

[–]pixie-army 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He is awesome in Hardcore Henry. Plays like 20 different personalities. Damn I love that film. Fun as shit, some of the best stunt work I've seen in an English-language film. Avoid at all costs if you suffer from motion sickness.

Example of said insane stunt / camera work - movie is absolutely bananas:


[–]monos_muertos 27 points28 points  (14 children)

It took 40 years for Brad Dourif to get the recognition he deserves as an actor, but he should have been much bigger. Watch him in "Wise Blood", "The Exorcist 3", or this "Whistle Down the Wind" inspired Toto promotional vid from 1985 and marvel at why people only know him as the voice of Chucky.

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

His performance in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest alone should surely have lead to a stronger career.

[–]monos_muertos 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I wholly agree.

[–]sagegreenowl 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Don’t forget his work in David Lynch films such as Blue Velvet and Dune and then of course (not Lynch) LOTR as Grima Wormtongue. Amazing.

[–]Callmedory 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He's a great actor. Lord of the Rings, Star Trek Voyager, Dune---strong SF/fantasy showing in his resume.

[–]pallmall87 2 points3 points  (0 children)

oh man, Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran in Deadwood... in a series packed with powerhouse performances, his was still my favorite.


Here is just one example of how much he absolutely killed this role

[–]bono_212 9 points10 points  (4 children)

I can't for the life of me understand how James Spader didn't catapult into stardom and prestige roles after Sex, Lies and Videotape, but based on interviews I've read/seen with the dude it seems like it might have something to do with work ethic (he'll do basically any film for a paycheck).

[–]flossandbrush 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Rupert Grint.

Love the guy. After Harry Potter he bought an ice cream truck, gave out free ice cream, and did a cameo in an Ed Sheeran video.

[–]The_Real_McQueen 23 points24 points  (10 children)

Jack O'Connell - I thought he was fantastic in '71, and gave a great performance in Unbroken. I figured he was going to blow up after Unbroken but the only things ive seen him in since then are Money Monster and Godless.

[–]hollandfartch 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Ehh he’s only 28 and was just the lead in Godless, which he was the best part of. I’d give him a few more years.

[–]Tsegen 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Speaking of things that get less attention than you expect: I'm really surprised by how little I heard of Godless. The discussion threads were really thin.

[–]schmak2010 20 points21 points  (3 children)

ITT people naming actors who have or had impressive careers.

[–]scaredofcheese[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I’m not quite sure what some people think success is.

[–]spencerlevey 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Vera Farmiga. Her acting in Bates Motel was amazing.

[–]Dogsinabathtub 41 points42 points  (16 children)

Benicio Del Toro

The dudes a fantastic actor and very charismatic but I was suprised after checking his IMDb page and seeing how small most of his roles are

[–]Vessel03 22 points23 points  (2 children)

He's like a Puerto Rican Brad Pitt, only with better comedic timing. I remember feeling at the time that The Wolfman was going to be his big shot at superstardom, but nearly everything in that film (except his performance) was a mess. Darn shame.

[–]throwaway21343232242 11 points12 points  (0 children)

most recently watched him in Sicario, such a great flick and he was on point

[–]motes-of-light 31 points32 points  (6 children)

? Del Toro is absolutely an A-lister.

[–]TentacleFinger 26 points27 points  (9 children)

adam baldwin, he was great in chuck

[–]devilslaughters 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Full Metal Jacket. Firefly. Pretty sure he's in Independence Day as a secret service dude. He's been playing 30 y.o. military dudes for decades now.

[–]names_are_for_losers 7 points8 points  (1 child)

He is in The Patriot as a colonial military man too lol

[–]Toby_O_Notoby 57 points58 points  (5 children)

The fact that he's a right-wing nut-job probably hurts his career.

And by "right-wing nut-job" I don't mean "has conservative views like Tom Selleck". Check his twitter. He's insane.

[–]smishNelson 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I really enjoy him as an actor, animal mother and Jayne are some really great characters, I remember following him on Twitter, probably 4 or 5 years ago now, and almost immediately unfollowed him. I'm not American, so a lot of politics is lost on me, but it was immediately apparent that he was a bit too intense and crazy with his political views

[–]rustyfork87 23 points24 points  (14 children)

Jon bernthal.

Dude never gets that many big roles, he nails it in TV shows like being shane on the walking dead then being frank castle in the punisher and daredevil.

Really wish he’d be given more lead roles.

Dudes an amazing actor in my opinion

[–]AetherMcLoud 20 points21 points  (0 children)

[head rubbing intensifies]

[–]DennaResin 16 points17 points  (1 child)

He's a character actor who prefers to play small roles in terrific movies. Look at Wind River or Baby Driver from last year for example.

[–]Gje95 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I’d like to see him in something else other than a ex cop/soldier loose cannon character. Does anyone have anything he’s done where he plays a different character?

[–]Fundabz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A skinhead in Shot Caller.

[–]Jedi-El1823 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm surprised Matt Bomer never hit the mainstream.

[–]motes-of-light 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Paul Bettany, from everything I've seen him in. Ben Foster from 3:10 to Yuma.

[–]rupertdyland 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not everyone wants to be a superstar

[–]brothers-bole 15 points16 points  (9 children)

Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy.

A part of me really wants to see an alternative take on James Bond with Cillian Murphy as 007.

[–]First-Of-His-Name 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Cillian Murphy got his own banging Netflix BBC series

[–]bellerophon30 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Michelle Meyrink was in a couple of great teen movies in the 80's (Real Genius with Val Kilmer, and Permanent Record with Keanu in a supporting role) and shone brightly in both. But then she quit, and I wish she hadn't.

For someone still working....The first two movies of Jason Patric that I saw were Lost Boys (1987) and Rush (1991), and he was fantastic. The former he held up his again against Kiefer, and made Corey Haim shine (people forget how good Haim was in the early part of his career). Rush, where he played a narc cop who was a little too at home in the world, should have been his breakout. Then.....meh. He turned down some high profile roles, and did little in the high profile Sleepers and Speed 2. He should have been so much more.