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 Popular actors who's career looked like it was going nowhere 
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Post Popular actors who's career looked like it was going nowhere
The opposite of "Once popular actors/actresses whose careers went nowhere" - who beat everyone's expectations

This thread is inspired by Ray Romano who looks like he's on the rise as a legitimate actor (The Irishman, just announced new HBO Max series where he plays a reclusive con man with a sex robot, etc.)

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Post Re: Popular actors who's career looked like it was going now
He was also in the short lived Vinyl (Scorsese/Winter show) and Parenthood and still in the Get Shorty series.

I'm still a big fan of ELR so good to see him doing well in both film and TV dramas these days.

BTW - Welcome to Mooseport is still (sadly) Gene Hackman's last film.

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Cant believe he retired 15 years ago already, exactly with a 100 acting credits, he had a great career.


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It's always weird seeing Chris Pratt pop up in an old movie as the asshole boyfriend or coworker. Like who remembers that he was in Wanted?


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Bradley Cooper - I believe not much was expected of him when he was supporting actor on Alias as Garner's friend more than the hundreds of other hot person in a network show castings. He didn't even make enough of an impression to get will they or won't they with her'd. Then comedy character actor, then all around superstar

Blake Lively - has broken out of the Gossip Girl expectations

Michelle Williams - I do not know if on Dawson's Creek people saw a many time Oscar nominee type of talent. I'm guessing not.

Jennifer Lawrence - she was on a TBS sitcom

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Yeah Cooper was in a bunch of smaller stuff, and played the asshole boyfriend etc etc etc. And then... broke out.

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Leslie Nielsen and Morgan Freeman

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Olivia Wilde as Marissa's bi fling had the most successful career of the OC actors (not counting 12 year old Shailene)

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Bradley Cooper - I believe not much was expected of him when he was supporting actor on Alias as Garner's friend more than the hundreds of other hot person in a network show castings. He didn't even make enough of an impression to get will they or won't they with her'd. Then comedy character actor, then all around superstar


Definitely agree. He was the definition of "young hot actor with zero talent" on Alias. Then he was kind of funny in Wedding Crashers and it slowly progressed from there.

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Cooper takes the crown here for guys for sure.

Amy Syfried is my pick. She was the least known actress when Mean Girls came out and for the first few years just seemed like she’d just fizzle out. And then she does Mamma Mia and she gets a bunch of lead/co-lead roles in movies. She’s more active and relevant than her cast mates which is a shocking truth 15 years later.

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I don't think Paul Rudd's career was going nowhere... but he's far more popular now than anyone ever thought he would be. Obviously thanks to Marvel (mostly).

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Cooper takes the crown here for guys for sure.

Amy Syfried is my pick. She was the least known actress when Mean Girls came out and for the first few years just seemed like she’d just fizzle out. And then she does Mamma Mia and she gets a bunch of lead/co-lead roles in movies. She’s more active and relevant than her cast mates which is a shocking truth 15 years later.


McAdams > Seyfried

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Seyfried is more relevant cause she makes so many projects compared to McAdams. McAdams a bigger draw and star but Seyfried is just
Objectively more prolific over the last 10 years.

Also, McAdams was SUPPOSED to break out after mean girls. Seyfried wasn’t and yet is still one of the most consistent working actresses in Hollywood today. She’s been in 28 movies since Mamma Mia! and most of them have not been minor parts. She’s probably going to sneak her way into an Oscar nom one day and no one expected that.

The fact that we’re still talking about Amanda Seyfried has a legitimate actress in 2019 is shocking. She was supposed
To fizzle out by now.

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She lives on a farm!

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Seyfried is more relevant cause she makes so many projects compared to McAdams. McAdams a bigger draw and star but Seyfried is just
Objectively more prolific over the last 10 years.

Also, McAdams was SUPPOSED to break out after mean girls. Seyfried wasn’t and yet is still one of the most consistent working actresses in Hollywood today. She’s been in 28 movies since Mamma Mia! and most of them have not been minor parts. She’s probably going to sneak her way into an Oscar nom one day and no one expected that.

The fact that we’re still talking about Amanda Seyfried has a legitimate actress in 2019 is shocking. She was supposed
To fizzle out by now.


Seyfried has done well and I am personally a fan of Les Mis and Mamma Mia, but Rachel isn't Gwenyth Paltrow, she has actually made a lot of stuff the last 15 years

Several blockbusters (2 Sherlock Holmes films, Doctor Strange, Wedding Crashers), and 40 mil opening Valentines film (The Vow)
Oscar nominee and Best Picture winner in Spotlight
One of the best modern Christmas movies (The Family Stone)
Other solid films like Game Night and Red Eye, and lead role in Morning Glory
A Terrence Malick film nobody saw (To the Wonder)
Married multiple time travellers (Time Traveller's Wife/About Time)
Made out with Rachel Weisz (Disobedience)
True Detective S2
And the Notebook came out after Mean Girls so I'm counting it

The only reason she wasn't Meg Ryan level star is nobody writes good romcom scripts anymore

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McAdams has the potential to become a much bigger star than she is... but she doesn't seem to want to? Not sure why.

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It's mainly because Rachel is the #1 or romance or romcom actress of this generation, actually willing to make them and her taste in scripts doesn't suck, which in any other era up through the 90s would have been her the biggest actress, but both have been have been badly under-served. The success of A Star is Born, La La Land and Crazy Rich Asians shows what can happen if you have competent writers and directors make them. The lack of dramatic romance driven films other than low budget Nicholas Sparks movies is a joke, a huge portion of the movie going audience is obsessed with love and falling in love. There should be a movie like Passengers every year that's taking a home run swing at being the next Titanic/Gone with the Wind in case it happens, or a major musical romance like La La Land... the real Passengers wasn't even a flop despite being weird morally, it made 300 mil WW.

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The Rock? How the fuck did he go from a spin off the mummy to the highest paid actor in the world for two years in a row?

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