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her34 07-21-07 06:24 PM

actors/actresses who could have been great but squandered their potential
 
when you think about actors who could have been great but never happened, who do you think of and why (scandal, poor movie choices, etc)?

DthRdrX 07-21-07 06:50 PM

First name that comes to mind ... River Phoenix

Super X 07-21-07 06:53 PM

Jan-Michael Vincent (was great when he was sober, lost his way when the booze took over)

Cuba Gooding Jr. (I've been scratching my head over every film choice this guy has made since "Jerry Maguire".)

Robert Forster (Poor movie choices for several decades.)

JPRaup 07-21-07 07:00 PM

Edward Norton, he is great, but lately :/

7Keys 07-21-07 07:07 PM


Originally Posted by JPRaup
Edward Norton, he is great, but lately :/

Is that a reflection of Norton phoning it in or just because there hasn't been any great roles for him to choose from?

OldBoy 07-21-07 07:35 PM


Originally Posted by DthRdrX
First name that comes to mind ... River Phoenix

but....he died, so how can you make a statement like that with only the few movies (most he got good reviews for) he made prior to, um...dying?

clemente 07-21-07 07:54 PM


Originally Posted by scott1598
but....he died, so how can you make a statement like that with only the few movies (most he got good reviews for) he made prior to, um...dying?

I think it falls under the "squandered" category since he died of an OD.

GeorgeP 07-21-07 08:05 PM

John Belushi (looking burned out as early as "Continental Divide")

Todd Bridges ("Different Strokes")

Macaulay Culkin (Kit's a helluva dad :rolleyes: )

Bobby Driscoll ("Song of the South")

Woody Harrelson (could have been A-list after "Natural Born Killers")

Lukas Haas ("Witness")

Anne Heche ("Psycho" remake)

Olivia Hussey (what happened after "Romeo and Juliet"? :confused: )

David Janssen ("The Fugitive")

Juliette Lewis (see Harrelson)

Sal Mineo ("Rebel Without a Cause")

Jay North ("Dennis the Menace")

Dana Plato (see Bridges)

Freddie Prinze ("Chico and the Man")

PopcornTreeCt 07-21-07 08:06 PM


Originally Posted by scott1598
but....he died, so how can you make a statement like that with only the few movies (most he got good reviews for) he made prior to, um...dying?

River Phoenix is the definitive answer to the thread question.

Rockmjd23 07-21-07 08:17 PM

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...assmuncher.jpg

Had the most potential...

cleaver 07-21-07 08:27 PM

Christian Slater was huge coming out of the 80's with Heathers and Gleaming the Cube but he can't stay out of jail. Robert Downey, Jr. is having a rebirth but he really could have been great. Likewise Charlie Sheen.

Defiant1 07-21-07 08:30 PM

Val Kilmer's reported on-set behaviour really killed his career. His looks have really taken a beating too. I've seen him in a few movies and really liked him.

The Bus 07-21-07 09:35 PM

Val Kilmer? Really? If squandering means doing stuff like Spartan and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I hope he continues.

7Keys 07-21-07 10:16 PM


Originally Posted by GeorgeP

Todd Bridges ("Different Strokes")
Dana Plato (see Bridges)
Freddie Prinze ("Chico and the Man")

They could have been great?

Jericho 07-21-07 10:27 PM


Originally Posted by Rockmjd23

:lol: classic!

DthRdrX 07-21-07 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by scott1598
but....he died, so how can you make a statement like that with only the few movies (most he got good reviews for) he made prior to, um...dying?

I'd say ODing on drugs is the same as squandering your own downfall.

Perkinsun Dzees 07-21-07 10:59 PM

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/...RL._SS500_.jpg

DthRdrX 07-21-07 11:09 PM

Wesley Snipes is definitely another good suggestion. I have to wonder if he was blacklisted?

Sweet Baby James 07-21-07 11:12 PM

I really thought that Rutger Hauer was going to be great after seeing him play Roy Batty. Unfortunately(although I do enjoy some of these movies), he went the B movie route. I also thought that Mickey Rourke was going to have a bigger career after seeing him in The Pope of Greenwich Village.

PopcornTreeCt 07-21-07 11:39 PM

Gerard Butler comes off the box office smash 300 to star in an Escape from NY remake!

UAIOE 07-22-07 12:04 AM


Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees


Wesley Snipes career: what happens when you always bet on black.

Sweet Baby James 07-22-07 12:11 AM


Originally Posted by UAIOE
Wesley Snipes career: what happens when you always bet on black.

His career is so bad right now that it's only a matter of time until he takes Joe Rogan up on a smackdown.:lol:

FRwL 07-22-07 12:34 AM

Steven Seagal

cranberries fan 07-22-07 01:15 AM

George Reeves-(Superman)-and then the show goes off the air the man could not get job.


William Holden great actor by loved to drink way to much,he got very old very fast because of it

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Marilyn Monroe she could had be much better actress if she had tried harder.

TheStoicPaisano 07-22-07 01:26 AM


Originally Posted by cranberries fan
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Try again.


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