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Old 09-10-16, 08:42 PM
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Re: Movies in which the unexpected actor became the bigger star

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If that's our criteria, how about Blame It On Rio, which was supposed to launch Michelle Johnson as a sex symbol. Unfortunately, she couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. The unknown actress who played her best friend mostly got to keep her clothes on and ended up being a huge movie star eventually.
Sure, Michelle Johnson wasn't much of an actress but jesus, that body! You watch that beach scene and it's like "Demi who?"
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Old 09-12-16, 01:30 PM
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It was an ensemble film and I don't remember who got top billing, but Kevin Spacey stole the show in The Usual Suspects and I think that was before Se7en.
Kevin Spacey's role in The Usual Suspects was written specifically for him, so if anyone was expected to "breakout" from that film, it was him.
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It also launched this guy's career

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Old 09-12-16, 03:08 PM
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Superbad was marketed as a Seth Rogen-penned vehicle for Michael Cera, but his co-star Jonah Hill was the immediate break-out star and Hill's love interest Emma Stone went from unknown to most-wanted actress after her work there.
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Superbad was marketed as a Seth Rogen-penned vehicle for Michael Cera, but his co-star Jonah Hill was the immediate break-out star and Hill's love interest Emma Stone went from unknown to most-wanted actress after her work there.
Now that's an excellent example of the concept, as Johah Hill's stardom (shudder) can be directly traced to Superbad. I think Emma Stone had to do a little more (Easy A, most likely) before she became the "it" girl she is today.
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Old 09-12-16, 05:40 PM
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Now that's an excellent example of the concept, as Johah Hill's stardom (shudder) can be directly traced to Superbad. I think Emma Stone had to do a little more (Easy A, most likely) before she became the "it" girl she is today.
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Not a movie but DiCaprio is the only person from Growing Pains who still has a career and still prominent today.

Don Cheadle had a small role in Colors but Sean Penn is still a star but back in 1988 you would never had thought Cheadle would be a huge star in the 2000's.
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STEALTH with Josh Lucas supposed to be the up and coming star, but Jamie Foxx became the star.
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STEALTH with Josh Lucas supposed to be the up and coming star, but Jamie Foxx became the star.
Uh, didn't Jamie Foxx win the Oscar for Best Actor the year before that film came out?
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Not a movie but DiCaprio is the only person from Growing Pains who still has a career and still prominent today.
The trail of "was in a sitcom is the only one still prominent" is a long one.
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Old 09-16-16, 10:13 AM
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I guarantee that if you could go back, you would find a lot of reviews predicting that Peter Scolari will be a huge star and that the other guy is just okay.
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Old 09-19-16, 11:23 AM
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I know it;s not a movie but Bruce Lee in the Green hornet tv show totally kicked living crap out of Van Williams in terms of popularity and charisma

Bruce Lee went on to become a timeless pop culture icon

Van Williams went on to naff all (but is still alive)
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Old 02-11-19, 08:45 PM
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Brendan Fraser became the biggest star from that movie though competing against Pauly Shore is not really an accomplishment though Sean Astin has had a solid career but he was never a huge star.
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Old 02-12-19, 06:19 AM
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I immediately thought of Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny....that was a vehicle for Joe Pesci and Ralph Macchio and she pretty much stole the show (and the Oscar! )

She wasn't well known up to that point, either. We can argue whether Marisa became a bigger star than those two guys...but she certainly has had a more consistent career in terms of staying relevant.
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Old 02-12-19, 08:03 AM
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I would say Donald Glover stole the show in Solo...
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The Fast and the Furious was supposed to be, pardon the pun, a star vehicle for Paul Walker but Vin Diesel became the star.
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Old 02-12-19, 10:26 AM
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STEALTH with Josh Lucas supposed to be the up and coming star, but Jamie Foxx became the star.
Lucas had a triple threat of films that were suppose to make him a star. He was in The Hulk, Stealth, and Poseidon. He never made it. His consolation price? He got to bang Salma Hayek for a little bit.
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Anna Kendrik in Twilight
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Paul Rudd in Clueless
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I can't figure out what happened to her. Everyone in that movie went on to bigger things, even Lindsay for a while, but she vanished. I can only conclude she wasn't interested in stardom.
She does Hallmark movies now
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Old 02-13-19, 10:39 PM
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On the cast-commentary for Not Another Teen Movie, the cast goes bonkers for Sam Huntington and predicts what a big star he’s about to become. And with him being cast as Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns soon after, they appeared to be right. However, He just mostly does small TV work now.

Chris Evans was one of the commentators, btw.
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Re: Movies in which the unexpected actor became the bigger star

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On the cast-commentary for Not Another Teen Movie, the cast goes bonkers for Sam Huntington and predicts what a big star hes about to become. And with him being cast as Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns soon after, they appeared to be right. However, He just mostly does small TV work now.

Chris Evans was one of the commentators, btw.
Chris Evans sure gave his all for the movie.
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Old 02-14-19, 06:20 AM
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Re: Movies in which the unexpected actor became the bigger star

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On the cast-commentary for Not Another Teen Movie, the cast goes bonkers for Sam Huntington and predicts what a big star hes about to become. And with him being cast as Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns soon after, they appeared to be right. However, He just mostly does small TV work now.

Chris Evans was one of the commentators, btw.
I like Sam Huntington just fine but I think most people could have predicted that Chris Evans would have been the breakout star after seeing Not Another Teen Movie.

And speaking of NATM,Ive always wondered why Mia Kirshner never became a bigger star. I would have thought that between Not Another Teen Movie and Exotica she would have broken out big time.
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