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Old 12-27-18, 09:39 AM
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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If SolidSnake was still active he'll make honorable mentions for Shame.
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Hands down...Seth Rogen.
I have no idea how he managed to get so far in Hollywood.
I always told my daughter that it never looks like Seth Rogan has read the script. He always seems to be adlibbing all of his scenes.
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Hands down...Seth Rogen.
I have no idea how he managed to get so far in Hollywood.
Judd Apatow
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Old 12-27-18, 11:49 AM
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He plays himself in every movie and still has a career
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Old 12-27-18, 12:06 PM
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Bradley Cooper. Who knew the foil in Wedding Crashers and the guy who asked Robert De Niro a question many many years ago on Inside the Actor's Studio would become a brilliant talent, imo. Acting, writing, directing. multi-faceted threat. just a completely upward trajectory career...
Yeah, of all the actors in Alias to think he'd be the one to blow up...

It is odd seeing tv side characters become major stars. Like Dicaprio, for instance, after Growing Pains. Or Melissa McCarthy on Gilmore Girls. Or Jessie Plemons (not a huge star but certainly bigger than I thought he'd be) and Michael B. Jordan from FNL, Joseph Gordon Levitt from 3rd rock from the sun. Or heck, Kristen Wiig from Joe Schmo.

Or Cowboy Curtis from Pee Wee's Playhouse.
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Jordan goes farther back than FNL. He had a decent sized roll as a kid in season 1 of The Wire.

He's probably the top answer for me. Just because in The Wire it was impossible to tell if he had any real acting ability.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Originally Posted by PerryD View Post
I always told my daughter that it never looks like Seth Rogan has read the script. He always seems to be adlibbing all of his scenes.
I know what you mean.

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Judd Apatow
Good choice.
He has become a Hollywood God and I don't understand why.
Most of his movies are either lame or just meh.
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Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
It is odd seeing tv side characters become major stars. Like Dicaprio, for instance, after Growing Pains. Or Melissa McCarthy on Gilmore Girls. Or Jessie Plemons (not a huge star but certainly bigger than I thought he'd be) and Michael B. Jordan from FNL, Joseph Gordon Levitt from 3rd rock from the sun. Or heck, Kristen Wiig from Joe Schmo.

Or Cowboy Curtis from Pee Wee's Playhouse.
I’ve always been amazed that Woody Harrelson was the one with the major film career after Cheers. Of course in hindsight the majority of the Cheers cast were character actors who had ne real chance of breaking out.

Although John Ratzenberger has made a second career out of cameo roles in Pixar films.
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Steve Buscemi comes to mind. Started out small with bit parts like in Lonesome Dove then really stole the show in Reservoir Dogs. I certainly didn't see him going on to headline a HBO drama series.
You stole my answer. I remember the first time I saw him was in an episode of Mad About You, where he played a skeevy subway token clerk. I thought, "Man is he weird-looking. I'll probably never see him again. Now, time to watch the movie I rented for tonight. Reservoir Dogs."
You can imagine my utter shock.

While he's not "big", I was surprised Giovanni Ribisi has had a fairly successful career. I remember as a kid seeing him in My Two Dads, where he was the beta while the girls on the show all loved Chad Allen. It was obvious who they were trying to make a star out of, so I'm surprised I still see Ribisi fairly regularly, but Allen not at all.
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You stole my answer. I remember the first time I saw him was in an episode of Mad About You, where he played a skeevy subway token clerk. I thought, "Man is he weird-looking. I'll probably never see him again. Now, time to watch the movie I rented for tonight. Reservoir Dogs."
You can imagine my utter shock.

While he's not "big", I was surprised Giovanni Ribisi has had a fairly successful career. I remember as a kid seeing him in My Two Dads, where he was the beta while the girls on the show all loved Chad Allen. It was obvious who they were trying to make a star out of, so I'm surprised I still see Ribisi fairly regularly, but Allen not at all.
Somehow, Bradley Cooper was the semi-nerdy friend and not seen as a viable love interest compared to Michael Vartan in Alias. His role got reduced so much that by the second season he basically asked to be written out.

And Ryan Gosling (along with Taylor Labine) was like the bumbling comedy duo on Breaker High and not a heartthrob at all.

Just thought of another one: Chris Pratt. From Everwood to the O.C. to the pretty hateable first season character in Parks and Req; the character evolved into Homer Simpson, he showed his comedic chops and got in incredible shape for Zero Dark Thirty.
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While we're talking sitcom-to-movie star, I remember the first season of Facts of Life with the large cast of girls, and never imagined that the biggest star would be Molly Ringwald.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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While we're talking sitcom-to-movie star, I remember the first season of Facts of Life with the large cast of girls, and never imagined that the biggest star would be Molly Ringwald.
Similarly, I was certain Persia White (On the right) would be the breakout star on Girlfriends. Instead, the least attractive one has since gotten all the work.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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Bradley Cooper. Who knew the foil in Wedding Crashers and the guy who asked Robert De Niro a question many many years ago on Inside the Actor's Studio would become a brilliant talent, imo. Acting, writing, directing. multi-faceted threat. just a completely upward trajectory career...
Not to mention Cooper & DeNiro have starred in numerous films together.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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Will Farrell.

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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Dwayne Johnson for sure. He's like the go to Action man yet all his films are so so-so and forgettable.
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Dwayne Johnson.
I figured him for an action genre star ala Segal, Van Damme, Norris, Statham, etc.
Instead he's the star of A list, mass audience blockbusters.
..and ya beat me to it.
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Jason Bateman

Back when he and his sister were both on sitcoms, I never figured that he was the one who would have the much bigger career. He's kind of a one trick pony playing the smug, self-assured douche-baggy type, but he's managed to perfect it to a tee.
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Dwayne Johnson for sure. He's like the go to Action man yet all his films are so so-so and forgettable.
The thing that Dwayne Johnson has going for him is that he’s so damn charismatic that he can get away with making so-so movies. His magnetic presence elevates almost anything he’s in.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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Ive always been amazed that Woody Harrelson was the one with the major film career after Cheers. Of course in hindsight the majority of the Cheers cast were character actors who had ne real chance of breaking out.

Although John Ratzenberger has made a second career out of cameo roles in Pixar films.
Ted Danson has had a very solid post-Cheers career without being the top banana. When you're the lead in a massively successful show, there is a lot of scrutiny and pressure for future projects, so kudos to him for doing so well.

And of course Kelsey Grammer parlayed his Cheers-fame with the same character to a show that was even more critically acclaimed.
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^ True. I forgot about Frasier.
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The thing that Dwayne Johnson has going for him is that hes so damn charismatic that he can get away with making so-so movies. His magnetic presence elevates almost anything hes in.
Although his success surprised me, I think he deserves it. Maybe he's an asshole in real life, don't know, but I'm glad for him.
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I'm a huge fan of The Rock, have been since the 90's. Dwayne Johnson the movie star, not so much. He's been at it 15+ years and has yet to make one movie thats really stood out. His best film to date from my perspective is The Other Guys, and he was in that for 5 minutes and SLJ had most of the lines.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Will Farrell and John C. Reiley.

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