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Old 12-25-18, 11:10 AM
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Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

For me, whenever i see Josh Brolin in The Goonies, i just can't believe that he has become the actor he is, good and popular. i mean he could be considered A-list and was in The Goonies. i love things like that...
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Amy Adams
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Christian Bale. I enjoyed seeing him in American Psycho and Equilibrium might be one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures of all time so I was super jazzed about seeing him cast as Batman and watching him in more action roles.

But then going from that to an Academy Award winner was a pleasant surprise, which I should have seen coming after The Machinist.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Looking at him back in the Bosum Buddies days, Tom Hanks.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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For me, whenever i see Josh Brolin in The Goonies, i just can't believe that he has become the actor he is, good and popular. i mean he could be considered A-list and was in The Goonies. i love things like that...
No surprise. He just joins the list of 80ís heartthrobs/hunks who re-emerged with top jobs post-2000s:

Johnny Depp
James Spader
Neil Patrick Harris
Rob Lowe
Jon Cryer
Robert Downey Jr
Jason Bateman
Patrick Dempsey

Richard Grieco being the only casualty
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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Looking at him back in the Bosum Buddies days, Tom Hanks.
Yep. I was a Bosom Buddies fan and when he did that movie Bachelor Party post BB's they filmed some scenes around the block from my school in Culver City CA and we met him and got autographs. Nice guy. Who would have known he would be the big powerful A-lister he is today back then.
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Christian Bale. I enjoyed seeing him in American Psycho and Equilibrium might be one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures of all time so I was super jazzed about seeing him cast as Batman and watching him in more action roles.

But then going from that to an Academy Award winner was a pleasant surprise, which I should have seen coming after The Machinist.
i still can't believe he was the kid in Empire of the Sun, which was probably my first taste of Bale since i saw it many moons ago before he was ever something...
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Marlon Brando. He was so trim in Streetcar.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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Marlon Brando. He was so trim in Streetcar.


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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Jack Black.

I just don't get him.
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Yep. I was a Bosom Buddies fan and when he did that movie Bachelor Party post BB's they filmed some scenes around the block from my school in Culver City CA and we met him and got autographs. Nice guy. Who would have known he would be the big powerful A-lister he is today back then.
That's cool to have met someone before they really hit it big. It'd be something to mention if you ever meet him again.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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i still can't believe he was the kid in Empire of the Sun, which was probably my first taste of Bale since i saw it many moons ago before he was ever something...
I didn't see that until after becoming a fan of him and was impressed he was a good actor as a kid
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Val Kilmer

Dude got huge. From a handsome Batman to a porky pig.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Channing Tatum

The guy has not talent but gets big roles.

Dakota Johnson could be the female Tatum.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

John Holmes, damnit! John Holmes!
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

John C. Reilly and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It's not because they're not talented, it's because they're not "hotties" in a business that demands more and more stringent requirement for such.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Seth Rogen

Bryan Cranston
(who knew that the dad on Malcolm in the Middle would become such an acclaimed movie actor?)
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Tiffany Haddish went from unknown to being in everything, seemingly overnight.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Kevin Hart. I just don't get it. Same with him stand-up career. I find him painfully unfunny.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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John C. Reilly and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It's not because they're not talented, it's because they're not "hotties" in a business that demands more and more stringent requirement for such.
You can add Paul Giamatti to that list.

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Kevin Hart. I just don't get it. Same with him stand-up career. I find him painfully unfunny.
Oddly enough, I donít mind Kevin Hart in his movies but I canít stand his over-rehearsed, written by committee stand-up comedy.
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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...
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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

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John C. Reilly and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It's not because they're not talented, it's because they're not "hotties" in a business that demands more and more stringent requirement for such.
That's because they're guys.
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Marlon Brando. He was so trim in Streetcar.
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Val Kilmer

Dude got huge. From a handsome Batman to a porky pig.
I was reading this thread trying to come up with an actor to make that same joke.

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Re: Which actors surprised you by becoming so big?

Mark Wahlberg
Will Ferrell
Gwyneth Paltrow

and last but not least
Steven Seagal


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