Every year, more than 500 films of various genres are shot in Hollywood alone. Some of them bring their creators billions of dollars in revenue, while others do not even reach theaters. The same thing happens with the actors: someone gets a “starry” role, while someone else’s work remains passable and memorable. But sometimes it happens that the image literally “sticks” to the artist, and no matter how much work he has before or after, in the mind of the viewer he will always be associated with only one hero.
Happy Worthy Life recalls talented actors and actresses who, unfortunately, have become hostages of one image.
The role in “American Pie”, released in 1999, where Jennifer Coolidge played the role of Stifler’s mother, made the actress famous and recognizable. However, she began working in film and television in the 1980s and continues to act until now – though not in the main roles.
The actress herself believes that she should stop at the American Pie, and not play, in her words, “all these fat-skinned ladies.” “90% of the offers they send me are the roles of women who have undergone many plastic surgeries and married rich men.”
In 1987, the film “Dirty Dancing” was released, where Jennifer Gray, who at that time was 27 years old, played the 17-year-old Francis Houseman, nicknamed Baby. The role brought the actress a nomination for the Golden Globe, but became the only successful one in her career: neither before nor after she was almost offered to play the main characters.
In the early 1990s, Gray twice made rhinoplasty, which radically changed her appearance. “I went into the operating room with a celebrity, but I went out with nobody. It’s like I went through a witness protection program or became invisible, ”she admitted. But the actress continues to act today – though, mostly in episodic roles in the series.
The Paul Verhoeven film “The Shogels,” in which Elizabeth Berkley played her most famous role, was immediately defeated by critics after the release. Among other things, they were attacked by the actress herself, who received the Golden Raspberry Award for this work. However, over time, the film acquired the status of a cult and critics of the 21st century began to celebrate not only its artistic merits, but also a good play of the actors.
However, it was not possible to find real glory for Berkley. Today she starred mainly in episodes and devotes a lot of time to charity.
The first film of the Alien trilogy was released back in 1979, and after its premiere, Sigourney Weaver, as they say, woke up famous. The role of Ellen Ripley, which was performed by the actress, brought her many awards and nominations, including an Oscar.
Despite the fact that the audience saw the final film about alien invaders in 1997, and Weaver herself appeared before and after dozens of films, for most she was and remains Lieutenant of Ripley. In addition, the actress is considered a veteran of the roles of action heroines. By the way, in 2021 and 2023, the sequels of the legendary Avatar will be released, in which it will play one of the roles.
Rowan Atkinson, or rather his character, Mr. Bean, is probably familiar even to people who are not interested in cinema. The first series of the show, which tells about the adventures of an absurd and funny Englishman, was released on British screens in 1990, and the ending – 5 years later. The series was incredibly popular: each episode gathered about 20 million people on the screens.
However, unlike the other heroes of this article, Atkinson very rarely left the image of the silly Mr. Bean, even if he played other characters, such as agent Johnny English.
The film career of Tobey Maguire began in 1993 with the film “The Life of this guy”, in which he played together with Robert De Niro. But the real fame came to the actor after filming in the trilogy about Spider-Man, where he played the role of Peter Parker, the last part of which was released in 2007.
Since then, the actor has not practically starred, but he has not parted with the film industry: today Maguire is engaged in producing films.
Prior to filming Doctor House, the British actor Hugh Laurie was not very well known outside of Foggy Albion, although the list of his works included the excellent series Black Viper and Jeeves and Worcester, where he played with Stephen Fry. In 2004, Lori accepted an invitation to star in a television series on the misanthrope doctor Gregory House. This work made him famous first in the USA, and then throughout the world, and also brought 2 Golden Globes.
Hugh Laurie is engaged in music and literary activities: his novel “The Merchant of Guns”, released in 1996, became a bestseller.
Jodie Foster began acting in films as a child, and received her first Oscar nomination at age 14 for her role in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. The actress herself was awarded the prize for the film “The Accused”, which was released in 1988. But the real recognition and the second main movie award of the world brought her the picture “Silence of the Lambs”, where Jody played the role of Clarissa Starling.
And despite the fact that after this film, the actress starred quite a lot, this role became the one by which all fans of cinema recognize Foster. Currently, the actress is engaged in directing and producing.
Even if you are a big fan of cinema and do not miss a single rental news, anyway, when you mention the name of Benedict Cumberbatch, you will come to mind his most famous image – Sherlock Holmes. Despite the fact that before working in a series based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, the actor played many roles, including the main biopic about Stephen Hawking, he was not very famous outside the UK.
It was Sherlock that made the actor recognizable and in demand outside the borders of his native country. Now Cumberbatch is actively filming in Hollywood, for example, in the films of the Marvel company, where he embodies the image of Doctor Strange.
Jim Parsons began acting in films quite late: he played his first role in the film in 2003 at the age of 30, but his theatrical career began 10 years earlier. The real glory brought him the role in the series “The Big Bang Theory”, where he embodied the image of the eccentric genius Sheldon Cooper. This role was so brilliant for him that even those who have not watched a single series of TV shows will probably recognize, if not Jim Parsons, then his character.
The final series of TBV was released in 2018, and they say that the series was completed because of Parsons, who was tired of this, though successful, but already bored role.
One of the most scandalous films of the 1990s, “Lolita”, despite the limited distribution, brought Dominic Swain, if not worldwide fame, then recognition for sure. However, despite the fact that after the adaptation of the work of Nabokov, Swain starred in several dozen films, she failed to repeat her success.
Brian Cranston is one of those actors to whom fame came quite late. He began acting in films in the first half of the 1980s, however, he got his starring role – Walter White in the series Breaking Bad – at only 52 years old. The image of a chemistry teacher with a cancer teacher, who turns into a ruthless criminal, brought the actor 4 Emmy and Golden Globe awards for the best male role.
Do you agree that these actors have become hostages of one image? Or do you associate them with other roles?