Boredom is a word rarely used to describe actors and their art of acting, as most dedicate their lives to transforming themselves into engaging characters, telling stories of great depth and intrigue year after year. Even as some stars drift away from fame, they embrace the downfall and seize the opportunity to delve into new genres and take their chances as actors in independent cinema.
Former stars like Nicolas Cage have carved a niche for themselves in new territories such as auteur cinema. Yet there are movie stars who seem to accept their place in what some fans call the retirement home of movie stars: the live video market. Others have retained a place among the bright lights, but show little effort when it comes to finding something new and exciting to do.
9 The breathtaking action is a distant memory for Steven Seagal fans
Although Steven Seagal’s filmography could never be described as varied, the actor was once a leading action star. One of the greatest martial artists in cinema, Seagal rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his unique blend of disciplines and fighting techniques, the likes of which an American movie star has rarely been seen practicing.
Naruto: 8 times Kakashi met his partner (but won anyway)
MCU: 10 times Captain America met his partner (but won anyway)
However, in the early 2000s, Seagal was relegated to direct video movies, and has stayed there ever since. With each role he seems more disinterested, and his fight scenes barely try to hide the fact that the actor is almost 70 years old.
8 Mark Wahlberg is doing great but rarely takes chances with his roles
The only time the former Marky Mark seems to have fun on screen is when he’s in front of his friend and longtime collaborator Will Ferrell. Mark Wahlberg has made a career out of playing muscle-bound heroes, and while he’s made some admirable inroads outside of the norm for him, the past few years have seen little variety.
Things could change for the former Oscar nominee, as Wahlberg is set to star in the role of Victor “Sully” Sulivan in the next film. de UnchartedAnd while the role might be a good fit for Wahlberg, many hope he brings more charm and humor to the role than his usual nastiness.
7 fans crave more variety from Michelle Rodríguez
When it comes to women in the action genre, few can match the legacy and presence of Michelle Rodríguez. Best known for her role in the franchise Fast And The Furious, Rodríguez has also had important roles in the films of Machete Y Resident Evil. It can be said that the actress has found her niche and rarely ventures outside of it. Even when he does, it seems like he’s back in his comfort zone.
He is slated to star in the next film by Dungeons and Dragons, and fans are hoping this role will give Rodriguez a chance to show his rank and likely put his stamp on another movie franchise.
6 His friends’ movies seem to be Rob Schneider’s only claim
Any of Adam Sandler’s movie star friends could appear on this list, Sandler’s group Chris Rock, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and David Spade reportedly made a pact early in their careers to stay together, and have evidently kept their promise. However, Schneider may be the most deserving of a position, as the comedian’s career has waned to the point where his roles tend to be simply appearances in his friends’ movies, and even then he is rarely well received. .
It could be argued that Schneider knows his limits, or that he just has a good time starring alongside his friends, but the former star of Deuce Bigalow: Gigoló Masculino he could put more effort into his acting career.
5 Gerard Butler makes few attempts to turn things around
Scottish actor Gerard Butler has made a name for himself as a Hollywood heartthrob thanks to his sharp looks and impressive physique. He has maintained a strong A-list presence despite regularly producing mediocre films, and is often found playing the same tough, brooding guy in each of his films.
It’s undeniable that Butler has the strength and charisma to make low-budget movies on his own, and it seems like that’s what he does. Paying roles can be a necessity for an actor, but Butler seems hesitant to take any kind of risk these days when it comes to adding to his acting résumé.
4 Vin Diesel travels the same routes as Dominic Toretto
It could be argued that the Vin Diesel star would have been turned off long ago if it weren’t for the franchise. Fast And The Furious. The Fast saga itself received a major boost with the inclusion of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Fast Five , from 2011, and since then Vin Diesel has stayed on the sidelines of his previous successes, without trying to change his roles.
Diesel’s other notable role in recent years is that of the voice of Groot in the MCU. Without Marvel’s talking tree and the Fast saga’s Dominic Toretto, Diesel’s filmography in the last decade is nearly empty, leaving only unwelcome departures like Bloodshot Y The last witch hunter.
3 Cuba Gooding Jr. has traded delicacy for familiarity
Cuba Gooding Jr., a heavyweight in terms of acting talent, was collecting awards and nominations apparently for fun in the 1990s. In 2003, things began to turn down for the Oscar winner, as his lead role in Radio earned him a Razzie nomination for worst actor. Sadly, that nomination would not be the last.
Although Gooding Jr. continued to make excellent performances here and there, especially in American Gangster Y American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the actor became another victim of the curse of direct video, often going through the camera hoop and leaving the audience just as bored as he is.
2 Liam Neeson keeps trying to replicate Taken
The Schindler’s listSteven Spielberg’s made Liam Neeson a genuine presence in Tinseltown, and while he’s a talented actor with decades of experience, Neeson was rarely seen as the lead until Taken, 2008, catapulted him to the top of the Hollywood action stars.
That blessing could almost be seen as a curse, as many of Neeson’s performances in recent years have been disappointing, and the Irish actor has essentially moved into an all-too-familiar group of direct-to-video action thrillers. It doesn’t seem like he’s going to change either, as all of his upcoming projects fit into the same pigeonhole.
1 It’s a case of quantity over quality for Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis seems to be far from his days at the top of the box office. His recent career is plagued with direct-to-video failures, and the actor’s bad reputation as an uncooperative and demanding presence on set has not helped him maintain control of many Hollywood-caliber roles.
However, it must be recognized that the star ofCrystal jungle still has an impressive workload. At the time of this writing, Willis has a whopping 12 movies in the making or in post-production, but it seems like a sad case of quantity over quality.