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One-hit wonders: Movie edition

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by wedgewood, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. wedgewood

    wedgewood Member

    A bit of an offshoot from the typecast actors thread.

    I was thinking of actors, current or past, who were fantastic in a particular role but have pretty much sucked in everything else. Stephen Baldwin came to mind in the Usual Suspects. Thought he did a decent job as the psychopath McManus. Ashley Judd was great in Ruby (I think it was Ruby ... indie flick from about 15 years ago set in Panama City). JLo in Out of Sight. Michael Richards as Kramer. Eh, those are mine. Who ya got?
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Brad Renfro was great in The Client.
  3. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Wilson in Cast away. Never really seemed to catch on with anything else.

    But seriously, the leader in this category has got to be Mark Hamil. Yes he's done a ton of voice over work for tv, but if we're talking movie roles to go from the lead in the biggest trilogy of a generation to voice over work that 90% of which no one would have a clue its him unless they read the credits to me sings one-hit wonder.
  4. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    I think a lot of child actors would fit the category: Macaulay Culkin, Haley Joel Osment, Henry Thomas.

    I love Ashley Judd, but I've never seen Ruby. Kiss the Girls would be the one I'd think of first in a word association.
  5. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Or maybe three-hit wonder? :D

    If he'd only had profit participation in those three movies, he wouldn't have to do voice-over work today.

    At least he doesn't have to wonder how his career might have been different if he hadn't quit "Eight is Enough" to do "Star Wars." His replacement in the TV series, Grant Goodeve, doesn't have much of a career any more either.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    He got that part from his terrific performance in Side Out.
  7. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    First film. First Oscar.

    And he was not even an actor by trade.
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  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was the only movie Peter Ostrum (who played Charlie) was ever in. That's a pretty good one-and-done.
  9. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    I was thinking Almost Famous as well, but for Patrick Fugit. He hasn't really done much since being William Miller.
  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member


    And it was also, by far, the best thing Matthew McConaughey has ever been involved in.
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  11. The part didn't have as much prominence as Side Out or Castaway but he had a nice cameo in Top Gun. Stole the scene, in fact.
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I think Ashley Judd and Kate Hudson, while not Meryl Streep by any stretch are a bit better than one-hit wonders.

    Patrick Fugit is a good call. Henry Thomas is a good call.
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