What the Hell Happened to Alicia Silverstone?
If you ever read the comments section of these articles, you’ve probably seen some discussion of “the Batman curse”. Despite the fact that most of the Batman films have been successful, there does seem to be a trend of Batman actors ending up in What the Hell Happened articles.
Alicia Silverstone had a relatively short career that peaked in 1995 and came crashing down 2 years later in Batman and Robin. Just about everyone associated with the franchise-ending Batfilm suffered some kind of career setback.
But while Chris O’Donnell has finally gotten himself a steady gig on TV and Arnold Scharzenegger retreated to politics, Silverstone’s career has yet to bounce back.
Silverstone’s first acting gig was as a guest star on the TV show, The Wonder Years.
She played Fred Savage’s dream girl which was type casting in 1992.
Silverstone’s film career began with 1993’s suspense flickThe Crush.
The Crush was part of a trend in movies that became popular after 1987’s Fatal Attraction. The general theme is that a normal guy (in this case, Cary Elwes) meets a seemingly normal person who turns out to be a homocidal lunatic/stalker.
In The Crush, Silverstone is a deranged teenager who takes her vengence on Elwes after he spurns her advances. Movies like The Crush are a dime a dozen, but the role brought Silverstone a lot of attention.
The following year, Silverstone won 2 MTV Movie Awards for her performance (Best Villain and Best Breakthrough Performance). She was actually nominated for Most Desirable Female, but lost to Janet Jackson. Perhaps it was because Silverstone was underage or perhaps it was that her character was batshit crazy.
Shortly after the release of The Crush, Silverstone appeared in a trio of Aerosmith videos from the band’s Get a Grip album. The first video released was for the song Cryin’
That’s Stephen Dorff as Silverstone’s boyfriend and future Lost castaway Josh Holloway who steals her purse. The video became one of the movie requested on MTV that year and won three MTV Video Music Awards including Best Video.
The middle part of the trilogy was Amazing featuring Jason London as Silverstone’s cyber love interest:
And the final installment in the underage trilogy, Crazy
This one co-stars Aerosmith frontman’s, Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv who was transitioning from modeling to acting at the time. Silverstone and Tyler are… um… I’m not sure. Are they actually supposed to be teenage, lesbian con artists? We see them shop lift and enter into an amateur striptease. Yes, this is an Aerosmith video in which the lead singer’s daughter works a stripper pole while imitating some of her dad’s signature stage moves. Maybe Creepy would have been a better title. But the song and the video were a hit.
Posted on June 23, 2011, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged Aerosmith, Alicia Silverstone, Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Clueless, entertainment, movies, TV. Bookmark the permalink. 352 Comments.