What the Hell Happened to Rene Russo?
Rene Russo came seemingly out of nowhere and became one of the top actresses of the 90′s. She start in a string of hits for most of the decade. She has worked with directors like Richard Donner, Wolfgang Petersen, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Ron Howard. And then, as suddenly as she appeared, she left Hollywood for a six year hiatus. These days, she plays the mother of the god of thunder in the Thor movies.
What the hell happened?
Before acting, Russo started out as a model. Russo signed with the Ford Modeling Agency and appeared on magazine covers for Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Cosmopolitan. As she approached her thirties, Russo decided to give up modeling. She began studying acting and working in regional stage productions.
In 1986, Russo made her acting debut on the TV adventure series, Sable.
The TV show was based on Mike Grell’s comic book, John Sable: Freelance. Lewis Van Bergen starred as a vigilante by night who writes children’s books during the day. His sidekick was a blind man named Cheesecake who pretended to be a stand-up comedian. Russo was the girl with 80′s hair.
ABC cancelled Sable after only 7 episodes.
In 1989, Russo made her big screen debut opposite Tom Berenger in the sports comedy, Major League.
The movie focuses on a fictionalized version of the Cleveland Indians. Berenger played the team’s veteran catcher. Charlie Sheen played the rookie pitcher nicknamed Wild Thing. Corbin Bernsen played a prima donna third baseman. And Wesley Snipes played the cocky new center fielder Willie “Mays” Hayes. Russo played Berenger’s ex-girlfriend whom he is trying to win back.
Major League received mostly good reviews and was a hit at the box office. It spawned two sequels one of which Berenger came back for.
In 1990, Russo starred opposite James Belushi in the comedy, Mr. Destiny.
Belushi played an everyman who believed that his life would have been better if he hadn’t struck out at a high school baseball game. Michael Caine played a mysterious figure who grants Belushi’s wish. Suddenly, Belushi is living the life he would have lead had he hit a homerun instead. He’s rich and married to the boss’ daughter played by Russo. But he finds himself missing his old life and his wife played by Linda Hamilton.
As with most James Belushi movies, Mr. Destiny was poorly reviewed and bombed at the box office.
In 1991, Russo starred opposite Michael Keaton in the drama, One Good Cop.
Keaton played a cop (a good one) whose partner is killed in the line of duty. When Keaton tries to adopt his late partner’s daughter, he is denied because his apartment is too small and the child has special needs as a diabetic. Then the opportunity arises for Keaton’s character to make off with some drug money, buy a house and adopt the girl. Russo played Keaton’s supportive wife.
Keaton was in between Batman films at the time. He was trying to establish himself as a dramatic actor outside of his super hero persona. But audiences didn’t seem overly interested in Keaton when he wasn’t telling jokes or fighting crime.
Reviews were mixed and the movie was not a hit at the box office.
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