What the Hell Happened to Sean Young?

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In the 80’s, Sean Young was a rising star.  She co-starred with Harrison Ford, Bill Murray, Kevin Costner and James Woods.  She worked with directors Ridley Scott, David Lynch and Oliver Stone.  She was cast in the star-making role of Vicki Vale in the 1989 Batman.  And then, she became a cautionary tale of career implosion.

What the hell happened?

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Sean Young came to Hollywood after working as a model and studying ballet in New York.  In 1980, Young made her movie debut in the Merchant Ivory production, Jane Austen in Manhattan.  The movie was shown on the BBC and received a limited theatrical release.  Young summed up her performance thusly, “Thank God the character was a space cadet because I knew nothing.”

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She was auditioned twice by Steven Spielberg for the Marion part in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Ultimately, Spielberg decided the actress was “too green”.

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In 1981, Young appeared in the comedy classic, Stripes:

Young was cast based on her look.  Director Ivan Reitman liked what he called Young’s “sweetness” which he thought would go well with Harold Ramis on-screen.  It was a small part, but Young made the most of her screen time as the future Egon Spangler’s girlfriend.

Stripes got mostly positive reviews and was a hit at the box office.

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The next year, Young appeared in two films.  The first was the forgettable Garry Marshall spoof, Young Doctors in Love.  The movie had a talented cast and attempted to do for daytime soaps what Airplane! did for disaster movies.  But alas, it just wasn’t very good.

As you can see from the clip, it comes close to getting a laugh.  But the timing is off.  Whereas Airplane!  fired off gags at a machine-gun pace, YDiL just limps from yuk to yuk. And that’s probably more than anyone has written about Young Doctors in Love in at least a decade.

The other movie Sean Young made in 1982 was Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

Blade Runner was a visionary sci fi film that wasn’t appreciated when it was released in 1982.  But today, it has gained mainstream acceptance from critics and audiences alike.  It has influenced countless films with its dystopian view of a future where it never seems to stop raining.

Young played Rachel, a replicant (robot) who doesn’t know she’s not human.  She’s obviously beautiful, but Young also manages to be vulnerable and mysterious.

Although Blade Runner was not a hit in 1982, it will probably be the part Sean Young is most remembered for.

Next: Dune and No Way Out


Posted on May 21, 2011, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 241 Comments.


    Sean Young: taking bat-shiat crazy to the next level since 1980-something.


  2. Thanks LeBeau! Once again, you’ve left no stones unturned! It’s moments like this that I ponder life, and why things are the way they are. I mean, she had it F’ING made LeBeau! All she had to do was NOT act psycho, but as you’ve explained that very quality just seemed to escalate over the years. The archival film that you uncovered of her appearance as Catwoman on the Joan Rivers show is legendary. I honestly turned away at one point out of embarassment. That is some powerfully implosive footage. Not to dwell on it, but:


    “This is stupid, I should just forget it…besides, I might seem strange to people.” (things a normal Sean Young might think)

    As an epilogue to this burnt candle of a career, I’d like to add that she recently appeared on the soap opera The Young and the Restless in a recurring role, but even that seems to have faded away. It’s a very sad tale of self-destructive behavior. She was amazing in Blade Runner.


    • Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the suggestion! Sean Young was a perfect candidate for this column. But that also meant she was totally off my radar.

      Yeah, she’s done some TV work and a slew of direct-to DVD movies. I meant to include this in the article, but I’ll just include it here in the comments. If anyone wants to read a great interview with a post-fame Sean Young, here is an interview Young did with Entertainment Weekly in 2007:,,20056516,00.html

      Good stuff.

      Sean Young definitely shot herself in the foot. I also think she had some bad luck. Especially breaking her arm while filming Batman. That would have put her on top of the A-list which would have bought her a little more tolerance for her… eccentricities. I also think there may be something to Young’s argument that her aggressive bahavior would have been more acceptable coming from a man. Hollywood let Kilmer act a fool a lot longer than it did Sean Young.

      Also, what if Oliver Stone had listened to Young and switched her role on Wall Street with Hannah’s? Stone says now that he should have done so, but didn’t out of pride. So apparently, Young was right. She just rubbed him the wrong way. If she’d have somehow convinced Stone to switch the roles, I think she’d have gotten a big break.

      On the Catwoman thing, I don’t so much have a problem with her showing up at WB dressed like Catwoman. Other actors have done that sort of thing. Kilmer sent Oliver Stone tapes of himself as Jim Morrison at every age. The thing is, Tim Burton hid under his desk! He had worked with her briefly on the first Batman before her accident. I can only assume that she did something during that time that made the man hide under his desk the next time she came to see him.

      And then, when that didn’t work, to go on a talk show in costume and demand to be given an audition? How does that make any sense? Did she think Joan Rivers’ daytime talkshow audience was going to apply pressure to WB and Burton to give her a chance? Even if they did cave and give her an audition, they clearly didn’t want to work with her. How did she think that was going to work out?

      Incidentally, the Catwoman role was offered to Annette Benning who had to pass due to pregnancy.

      One other thought, Young was doing steamy femme fatale roles before Basic Instinct came along and made those kinds of movies hot. I have to wonder if Young had gotten the Stone part in Basic Instinct, would it have finally made her a star?


      • I respect her for going after the role with such gusto. It may have been too much, but had she gotten the role and killed it (as I believe she would have), she would have been hailed for her gutsiness. I think in this article you focus a bit too much on her eccentric behavior, and not other reasons her career may have stalled. She was a beautiful lady, more so than most of the leading actresses of her time, and she could act, e.g. The Boost.

        I am a fan, and loved the Boost and No Way Out. She was excellent in Cousins, balancing compassion and her need to find something new. In the end you liked her, but you understand why Ted Danson choose to leave.

        I met her once briefly and she was very kind, even though I was a bit of a “fan boy”!


        • Fair enough. Although, I don’t think you can focus too heavily on her eccentric behavior.

          I was just reading an interview this morning with Tim Daly who starred with Young in Dr. Jeckyl and Ms. Hyde. The reporter asked Daly what it was like to work with Young. Daly said he would only tell his story about Young off the record. Unfortunately, Daly’s story didn’t get relayed in the article since it was off the record. But the reporter said it was hysterical.

          For every story I included, there are likely dozens that never got told.


    • George Hilbert

      She took the advice everyone hears all the time, “Do something, even if it’s wrong.” Thereupon, everyone jumps down her throat.


  3. Yes, there is no doubt that it’s wrongfully less acceptable for a woman to act out aggressively. I personally don’t find Val Kilmer’s behavior to be any more acceptable though.

    And as far as the James Woods stuff goes, I actually don’t buy his story. James Woods has had his own legal problems over the years, and quite frankly when you have two different kinds of nuts in the mix, it doesn’t always make a party. No, she definitely got the raw deal on that one. I think they were both out of line, but he came out on top.

    I won’t budge on the Catwoman issue though. It’s one thing to send in video tapes. It’s a whole other animal when you try to force yourself into a role. I think she should have realized that her very public attempt at getting the role probably only hurt her chances. Much like Oliver Stone’s admission that pride kept him from switching her role in Wall Street, I highly doubt that Tim Burton would have wanted people (the public and his colleagues) to think that he could be forced into a casting arrangement.


    • Agreed on the James Woods stuff. I remember reading an interview with him in Miovieline magazine probably about a decade ago. My god that man talks a lot of shit! According to Woods, he bagged and dumped just about every actress in Hollywood. He talked about Sean Young in that interview of course. But the story that stuck out to me was one he told about breaking up with Heather Graham. In his story, they had just finished in the bedroom. And Graham says, “James, you just like me because I’m blonde and have big tits.” Cause you know, that’s what women say in bed. According to Woods, he took to long to answer basically confirming that was all he liked about her and they broke up.

      Yeah, James Woods is a piece of work. He’s given some great performances, but what a jack ass! I guess nutballs like Young and Woods gravitate towards each other.

      I’ll also say that Young seems to be really quick to play the “I spurned his advances card”. She didn’t just use it on stars like Woods and Beatty. So, she starts coming off like the girl who cried wolf even if it was true from time to time.

      Yeah, the Catwoman thing was bonkers no matter how you slice it. I’m guessing she just really felt screwed by fate when she had to drop out of Batman and therefore felt a sense of entitlement to be in the sequel. I have no doubt that had she been cast she’d have made a terrific Catwoman. She’s probably more of a natural fit for the role than Pfieffer. She clearly did herself in on that one. I think that’s collectively when Hollywood said, “We’ve had enough.”

      Oh well. At least we’ll always have Blade Runner.

      (Side note: Apparenty Young did voice work for a Blade Runner video game! I’ve never seen it, but they also scanned her face to get the likeness just right.)


  4. Actually, that Woods interview is available on-line. Here’s a link if you’re interested. The Heather Graham story is on page 2. But it makes for a good read.


  5. Agreed. Oh, and by the way, the Joan Rivers clip comes across with an extra bit of creepiness without the audio.

    Looking forward to the next one! I’ll let you know if I think of anybody, but it will be tough to top the triple Batman threat of Keaton-Kilmer-Young!


    • Yeah, people ask about Keaton cause they genuinely miss the guy. They ask about Kilmer and Young cause those two are crazy! Whoever I spotlight next, they probably can’t live up to Kilmer and Young in terms of fireworks.

      I did find the silent Joan Rivers clip extra creepy as well. You can imagine what she was saying. I vaguely recall he talking in a weird Ertha Kitt from the 60’s TV show kind of camp. And Joan was playing along like it was the funniest thing ever.


  6. Holy crap! Sean Young is on Celebrity Rehab! I wondered why so many people were Googling her all the sudden!


  7. Dear Mr Lebeau, you actually must be full of it, or just another member of the psychopathic community. You have no idea what you are talking about as far as it concerns descriptions about me. What is it about you psycho’s? You are the one spreading toxic waste, not me, as evidenced by your meaningless dribble here on your pointless blog. Get a life! Sean Young


    • : ) Love you Sean, can’t wait for your comeback! : )


    • Okay, I was doubtful at first. But I verified her info and this was really posted by Sean Young!

      Ms Young – Or any other celeb I have written about or will write about – It’s all meant in fun. As I have said over and over in various articles and comments, I have a great deal of affection for everyone I write about. Obviously, it can’t be personal. We’ve never met and never will.

      As always, I wish all of my subjects the best both personally and professionally. Thanks for reading. I have never been more honored to be told to “get a life”! I’ve been laughing my ass off all day!


    • Dear Sean Young, I agree with you. It’s self-aborbed directors, actors, and columnists (who are so full of themselves they’re left wondering why a fine actress like you didn’t trip all over herself for a night with them) that think they’ve said the last word about you–they haven’t. You’ve been spurned by Hollywood, but you’re NOT crazy, because your sons are your legacy of your sanity, as well as all your work recorded on films for many of us, who miss and support you, to keep enjoying. [Such as: after your Susan Atwell character was murdered in No Way Out (and I’m a huge Costner fan), I lost interest in watching the movie’s ending, but I kept watching hoping there’d be flashbacks of your earlier scenes with Costner, only to be disappointed that there weren’t any.] You’re too good for Hollywood. Would you ever consider a role in a Broadway play? There’s just got to be someone in New York who’ll cast you. Both my husband and I admire your work, think you’re obviously a wonderful mother, and hope all of your dreams for a career comeback come true. Best Wishes, Sean! Darlene Marie


  8. I think she was just on Y&R. Didn’t make the connection until just now.


    • You are correct. She did a stint on Y&R last year.

      And of course she can currently be seen on Celebrity Rehab and my blog.


  9. Yes, her latest gig is LeBlog (part of the reason why I knew it was her). Out of all the celebrities you’ve covered, only Sean would have the gumption to actually post here – that’s a compliment Sean, don’t get mad.

    Sean, you do constantly feed us new material:

    I’m a little shocked that you’re surprised by the fact that people find your antics interesting blog fodder. I think when you posted here, you may have added another “Sean moment” to your list.

    All the best to you. I think you’re a great actress.


  10. Crazy is as crazy does, right? I think that all of the money and attention and just Hollywood of it gets to some of them. I don’t think that everyone is cut out to handle the strain that the movie business puts on people. Very few have what it takes to get into the business and make a few movies. Only the really strong willed and strong minded make it to the top of the heap. Personally, I don’t know how more of them don’t go crazy. I know I couldn’t do that kind of work. Too much of anything can be very bad. Power, Money, Attention….they are all drugs.

    Many people wish for fortune and fame but I am actually glad that I don’t have it.

    And in a moment of kindness I will say that I truly hope that Sean makes it through Celebrity Rehab and gets clean. Getting clean and focused and staying that way may go a long way to rehabilitate her image and her career.


  11. I definitely agree that it takes a really grounded person to not act crazy once in a while in that business. My undergraduate degree is actually in acting. The technique I was taught can be personally/emotionally dangerous if used inappropriately. And that’s just the actual work. Never mind the crazy that can be instilled through fame, money, etc. I never enjoyed any real success (I am now a medical proffessional and I do theatre in my free time) but the egos that were apparently necessary just to keep yourself going at a pretty low level were sometimes alarming/amusing. The nature of the business, in which a person with NO background is technically just as qualified as a person who has been working at their craft their whole life is seriously unstable. I figured out within a few years, that while I love the work, I didn’t really care for the business.

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    • That’s a good point. In order to survive in the business, it takes a certain kind of personality…


      • why I left after working in one of the top three hollywood talent’s agencies then . . .two years was enough, and I saw all of this up close, made my decision to go into grad school for psychology , this was a perfect introduction . . . . 🙂


    • Great find! Thanks for the links.


      • Is that the same incident that I linked above or did she do this more than once? Sean, I love your work, you’re a great actress!!!


      • Same one, different angle. Thanks, Geo & L!

        I believe she reads here. I truly hope she hits my AC blog, I will I have 8 years clean come December and hang out with a lot of folks from AA (I am in the OTHER fellowship). We are NOT a glum lot, heck I think I am wilder clean & sober. Anyhow, if you gotta hide or be ashamed of something from ‘partying’, some DEEP introspection is due.If you have an addiction and do nothing about it, jails, institutions, and death are what awaits. AND not in that particular order. Be brave and get to a meeting. No one judges or particularly cares who you were, just what you are willing to do to tame that beast.

        (I was going to email this to you first. Please delete if it kills the spirit of the discussion:


        • Your contributions to the discourse are always welcome!

          I have my doubts Ms. Young will be coming back to this (pointless) site. Which is a shame. I get the impression she didn’t actually read the article or the comments since we are all fans of hers.

          Here’s hoping she comes out on the right side of things.


  12. Terribly sad. She was truly mesmerizing in Bladerunner. Who would have guessed it would not work out for her at the time? A girl so beautiful and full of talent..


  13. Whenever I see a spike in the site stats, I know one of my “What the Hell Happened subjects has made headlines. Usually, it means Val Kilmer can’t pay his bills or Sean Young is in rehab. (The weekend someone spread a rumor that Eddie Murphy had died in a car crash was surprising.) But now, we’re back to the usual suspects.


    Los Angeles police say actress Sean Young was placed under citizen’s arrest after a fight at the official post-Oscars party.

    The 52-year-old star of Blade Runner and Stripes was arrested at the Governor’s Ball Sunday evening and was booked at the Hollywood police station for investigation of misdemeanor battery. City News Service says she posted $20,000 bail and was released early Monday.

    Police Sgt. Enrique Mendoza confirmed the arrest but wouldn’t give details about the incident.

    Young tried to crash the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2006. She entered rehabilitation for alcohol abuse in 2008 after she was removed from the Directors Guild of America awards.


    • HA! I just read about this on MSNBC. Good lord what a loon. Saddest thing is they refer to her as “star of Blade Runner”. As in we only remember her from something 30 years ago. How and why is she still able to dress up in furs and try to crash these parties? Could someone this messed up possibly have invested her money wisely enough that she’s still living off the procedes??? Maybe she’ll pop in here again and give us the answer!


  14. It has got to be humiliating to be famous but have to sneak into an Oscars party. I sympathize with that…but she’s kinda forcing the issue, isn’t she? So often, the path of least resistence is the right one.


    • I saw a video of her leaving the police station. She was incoherent. Getting arrested at the Oscars for fighting (I assume under the influence of something) is the definition of an avoidable problem. If I’m not invited, I don’t show. And if I do sneak in, you bet your ass I’m on my best behavior.

      But then, I’m not Sean Young. The train wreck aspect is all she has left.


  15. sean young was talented then when she did blade runner and stripes, but then later on in life she got to be a real looney toon. i wasn’t used to seeing her in dr. jekyll and ms. hyde. it kind of seemed weird before the remake of the nutty professor. i heard ridley scott is doing another sequel to blade runner as well as a prequel to alien. if the sequel to blade runner is good like the original i also hope harrison ford reprises his role as rick deckard the android hunter cop that ridley scott now thinks is a replicant. i think it is bullshit. deckard is a human plain and simple.


    • If Deckard is an android, it completely ruins the point of the movie which is that Roy is more human than Deckard.

      I like Ridley Scott, but I have low expectations of his Blade Runner and Alien-inspired projects. I’ll be surprised if Ford or Young return.


  16. If you havn’t seen it, I can heartily recommend checking out her performance in the somewhat obscure “Cousins”. The movie is only so-so, but she’s great as the selfish uber-bitch wife of Ted Danson. Someone should really cast her in a similar role


    • I actually saw Cousins when it was out in theaters. I skipped over it in the article because it’s kind of a forgotten movie, but I remember enjoying it.

      At this point, why would anyone want to take a chance casting Sean Young? She’s a liability. She needs to get herself together before anyone’s going to take a chance on her. If she does that (and stops making headlines for the wrong reasons) I could see her making a comeback ala Jessica Lange on American Horror Story.


  17. She not crazy….


  18. you’d thinki somebody would think to co star her with Gary Busey in something. That actually could be really funny. I’m sure they would be both up for it


    • That’s a reality show I would watch! Just turn on the cameras and let the sparks fly. I wonder how long before Sean Young shows up on Celeb Apprentice…


  19. Since Young was in ‘Blade Runner,’ I thought this would be the appropriate place to ask this.

    This may sound bizarre, but would a “What the hell happened to Harrison Ford?” article be feasible?

    First, a confession: I actually enjoyed “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” mainly because it was such a treat seeing Ford as Indy again. What I disliked about the movie wasn’t the aliens or that ‘nuke the fridge’ thing (hey, was it any worse than Indy’s old man killing birds in order to stop that Nazi plane?), but rather the obvious CGI prairie dogs & monkeys (in other words, you could tell the Star Wars prequels affected it and, like those, it made enough money to bring up talk of another entry).

    Otherwise, the last film Ford did that I thought was actually good was “What Lies Beneath.”


    • Ford was one of my top candidates up until Crystal Skull gave him a bit of a career bump. The criteria have changed a little. These days, I will write up people who are still working as long as they are no longer on the A-list. So Ford is very high on my list of people to profile.

      And I agree with you about Indy 4. I had a great time wathcing it for the nostalgia factor. And really, the Indy sequels had already dropped the bar pretty low.


    • “Otherwise, the last film Ford did that I thought was actually good was ‘What Lies Beneath.’”

      Unrelated story about that: I was working in video rentals when that movie was released, and one night a guy calls up and says (imagine this spoken by a gravelly-voiced, dumb-sounding Southern drunk): “Uh, have ya’ got ‘Whut Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer’?”

      Begs a lot of amusing but inappropriate replies, right?

      He insisted this was the title we’d posted in the store for the movie. As it turned out, he’d seen a poster we had in the can up front which had the stars’ names bracketing the title.

      Harrison Ford (smaller font)
      What Lies Beneath (larger font)
      Michelle Pfeiffer (smaller font)

      Made me wonder how widespread this misidentification was.


      • lol

        I’ll continue the drift. I was standing in line to buy tickets and the guy in front of me asks for 2 for “Jurassic Hillbillies”. Turns out the theater was splitting a screen between Jurassic Park and the Beverly Hillbillies and had abbreviated both titles with one word on the same line.

        Who wouldn’t want to watch Jurassic Hillbillies if such a thing existed?


      • “Jurassic Hillbillies” Starring Woody Harrelson, Gary Busey, Jessica Simpson, and Larry the Cable Guy. Coming in 2013 to theatres way too close to you.


  20. Like many of you I’m equally enthousiastic about MSY. From the publicly available pieces I have gathered I think she’s struggling with her identity. On multiple occasions one can hear she talks about her introversion( and how that is an obstacle in her life). I suspect that she not smiling about her obstacles is her real obstacle. It’s sheer intuïtion talking. She’s a good person.


  21. Well, the comments continue to trickle in on this thread. I am convinced that given good material and handled sensitively by a director who is careful to work with her about getting over her shattered self confidence, Sean could surprise Hollywood by turning in a powerhouse performance.


    • Just watched Blade Runner today. I would love to see Sean Young work some more. Anything is possible I guess. I do think if someone could capture her vulnerability, there would be something worthwhile there.


      • Mr. Lebeau- I would so encourage you to re watch Sean’s performance in “Cousins”. Hopefully it’s on Netflix. It really is a noteworthy, superior performance. Part of the reason she doesn’t have the reputation of being even a credible actress is that she has so few times been given superior material to work with. I am going to rewatch her truncated performance in “Wall Street” soon. Have not seen it since the original release. It would be fascinating to see the “lost” Young footage that Oliver Stone cut out of the film. Best wishes for a joyous summer. ANTHONY


        • I actually saw Cousins in the theaters when it was released. I was a fan of Isabella Roselini and of course Sean Young. I remember enjoying the movie much more than the critics. I’ll have to track it down and rewatch it. It has been a long, long time.

          Same to you, Anthony. Hopefully it’s cooler wherever you are!


        • Mr. Lebeau- I’m in the Los Angeles area, and so far we are having a very cool summer. I am actually a heat fanatic (though not a fan of humidity) so I am hoping it heats up. Have you seen “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde”?? I understand Sean gives a very funny performance in it. Hope you get a break in your heat!! yours, ANTHONY


        • Mr. Lebeau is my dad. 😉

          I think I am one of 10 people who paid to see Dr. Jeckyll and Ms. Hyde in the theaters. This is how devoted I was to Sean Young. The movie is pretty awful. But Young is by far the best thing in it. If the rest of the movie had lived up to her performance, it would have been a lusty laugh riot. But the movie is mostly interested in PG-gag about the guy from Wings growing boobs.

          As for the heat, I am enjoying the a/c. I am not an outdoorsman under the best of circusmances. But right now I run from my car to the front door to minimize my time outside. We’re breaking records this summer!

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    • You hit the nail on its head. Giving eachother a chance is the first thing that pops my mind. But also how the director is crucial to powerhouse performances of individual characters. You nailed it right there.


  22. This is the saddest “What the Hell Happened to” of all. I thought Young was fabulous in Blade Runner and No Way Out. I truly believe she is bi-polar and I read a few years back about a crazy outburst she made at a social gathering, obviously boozed up. Great talent but mental problems. Too bad.


    • Without being a psychologist, it’s unfair for you to make any determination about anyone being bi-polar. Sean was spurned by Hollywood (and a few narcissistic Hollywood males) and, as the saying goes, hell hath seen no fury as that of a woman spurned. I’m on your side, Sean. Go east and play Broadway.


      • I’m just guessing, but something tells me Young would kill for a role on Broadway. Or off.

        I mean, she did Attack of the 50 Ft Cheerleader. I don’t think she’s turning down a lot of work.


  23. Woods later went on record that his girlfriend at the time was the crazy one — though he did back away from that later. This was a situation involving at least three volatile, unstable, highly-strung people. Whatever Sean Young’s problems were, whatever happened, it’s not like it was all her fault or the fault of her own condition.


    • Thanks for pointing that out. As I have said before, in ever interview I has seen with Woods, he comes across like someone I wouldn’t care to know. Woods + Young was a bad situation. Unfortunately for Young, Hollywood is a lot more likely to put up with that crap from an actor than an actress.


      • James Woods always comes across as an arrogant control freak and Sean crossing paths with the likes of a narcissistic type like Woods was the beginning of her undoing…and, for that matter, her drinking. Sad that she didn’t have a supportive circle of friends (even outside of Hollywood) to get her through the trashing Woods did to her after she bruised his fragile ego with her refusal–his harassment lawsuit of Sean was his over-reacting to save face, much like neurotic high school boys do when lying about girls who spurn them…too bad Woods didn’t merely lie about Sean in a locker room instead of in his lawyer’s office. I hope James Woods goes to his death bed with many haunting regrets over women’s lives and careers he’s trashed.


  24. Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader?? Is that among her direct to video work?? I’m going to try and track it down, it sounds like a must see!! (does she play the cheerleader?? I am seriously very intrigued!! LOL)


    • Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader was an Epix original movie produced by Roger Corman. It aired in 3-D and was every bit as cheesy as it sounds without being much fun. It stars beauty queen Jena Sims as the giant cheerleader. Young plays her horrible mother who is only concerned with beauty. I watched the movie primarily to see what Sean Young was up to. She makes a good stage mom, but the movie is terrible and her part is essentially a cameo. I really can’t imagine much of a reason to watch the movie other than seeing Sims topless. And I’m willing to bet that can be achieved with a Google search.


  25. oh my. Treat Williams is in this too?? He might be a good “Whatever happened to…” cantidate if he hasn’t already been covered.


  26. She’s still oddly attractive, in that emotionless replicant way…

    *slaps down weird boner*


  27. are you aware of facebook site “Mary Sean Young Turned Down My Friend Request” in which 20 more or less obsessed Young fans (including myself) bond together


  28. I really think that Sean Young not getting the Vicki Vale part in “Batman” was kind of a blessing in disguise (not for Sean’s point-of-view obviously). Apparently, both Harrison Ford and Kevin Costner hated working w/ her. So even without the stuff w/ James Woods or the Catwoman issue, Sean Young was building a toxic reputation.

    Tim Burton’s “Batman” was one of the biggest event movies of our time. Imagine bringing in a certifiable basket-case like Sean Young and have her play the female lead in the biggest movie of the year. Granted, Kim Basinger has had her own diva-type issues on movie sets (I mean her alleged antics on the set of “The Marrying Man” is legendary within itself), but it isn’t as bad as w/ Sean Young.


  29. Five Actors You Should Never Fight for Creative Control:

    5. Sean Young

    Sean Young’s hubris has undoubtedly cost her much throughout her career. Bill Murray made sure not to work with her again after the actress openly questioned his methods on the set of 1981’s Stripes. Young and James Woods developed a serious feud during the making of 1988’s The Boost; details are scant, but Hollywood legend claims Young responded to the actor’s sexual advances by somehow using industrial adhesive to glue his penis to his leg. Sean Young has even made enemies on films that never bothered to hire her, as with her quest to score the role of Catwoman in 1992’s Batman Returns. Outfitted in a homemade Catwoman getup, Sean made several attempts to confront the filmmakers at Warner Brothers Studios during pre-production, actually managing to break up a meeting between WB head Mark Canton and Batman himself, Michael Keaton. Keaton remembered the confrontation in the July ’92 issue of Playboy: “I noticed that she had a metallic object in her hand. I flashed on it for a second and prayed to God it wasn’t a gun… it was [actually] a walkie-talkie… I asked her what she was doing with the walkie-talkie. She said… ‘I’m talking to somebody.'” Director Tim Burton, who’d been forced to drop Young from the role of Vikki Vale in the first Batman after the actress broke her leg, was allegedly smart enough to hide in the nearest bathroom during one of these incidents.


  30. Shunned By Hollywood: 15 Of Tinsel Town’s Most Notorious Pariahs:

    Actress and 80s sex symbol Sean Young had a string of noteworthy films during the decade of excess. Unfortunately, the actress gained a reputation for being difficult with fellow her collaborators. Her role in Wall Street was cut down thanks to her clashing director Oliver Stone. She was also fired from the role of Tess Trueheart during the filming of package Tracey. Finally, in a moment of desperation, Young dressed up as Catwoman to confront director Tim Burton and actor Michael Keaton about losing the role to Michelle Pfeiffer during the filming of Batman Returns. Hollywood roles dried up for Young in the mid-90s and, most recently, she’s been featured in reality TV and indie movies.


    • Thank you for the fairly recent link Terrence, and everybody else for their insights and updates. I must say, it hurts a little when I see comments like ‘pariah’. She’s no pariah to me.

      Maybe it’s blind love speaking, but I doubt it.If people are publicly called out that way then I can imagine some can’t take it. Why would anyone in the world label somebody a pariah, when that person never did you any wrong.


  31. Too bad really..from checking out her early work on Stripes and Blade runner and also watching audition tapes and behind the scene tapes, I really got the impression that she was a genuinely sweet girl. A rare kind of beautiful. And a rare kind of talent. Majestic. You can never take what you read on blogs and other sources on the net for fact, but it seems to me that she truly was the sweetheart we all thought she was after we saw blade runner. Maybe Hollywood’s ways disenchanted her. After the mid-late 80’s she basically had the f*** you attitude towards Hollywood, not crazy like people say. I don’t think she was clinically crazy. Just the crazy you get from not fitting in with the Hollywood crowd. I think she felt she got screwed over, while thinking she still had much to give. She is getting up there in age now, but is still beautiful. Not blade runner beautiful. I hope she makes it back to the big screen. She should.


  32. What Sean Young’s career needs: Quentin Tarantino.


  33. Hola, I noticed ‘Rachel’ was her best role according to the poll on this site. I totally didn’t saw that one coming. Cheers peeps!


  34. Crossing Sean Young, the Batman curse and Harrison Ford (strong candidate for this list), I hereby declare the “Harrison Ford curse”: which struck Harrison Ford himself, of course, and obviously Mark Hamill comes to mind, but look at the love interests or Ford’s characters.
    Star Wars: Carrie Fisher (WTHHT), Raiders of the lost ark: Karen Allen (WTHHT), Blade Runner: Sean Young (WTHHT), Temple of Doom: Kate Capshaw (she married the director to escape WTHHT), Witness: Kelly McGillis (WTHHT), Frantic: Emmanuelle Seigner (another director bride and quite WTHHT), Working Girl: Melanie Griffith (WTHHT), Last Crusade: Allison Doody (WTHHT), Presumed Innocent: Bonnie Bedelia (WTHHT), Regarding Henry: Annette Bening (not WTHHT, but another wife of), Patriot Games: Anne Archer (WTHHT after the second movie of the franchise), The Fugitive: Sela Ward (WTHHT), Clear and Present Danger: Anne Archer (WTHHT after that), Sabrina: Julia Ormond (WTHHT).

    Do we see a pattern in there?


    • And I forgot the special mention on the “Harrison Ford’s kiss of career death” list: Calista Flockhart.


      • You also left off Anne Heche. Oh and of course Michelle Pfeiffer.

        The thing about Ford is he had a long career during which he dominated the box office. He had a lot of leading ladies who never quite made it big or whose careers have cooled for fairly obvious reasons (usually age). You could make a similar list for Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise or just about any actor who was big in the 80s/90s. I frequently joke about the Kilmer curese because several actresses seemed to have their careers die out shortly after working with him. But really, the same could be said of lots of actors.

        It is fun though coming up with curse theories. 😉


        • You are right. But it’s funny. By the way, actually he boosted Sean Young’s career. But I state my point: Julia Ormond’s and Calista Flockhart’s careers were poisoned by Ford.


        • It is funny.

          Ormond suffered from what would later come to be known as Gretchen Mol syndrome. The press made a big deal out of her. She was expected to be the next big thing. And I think audiences got a little sick of her before she even got a chance. So when she finally started popping up everywhere, there was a bit of a backlash.

          But Sabrina didn’t help anybody except maybe Greg Kinnear. And Ford’s relationship with Flockhart hurt them both professionally. Not to mention the earring.


        • I have to admit that after writing that comment I made a mental note to write her up soon. I am working on a big one right now. But Mol could be next. I keep meaning to get back to the poll results, but every time I am ready to do so I think of someone else I need to get to. Usually because someone in the comments section gets me going on a subject like Julia Ormond or Gretchen Mol. Come to think of it, you inspired the one I’m working on now.


        • daffystardust

          Gretchen Mol has a featured role on Boardwalk Empire. It’s probably the most interesting character she ever played.


        • Yeah. I like that her story has a happy ending. Even if I know her character is far from a fan favorite on the show. I got a kick out of seeing the infamous “90s It Girl” land on her feet after all these years.


        • Gretchen Mol and Other “Almost It” Girls: Starlets Who Never Quite Made It Big:

          Just this past week, HBO announced the addition of Gretchen Mol to the cast of its upcoming series ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson. With a string of respectable supporting roles, Mol’s made a career out of not-quite making it, starting with her famous 1998 ‘Vanity Fair’ cover that asked the entirely premature question: “Is Gretchen Mol Hollywood’s New It Girl?”

          But though Mol didn’t exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie ‘The Notorious Bettie Page’ and co-starred in ABC’s short-lived ‘Life on Mars’), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol’s casting got us thinking about other “Almost It” girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.Just this past week, HBO announced the addition of Gretchen Mol to the cast of its upcoming series ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson. With a string of respectable supporting roles, Mol’s made a career out of not-quite making it, starting with her famous 1998 ‘Vanity Fair’ cover that asked the entirely premature question: “Is Gretchen Mol Hollywood’s New It Girl?”

          But though Mol didn’t exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie ‘The Notorious Bettie Page’ and co-starred in ABC’s short-lived ‘Life on Mars’), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol’s casting got us thinking about other “Almost It” girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.

          Shannyn Sossamon
          For a while there in the 2000s, it looked like Sossamon was the next big thing. Her looks smoldered like Angelina Jolie, and she radiated quirk like Winona Ryder. But rather than go the strictly Hollywood route, Sossamon has remained somewhat in the fray, starring in smaller projects such as the indie flick ‘Wristcutters: A Love Story’ and CBS’s vampire drama ‘Moonlight.’

          Natasha Gregson Wagner
          Appearing in ‘High Fidelity’ and ‘Lost Highway’ early on in her career, Natasha Gregson Wagner proved herself an adorable character actress with a top-notch Hollywood pedigree. As she most recently landed a recurring told on CBS’ now-canceled ‘The 4400,’ it looks like Hollywood probably won’t ever fully embrace this daughter of another famous It Girl and icon, Natalie Wood.

          Julia Stiles
          Her monotone and girl-next-door looks made her an unlikely go-to girl for late ’90s teen movies (she even won the 2001 Teen Choice Drama Award for her work alongside Sean Patrick Thomas in ‘Save the Last Dance’), but we can’t deny there’s something about enigmatic about Stiles’ seriousness. Putting her career on pause in to attend Columbia University, Stiles emerged ready-to-work and all grown up in ‘The Bourne Identity’ films. Since then, she’s stayed under the Hollywood It-scene radar, and we suspect she rather likes it that way.

          Selma Blair
          Who doesn’t love Selma Blair? She’s the perfect combination of pout and pow. But after a spate of plum roles in late-’90s films like ‘Cruel Intentions’ and ‘Legally Blonde,’ it seemed like Blair grew into a woman before she could ever become a true It Girl. Recently, she blazed the screen alongside Ron Perlman in both ‘Hellboy’ films, and starred in an ill-fated American re-make of Australian sit-com ‘Kath & Kim.’

          Ione Skye
          This model-turned-actress won everyone’s heart (most notably John Cusack’s) as Dianne Court in 1989’s ‘Say Anything.’ With serious acting chops and stunning looks, she went on to star alongside Keanu Reeves in the critically-acclaimed River’s Edge and a handful of offbeat films in the ’90s, but managed to dodge the Hollywood spotlight and its requisite scrutiny. These days, Skye is lovely as ever and still gets steady work in film and TV. Our favorite recent Skye moment? We’d totally raise a boombox for Mrs. Veal, the frisky preacher’s wife on ‘Arrested Development.’


        • Harvey’s Girls:

          One of the stranger items of note this year, if you’re into this sort of thing, has been the rise of Blake Lively. To those who merely observe, it’s no different than the dawn of any other interchangeable big breasted blonde starlet. Those come around with the frequency of #22 buses and are rarely lasting.

          But this particular star-forming has been interesting. TV girls, let alone those of the primetime soap genre, don’t have the best track record with the transition to big screen success. Where some (Michelle Williams) have found critical success, others have either striven for popularity over acclaim, or simply didn’t have the skills to ascend past their television status.

          But Blake Lively is not only in the company of the small-screeners who’ve reached for the brass rail of film. She’s in that elite club where the crash and burn is just as swift and harsh, but even more vivid and public: the Harvey Weinstein club.

          Every few years, Harvey picks a new girl as his pet. He puts her in a picture or two, takes her to an event, and not unlike Cher Horowitz, makes her a project, an attempted creation.

          The Harvey Girls are easily spotted. They are all very pretty, often in a rather generic sense. Their instant fame and the push behind them comes seemingly out of nowhere and without any justification in terms of resume or skill set. Most obviously, at least as of 2007, they are clothed exclusively in Marchesa on the red carpet (the fashion line of Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman). So if you were wondering why Harvey Weinstein seems only interested in actresses who dress like fairy princesses from Planet Sugarplum, it’s his wife’s fault. But the most telling sign, if you’re looking, is the Want. These girls, each of them, has the look of desperation, of need. They WILL be famous. They WILL be stars.

          Rumors of Harvey’s casting couch ways are legendary. As a minor Midwestern blogger, I can’t know their validity. But I do know for each of these girls, there was an enormous PR push, proclamations of “it-girl” and “the next big thing” and then a fairly daunting silence that had to be devastating to these young women who really believed this was their “it.”

          One of the Harvey Girls was Gwyneth Paltrow, and I suppose she’s what keeps the line long and wanton. But there can only be so many Gwyneths. There’s no shortage of Gretchens.

          Harvey’s Best and Brightest:

          Mira Sorvino
          Then: 1995’s Mighty Aphrodite was huge for Sorvino, winning her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress among other honors.

          Now: While there exists a cult of us who will forever love her for Romy & Michelle, that adoration has not translated into a popularity resurgence. A subsequent Miramax venture, Guillermo Del Toro’s Mimic was a disappointment, both critically and financially, and after a few more attempts towards big screen success, she’s primarily stuck with indie and television roles, the most notable in Lifetime’s Human Trafficking miniseries.

          Gretchen Mol
          Then: In the late ’90s, she co-starred in Rounders with Matt Damon and Edward Norton, then became the fixation of that other moderately creepy bigwig with a fetish for blonde actresses: Woody Allen. She infamously appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, which touted her “the it-girl of the ’90s.”

          Now: The human cautionary tale for all would-be “next big things.” Mol’s latter-day career has been comfortable, if not unspectacular, appearing in 3:10 to Yuma, on Lifetime in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and most recently on Boardwalk Empire. She also, in my opinion, was one of the best parts of David Wain’s lovable mess of a movie, The Ten.

          Jessica Alba
          Then: Alba had been around for a while prior to 2005’s Sin City, but apparently Harvey fell in love at first seductive bull ride, trusting her with Awake.

          Now: Awake failed. But her other film choices have been so much worse that those have had far more to do with her middling career than that forgettable mess.

          Sienna Miller
          Then: It was only four or so years ago, but it’s easy to forget just how hard the push was on Sienna Miller. She was huge. She was painted as this immense fashion icon who would be an unstoppable celebrity force as soon as Factory Girl was released.

          Now: Factory Girl was a big pile of okay, and she just…kind of…didn’t take the world by storm. Everyone else has poor film choices and personal struggle against them. But Miller just didn’t work out. Sometimes that’s worse.

          Uma Thurman
          Then: She danced with Travolta, took an adrenaline needle to the heart and became a star.

          Now: Thurman’s career has been built on unfulfilled promise from her pretty great performances in great movies. Starting with Pulp Fiction to starring alongside a veritable buffet of “our careers didn’t work out as hoped” actresses in Beautiful Girls and making stops at the Kill Bills and Gattaca along the way, Thurman has made no other good movies. None. And with the exception of Bill, the films on which she’s taken first billing have been overwhelmingly unwatchable.

          It’s not as though these are the only actresses who made it so close to the top to fall with a gently plop. I could go on for days. Moira Kelly, Monica Potter, Mena Suvari, Amy Smart… But Harvey’s Girls have that special place in our world—they were delicately placed at the top, handed their dreams on a platter, and they couldn’t have it, be it through lack of talent, more appealing competitors, or just bad timing.

          And when he’s done with them? The good Harvey giveth, and the good Harvey taketh away.


        • There’s a few candidates on this list that I will probably get to. Eighties actresses seem to be popular, so I expect to get to Ione Skye sooner or later.


        • Yeah, I don’t truthfully think Ford ruined anybody’s career. He was usually the biggest draw in his movies, so typically he was giving his co-stars a career boost. But if you’re naming Ford’s co-stars who imploded, you have to include Heche. She imploded spectacularly. It’s not just that she came out of the closet aggressively at a time when America wasn’t quite prepared for it. It was all of her wacky behavior. The wandering around naked and claiming to be an alien stuff was more damaging than the relationship with Ellen.

          I am glad we have come to a place where someone coming out of the closet is no longer a career-ending scandal. The reaction to Ellen and Heche was embarrassing at the time.


        • Nowadays coming out is fine if you are a woman and/or an arthouse darling. There is still a long way to go before Hollywood would offer a leading role to an openly gay man in a 200 million dollars movie. And despite the tired cliche of “American bigotry”, I’ve rather the impression that the major obstacle to it are international, not domestic audiences.


        • Dammit, the internet ate my response. I had written a fairly lengthy response, but my browser crashed and I lost it. I agree that we have a long way to go. I’m reminded of that more often than I would care to admit. But even so, I never thought we’d come so far so fast.

          I do think you’re probably on to something about a gender difference and the world view. Male leads are expected to be macho action heroes. That is especially important in the world-wide box office. Otherwise, Taylor Lautner probably would have come out by now. (I kid the shirtless guy from Twilight.)


        • I wouldn’t say she had no career. She had a very promising career. She wasn’t A-list. But she was climbing. 6 Days killed that momentum and she took the blame (rightly or wrongly) because she came out. I think coming out when she did the way she did hurt 6 Days. But I also think 6 Days was a pretty lousy movie that would have flopped anyway. However, had she not come out the blame wouldn’t have fallen as squarely on her shoulders as it did. Even so, her career didn’t die. She’s done a lot since – mostly TV. She became a very polarizing figure, that’s for sure.


      • Yeah, now that ya mention it, Cal Flockhart hasn’t done much since “McBeal” but I think she does some stage-work.


        • anyone not agree that Sean was hysterical in Ace Ventura?? what would keep her from being equally funny given a proper script and deft direction?? I just refuse to believe that Ms Young is such a huge alcoholic and hated in Hollywood that she is a lost cause. In my opinion Sean is just not being given the chance to do what she is capable of. And as for all that bullshit with James Woods, correct me if I am wrong but didn’t that lawsuit end up with Woods having to pay SEAN a settlement, basically proving that he was the one that was lying???????


        • On Woods vs. Young, I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I am sure they both behaved badly. It was an embarassment for both. Young’s career suffered for it. Woods no so much. Totally not fair, but it is what it is. I don’t want to pick sides, but if I did I’d probably side with Young over Woods.

          It’s been too long since I watched Ace Ventura. I don’t so much remember her being funny as I remember her being sexy. Maybe she was, I just don’t remember the movie very well. She showed she had a talent for comedy even if I wouldn’t say it was necessarily her strong suit.

          I have no doubt she is capable of delivering good or great performances comedic or otherwise. But as you point out, no one is giving her chances. Partially, that’s due to age. But even when she was younger, Hollywood had given up on her. Why? Because she had a reputation. Drink was part of that. But so was eratic behavior, the affair with Woods that went bad in a very public way, feuds with directors like Stone and the whole Catwoman embarassment.

          If Young had been a huge box office draw like Julia Roberts, Hollywood would have put up with that behavior. But even at the peak of her career, Young wasn’t a box office draw. So Hollywood was pretty quick to cut her loose. Her behavior since then has made them reluctant to give her a second chance. Note to any and all actresses: Going to rehab on a reality show will NOT get you more work. At least not the roles you want.


        • and yet, with all of Sean’s transgressions, we are still fascinated with her and talking about her over 25 years after her commercial peak. What other Hollywood actor sparks this kind of interest?? One could name some music figures, but no actors that I can think of. Sean’s defenders (like me) are rabid in their protectivity of her. If only she hadn’t broken her arm and played Vicki Vale in the original Batman!! we wail. Her detractors have plenty of ammunition in her personal and professional life to rip her to shreds. But in my opinion her Hollywood punching bag POST “B list” film life in which she is a one word gag line for comedians is what really cements her place in Hollywood history. I was friends with one of her assistants who was reading scripts for her at the time she was working on “Fatal Attraction” (I think that was what that Carl Reiner vehicle was called) So the truth is out, I am not a neutral party. Her assistant had known her since before her film career, Not surprisingly, he painted a very positive portrait of Sean as a personal person. I don’t know her, however, she has no idea who I am. It was not until several years later when I saw “No Way Out” that I became such a huge fan of hers (and to be fair “No Way Out” is equally kevin kostners and gene hackman’s triumph) But still, for me, her performance in that movie is one of the touchstone cinematic experiences of the 80’s for me. And with that, I will leave your blog alone for a while, while of course still following this thread. I hope you have a great Oscar nomination viewing season Mr. Le Beau. Signing out from Los Angeles ANTHONY


        • Hey Anthony,

          I always say that I love it when people post passionate opinions in the comments section. You definitely has a passion for Sean Young and I respect that. What’s more, you have shared your opinion in a polite and respectful manner. So kudos to you. You’ve sparked some interesting conversation and I’m grateful for your participation in the discussion. Thanks! I hope you’ll stick around. The comments section is what makes this place interesting.

          Yes, the fact that we’re still discussing Young says something about her. Do other actresses spark that level of interest? Sure. I mean, Marilyn Monroe has been dead longer than that and people are still fascinated by her. But the fact that Young is still a subject of conversation means she is at the very least interesting.

          Had Young not injured herself making Batman, I am sure she would have risen to greater heights. One can only speculate what might have happened after that. Maybe the success would have been too much for her. It’s possible that things turned out for the best for her overall. Probably not, but it’s possible. We’ll never know what could have been.

          Fatal Instinct was the Carl Reiner-directed parody Young starred in. I actually saw it in the theaters based almost entirely on Young’s involvement. I was a pretty big fan at the time.

          I am glad to hear a flattering portrayal of Young. I’m sure she has a lot of good qualities that get overlooked in all the talk about her being a crazy boozehound. My wife watched her on the Dr. Drew show and said she came across as a really sweet person.

          So thanks again for the counterpoint to the majority opinion. It’s always welcome here.


        • Thank you Mr Lebeau. You are a very nice man. I am taking a few months off from the internet in general, but as the Sean thread shows up in my inbox, I am sure I will pop up and speak eventually. In the meantime, I want to watch some of Sean’s work from the 80’s. i am particularly eager to rewatch her in “Wall Street” and somehow get a copy of her original shooting script and note the deletions Stone made in her part to rush her away. And, for the record, I am in the camp that says Mary Sean Young should play an aged Racheal in the Blade Runner sequel. But you saw that coming, right?? Peace out from the City of Angels


        • How does an aged Rachel work if she’s a replicant who doesn’t age? I can think of a couple of ways to work it out. But really, I don’t think it’s worth it. The ONLY reason to do it is a desire to cast Sean Young. I don’t think the payoff of that is worth the gymnastics required to make that make sense.

          I’m not sure a Blade Runner follow-up is a good idea at all. But if they do one, I think it should either be a reboot or a new story set in the same world with completely different cast of characters.


        • I havn’t seen “Blade Runner” in a long time Are Racheals’s childhood memories totally implanted?? Now that I think of it I guess they are. Look, I’;ve broken my vow not to comment on this thread already!! I confess I did’nt read the thread about recasting Racheal very closely. It seems the consensus was that Katy Perry would be the best fit. That seems ludicrous to me. If Perry can act, it seems her skills lie as a comedienne. If Harrison Ford is involved in the project, it seems only fair that Sean should be too since her role is probably even more iconic than Fords in the film. But alas, our friend Sean is no longer a dewy eyed 25 year old. By the way , there have been reports in the tabloid press that Sean has been making showy pubiic statements demanding she be in any Blade Runner sequel. According to the “Mary Sean Young Rejected My Friend Request” Facebook site, the opposite is true and Sean has been almost completely silent on the matter. As far as I know, Sean is busy doing some kind of followup up to her “skating with the stars” appearance. She looked perfectly happy in the photo I saw of her two weeks ago practicing her skating.


        • In Blade Runner, it was established that Young’s character was a replicant (ie. a robot). Not only that, but most replicants had a very short life span. Rachel’s life span was not capped like the others, so the character could still be alive. However, it would not make sense for her to have aged a day unless you go to the trouble of creating some kind of loophole to explain it. Not too hard to do, but probably not worth it (in my opinion).

          I think the consensus was that Katy Perry would make a terrible Rachel due to lack of acting experience. I think she has the right look for it. I’m also pretty sure Scott could coax enough of a performance out of her to make her a believable robot.

          It has been hinted that Ford’s character may or may not be a replicant. For a whole variety of reasons, I hate the idea. It’s a neat twist, but it robs the movie of all of the subtext about what it means to be human if Ford’s character is also a machine. So theoretically, casting an older Ford could work. It would also end the question of whether or not he was a replicant. Unless of course they do something kooky like making replicants who age. But again, I think that would be a terrible idea.

          Sean Young did an interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote her new horror movie, Jug Face. They asked her about Blade Runner and she did in fact make a statement about her lack of involvement. She called for a boycot of the film if she wasn’t cast.

          Here are some exerpts:

          EW: What’s the word, if any, on your involvement in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel?
          Young: Mmm, let’s see. Alcon – they’re the ones that own it and apparently they have Ridley to direct it — and when I met with them they didn’t make any offer-plans to include me. And when I called Ridley Scott’s office, he doesn’t call me back. So I guess they’re going to go, like, prequel or…I don’t know what they’re going to do. But my official opinion is that, if they don’t include me in it, everybody should boycott it. Because it’s stupid not to have me in it. It’s really stupid. That’s my opinion! I mean, you try to tell people something sensible in Hollywood and sometimes they just don’t listen, you know. And they usually pay the price too, because everybody’s an expert.


        • well, thank you for correcting me about Sean’s statement about boycotting the movie. I will repeat it on the sites I am on, just so the truth is out there. Ridley is going to do exactly what Ridley wants to do, he always does and the results are usually very good. If there is a new young Racheal, it should either be with someone proven or someone totally unknown, not a performance out of a celebrity who is doing it as a vanity piece. Sean will get plenty of publicity out of her “not” being in it, and hopefully we will get a fine movie to discuss. It is almost certain that the original will not be equalled.


        • Although it should be pointed out that when Blade Runner was released, it was not a hit with audiences or critics. It gained appreciation over time. But it received mixed reviews and disappointed at the box office.

          I actually have very little faith in Scott to make a decent follow-up. Especially after prometheus which was nice to look at but made no sense at all.


    • Why More ‘Star Wars’ Actors Haven’t Become Stars:

      by Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
      3/25/2015 9:00am PDT

      Six movies in, the franchise has spawned just one megastar: Harrison Ford; even Natalie Portman admits she struggled after appearing in ‘Episodes I-III’: “Everyone thought I was a horrible actress. … No director wanted to work with me.”

      This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

      Call it a double-edged lightsaber. Every actor in Hollywood chases Star Wars, hoping the gig will provide instant A-list entree. But the Star Wars track record is filled with underachievers and stalled careers. Six movies in, the franchise has spawned just one megastar: Harrison Ford. “The problem is, when you are in such a massive franchise — and there’s no bigger franchise than Star Wars — a lot of moviegoers look at an actor and only can see the character they played in it,” says Phil Contrino, analyst at

      Natalie Portman, who already had a hot career before Episodes I-III, admitted she struggled after the exposure. “Everyone thought I was a horrible actress,” she said in December. “I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me.” Neither Ewan McGregor nor Liam Neeson was helped by the franchise (McGregor famously fell out as the lead in Danny Boyle’s The Beach in favor of Leonardo DiCaprio around the same time as Episode I’s 1999 release). The list of acting careers that never took off is even longer, from original stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to Jake Lloyd (young Anakin Skywalker) and most notably Hayden Christensen, whose star was on the rise when he nabbed 2002’s Attack of the Clones.

      Manager/producer Mike Marcus, who booked director Irvin Kershner for The Empire Strikes Back and Richard Marquand for Return of the Jedi, says the career implosions are coincidence. “I don’t think it ever hurt any actors,” says the former CAA agent. “Maybe they weren’t going to be a movie star anyway. This at least gave them a shot.” The upcoming trilogy and interspersed spinoffs pose new challenges for stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and even Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

      “When you sign up for this, you’re signing your life away, and you’re keeping yourself from any other franchises out there,” says an agent whose client is one of the stars of Episode VII. “They will not let you be in another franchise. They’re going to be cranking out a new movie every year. These actors never get to read the script before signing on. They don’t even know which [subsequent] one they are in. And then they become known for that role, and it’s hard to see them in a Fault in Our Stars kind of movie.” Also, the pay is meager. Sources say the newcomers can only command $65,000 to $125,000 for Episode VII, with sequel options exponentially greater. Still, agents will keep pursuing. Paradigm’s Sarah Fargo, whose client, Domhnall Gleeson, was cast in Episode VII, sees only upside: “It secures all involved a place in film history and guarantees a huge global audience, enhancing an actor’s marketability.”


  35. Sean Young is staring in a new mafia movie called ‘Send No Flowers’ and will be signing autographs at the film’s premier on July 19th at the Long Island International Film Expo. Young will be there to take pictures with fans and sign autographs….if any fans on this site want any more information they can check out the film’s twitter page @SendNoFlowers


  36. 7 Car-Crash Actors Whose Meltdowns Were Better Than Their Careers:

    7. Sean Young

    Sometimes there’s just so much you could say that the words make themselves scarce.

    Whatever happened to 1980s Hollywood starlit, Sean Young? After playing roles in Stripes and Blade Runner, Young seemed like she was on her way to becoming one of the most sought after A-lister’s, being complimented continually for her looks and sweet demeanor. However, none of that was to happen.

    After the release of the forgettable romantic drama called The Boost in 1988, co-star James Woods would file a restraining order against Young and sue her for harassment against himself and his finance. The actress would get away with the crazy charges then by saying Woods was angry because she spurned his advances. What is apparently just Hollywood myth is that the suit was over Young gluing Woods manhood to his leg and leaving a disfigured doll on his doorstep.

    Then the unfortunate happened to Young. While on set rehearsing for Batman, she broke her arm while gearing up to play Vicki Vale and had to be replaced by Kim Basinger. From this point on her life would become an absolute mess.

    She has gone on in most recent years to be thrown out of almost every award ceremony and event she has attended. She has checked herself into rehab for alcoholism time and again and appeared on Letterman begging for work, describing her motherly relationship towards her sons while using a horsewhip, and jumping up and down while wearing a Catwoman suit (the same one she wore to beg Tim Burton for the part of Catwoman in Batman Returns), shouting “I’m not crazy.”

    The Letterman incident is pretty dang sad, but to be fair, he did steer the questions purposely to make her look bad. Doesn’t matter though in light of Sean Young being arrested again at the Oscars for slapping a security guard when he wouldn’t let her into the show.

    It appears now that everyone’s got the number for once great actress Sean Young… and they’re not going to call it.


  37. Katy Perry Wants To Play ‘Rachael’ In BLADE RUNNER 2:

    You’ve got to hand it to Katy Perry, she’s got taste…in movies anyway! The singer turned actress who provides the voice for Smurfette in the Smurfs sequel has hopes to continue her movie career with live action roles, and she’s definitely not short on ambition. “With films, I hope to win you all over with animation and then do other films,” Perry tells The “I am really interested in comedy, and I would really love to play Rachael in Blade Runner 2, if Ridley would just call! I think I’d enjoy playing the opposite of what you expect.” Rachael was the female lead in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and was played by Sean Young. The character was a replicant, but has no knowledge of this when the story begins and is enlightened by Harrison Ford’s Deckard, whom she then becomes the love interest of. We don’t even know if Rachael will be a part of the planed sequel, but there is definitely a resemblance between Young and Perry — what do you guys think?


    • No. Katy Perry’s body is not synchronous built. Certainly not as Sean Young (was). Also, Perry is too wacky. ‘My’ Rachel isn’t.


      • I could see it. I assume Scott would direct Perry well enough to get the performance he needs. His movies are more about style anyway. Perry has a doll-like look appropriate for a replicant. Throw in Scott’s atmospheric rain and lighting and it could work.

        Although I’d prefer she play another character. Or hey, leave Blade Runner alone!


        • I’m sure directors would attempt to make their actors act good. But the history of remakes does not favor blind trust. Not from my end that is. Also from a logical point of view Kate Perry would not be the Rachel I (or we) know: often a role is based on both the script but also the actor. As in, roles are often adapted to the actor they hired. I’m sure Rachel’s way of things have been somewhat adapted to some ways fo ms. Young. Putting the original Rachel-character in the person of Katy Perry would yield either (1) a Rachel out of character or (2) a whole new Rachel. But then again, after all these years, could I accept the new Rachel still being called Rachel?


        • Honestly, I think using the original characters is just a bad idea in general. Hasn’t Scott spent the last 30 years saying Deckard is a replicant? How is that supposed to work with Ford as a senior citizen?

          If Scott wants to revisit the world of Blade Runner, I will reluctantly go along for the ride (so long as Damon Lindelof isn’t involved. But let’s start with all new characters. Nothing good can come from checking in on Deckard and Rachel.

          Perry as a replicant? Sounds like type casting. Perry as Rachel? Eh.


        • Hehe I’m not a fan of Lindelof either – to put it mildly. I’m a huge SF fan so I’ll go along for the ride as well but as usual I won’t pay for it. So on this ‘reluctance’ thing and ‘Lindelof’ we agree. This movie is based off the book written in 1995 and is just milking the cow again. So no chance to start with new characters there.

          In my quest to find something positive about Katy Perry for this role, I remember when Rachael untied her hair, she looked completely different. I could imagine Perry would do a good job with the help of make-up, lighting and lenses.

          I also notice the both of us spelled ‘Rachael’ wrong.


        • Rachael is a tough name to spell. 😉

          How about Jennifer Anniston as Rachel. Then she’d have a trendy haircut.

          I don’t seriously think there’s much danger of Perry appearing in a Blade Runner sequel/redo/whatever.


        • No, no Anniston. Even if she could, she has no goodwill from my end whatsoever. Katy Perry it is then. At least Katy is genuinely fun. Anniston should stick with her hysterical Oprah and Ellen audience.


  38. Its a shame when naive beauty gets harassed by an ugly scumbag in a world full of deceit and jealousy. Supporting Sean Young since 1991.


    • Agreed. Hey wait! Am I the “ugly scumbag” in this picture? *shakes fist in the air*

      I hardly think I’m guilty of harassing Ms. Young by posting a snarky article on a blog. You may want to look up the meaning of that word.

      I’ve been supporting Ms. Young’s career since long before 91 and I have the ticket stubs to prove it!


  39. well- maybe- but Burton had the whole studio behind him- its not like Batman was an independent Dogma film.

    Dick Tracy might have been the final straw- like Cimino going over budget on Footloose was his real exit from Hollywood-


  40. check out her website, she looks darn good for 50!


  41. No comment on her tits in the opening of The Sketch Artist (1992)?


  42. re: “or just another member of the psychopathic community.” – Sean Young

    “psychopathic community”~?!? Define. Must one be born into this “community” or do they take applications?

    I can’t recall the magazine — I think it was Esquire — but I read an article on Young years ago: It wasn’t a hatchet piece, it didn’t make fun of her, but Young, by her own words, came off as rather loopy…and I DON’T mean that in any sort of mean-spirited way. I felt sorry for her…maybe she needs medication. I hope she gets help…where some Hollywood “divas” are simply vain JERKS, it seems that Young really needs help, and not the kind with “publicity” connected to it.

    I also liked how you, Mr. LeB, referred to Doc Drew as a “celebrity ambulance chaser.” I mean, haven’t a few of his former “patients” departed this mortal veil…?

    As for whether goofy behavior is “tolerated” by MALE stars as opposed to female ones, two words: Val Kilmer. See also Tom Sizemore, almost any Baldwin brother not named Alec, Jan Michael Vincent (I’m old enough to recall when he was supposed to become a major Star), Charlie Sheen (if it weren’t for TV he’d be in direct-to-DVD movies), Michael Richards. (OK, the last one is a stretch, but still…does he have a career anymore?) The point is (if there is a point here) is that Hollyweird will tolerate almost ANYONE’s goofy, jerky, or evil behavior IF THEIR MOVIES MAKE duh Industry LOTS OF $$$. If not, I refer you to another actress that’s gone from TV to It Girl to returning-to-TV actress: Kathryn Heigl.


    • Sean Young’s comments brought me endless joy. Probably not the reaction she intended. After I was done laughing, there was sadness. You are right that she clearly needs help from someone more interested in her well being than maintaining their VH-1 reality show.

      I used to respect Dr. Drew back when he did the radio show. I think he genuinely did some good there. But with the celeb reality show, he clearly crossed a line into exploitation. And yes, many of his former patients from that show have passed.

      You hit the nail on the head that it’s all about money. Hollywood will put up with almost any behavior as long as there is a payoff. Once the money runs out, they will drop a difficult star like *that*. Unfortunately, actresses tend to have a shorter shelf life and rarely ever make as much as their male counterparts.


      • This thread has become so stupid. MARY Sean Young as she prefers to be known now was delivering pereformances in the late eighties that were THIS close to being worthy of Oscar nominations, Then after standing up to a male actor, director, or executive or two (and yes, probably enjoying a cocktail or two (do people even REMEMBER the 80’s??) she is a laugingstock?? Do people realize she has been the “draw” in about 25 direct to video productions since then?? It’s Hollywood’s loss, not Mary Sean Youngs.


        • I don’t think anyone wrote she didn’t accomplish anything, or wasn’t potential Oscar material. Nor do I think the respondents here consider her a laughing stock. But it’s a fact that her career wasn’t as optimal and there are many interesting aspects to it.


        • Exactly. Although I do consider her a laughing stock at this point. Not for her career, but for her bad public behavior. Also, her visit her still elicits laughter whenever I read her barely coherent comments. So, yeah, I am laughing at her. But with respect for her past accomplishments and whatever she has going on now. I’m assuming it’s not all as dreadful as Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader.


        • It’s nice of you to stand up for Ms. Young, but:

          “and yes, probably enjoying a cocktail or two” — I’m sorry, but this is DENIAL CITY. A heavy-drinking relative once told me, “Ya can’t be an alcoholic on BEER!” I guess because beer has no alky therein. Ms. Young was in rehab once or twice for alcoholism, and I assume she wasn’t there just for fun.

          Finally, being in LOTS of direct-to-video productions is nothing to brag about, especially as many (though by no means all) of these productions are crap.


        • shemp montgomery clift was a pillhead and an alcoholic. and your opinion of his acting skills is… Hollywood artists don’t develop “mystiques” for good or for bad based on nada. sean was dragged through the scandal sheet press brutally because she sold papers. my point ab out her being a veteran of direct to view videos is that she has remained reliable and level headed enough to still support herself in her chosen profession. If you want to research Mary Sean Young you have to start with the press reputatiuon she had in the industry before “No Way Out”. I am in no way putting down anyone interested in Sean’s kooky niche in modern Hollywood history, but sometimes the wheat has to be divided from the chaff.


        • There’s no doubt Young’s press changed. At one point, she was a darling of Hollywood. She was the next big thing. But you can’t absolve her of her role in sinking her own career. She had a habit of biting the hand that fed her.

          It’s great that she’s been functional enough to continue working. As always, I wish her nothing but the best. That includes sobriety. Either way, I want to be objective with both the successes and the shortcomings.


        • I think being in direct-to-video can be something to brag about. I bet our own Daffy Stardust would love to have Young’s DTV career. But it’s definitely a step down for an actress who was once considered a rising star.

          That’s a nit pick. Your main point is solid. You can’t talk about Young’s career without addressing he substance abuse problem. She made it a public issue.

          I’m sympathetic towards Young. A lot of the things she did to get herself blacklisted would have been perfectly acceptable had she been a man. To that extent, she was a victim of the system. But you can’t excuse drunken oubursts at awards shows.


        • Who is Daffy Stardust?

          As for direct-to-DVD “stardom”: Yeah, I’m sure many struggling actors DREAM of starring in movies that get shown on the SyFy channel (a sign a career is circling the drain) or are mostly available in Walgreen’s for $3.99. Just like many singers look forward to seeing their albums in the bargain/clearance bin of a music store. (Which is NOT to imply that albums in those sections are garbage…in fact I’ve found many a FANTASTIC listen therein. LOTS of great albums get released and don’t sell for various reasons. But nobody wants to see their album for sale in the 99 cent bins…would you?) Not ALL direct-to-cable/video movies are crap, but many of them, sadly, are.


        • Daffy Stardust is a contributor here on the site. He writes the Boardwalk Empire articles. He also did a series on comedy through the decades and a look at the jurors in 12 Angry Men. He’s an actor who has posted articles about his stage work as well as a zombie movie he worked on. I think he is actually representative of the vast majority of actors. It puts things into perspective. Most actors would kill for the level of success of someone like Young.

          In these articles, I tend to poke fun because the celeb in question failed to maintain their fabulous success indefinitely (and been taken to task for it in the comments section). I will be the first to admit, that this is not a reasonable expectation. The fact that these stars ever became as successful as they were is nothing short of extraordinary. It’s worth pointing out every now and then that even though I’m having some fun at the subject’s expense, they all accomploshed something pretty great.


        • That’s certainly one point of view. I’m sure it’s the one Young would endorse. But it’s painfully one-sided.

          Young is still a working actress which is a major accomplishment that should be recognized. Good for her that she has found work in direct-to-video productions. A lot of actresses would kill for her level of success.

          But Young isn’t a laughing stock because she stood up to James Woods, Warren Beatty or Oliver Stone. She’s a laughing stock because of her public intoxication, making a speactacle out of herself in the Catwoman incident and at awards shows, and desperately grasping at some level of C-list stardom with sad turns on reality shows like Skating with the Stars and Dr. Drew.

          I’m happy to talk about all of Young’s successes. But let’s not ignore her role in the implosion of her Hollywood career.


        • She actually would have been a pretty good Catwoman- no doubt better than Hathaway-


        • I have no doubt young would have made a great, slinky Catwoman. Although I thought Hathway was terrific too. Really, playing Catwoman is all about attitude and filling out the skin-tight leather. Not necessarily in that order. It wasn’t that Young was wrong for the role. It’s how she went about it – as with many things in her career.


        • re: Young isn’t a laughing stock because she stood up to James Woods, Warren Beatty or Oliver Stone. She’s a laughing stock because of her public intoxication, making a spectacle out of herself in the Catwoman incident and at awards shows, and desperately grasping at some level of C-list stardom with sad turns on reality shows like Skating with the Stars and Dr. Drew.

          Thank you! It’s good she has loyal fans and I honestly DO wish her the best and I hope she gets some proper help. But Young DID “torpedo” her own career with goofy and/or irresponsible behavior.

          As for male “stars” and people being more “accepting” of their goofy behavior: Look up any Baldwin brother NOT named Alec; Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Mike Myers, Michael Madsen and Chevy Chase….I’m almost CERTAIN they’ll have time to chat w/ you.



        • When Dr. Drew was chasing after Britney Spears, it was just impossible to maintain any respect for him as a medical professional. He showed his true colors. He’s a self-promoter first and foremost.


  43. Also: Mike Myers and Cheevy Chase Lounge, two august members of THIS community, are male “stars” that nobody wants to deal so much no-more w/ their shite anymore after their bombs.


  44. Where’s his “pull” now? Beatty hasn’t made a movie since that “Town & Country” bomb.


  45. She’ll forever be an ageless (*emphasis on the ‘ageless’) Replicant to me.


  46. 10 Actors Who Blew Their Big Chance Before They Got Going:

    Sean Young

    Sean Young is probably best known as the female lead in 1982′s sci-fi classic Blade Runner. She had a couple of other hits in the 80s (including Dune), but the intensity of her performance opposite Harrison Ford suggested that she was destined for greater things. However, towards the end of the decade, Young began to get a reputation for disruptive behaviour on set. She clashed with Oliver Stone during the filming of Wall Street which reportedly led him to cut her role down. After a rocky time filming the 1988 movie The Boost, her co-star James Woods sued her for millions for harassment. It was settled out of court in 1989, according to EW.

    She has starred in a long list of TV movies in recent years, and the sheer volume of credits on her IMDB page suggests that she may be trying to make ends meet. Since 2008, Young has been in and out of rehab for alcoholism, and is periodically featured in the tabloids for drunken conduct such as an attempt to break into a post-Oscars ball in 2012. Here’s hoping that Young can deal with her demons and find her way back to roles worthy of her talent.


  47. The Mother Brain Files Underrated Actors Special: Sean Young:

    This latest installment of the Underrated Actors Special is a very controversial choice indeed. Yet, I do find the incredibly sexy 80s star, Sean Young, to be someone fitting the definition of underrated actor. With her exotic looks and her Bacall-like voice, she burst onto the screen strong with her memorable performance in Blade Runner which opened up a wide variety of opportunities. She earned some film roles that turned into franchises while others that could have shot her career to the moon ended up in disappointment. But there’s no question she paved the way for the likes of Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, etc.

    Mary Sean Young was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1959. Media was in her blood from an early beginning with her screenwriter mother, Lee Guthrie, and journalist father, Donald Young. After graduating from Cleveland Heights High School, Young attended the Interlochen Arts Academy followed by the School of American Ballet in New York. She spent much of her time in New York as a model and dancer before pursuing acting full time.

    After making her film debut in 1980’s Jane Austen in Manhattan, Young’s first star making role that slipped away was the role of Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark. She had tested with the then unknown Tom Selleck who nearly won the role until he was forced to turn it down due to his TV commitment to Magnum P.I. (The screen test video would be finally made public when Raiders was released on DVD). The film would ultimately star Harrison Ford and Karen Allen. Young, however, did win the part of the military M.P. love interest of Harold Ramis in the 1981 comedy hit, Stripes. Not only did Young show she could be a credible leading actress but she also revealed her natural comedic timing in the film, holding her own opposite Ramis and the film’s star, Bill Murray.

    Young soon got the industry talking when she was cast as the replicant “Rachel” in the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic based on the Philip K. Dick story, Blade Runner, in 1982. As the experimental replicant assistant to Tyrell, the replicant creator, Rachel falls into the arms of the film’s detective/hunter hero, Deckard (Harrison Ford) after discovering the truth about her implanted memories which makes her a prime target for ‘retirement’. Young was pitch perfect in the role starting out as a stoic, emotionless assistant and then ultimately feeling a touch of humanity due to Deckard’s love. Her best moments in the film involved the sexual tension between Rachel and Deckard which were photographed beautifully by Ridley Scott with his use of film noir-style low key lighting and smoke haze to add to the atmosphere. While it gained little respect in its initial release, Blade Runner has become not only a cult classic of its genre but it’s also the quintessential piece of brilliant cinema.

    Young’s next major role was that of Chani in David Lynch’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic novel, Dune. This time, Young got to not only play the love interest of Kyle MacLachlan’s Paul Atreides but as one of the Fremen warriors on the desert planet, she got to be more physical in massive battle scenes in the film’s third act. Her performance also seems to have served as inspiration for Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity character in The Matrix films. Like Blade Runner, Dune did not have a warm reception from critics or audiences when it was released in 1984 and sequel plans were scrapped as a result. But it still has a following of fans to this day.

    Continuing to work steadily during the period, Young appeared in a number of forgettable films including Young Doctors in Love and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend. But in 1987, Young was back on the Hollywood radar when she played Kevin Costner’s girlfriend in Roger Donaldson’s hit thriller, No Way Out. The role of Susan Atwell became signature for Young: An upbeat loose woman on the outside with dark secrets being concealed inside. While her on-screen chemistry with previous actors like Ford and MacLachlan were relatively good, her on-screen chemistry with Costner had heads turning with their now infamous love scene in the back of a limousine. No Way Out was not only the high point of Young’s career but it would also be the beginning of the end.

    Her downward spiral from the A-list started when she was cast as Michael Douglas‘ wife in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. What should have been a top billing role opposite Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Blade Runner co-star, Daryl Hannah, became a drastically cut down performance due to conflicts with the director as well as Hannah who was frustrated with her own role. Things only got worse with her next film, The Boost, where she had off-screen drama with her co-star James Woods who would try to sue her for harassment. Things did seem to turn around when Young was cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton’s Batman. Unfortunately, a horseback riding accident during filming left her physically unfit to complete production and Kim Basinger took her place. The enormous success of Batman turned Basinger into one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood and Young was left out in the cold.

    By the early 90s, Young’s career would suffer more bad luck. Warren Beatty would cast her as Tess Truehart in Dick Tracy only to replace her with Glenne Headly after production started. Young claims she turned down Beatty’s advances towards her while Beatty felt she was too sexy to be the extreme opposite of Madonna’s Breathless Mahoney character. Then her subsequent films like Fire Birds, A Kiss Before Dying, and Once Upon a Crime went completely ignored by audiences. But all that paled in comparison with her controversial publicity stunt in 1991 when Young lobbied so hard to audition for Catwoman in Batman Returns that she and a camera crew stormed into the Warner Bros production offices in a homemade costume scoping out Tim Burton. After Michelle Pfeiffer was cast in the role, Young was seen by the Hollywood community as not only a difficult actress but also a complete lunatic.

    After several movie mishaps (Fatal Instinct, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, etc.), Young made a brief comeback as a Miami lieutenant with a disturbing secret in 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The film which turned In Living Color comedian Jim Carrey into an overnight movie star utilized the combination of Young’s troubled public persona and the feline-like swagger of her earlier roles to create the character of Lois Einhorn. Carrey himself encouraged Young to play the part like a ticking time-bomb waiting to explode and she threw herself into the role to the point where she not only had one of the most insane man versus woman fight scene but she also posed in a wig and fake mustache for (SPOILER ALERT) a picture of Einhorn’s previous identity as disgraced Miami Dolphins player Ray Finkle.

    The rest of the 90s and most of the 2000s saw Young working steadily in mostly straight-to-video films and appearances on shows such as Boston Public and Reno 911. She also made some video game history when she reprised the role of Rachel in a Blade Runner video game for the PC, having her face scanned and reproduced in 3D. In 2010, Young had a recurring role on The Young and the Restless and was featured in the first season of ABC’s Skating with the Stars. While her personal and professional issues are not quite behind her yet, Young is looking to let her troubled past go and devote more time to family as well as interacting with fans via social media. With a new generation of filmmakers who grew up with her films coming up, perhaps the time will turn to the point where good luck will be on her side.


  48. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” was a brilliant story of a dystopian future by the far sighted author Phillip K. Dick. His story depicts a paradigm shift in our society from a caring, nurturing life to a dog eat dog fight for survival in the future. While our technology has not yet advanced as far as that of Mr. Dick’s story, the beginnings of the shift are clear to be seen by anyone willing to look. Adapted as “Blade Runner” the movie depicts the migration of the human species from the depleted Earth to the far flung planets of the universe.

    Sean Young’s career began at the end of America’s golden age. Her fall from grace almost exactly matches the stagnation of the middle class as described by her iconic role as Rachael. Her career could be a microcosm of the forces that are driving our macroscopic society towards its unknown future. Sean started off with such promise and gradually declined. Her fall from grace was not from the lack of talent, or beauty, but rather the lack of support from her peer group. Truly talented people travel a difficult road with the Sword of Damocles over their heads. Genius is only a knifes edge away from crazy. With a nurturing support group a talented person can fulfill their potential completely, but that same person who is denied support, or even ridiculed for not conforming to the group can be horribly damaged and react in inexplicable ways. I suspect that Ms. Young did not have the support she needed to retain her credibility in a corrupt industry.

    I remember Sean as the beautiful young woman of the silver screen. She is a part of the good old days. I choose to remember her for success and I choose to ignore her problematic behavior the same as I ignore the similar antics of some of my family members. She has done nothing violent and deserves the benefit of the doubt. I was not there so I don’t know, and there is no reason to trust the press. Maybe she was “invited” to the oscar party after all?

    After all is said, I would love to see her in a Blade Runner sequel. I would pay double to see it.

    Brad Deal


  49. Sean Young’s message, the more I think about it, I THINK I understand what she is saying. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’ve associated myself with females that have that point of view, but at the same token, being bogged down by what other people think of you is a cheap trick.
    My only question this: who in life is Sean Young mad at (some of those add up to positive acting ideas, I think:-)


    • I have no problem with Young taking me to task. Who the hell am I? She’s right that I don’t know her personal story. Of course, I’m not claiming to. The article has nothing to do with her personal life or even her mental state. It’s about her career which was impacted by people’s perception of her mental state. I do think her borderline incoherent tone probably undercut whatever point she was trying to make. But what do you expect? Everyone knows she’s crazy! 😉 (Kidding a little.)

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      • okay mr. lebeau, I have it on good authority (mine) that Sean is down to earth and approachable. I like you, but you are serving no purpose in continually mocking her. I think you need to rewatch her performances in movies that are not hits, especially Wall Street. Sean is not a prima donna, not hard to work with (now, maybe , but everybody has transgressions of youth) I am not a stuck up person, but I know just as much about cinema as you do. I am interested in your reply. and no, Mary Sean Young won’t be on your blog again. sincerely, ANTHONY


        • Wall Street wasn’t a hit?


        • Wall Street opened at #3 at the box office behind Throw Momma From the Train and Three Men and a Baby which was in its third week of release. It managed to hang out in the lower half of the top ten for quite a few weeks and grossed just over $40 million. So it wasn’t the blockbuster a lot of people probably think it was. Its box office did not reflect its cultural impact.


        • Hi Mr. Will. Why are we being so formal? Please, call me lebeau. Mr. lebeau is my dad. 😉

          I’m sure Mrs. Young is a terrific person. And if you have her ear, tell her I said “hi”. I have said it before and I will say it again, I wish nothing but the best for all 70+ subjects I have written about. These articles aren’t meant as insults. I write them as a form of appreciation. Sean Young was one of the first entries in the WTHH series and that is because I have been a fan of hers for many, many years.

          As it so happens, I rewatched Wall Street this weekend. I certainly wouldn’t hold that movie up as an indication of what Sean Young is capable of. She’s barely in it! How about a movie like Boost or No Way Out? Or even the light touch she brought to Stripes? Or the other-worldly beauty she embodied in Blade Runner? I would have liked to have seen her play the female lead in Wall Street. I think she would have killed it.

          Am I mocking Sean Young? Yeah. A little. But it’s a gentle mocking. Trust me, people have said a lot worse about her on other sites. The jokes here are meant in good fun and I would hate to think that any of my subjects ever got their feelings hurt because of a couple of jokes on a “meaningless blog”. It honestly never crossed my mind that my little article would come to the attention of a big star like Sean Young. So, hey, if you really do have a direct link to her, tell her I also said “sorry and no hard feelings”, okay?

          I certainly don’t expect to see her around the site. I don’t expect to see any of my subjects show up here. In fact, I didn’t believe it was her until after I verified some information. But if she should ever decide to come by and say “hi” or to tell me off or whatever, she’s welcome to do so. Appearances to the contrary, I don’t bite.

          I sincerely wish Ms. Young nothing but health, happiness and success. And I apologize personally if I in any way caused her distress. And hey, the door is always open if she feels like she has something she wants to say. If she wants to tell me off in private, here’s my e-mail:

          Well, I’ve rambled on enough. Thanks for dropping in and sharing your perspective. Hope you stick around. I’d love to hear more of your thoughts as well.


  50. wall street made alot of monehy


  51. jane austen in manhattan vs. stripes. opinions// ?? compare and contrast




    • Sorry to hear about your finger. I hope you’re all right.

      I refer to her as Sean Young because that is the name she chose as her professional name. It’s the name most people know her by. It’s the name on all of her movies. If I were speaking to her personally and she preferred that I use her given name, I would. But in this context, I think it makes more sense to use her professional name.


  53. 10 Actors Who Were Robbed Of Iconic Movie Roles By Injury:

    1. Sean Young As Vicki Vale – Batman

    Nowadays, Sean Young – perhaps best known for her role in Blade Runner as replicant Rachel – has been relegated to those “Where Are They Now?” lists you find scattered across the realms of the internet. Which is another way of saying: Sean Young’s career is kind of dead, presumably on account of the fact that she’s gone a little nuts and is a raging alcoholic (she also reportedly ended up wrestling with a security guard at the Oscars one time and was arrested – irk!).

    Still, if you’ve seen Tim Burton’s Batman, you’ll remember that Kim Basinger played Bruce Wayne’s love interest, Vicki Vale. Believe it or not, but back during that elusive period of time when Sean Young actually had some credibility to her name, Tim Burton originally selected her for the role. Unfortunately, during the prep for a now deleted scene that required Vale’s character to ride a horse, Young fell and was badly injured. Burton then dropped her, and cast Basinger instead!


  54. Sean Young’s early portrayal of an astonishing android with a lot on her mind continues to haunt us over 30 years later. The combination of street toughs and childlike expression is a far, far cry from her modelling days – it came from her guts, and it probably hurt like hell.

    She is known for being impossible, but when combined with an equally truculent director, they create a sum greater than the parts.

    Taking her cues from Frances Farmer, Young’s subsequent roles reflect her unfortunate sentiments of late – just looking for work. Just looking for another chance, beyond pretty girl fodder and ridicule. So anxious to prove that she nearly destroyed herself in the process.

    Sean Young is the aunt that gets drunk at your wedding; the eccentric sister who stole golf balls off the green; the she who sings bawdy songs. Inappropriate, definitely. But the one who continues to attract us is also worthy of our deepest fascination.

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  55. As anybody else been on the lookout for Sean Young on Twitter (it’s not verified, so take that into account):


  56. Films: Dune:

    Frank Herbert plus David Lynch equals a science fiction tale with a surreal bent that should not be watched while eating. Politics and prophecy shade a conflict over a desert planet that’s the only source of an essential chemical called spice, while George Lucas takes careful notes.


  57. 10 Actors Whose Craziness Got Them Kicked Out Of Hollywood:

    Sean Young

    Sean Young could have been big – unfortunately, though, she is forever destined to be known as “Rachel from Blade Runner,” on account that she never soared any higher.

    Yes, Sean Young started out well, scoring roles in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner. But even those projects were littered with problems: on the first, Young clashed with everyone on set in an attempt to win Daryl Hannah’s role, to the point where Charlie Sheen was forced to tape a sign reading “I’m a c*nt” to her back. In the latter, she continually clashed with Harrison Ford, who thought she was a bit nuts.

    Then there’s the weird stuff that went down on the set of Tim Burton’s Batman, in which Sean Young – originally cast as Catwoman – found herself replaced by Kim Basinger after she fell off a horse and was injured. But Young wanted her role back, and plagued the set of the movie in an attempt to do just that, harassing Tim Burton in the process.

    All this bad behaviour meant that nobody wanted to work with Young any longer, and soon enough the roles began to drop off. Still, she hasn’t disappeared from view entirely: the actress turns up now and again, usually drunk, to remind everyone that, yep, she’s still insane, and nope, nobody wants to work with her.


  58. S Y is still a remarkably beautiful woman !


  59. Most beautiful actress in cinema history.


  60. She probably would have made a good Catwoman; at least as good as Michelle Pfeiffer and possibly better. She’s had the darker, edgier attitude and looks a lot more like Selina Kyle too.

    You have to wonder what she was thinking with her outbursts that year. Hollywood is so heavily networked…. going off like she did in 1991 cannot possibly help your case if you want good parts.


    • I think she’d have made a fine Catwoman. Better than Pfeiffer? I dunno. That’s a high bar. But I’m a big fan of Pfeiffer. I’m sure she would have been at least as good as Halle Berry.

      My guess is she was thinking “I’m so drunk!”

      I kid. I kid. I tease Sean Young because we have a history together, don’t we Sean?

      Kidding aside, Young was clearly dealing with some issues, right? But she also has a point in that if a male actor had campaigned for a part as aggressively as she did, he would have more likely than not been rewarded for that behavior. Still, gender inequity or not, it wasn’t a good idea to give the Hollywood system the finger so flagrantly.

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      • Right, in that era, if she was Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise, there would be no question. I think most artists/musicians/writers/performers aren’t regular (I know me, and I’m an interstate away from being regular:-), so maybe if Sean Young’s prime happened now, she’d get a better shake?


  61. I know Sean Young will probably set my yard on fire for saying this (it would save the trouble mowing it), but this film on the Escape channel “Love Crimes”? I don’t think she did a good job with this film. She’s like, barely there. I actually like the remake of “A Kiss Before Dying”, and she’s my second favorite Sean (Sean Penn is my number one, though I haven’t seen Sean lately), but I think she’s barely present in this film.


    • I liked A Kiss Before Dying. It was cheesy as hell, but I enjoyed it. I thought her performance was horrible. She seemed highly medicated. But she was easy on the eyes and I have seen her give good performances in other movies. Love Crimes, I remember but only vaguely.


      • You know who turned me on to “A Kiss Before Dying”? Mike “The Mad Dog” Russo, back when I listened to the radio show “Mike and The Mad Dog”. In general, I think Sean Young is fearless, so when I see her in a film that it seems she isn’t trying, I’m just surprised. Hopefully this opinion doesn’t make Ms.Young too upset:-)


      • I think she’s terrible in “Love Crimes”. She seems to be sleepwalking and bored, like she’d rather be somewhere else. Okay, I’m going to have to re-watch “A Kiss Before Dying” to see if Sean Young was slightly drowsy (I’m guessing you’re right; I do remember the multiple hairdos:-). Fortunately, I recorded that film (Ninja III: the Domination” and “The Truth About Cats and Dogs”, which was a total girlfriend thing, but a film I like are on the same VHS), so I can totally go there!


    • Why did someone give me a thumbs down here. I need to hunt down this Roger Ebert.


    • Why did this comment get a thumbs down? What, no one wants to see the Seans?


  62. Apparently, Sean Young herself has her own YouTube account:

    I’ll give Sean credit for seemingly having a bit of a sense of humor about herself in regards to the infamous “Catwoman” incident:

    I don’t know if Kim Basigner, the woman who replaced her as Vicki Vale in “Batman” would be so self-deprecating in regards to the crazy stunts that she allegedly pulled in her career like literally buying a town.


  63. If I can point it, it’s a nice article until 1990s, then it ignores too many interisting projects. Reading the article, it seems Young’s career almost halted in 1995, yet she was super-active in the following decade, and at least some films would had deseved a little attention. Eg. The Proprietor, I haven’t seen it but it was directed by Ismail Merchant and had decent/good reviews. Or Men, it’s a good indie film and a very good performance by Young, I actually saw it, it was also released in Italian cinemas. Or Headspace, one of the most interisting (yet quite unknown, I concede it) horrors of the 2000s (I have actually seen it too).

    As a new reader who is really enjoying this WTHH column, one of the thing I apprecciate more in it is the attention reserved to fallen Stars’ less known projects, it’s a shame it did not happened in Young’s case while in the other articles we can read even of twenty-seconds-cameos in an episode of an obscure TV series. Also, I do not understand, are Jug Face or Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader more interisting and whorthy to be cited than Blue Ice,where Young is the female lead alongside Michael Caine and Ian Holm, or Until the Night, an indie starring Norman Reedus, or In the Shadow of the Cobra, where she re-teamed with the Blade Runner fellow Rutger Hauer (who would be another excellent candidate for a future WTHH)?

    So, nice article, but pretty incomplete. I would like to read a follow-up analyzing in details her 1990s-2010s career.


    • First let me say, welcome to Le Blog. I’m glad you’re enjoying the WTHH series.

      You’re not wrong about the Sean Young article. By the standards of the more recent articles, it is incomplete. Here’s why. When I first started writing WTHH articles, they were much, much shorter. I just hit highs and lows. Once the subject was out of the public eye, the article wrapped up.

      Gradually, I started getting more and more in depth largely based on reader feedback. If you look at the comments sections from a lot of the earlier articles they are filled with “You forgot such and such” or “Why did you skip over this movie?” In the old days, I only covered theatrical releases. But these days, I will talk about direct-to-video, TV guest appearances, theater and whatever else may be applicable. The pendulum has swung in the opposite direction.

      Now that the articles are much more comprehensive, I have heard feedback that they are too long. That I cover too many things that readers aren’t interested in. It’s had me thinking that perhaps I should scale back a little bit. One thing I know for sure, you really can’t please everybody.

      When time permits, I sometimes go back and update old articles. That’s why you will see a few of Young’s more recent releases like Jug Face and Attack of the 50 Ft Cheerleader. Those were the projects that were new the last time this article got updated. Ideally, I would like to go back and fill in some of the blanks. But I have to balance that with getting new articles out there. Unfortunately, blogging time is a limited commodity and WTHH articles are extremely time consuming. Every one of them has involved hours and hours of research.

      I’ll definitely keep this article in mind the next time I find some time to go back and beef up an older installment. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Feedback like yours has shaped the development of this blog and the WTHH series from the start. I hope you’ll stick around to see what comes next.


  64. #RapidRound Q&A: Sean Young’s Still Ready to Play Catwoman


    • It was really Dick Tracy that did her in not Batman, Wall Street or even the James Woods stuff.

      She was cast in the girlfriend role and then fired a few weeks into filming. (it is in that Warren Beatty bio from a few years ago.)

      She was supposedly very nasty to the kid and just couldn’t play maternal at all.

      Beatty supposedly struggled a great deal with firing her since he knew it would end her career. The thinking was he should have done it sooner but he kept giving her another chance and she just couldn’t do it. Weeks went by and then when he fired her mid shoot it just made it worse.


      reply 78 an hour ago


      • Top 5 Dumbest Career Choices: Sean Young Edition

        Remember Sean Young?


        You sure?

        The thing is, you have probably seen Sean Young grace the silver screen at one point or another. I can only hope, dear reader, that you experienced Sean Young via ’80s classics like “Blade Runner” (1982), “Wall Street” (1987), or “No Way Out” (1987), and NOT through total non-classics like the ill-fated David Lynch “Dune” (1984) or “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994), where she played a homicidal football player in drag. To be fair, Young actually was one of the better things about “Ace Ventura.” Although the movie was awful, it was a hit (kind of a solid triple, definitely not a home run Carrey blockbuster), and does NOT warrant inclusion on this, the definitive Listcore cataloguing her poorest career decisions.

        Young initially broke through in Harold Ivan Reitman’s “Stripes” (1981) as Louise, romantic foil to Bill Murray’s John Winger. The next year, Young nabbed what is probably still her best role: Rachel, the gorgeous, troubled cyborg that Harrison Ford’s grizzled Replicant Hunter copulates with in the aforementioned “Blade Runner,” a cult hit for helmer Ridley Scott that resonated with critics at first and audiences later, on home video. She followed that one-two punch up with smart choices in a variety of movies packed with similarly pedigreed A-list talent (Lynch, Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, James Woods — lotta Oscars there). By the end of the decade, however, an unfortunately-timed arm injury (see below) and rumblings of substance-abused issues and outre behavior would conspire to derail a promising career. Instead of mentioning Young in the same breath as contemporaries like Demi Moore, Jodie Foster and Sharon Stone, we’re left to wonder what might have been.

        To a point, Young’s reputation abetted her on-screen persona. You could sort of sense it even without having read any of the press clippings; her volatility was part of her charm as an actress. You could feel the mania bubbling beneath Young’s immaculate surface. At first it was more subtle, as when Young channeled it into Rachel’s restless curiosity. Later, there was an honesty to her almost-violent sexuality in “No Way Out” and “The Boost” that, among her contemporaries, could only be bettered by peak Sharon Stone or Michelle Pfeiffer. And actually, I don’t think Pfeiffer could’ve made that limo scene in the former as awesome as Young did (I would’ve loved to see Young’s Catwoman, by the same token — see entry #2 below for more). By the late 1980’s, the celluloid Sean Young had become the super-hot, super-crazy girl that every gentleman knows is bad for him but is drawn to like a moth to flame. Sharon Stone made a mint playing that girl. Sean Young could’ve, too. So what went wrong? READ ON, DEAR FRIENDS.

        S***-talking Julian Schnabel at the DGA Awards, 2008.
        Schnabel, originally a big ’80s New York painter, has always had a bit of wild streak himself. Schnabel was apparently upset when Young was forcibly removed from the ceremony after catcalling to him from her seat during his acceptance speech, when he admittedly took the most pregnant of pauses before diving into his thank-you’s. Though they cleared the air in a phone conversation afterwards, the PR damage had been done, only adding fuel to the fire of Young’s “difficult” on-set reputation. Why is this hilarious moment, forever doomed to viral infamy, rated so low on this Listcore? First off, this was 2008, and Young’s prospects of movie stardom had been more or less extinguished for a decade and change. Second, they never cut to her in the broadcast, and it’s hard to make out what she’s saying. So, you know, demerits for that. Third, the whole point of letting people drink at awards shows is to promote imbibed spontaneity, so really, we should all be thanking her for taking some of the air out of a superfluously stuffy Hollywood circle jerk. This was not her only hilarious recent awards show circuit misadventure: in 2012, Young was arrested for getting into a fight with a security guard while trying to sneak into a post-Oscars party, the Governor’s Ball. Six years before that, she had been similarly denied entry to a Vanity Fair post-Oscar bash and escorted out by security guard, after feigning membership in Jennifer Aniston’s entourage. Good stuff.
        Prioritizing her backyard over “The Piano,” 1992.
        Holly Hunter won an Oscar as the mute pianist torn between Sam Neill (then at peak “Jurassic Park” fame) and Harvey Keitel (then at peak “Bad Lieutenant” fame) in Jane Campion’s “The Piano,” a critical smash and awards darling. But Sean Young was offered the part first. Young claimed to be too busy “flitting around [her] backyard in Sedona, Arizona” to even bother reading Campion’s (also Oscar-winning) original script. This would have gone a long way towards correcting the trajectory of Young’s star, which had been on the wane since ’87. The aforementioned rumblings of Young bringing “difficult” reputation to sets had seen to that. With that reputation preceding her, it was not infrequent for profiles of Young in the early 1990’s to offhandedly mention how “[a] green bruise and a small maroon scratch decorate her left forehead, the result of an angry outburst,” as if it were just understood that those things would naturally be a part of her wardrobe.

        Incidentally, “The Piano” grossed $140 million worldwide in 1993 receipts, probably somewhere in the $200-250 million range today. Then again, today it’d have struggled to get a release on HBO, let alone theatrically. In the past decade or so, the market has demonstrably shifted away from adult fare, and mature audience interest has turned to the tube for solace. At the time though, “The Piano” would have been a fantastic career move for Young, then staring down the bleak-for-an-actress prospect of her mid-30’s (she was 33 when “The Piano” won three Academy Awards).

        Pissing off Oliver Stone, 1987.
        Stone initially addressed his strained on-set relationship with Young on his “Wall Street” DVD commentary track for the movie’s 2000 pressing on that format (one of my all-time favorite director’s commentary tracks, by the way — Fox sagely retained it when “WS” was issued to Blu-Ray). Young had been cast as Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)’s shallow wife, Kate. But her competitive instincts had kicked in by the time cameras rolled. She was openly lobbying for the main female role, Charlie Sheen’s love interest Darien, long after Daryl Hannah had been cast in the role, and well into production. Hannah herself was having second thoughts about the character even in the midst of shooting, a high-class interior decorator who can more or less be bought by the right power player. Stone elaborated on how it all went down in the linked Hollywood Reporter piece (the Hollywood Reporter has really done their due diligence on the Sean Young muck-racking front, eh?):

        “It got to a place where I said, ‘I’ve had enough!’ We were at a stable — and the horse standing next to Sean was having an erection — and she just wouldn’t rehearse correctly. So we let her go. She tried to leave with some of the clothes from the movie, and we had a very tough producer who got the clothes back, and I heard she was in the streets of East Hampton, furious, and walking around half-naked.”

        Kind of sounds like par for the course. Young has a long history of public display — she wore a sheer leotard for a one-woman dance recital in high school, she would frequently flash crew members on at least the set of “The Boost,” she removed stuffing from her bra during a 1989 TV interview and threw it into the air. Of course, she had the goods, but still.

        But I digress. Young’s part was not re-cast. Instead, Stone and editor Claire Simpson just marginalized it for their final cut. I can’t say the movie particularly suffers without her, it’s got a permanent spot in my all-time top 5. This was not the only high-profile firing on Young’s resume. Just two years later, she was also fired by writer/director/star Warren Beatty one week into production on “Dick Tracy” (1990), a blatant “Batman” rip-off that was nevertheless a pretty big hit.

        Botching her shot at both Tim Burton “Batman” movies 1988 and 1991.
        In ’88, Young appeared poised to jump a tier in the Hollywood hierarchy when she was cast as Vicki Vale, intrepid reporter and love interest to Michael Keaton for the wunderkind goth Tim Burton’s first “Batman” movie. She had been rehearsing a (later scrapped) horseback-riding scene in the flick when she fell off and broke her arm. With a week until shooting was set to begin on a movie boasting a then-mammoth $35 million price tag, Young was unceremoniously replaced by Kim Basinger. “Batman” went on to be a massive hit, taking in $251 million domestically alone ($540 million in 2016 dollars), and Basinger’s star stayed strong throughout the 1990s, right up to Oscar glory in 1997’s “LA Confidential” as a Hooker With A Heart Of Gold.

        When the inevitable “Batman Returns” rolled around, Burton was looking to cast Catwoman. Sean Young was not on the shortlist (Annette Bening was initially cast, but had to drop out when Warren Beatty knocked her up). She confronted “Batman Returns” producers in their offices on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, decked out in a homemade Catwoman outfit, and demanded an audition, yelling “I AM CATWOMAN!” When that didn’t work, she recycled the gag during a terrifying appearance on a Joan Rivers daytime talk show (I had no idea this was a thing until just now). Michelle Pfeiffer was cast instead. And I can’t say I could see anyone else from that era doing it much better.

        After weathering broken arms and equine erections, it’d be understandable if Sean Young never mounted a horse again.

        Allegedly pulling a “Fatal Attraction” on James Woods, 1987-89.
        This is the mother-load, although its veracity is something of an open question. BUT IF IT IS TRUE — holy fuck. Also, regardless, it had a permanent affect on Young’s career. Woods, her co-star in the 1988 financial drama “The Boost” (that trailer’s got an amazing elevator muzak soundtrack, by the way), sued Young for stalking him and his then-fiancee (and eventual ex-wife), Sarah Owens. Both James Woods and Sean Young denied the source of the rancor, but a bevy of on-set witnesses (including screenwriter Darryl Ponicsan) testified that they had an intense affair during production (where they played a coke-addicted Hollywood couple). Who broke things off is unclear — the Woods suit alleges there was no affair; his supporters say he ended things which confused, then angered, Young; Young also denies it happened; but her supporters say she ended things. The Woods suit posited that Young went on the offensive — she left them furious voicemail screeds; she trampled $500’s worth of flowers in their Beverly Hills garden; and she sent them anti-abortion newsletters (Owens had recently undergone the procedure), furious letters, plus photographs of corpses and mutilated animals. Finally, the icing on the cake forewent the mailbox and was delivered straight to their doorstep. This ultimate gift was a beheaded baby doll, its chest drenched in iodine to evoke blood. The doll’s face, lying adjacent to its body, was covered in cadaver-channeling white make-up. This was a pretty public case, and it would hit Young’s stock in Hollywood much harder than Woods’s.

        After all the hoopla had blown over, the Woods clan and Young settled out of court and her legal fees were covered (per this Hollywood Reporter article also linked in Listcore Entry #2). Were Woods so confident he could wring more cash from Sean Young in court, you’d expect the case to have gone to trial. Also, in the interest of fair and balanced — and wholly speculative — reporting, this writer has heard some unsavory things about James Woods from some production folks in the know, so it’s hard to say how much of this incident is a fabrication. Did they have an affair (again, they both deny this, but a LOT of folks from “The Boost” seemed to confirm it)? Did the doll deposit actually transpire? Did Sean Young actually pay a guy to hang the doll up by a rope above their door, and subsequently get pissed when he didn’t and wrote Woods and Owens a letter apologizing for leaving the doll with them at all? Was the whole incident slander and hearsay, designed to besmirch a lover who had scorned Woods and riled up Owens? Did Sean Young Krazy Glue James Woods’s penis to his inner thigh while he was asleep as a joke? WE MAY NEVER KNOW, BUT ALL THESE RUMORS ARE A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD IN SOME VERY REPUTABLE MAGAZINES. But, wholly fing s, tell me this isn’t some “Fatal Attraction”-level psychopath behavior.


  65. Sean Young spoke to us about Blade Runner, Stripes and Dune for Empire’s #80sMonth:


  66. I don’t think the articles are too long at all, they are highly informative. What separates your articles from other sites is the amount of in-depth coverage and unique commentary you bring to the table. Don’t hold back to conform to the standards people expect from your average, run-of-the-mill site’s coverage. Keep up the entertaining work.

    Gary Otto
    In the Name of the King 3, Rampage: President Down


  67. I truly believe she did exactly the right thing….stood by her principles!! Hollywood lost a Star, she gained a Life.


  68. No. Young has said she “paid a very high price” for talking publicly about the alleged sexual harassment but Beatty’s reputation was already very well-known to the point of notoriety. He was too busy scoring conquests to bother making an effort to blacklist ONE woman who rejected him.


  69. I thought of Sean Young recently, since I was about to go to the New Angola Theater (actually, the theater has been around since 1925; kind of classic, really) to view “Beauty and The Beast” (it fell through). But I remember (1987) Sean Young & Kevin Costner for that (cardboard) poster of “No Way Out”-wow, I always thought that either 2 D or 3 D, that was a cool poster.


  70. Thought you might like this, a collection of personal polaroids taken on the set of Blade Runner by ms Young herself.


  71. Good Bad Flicks – Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)


  72. I find Sean Young to be really deep, and also real genuine. Talking about general life circumstances, and MEAN IT, wow many performers do that? I think Sean Young is special in a way that she didn’t even notice. I hope she continues to tell life off; sometimes, it’s smart, sometimes, it’s just our point of view.


  73. Since Terrence is the Kim Basinger guy, could I be the Sean Young guy? I really admire and respect Sean Young’s attitude. Wow, I think she would’ve made a great Catwoman. Heck, I think she has so many Catwoman qualities. She just may be purrrrect.


    • The 15 Most Toxic Behind-The-Scenes Feuds Of DC Films


      When he directed 1989’s Batman, the movie catapulted the young Tim Burton into stardom. His dark and noir vision of Batman changed pop culture and introduced a new wave of superhero movie-making that’s still going strong today. What hasn’t been acknowledged as much is Jon Peters, who produced Batman, along with Peter Guber. Peters was on the set almost every day and made a lot of contributions, some of which clashed with Burton’s vision.

      It was Peters who insisted on action scenes like the fight between Batman and the Joker’s Swordsman. He also wanted a climax in a cathedral, which Burton opposed, so he had the cathedral set built without Burton’s knowledge and ordered the director to use it. Burton resented having the changes forced on him but ultimately produced a great film.


      Batman was a huge movie and made stars out of Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger, but one actress who missed out was Sean Young who had been offered the role of Vicki Vale but broke her arm in rehearsals and was replaced by Basinger. The loss of the role clearly stung her and she was determined to get the role of Catwoman in the 1992 sequel, Batman Returns.

      How determined? Not only did she make her own Catwoman costume, but she flew to Los Angeles and snuck onto the Warner Bros lot to try to get an audition. After storming into the offices of the head of production Mark Canton (she was in full Catwoman costume btw), she was kicked out but went on to appear on The Joan Rivers Show in costume. She still didn’t get the part, and is still bitter about it, over 20 years later.


      Tim Burton and Danny Elfman have been creative partners since 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and Elfman has scored almost all of Burton’s movies. That includes Batman Returns, which had a somber and delirious soundtrack to match the twisted visuals. However, the movie ended up causing major problems between the two.

      While Burton and Elfman haven’t really talked publicly about it, Batman Returns apparently caused “creative differences” between the two. Elfman was more experimental than he was in Batman, using more choruses and a screeching violin effect for Catwoman’s themes, and there was a lot of pressure that led to clashes between the two. After Burton’s next movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton and Elfman took a break from each other until Mars Attacks in 1996.


      • Maybe it was better for Sean Young not to be involved in “Batman Returns”. I mean, I think the film is all over the place and had no focus, although I believe it has some bright spots (the Batman/Catwoman game of bat & cat works for me every time).


        • The script for Batman Returns was rewritten too many times. It’s a shame fate cheated Young out of her chance to play Vickie Vale. I would love to see an alternate universe version of Batman in which Young didn’t get injured.


        • I think Sean Young would’ve made a wonderful Catwoman, but I think she would’ve had issues with the script (I mean, this an “honest to a fault” Sean Young), so maybe a lot of other gossip/junk may have happened because of the result. In that era, I remembered Sean Young from “No Way Out” (that limo scene with her and Kevin Costner’s character!), so I already thought she was good.


        • I’ve heard the argument that had Sean Young actually played Vicki Vale instead of Kim Basinger, Vicki would’ve had more of a presence. Kim Basinger actually made a greater impression (in a good way) in the movies that she did prior to “Batman” like “Nadine” and “Blind Date”. Like maybe Sean’s interpretation of Vicki Vale wouldn’t have been so decidedly wimpy, mousy and hysterical. And maybe Sean’s Vicki would’ve figured her way into the Batcave instead of being literally escorted in by Alfred.


        • I actually think Kim Basinger is a better fit as Vicki Vale; I think Sean Young’s personality is too strong, and would show through. Nah, Kim Basinger , to me, made a good Vicki Vale. Now Sean Young as Catwoman? A better fit.


        • The 1989-1997 Batman film series is one big what if/what could’ve been game:
          *What if Sean Young played Vicki Vale instead of Kim Basinger

          *What if Billy Dee Williams got to graduate to Two-Face

          *What if Tim Burton used Sam Hamm’s draft for “Returns”, which was more of a direct sequel (and included Vicki Vale) to the 1989 movie

          *What if Michael Keaton done “Batman Forever”

          *What if Tim Burton directed what would become “Batman Forever”

          *What if Val Kilmer done “Batman & Robin”

          *What if Patrick Stewart (the top fan choice and allegedly Warner Bros. top choice, not Joel Schumacher’s) played Mr. Freeze in “Batman & Robin”

          *What if Warner Bros. didn’t fast track “Batman & Robin” so soon after “Batman Forever”


        • Interesting Dan Waters Interview

          Interviewer- “What did Tim respond to the most in your drafts?”
          Dan Waters- “Tim really liked my take on Catwoman. My take had nothing to do with the comics. To this day when people tell me I went away from the comics I tell them ”F the comics. My version is better.'”

          Purdy much. At the time Waters worked on BR, he could adapt an amnesiac, a battered wife or a hooker from the comics. I honestly don’t blame him for declining all three of those and going off in his own direction instead.

          Also, in case it wasn’t clear before, Waters is adamant that he didn’t write a Big Mac movie. He wanted to do his own thing with the material. That would never happen these days so I appreciate the fact that he got to do it. BR was edgy, subversive and thrilling. I cherish it.


        • If that’s true, Tim Burton wanted his own vision, and didn’t care for the previous material. I disagree; Batman has been around, since what, 1939, I think this is where the material can be respected.


        • Re: Daniel Waters discusses Batman Returns

          Fascinating article. There’s a fairly broad canvas of perspectives to cover after reading this interview. First, it’s not at all surprising that Burton is not a huge fan of his first Batman movie. But there’s so much context people lose in understanding the bigger picture in that project at the time and why ultimately it’s coveted by fans so much to this day.

          Batman ’89 had to service allot more than just become a profitable film. It had to answer the age old question (at the time) of how do you make a serious Batman film about a guy in tights? This movie really represents that moment when Hollywood stepped outside it’s comfort zone and went after a comic book property with no blueprint for how to create it. Yes, they absolutely followed the casting blueprint of Superman the Movie in terms of getting a big name actor to play the lead villain and bring credibility tot he project. But from there, they were completely on a new frontier.

          When Batman ’89 came out, I was 25 and to this very day the movie still feels like a minor miracle to me. The only true cultural success of Batman up to that point had been Adam West and the ’66 television show, which had long been panned and spoofed after it went off the air. I loved it, but there was a huge disconnect at that point between what the public thought, what people like me felt, and even how comic fans believed. Allot of fans felt like West discredited the comics and helped contribute to this popular notion that comics were for the uneducated. There was a huge stigma to the Batman character in terms of translating something to a live action film that could be taken serious.

          And WB were probably the last authority on the subject when it came to really knowing what to do. Hiring Tim Burton was probably the most brilliant move amongst all of it. And trusting his choices for casting the film was the next move. Had the executive branch of Warners been composed of comic book readers, Keaton never would have entered the conversation. This was truly a project where ignorance was absolute bliss throughout. When I heard about Keaton, I was puzzled as well. But it wasn’t because I didn’t think he was a good actor. I had seen Clean and Sober and that kind of serious role really showed me his range. In terms of seeing him play Bruce Wayne, I felt just fine from that perspective. It was Batman that I couldn’t get my head around on in terms of a visual.

          I thought, ” How do you put that guy in tights and make people take him serious?” No one had really done anything yet with latex in terms of creating a superhero physique. So what Batman ’89 did was completely revolutionary (not only for that character, but the whole comic universe) because it solved the riddle of translating a look that bridged the gap between what comics suggested versus what live audiences could accept. But now they needed something else – atmosphere. Again, without Burton, this film never finds it’s identity. Batman had to reside in the world of the surreal, and not the average city or neighborhood you and I existed in. Without Burton’s brilliant mind to stage this fairy tale world where the public were as carefully crafted as it’s beloved vigilante, nothing would have clicked.

          But Burton couldn’t be left to his own devices. This movie had allot of cooks in the kitchen to try and carefully craft this brand new image of Batman. And while Burton deserves a chief portion of the credit, he had to be held in check while the studio crafted a movie that was more spectacle and event than just another movie project. And when you watch the movie today you can see the mechanics of that intended approach and how measured every aspect of this film is. So much of the movie is about staging “moments” to cater to this new comic book event. It’s kind of like reading a comic book with nothing but splash pages instead of individual panels. Everything is big and epic in scope. But that’s what Warners had to sell to a public that had no idea what they were seeing and history speaks for itself.

          I think when the demand for a sequel became an immediate priority, Burton was probably both drained and feeling more than a little confined to have to go through another high stakes, big budget blockbuster where everyone had their voice in his ear. So when he was reluctant to go there again, I think Warners had no choice but to give him free reign to the franchise, because there was not another director out there that could duplicate Burton’s sensibilities to this newly branded superhero. In retrospect, I think Returns was an unavoidable byproduct of the studio being so codependent in the creation process and building up this marketing behemoth that could only be serviced by Burton’s imagination.

          That being said, you can only introduce a superhero of this magnitude once. His new look, and the world he resided in could only feel brand new and refreshing with that first film. Anything after that point was going to find that familiar vein of being painfully derivative. So giving Burton full reign to embellish this new universe as he saw fit was honestly the only way this narrative was going to advance. And to me, that’s probably why these two films are coveted as much as they are. Because while they both share that beautiful style of Tim Burton, both are uniquely different in their approach which gives Keaton fans a broader canvas to enjoy these characters. Schumacher and Nolan stayed married to one approach while Burton tried to extrapolate new material from a previous installment to keep the material fresh and unpredictable.

          In terms of what the writer said about labeling fans, I pretty much laughed at that self-serving opinion. Batman Returns is hardly a film trying to speak to a specific audience. It’s themes clearly study the psychology of that world where people feel displaced, but most Burton films are coated with that tone which feels more like self-therapy for the director, than anything he is purposely trying to express directly to (or relate with) his audience. Burton is a visionary genius that constantly brings great skill and artistic flare to all of his projects. I don’t see his side hobby being the spokesman for the quirky, eclectic club of the universe. People of all walks and backgrounds are fans of his films.


    • “8 Mile” is one microcosm of sorts of how Kim Basinger can sometimes lack a much needed “presence” in her films:

      Kim Basinger: LA Confidential to 8 Mile

      At face value, Basinger made all the right choices here. Curtis Hanson at the helm (director of L.A Confidential) of an edgy biography of one of the biggest rappers of all time – it was looking like an inspired choice. Unfortunately, she was utterly forgettable as a character etched in the collective rap fan consciousness. Eminem’s biting and scathing rhymes about his horrible parentage are so iconic that Basinger’s performance retreats into the shadows.


  74. I watched that “Siskel & Ebert” spot; yeah, Sean Young, she really brings things to the table as a performer. He he, anyone follow her Twitter? She plays video games! Sean Young, the gamer.


  75. I wanted Billy Dee Williams to continue to play Harvey Dent; I like him as a performer (not just “The Empire Strikes Back”, but I thought he was good in 1981’s “Nighthawks” and 1987’s “Deadly Illusion” as well. Oh, and those Colt .45 commercials!). It just seems that narrative got dropped due to so many changes (nothing against Tommy Lee Jones, who is someone I can enjoy, but, yeah, I agree that he clearly was trying too hard in “Batman Forever”).


  76. Whatever happened to Rachael from Blade Runner?

    Adam James @Shasdam

    There was a time when Blade Runner star Sean Young was one of Hollywood’s hottest young talents, putting together a string of roles in a number of noteworthy films. By the mid-1990s, however, she’d retreated from the spotlight, and these days, you’re far more likely to see Young in made-for-TV movies, low-budget indies, web series, and reality television. What went wrong? Well, it’s kind of a long story…

    Stardom in the 1980s

    Throughout much of the 1980s, Sean Young was a bona fide star. The Kentucky-born and New York-educated talent landed her first gig as Ariadne Charlton in Merchant Ivory Film’s Jane Austen in Manhattan, which both introduced Young and waved goodbye to Oscar-winning acting legend Anne Baxter. From there, she landed roles in Stripes and Blade Runner, where her gifts were clearly on display.

    Young’s career continued to trend upwards throughout the ’80s thanks to roles in Young Doctors in Love, Dune, and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend. She followed those up by starring alongside Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman in 1987’s No Way Out—which, unfortunately, marked the pinnacle of Young’s young career.

    Her relationship with Hollywood was troubled from the start

    Despite making a name for herself with a string of noteworthy roles in credible films like Blade Runner, Sean Young’s relationship with Hollywood was broken from the start.

    Young claims that she was the recipient of some unwanted attention from Hollywood bigwigs early on, alleging that a particular movie mogul made “creepy” advances and then attempted to blackball her she turned him down—something she claims happened all too frequently. “The city of angels?” she asked Entertainment Weekly. “It’s the city of devils. The city of smiling cobras. This [town] eats venom for breakfast … I’ve been forced to deal with my character assassination. I never hurt anybody in this business, ever.”

    She was removed from the set of ‘Wall Street’

    The first instance of what Young calls her “character assassination” took place after she was cast to play Kate Gekko, the wife of Gordon Gekko, in Oliver Stone’s 1987 hit drama Wall Street. What was originally supposed to be a central role was ultimately cut down to an entirely insignificant amount of screen time after Young had some apparently serious disagreements with both the director as well as her co-star, Charlie Sheen, resulting in her being virtually removed from the film and literally removed from the set.

    Despite the apparent problems while filming Wall Street, Young has insisted she likes Sheen. “He had a funny sense of humor,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “He wrote very dark poetry. He went in the makeup room one morning and he read his poetry, and we all kind of stood there quietly and we looked at him. I remember saying to him, ‘That’s like two or three days on Platoon, buddy.’ I’d write about flowers, and he would write about the dark night of the soul. I actually like Charlie, but show business is tough. It can whack people out.”

    James Woods tried to sue her for harassment

    In addition to her falling out with director Oliver Stone on the set of Wall Street, Young attracted years of negative press when James Woods—her on-screen husband in The Boost—filed a harassment lawsuit against her, following a rumored real-life affair and an alleged on-set romance. Young claims, however, that neither the affair nor any harassment ever took place.

    According to a 1989 issue of People,, Woods dumped his onscreen wife and returned to his real-world fiancée—something Young allegedly didn’t handle very well. Woods claimed Young sent him anonymous hate mail, anti-abortion letters directed to his fiancée, pictures of corpses and dismembered animals, and even an iodine-soaked doll with a slit throat. The FBI got involved… and the more the tabloid press followed the story, the more difficult it became to discern the truth from the slander.

    Though Young, to this day, denies everything, and the twisted Hollywood lovers’ quarrel was settled out of court, the once one-the-rise replicant’s reputation was permanently damaged.

    Her reputation in Hollywood became a joke

    In Hollywood, Young became the butt of a lot of jokes and a punchline to those involved in the movie-making business. After landing the role of Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy, she was kicked to the curb after creative differences with Warren Beatty—whom she claimed fired her for declining his sexual advances. Things got even worse when she charged into the studio wearing a homemade Catwoman suit in an infamous (and unsuccessful) bid to land a role in Batman Returns.

    Not everyone considered Young to be as unstable as her reputation suggested, however. “When I hired her for Cousins,” Joel Schumacher remembered, “I got a lot of phone calls from people saying I was crazy. Sean is an artist, and she doesn’t know how to monitor herself. She will pour out her emotional road map of the day to you, and it can be quite frightening.” Nevertheless, Schumacher enjoyed working with her—but most of Hollywood seemingly didn’t want to deal with the “crazy” Sean Young.

    She won two Razzies for one film

    Young’s career certainly wasn’t helped by the 1991 “erotic and stylish” neo-noir thriller A Kiss Before Dying, in which she starred alongside Matt Dillon. The film received generally unfavorable reviews, but Young bore the brunt of the film’s negative reception.

    In this remake of the 1956 original, Young played both Ellen and Dorothy Carlsson—which makes sense, since the characters are twin sisters. Unfortunately, the Razzie Awards weren’t very kind to Young, awarding her a dastardly double of Razzies for both Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress. Ouch.

    She crashed Vanity Fair’s Oscar party

    Sean Young carried her reputation for being more than a bit unstable into the 21st century, most notably with her attempt at crashing Vanity Fair’s Oscar party in 2006.

    As reported by The New York Times, Young skipped up behind Jennifer Aniston, gave a few poses, waved, and then took off into the party. Problem was, she wasn’t invited, and pandemonium ensued as security guards stopped invited guests from entering the venue while they frantically searched for her. Eventually, security announced over the radio that “we got her” and she was escorted out the back door. “It was degrading,” Young told Entertainment Weekly two years later. “But when you have nothing to lose, it’s really not that big of a deal.”

    Sadly, this wouldn’t be the only time Young would be escorted from a high-profile event.

    She interrupted Julian Schnabel’s acceptance speech

    At the 2008 Directors Guild of America Awards, Sean Young had another questionable moment in which she didn’t make herself any friends.

    When Diving Bell and the Butterfly director Julian Schnabel took the stage to accept an award, he was audibly heckled by someone off-camera and off-stage to his left. “Who said that to me?” he asked, before noticing the culprit. An awkward silence ensued before Young continued to make comments, at which point Schnabel calmly told Young to “go have another cocktail,” which elicited some laughter from the audience. Schnabel then promptly wrapped it up by thanking the DGAs and invited Young to finish his speech, before making his exit in front of a stunned crowd.

    Shortly after, television personality Julie Chen filled David Letterman in with the details of what Young said. Apparently, while Schnabel was noticeably moved and struggling to find the right words, Young drunkenly yelled: “Get on with it!” (Which wasn’t her first intoxicated outburst of the night.) Letterman got a kick out of Young’s “heckling the winners,” however, jokingly announcing that “we need more of that kind of stuff” and that he hoped it “starts a trend.”

    The DGAs found it less amusing, however: Young was promptly escorted from the premises.

    She entered rehab twice for alcohol abuse

    Following her outburst at the 60th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, Sean Young checked herself into rehab for alcohol addiction.

    “Actress Sean Young voluntarily admitted herself yesterday to a rehabilitation center for treatment related to alcoholism,” her publicist stated a few nights after the awards show. “It is understood that Young has struggled against the disease for many years.” The DGA also issued a statement, announcing it “wishes to respect Ms. Young’s privacy at this difficult time and declines further comment.”

    Years later, Young would enter rehab again—this time, by joining the cast of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. “I turned them down,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, “and eventually they offered me so much money, and I thought ‘If I don’t do this, this is dumb. I have a family I have to take care of.’ After the DGA, they were left with the impression that I would make a good candidate for [Celebrity Rehab]. I only had to work 10 days on it, and it was over quick. Actually, I did have a really good time on it because I learned a lot and I went on to really [stop] my drinking. I don’t drink anymore, so that made a big difference.”

    Sean Young and the Restless

    On the long and difficult road to revitalizing her career, Sean Young joined the cast of the long-running daytime drama The Young and The Restless, taking on the role of Meggie McClaine, a barmaid who moved in with Victor and Nikki, didn’t give Murphy his medication while he was having a stroke, killed Murphy’s son, spiked Nikki’s drinks, sent her to rehab, and planned on both marrying and killing Victor. Ultimately, her character was arrested, but she claimed it was a good bit of fun playing a crazy person.

    The soap also served as a reunion between Young and her The Man Who Came Back co-star Eric Braeden. “Getting the chance to work with my dear friend Eric Braeden, one of the true gentlemen in entertainment, was certainly a deciding factor for me,” Young told People, “as well as wanting to get back to work after taking a few years off to raise my kids.”

    She unsuccessfully skated with the stars

    In November and December of 2010, Fox gave the whole celebrities-on-skates idea another go with Skating with the Stars, pairing the likes of Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, Disney Channel star Brandon Mychal Smith, and—of course—Sean Young with professional figure skaters.

    “I’ve put skates on before, like when I was a kid… and then I had some time at a Culver City ice rink where my kids would like to go ice skating on Saturdays, but that was really just like puttering around,” Young told Access Hollywood Live. “The last five weeks [of training for the show] have been very challenging and actually amazing fun. You have to have a kind of athletic personality for it and I do. I have a dance background, so I’m athletic and I learn quickly, which is lucky in this situation.”

    Young approached the skating competition with a positive attitude. “My biggest competition is within me,” she claimed. “It’s your own mental game. It’s like you wake up and you say, ‘I need to face this with a good attitude, I need to do my very best and at the end of the day,'” she shared. Unfortunately, it didn’t help much—Young was the first celebrity eliminated from the show.

    She crashed an Oscars party (again)

    Sean Young and award shows simply don’t mix.

    In 2012, while trying to gain entry into The Governer’s Ball—the most prestigious Oscars afterparty—Young was denied on the grounds that she wasn’t invited. According to TMZ, she was asked to leave… but returned shortly after and tried once again to get in. At some point, a security guard may or may not have put his hand on her arm, prompting her to slap the guard in question. She was then placed under citizen’s arrest, taken in by the LAPD, and booked for misdemeanor battery.

    Naturally, the tabloids had a field day with the story, but Young claimed she was both sober and mistreated. “I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me and then the Academy’s very stupid lawyer recommended a ‘private person’s arrest,'” she posted on Facebook. “I have grounds for a lawsuit against the Academy, although I believe a public apology to me would be much better.”

    Young is still waiting on that apology.

    She doesn’t like doing interviews…

    After a career’s worth of negative press, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sean Young isn’t particularly keen on talking to reporters.

    “I don’t really like doing interviews,” Young told Entertainment Weekly’s Karen Valby, who described the actress as seeming “wearily resigned to her unshakable reputation for being seriously unhinged,” in 2008. “I’m so easy to make sound bad,” Young explained, “but what are you going to do that hasn’t been done to me already? Who’s going to f*** me over any more than they already have?”

    Young also reiterated the same sentiments to The Guardian’s Danny Leigh in 2015, ending her final regret-filled email to the author by asking: “Please don’t write s*** about me, OK?”

    …But she doesn’t care so much anymore

    These days, Sean Young is (mostly) over all the drama.

    “It doesn’t bother me now,” she told Gawker. “I’m a 56-year-old woman, and yes I do look good for my age and I’m in good health. I can’t be bothered with worrying about it anymore, but I spent a lot of years in…look, I would call it desperation. I saw my career go up in flames and it was heartbreaking to me. The more I tried to defend myself, the crazier I looked. Even though that’s not really fair, what I learned quickly is that fair has nothing to do with it. It’s all perception. It’s all what people believe, it’s not really what’s in fact accurate.”

    Having been through a lot, she claimed to be often approached by members of the Hollywood scene—both new and established—in search of some advice. “I have a unique experience,” she added, “and I’m called upon a lot now from people who have been in the business for a while and want my opinion or who are up and comers and would like my advice.”

    She’s a major conspiracy theorist

    She’s fought unflattering rumors about her mental health, but Young has no qualms about admitting she buys into a lot of conspiracy theories.

    For example, she’s very firmly anti-vaccination and thinks the powers that be are responsible for intentionally spreading whooping cough and measles: “The thing is, you have a very big pharmacological industry, and they want those bucks to keep flowing,” she told Gawker. “It’s definitely not impossible to imagine that there are agents that spread this kind of thing. Remember when the English came over with blankets that were laced with tuberculosis and they gave all those blankets to the Indians? You think that doesn’t happen today?”

    She also has a thing or two to say about chemtrails. “I know people will call me a conspiracy nut or whatever, but the evidence is out there,” she added. “There’s an interview on Red Ice Radio from the guy who worked at the CDC who said that there was evidence of autism and they buried it. And the whole idea that a corporation is responsible for performing their own tests. Are you f***ing kidding me? We’ll do our own in-house testing and then we’ll present what we want, and that’s supposed to be the evidence that the EPA accepts? You don’t think there’d be any conflict of interest in that. This stuff is obvious…”

    What does the future have in store?

    After this long and tumultuous road from starring in A-list movies to appearing in reality shows and web series, what does the future hold?

    While Sean Young might not be on every director’s radar, she’s certainly got enough projects to keep her busy, with credits in upcoming projects like Somewhere Only We Know, Healed by Grace 2, Dan & Carla, A Beautiful Distraction, and Dark Ascension II: The Journey to Hell. That being said, it’s unlikely we’ll see Young in another major blockbuster ever again… but stranger things have happened. And in the meantime, you can see plenty of the stars Young told The Hollywood Reporter she sees as her heirs apparent—”Jennifer Lawrence and Alicia Vikander.”


    • I have this hat, “Crazy Good”; well, that’s how I see Sean Young. A lot of stunts she pulled off, in a different mind, I feel I would’ve done the same. Life doesn’t like honest desperation though, so here is Sean Young, a spot that just couldn’t be any different.


    • Hey Terrence, I was supposed to be the new Sean Young Guy; you’re stealing my thunder:-). Hey wait, were Sean Young and Sean Penn ever in the same film? That would mean I Sean a lot.
      Joking aside, this Harvey Weinstein deal has come to a head. Wow, I heard Jack Warner had a casting couch, so I guess his deal was an updated version of that. This whole situation has a Bill Cosby feel to me (minus the knock out water). Look, I like women a lot, and I’ve done some marginal things, but I wouldn’t want a lady to get harassed just to get a job, or just because I’m someone in power (glad I have no power).


    • When it comes to poetry, I did read a few pieces from Charlie Sheen (“Peace of My Mind” is his book), and I liked what I read (I write myself, even when I’m wrong) so I agree with Sean Young there. I liked Val Kilmer’s work as well. Unlike Ally Sheedy’s book, I didn’t purchase neither or either, but I did read some of it online.
      I’m actually going through some of my work, since I’m cleaning house (not “House” the 1985 film or the television show, but both Kay Lenz and Lisa Edelstein are welcome to help out).


  77. I wonder how Sean Young feels about the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal? I say this because she alleged (when it was considered “career suicide” to be so public about being mistreated by a powerful producer or director) that she was fired from “Dick Tracy” because she rebuffed Warren Beatty’s sexual advances.

    Post by Mozenrath on 3 hours ago
    Linda Fiorentino, Sean Young, Kim Bassinger to a degree, these people were huge stars who just… stopped being stars. The reasons weren’t for accusing people, but they got dropped for even less. What makes people think that wouldn’t happen to other actresses for talking?

    Being in big hits, being a star, it doesn’t protect you if people decide to stop working with you. You disappear, and that’s not even bringing up getting eviscerated in court with victim blaming and character questioning by defense teams, the cops themselves being, charitably, woefully untrained to deal with sexual assaults, etc, and the court of public opinion that jumps to the conclusion that people want a hand out. It’s also a problem of their word versus the accused, rarely with much physical evidence they can rely on, and you have to just hope you have some texts or whatever you didn’t delete out of disgust, or some witnesses willing to also put themselves on the line for you.

    The deck is stacked against the accuser even when it’s some layperson, much less a mogul or deeply-entrenched power player. It’s a warm, comforting thought that the truth always wins out, but that’s not always the reality. Evidence and accusations have to mount because it gets to be too much to bury easily or dismiss as disgruntled ex-employees, etc.


    • Speaking of Warren Beatty, here’s what his wife (who would’ve played Catwoman in “Batman Returns” had she not gotten pregnant) has to say:

      Bening’s first major film role was as a sultry con artist in The Grifters, directed by Stephen Frears and distributed Miramax…Harvey Weinstein’s company at the time.

      ‘He never touched me,’ she said. ‘I’m glad Harvey’s behavior has been exposed. I’m glad it’s all out, and that the women are being supported, and being brave.’

      She added that she hoped that ‘some learning about a sense of self, and that no job is worth it — especially for women’ will come out of the mess; pointing out that in Hollywood and other industries, men are victimized, too.

      ‘I want there to be a point where women are able to say: “Sorry, that’s inappropriate — I’m leaving the room.” And mean it. You have the right to say that.

      ‘Sometimes it’s intimidating, especially if you need a job and you’re young. But you say NO and you don’t go in the room.’


  78. Male Stars Get to Age, While Women Live On in Digital Re-creations of Their Younger Selves

    This post contains mild spoilers about Blade Runner 2049.

    What was the part of Blade Runner 2049 that squicked you out the most? The weird hologram sex scene? Jared Leto gutting that naked replicant? The vision of San Diego as a war-torn hellscape? All of those were pretty weird, but for me, nothing was more unsettling than the moment at the end of the film when Leto tried to tempt Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard into spilling some secrets by teasing him with a reincarnated version of his lost love: Sean Young’s Rachael, digitally remade exactly as she was in the original Blade Runner.

    Maybe it’s CGI Rachael’s appearance in the presence of a septuagenarian Harrison Ford, but I couldn’t help thinking about a similar cameo from Carrie Fisher at the end of Rogue One, another instance of the female lead from an iconic sci-fi franchise being brought back in precisely the form that fanboys remembered her, right down to the weird hairdo. Forgive me for paraphrasing Lady Bracknell, but while to digitally de-age one former Harrison Ford love interest may be regarded as a neat trick, to digitally de-age two points to a disconcerting movement in modern Hollywood blockbusters: Male actors get to reprise their famous roles again and again, no matter how grizzled and wrinkly they are, while women must be content to see their hottest selves frozen in CGI amber.

    It’s true that many male stars — Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, Johnny Depp in the latest Pirates film — have also seen their younger versions revived onscreen. But in every case I can remember, these CGI youngsters pop up in films where their aged flesh-and-blood counterparts also play major roles. Not so with Fisher and Young — their digital doppelgängers are their only appearances in their respective films. (Yes, Rogue One was set in the “past,” but there’s no reason Rachael couldn’t have had a role in Blade Runner; instead, she’s said to have died giving birth to a savior, an old trope the movie does not bother to reinvent.) And while male stars generally get to act in those flashback scenes — they’re digitally de-aged later — in Rogue One and 2049 both Princess Leia and Rachael were played on set by younger stand-ins.

    For comparison’s sake, there’s only one recent instance I can think of where a male actor’s younger self has been revived onscreen without the man himself being present in the film: Peter Cushing’s turn as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. But of course, Cushing had been dead for 22 years; Fisher and Young were both living, working actresses when Rogue One and 2049 were in production.

    Two examples do not entirely make a trend, and for all I know, both Fisher and Young were completely fine with seeing their younger selves brought back to life onscreen. Young apparently took the time to give her stand-in some helpful lessons in how to walk like Rachael, while Fisher at least was in a bit of Force Awakens (though compare her screen time in that movie to Ford’s) and is expected to get a proper send-off in The Last Jedi. But when you factor in all the other ways that Hollywood does wrong by older actresses, I can’t help seeing these CGI 20-somethings as one more way for Hollywood to avoid having to write roles for middle-aged women in its blockbusters. Why go through the trouble of creating a role for a woman over 50 when you can bring her back as a digital dream-babe?


  79. Why You Don’t Hear from Sean Young Anymore


  80. When I ever grow up, I’d like to be Sean Young (no joke). There are a lot of lazy, sloppy people in life, and here is Sean Young, someone who may boil a good Sunday pasta!


  81. ‘Fatal Instinct’ Is Still a Funny Swipe at Erotic Thrillers’ Dumb Sexiness

    In the early 90s, the genre of the erotic thriller—with its glossy surfaces and seductive double-crosses—was king. The same slick provocation that made films like Basic Instinct popular enough that countless imitators lined the video store shelves also became a ripe target for parody. By definition, erotic thrillers are over-the-top and run on a surplus of horniness. Could the tropes of the genre translate to a feature length comedy? The ingeniously titled 1993 film Fatal Instinct (an obvious portmanteau of Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct), directed by none other than comedy legend Carl Reiner, sought to answer this question.

    Reiner, creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show and a stalwart of the comedy world since the 50s, may have initially seemed an odd choice for spoofing a genre so intimately connected with the 80s and 90s—but he directed Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, the second of his fruitful quartet of Steve Martin–starring films, in 1982. If one can parody film noir, a genre that had an outsize influence on erotic thrillers, you’re already halfway toward giving erotic thrillers the parody they deserve.
    Fatal Instinct pushes the genre to newly ridiculous levels by making the protagonist, Ned Ravine (Armand Assante), a police officer-slash-lawyer who defends the people he arrests. Sean Young, who elegantly channeled noir style in Blade Runner, is femme fatale Lola Cain, bringing both glamour and goofy physical humor (she parodies Sharon Stone’s infamous Basic Instinct leg uncrossing by loudly announcing “I’m not wearing panties!” and inelegantly opening her legs as wide as possible); Ned’s dutiful secretary, Laura Lingonberry, is played by none other than a post–Audrey Horne Sherilyn Fenn; the plot, with its seductions, murders, and trials, is largely incidental. Like the contemporary Naked Gun series, Fatal Instinct traffics in a brand of spoof-y humor that values visual and verbal gags over a strong narrative.

    Critics dismissed the film upon release; Roger Ebert wrote that “it’s a strange thing about the parody genre: Some of these movies work… and some don’t. And you can’t say why, except that sometimes you laugh, and sometimes you don’t.” But even as it’s unlikely to earn a place in the comedic pantheon among Reiner’s earlier works, Fatal Instinct deserves a second look. The film reminds us just how subjective Ebert’s assessment of the parody genre is: I laughed many times, recognizing some of the jokes as delightfully dumb and others as surprisingly clever. It seems flippant to say the film simply doesn’t work.

    In fact, Fatal Instinct achieves most of what it sets out to do, using audience expectations associated with erotic thrillers to tee up laughs. It’s inevitable that the bunny-boiling scene from Fatal Attraction will be parodied, but when the moment turns out to be Lola boiling a pot of spaghetti, it’s oddly satisfying. There’s also a strain of meta-humor running throughout the film; in one scene, the camera lens “shatters” as it knocks into a surface during an elaborate tracking shot, and later, the dramatic score gets turned on and off on a CD player.

    Of course, dumb jokes figure heavily here, too: In a courtroom scene, a mention of a press room leads to people pressing clothes, and a mention of court recess leads to—you guessed it—jurors going outside for a grade-school-style recess. One’s mileage may vary with this type of humor, and some may say there’s a limit on the effectiveness of silly, literalizing jokes. While it’s true that not every joke lands, enough of them do to make the film worth watching.

    In his review, Ebert chided the cast for being too good for the material, an odd complaint if there ever was one—if they weren’t good enough, wouldn’t that just merit further criticism? Assante doesn’t give the most compelling performance, which ironically places him in the erotic thriller tradition of leading men overshadowed by seductive women. Young, on the other hand, is delightful, whether she’s stepping on toilet paper as she seductively sashays, getting mustard spritzed on her blouse (while holding a phallic hotdog), or riding a roller coaster with a skunk (don’t ask).

    In the 24 years since the release of Fatal Instinct, the erotic thriller has largely receded from its position of cultural prominence. The film couldn’t be made today, and for that reason, and the fact that there’s a scene featuring Fenn in a novelty beer can hat (again, don’t ask), it deserves more attention. “Erotic thriller parody” is a glorious phrase that can’t be used to define any other film.


    • I always liked “Fatal Instinct” (it has Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, and Kate Nelligan too!) and I think Sean Young could’ve played the Catherine Tramell character just fine (unless she wasn’t up to not wearing underwear). “Love Crimes” though, I though Sean Young phoned it in (she can e-mail me or whatever, I’m just being honest). That film was, I think, the worst performance she ever did. Otherwise, I always thought she gave good performances.


    • Sean Young Claims Barbra Streisand Shamed Her for Calling Out Sexual Harassment

      Sean Young says she was the Rose McGowan of her day … getting shamed by Hollywood’s elite — like Barbra Streisand — when she dared to accuse Warren Beatty of sexual harassment.

      Sean was on “Dudley and Bob with Matt Show” on KLBJ-FM in Austin Thursday and when they asked her about Harvey Weinstein … she remembered an encounter with Babs. The ‘Ace Ventura’ star said she auditioned back in the ’80s for a movie Streisand was directing. She claims Streisand ripped into her because Young accused Beatty of firing her after she rejected his advances.

      Besides that, Sean claims she had her own run-in with Weinstein’s genitals.

      As for the Streisand story — her rep tells us Barbra’s response is, “I have no memory of ever having interviewed Sean Young, and I do not condone harassment of women under any circumstances.”


      • If I had a choice between Sean Young and Babs, I’d go with Sean Young. Yes, I like Barbra Streisand in “The Way We Were”, and the song, (I also like 1987’s “Nuts”), but I have to stick with Sean Young. Her honesty and frankness really works for me.


  82. What It’s Like Being Blacklisted in Hollywood: Men vs Women

    By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | November 15, 2017 | Comments (80)

    Let’s do a little comparison, shall we? This was prompted by the continued acceptance of Mel Gibson in Hollywood. Various media outlets are praising Gibson as being “family-friendly” in his new movie Daddy’s Home 2 with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. He’s been in talks to direct the Suicide Squad sequel, has three movies either announced or in pre-production, and continues to be in talks for major roles in Hollywood.

    Strange that it seems Hollywood is taking note of the sexual abusers in the industries, to some extent, but feels that racism and violent threats and outbursts are just fine if you allow about a decade to pass. I thought that I would illustrate the ridiculousness of this by comparing two blacklisted Hollywood stars: Mel Gibson and Sean Young.

    Mel Gibson

    Gibson unleashed horrible, anti-Semitic, racist, and violent tirades on various people in 2006 and 2010. He was blacklisted in Hollywood and Robert Downey Jr. was one of the people to ask that Gibson be given another chance. While blacklisted, which Wikipedia states took place from 2010 until 2016, Gibson added 5 acting credits to his resume. They are all films that people know about, that had real budgets, and were advertised.

    Gibson is now regularly getting work and outlets are proclaiming that Hollywood is “welcoming him back”.

    Sean Young

    Young’s crimes started when James Woods accused her of harassment due to an on-set affair ending. Young was awarded money to cover her legal costs, but the label of crazy followed her. She was cut from the film Wall Street for allegedly not getting along with star Charlie Sheen and director Oliver Stone. She lost her role as Vicki Vale in 1989’s Batman after falling from a horse and breaking her hand. She unsuccessfully attempted to win the part of Catwoman in the film’s sequel, making her own catsuit and attempting to get the attention of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. She was let go from Dick Tracy and the reason given is that she wasn’t a maternal Tess Trueheart. Young alleges that she rebuffed star and director Warren Beatty’s advances and was then fired.

    Young has been working steadily in Hollywood following her last recognizable role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994. You have probably not heard of her movies.


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