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What the Hell Happened to Jude Law?

Jude Law's thinning hair

Jude Law has been on the edge of breaking out onto the A-list for the last decade.  And yet, he’s never quite made it.  This is in spite of the fact that for a while there it seemed like Law was in every other movie made.  In 2004, Law starred in no less than 6 movies!

(I bring this up partially so I can add the disclaimer that I’m not going to cover every single movie Law has appeared in.  Otherwise, this article would become a book.)

Since then, Law’s rising star has cooled a little.  What the hell happened?

jude law - gattaca

Jude Law’s first major movie role was in the 1997 sci-fi film Gattaca opposite Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

Gattaca is a very smart science fiction story about a future in which genetic tests determine one’s social standing.  Hawke starred as a man who wanted to be an astronaut but was not deemed genetically fit for the job.  To overcome this limitation, he borrows genetic material from Law whose DNA is perfect.

I think that perfection is part of why Law has never really caught on with a broad audience.  He’s too good looking.  Men find him threatening.  And unlike Brad Pitt who can convince us he’s one of the guys with movies like Fight Club, there’s something about Law that distances him from a lot of men.  We’ll see it in the roles he plays.  He’s played a lot of “perfect” men.

Anyway, Gattaca got really good reviews.  But audiences took a pass anyway.

jude law - midnight in the garden of good and evil

In 1997 Law also appeared as a male prostitute in Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Kevin Spacey and John Cusack co-starred.  The movie was not a hit with audiences or critics.

It should be noted that Law also played an unusually high number of male prostitutes over the course of his career.

leigh - existenz

In 1998, Law appeared in three films, but the odds are you have never seen or heard of any of them.  In 1999, Law appeared in David Cronenberg’s film eXistenZ.

eXistenZ is a trippy little movie starring Jennifer Jason Leigh  as a game designer in the near future.  As can be expected from a Cronenberg movie, the games include an organic element.  There are questions about reality and the nature of existence.

Like Gattaca, this movie got mostly positive reviews but may have been “too smart” for general audiences.  If you enjoy Cronenberg, it’s worth checking out.

the-talented-mr-ripley

Later that year, Law had his break-out role in The Talented Mr. Ripley.  The movie was based around the premise that Jude Law is so good looking and charming that both Matt Damon and Gweneth Paltrow want him.

As filmed by Anthony Minghella in gorgeous Italy, Law comes across as the the most handsome and charming man in the world.  Eventually, Law’s character spurns Damon’s Ripley and Ripley kills him in a fit of jealous rage. Apparently, Jude Law is so amazing that those who can not have him are compelled to murder.

The Talented Mr. Ripley got good reviews and was a hit at the box office.  It scored a number of nominations come award time including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Law.

jude law - enemy at the gates

Unfortunately, Law was unable to capitalize on the attention Ripley brought him.  His next major role was the World War 2 drama, Enemy at the Gates.

Enemy  didn’t make much of an impression with critics or audiences and is largely forgotton.

jude law - AI

In 2001, Law also appeared in Stephen Spielberg’s Stanley Kubrick-inspired sci fi film, AI.  I love Spielberg and I love Kubrick.  But apparently, they are not two great tastes that taste great together.  I hated AI!

Law plays yet another male prostitute.  Gigolo Joe is a lovebot who helps Haley Joel Osment’s adorable robotic Pinocchio in his journey to find the Blue Fairy.  This time, Law’s perfection is so complete that he isn’t even human.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about AI because it invariably causes me to rant about the multiple endings – each less satisfying than the one before it.

AI was supposed to be the movie that made Law into a star.  Critics were mixed though most praised Law’s performance.  Law was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.  Audiences (myself included) were frustrated by it.

Next: Road to Perdition and Cold Mountain

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Posted on July 19, 2011, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 153 Comments.

  1. Hey, thanks for covering Jude Law! I think you are probably right about his appeal with audiences. While some men might have been alienated by his ‘pretty boy’ image, it seems like even most people who like him still view his presence in a film as a very pleasant bonus, not as the main reason to see the film.

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    • No problem. It may take me a while, but I always try to squeeze in requests. And since Mr. Law makes an average of 100 movies a year, this article took a looooong time. But I am a Jude Law fan and I had fun taking his career apart and examining what worked and what didn’t.

      One thing that fascinates me that I see a lot is the stage in an actor’s career where they haven’t quite hit the A-list yet, but Hollywood goes ahead and treats them like they have. The same thing happened with Penelope Ann Miller last article and I think it’s going to be a theme. Partially, I think studios hope to get a rising star while they can still get them on the cheap. Partially, I think they are hoping to push them over the top and create a new star who might have some allegiance to them. But it creates this really interesting portion of the actor’s career where they either become a star or just kind of stall out. I think that’s really apparent with Jude Law’s career because it seemed to stretch on for most of a decade.

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  2. I just remembered – you owe me 97 minutes of life back for recommending eXistenZ back in the day. I had dreams of assembling a gun out of my own dental work just to shoot you with. You will pay. Oh yes, you will pay.

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    • As I was writing up eXistenZ, I thought, I’m going to get shit for this. And sure enough, I did! Silvey’s still after me for dragging him to see Man Trouble. An old friend of mine from middle school reminded me I dragged him out to Ishtar. To know me is to blame me for seeing a bad movie, I guess. Although all things considered, I’d rather see Cronenberg than Man Trouble or Ishtar.

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  3. Then again, just because somebody else doesn’t like a movie does not mean it’s no good. I have often sat someone down to watch a film I really like, only to start seeing it through their eyes, and understanding why the person and the movie were not a good match. I still like those movies, but I’ve gained a better understanding of what to reccommend to that person. The reverse is true. Just because a critic likes some films I don’t does not make them a poor critic.

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    • Oh, I totally stand by my eXistenZ recommendation IF you are a fan of Cronenberg. Cronenberg is one of those directors who is very polarizing. You either like his work or you don’t. (Kind of like another favorite of mine, David Lynch.)

      I made the mistake of recommending eXistenZ to people who liked The Matrix due to some of the similarities in plot. But apparently I overestimated the crossover appeal.

      Man Trouble and Ishtar, I can’t defend. Although Ishtar isn’t as bad as its reputation would suggest.

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  4. Jude Law seems to be always the groomsman never the groom. I think that his day will come. There are a great many actors out there that never really seemed to break through until they were older.

    I will say that I loved Gattaca and still watch it every time I get the chance. I very much enjoyed The Holiday (Yup I have breasts, so this is normal) and I found him delightful as Watson.

    Repo Men seemed to be a non-musical rip off of Repo: The Genetic Opera (Which I loved 🙂 ) I think some movies just try too hard. It had potential if it was not such an obvious rip off. The ending was good but a bit on the predictable side.

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    • I love your “always a groomsman” line. Very true. While I have my doubts Law will ever actually crossover and be a full-fledged A-list star, I think he has a very long career ahead of him. I figure he’ll be like a Dennis Quaid or Jeff Bridges. He’ll alternate between leading roles and supporting roles. He’ll have hits and misses. But I don’t think he’ll ever truly be a big box office draw on his own. But as I said in the article, there was also a time when I’d have bet against Jojnny Depp.

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    • Gattaca came out around the same time as Dark City and suffered a similar fate. There wasn’t an audience for smart sci-fi at the time. I’m not sure it would fare any better today, but it couldn’t do much worse.

      Also, Ethan Hawke = box office poison. Doncha think?

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    • True. But Uma has had a few hits. I don’t think she was ever the selling point of any of her movies. But she has participated in some big movies. Hawke, not so much. I need to add him to the list…

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  5. I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes. My father loved the books and I grew up reading them many, many times. The Basil Rathbone Nigel Bruce films, though enjoyable, were cartoons of the characters. I am no Jude Law fan but it was GREAT to see Doc Watson portrayed closer to the AC Doyle’s Watson. A combat surgeon is no dummy and a Victorian veteran of Afghanistan is no wuss. Man, it was worth seeing the flick JUST to see the good doctor get his balls and brains back. Bravo, Mr. Law. OK, The Enemy at the Gates. My family is from the UK, we are now transmogrified Yanks, with mum being from a Russian Jewish family. I loved the flick UNTIL the ridiculous ‘romance’ being so obviously shoe horned into the story. Much like ‘The Caine Mutiny’, the so-called romance could easily be removed from the story and not affect the story one iota. OK, thats me 2 cents work. Thanks for another fun article.
    Thom
    http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/tpm/

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  6. PS I still get chills thinking of when the Russian soldiers were issued weapons and ammo. One gets a rifle, one gets rounds. When you see someone drop, get their rifle.

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  7. Newest SH trailer:

    http://sherlockholmes2.warnerbros.com/index.html?adid=1011CRMSHK2&src=EMKSHK2

    Nope, not a fanboy, just want this blog to have it all & doing me part 🙂

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    • Much appreciated. I DVRd the Spike Scream awards and saw Downey Jr promoting the new Holmes pic there. The trailer looked like a lot of fun!

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  8. Please write about Jennifer Jason Leigh, though I may be the only person who wants this!

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    • Jennifer Jason Leigh is on the list! In fact, she’s one of the next two or three actresses I plan to cover.

      She’s one of a handful of actresses I always expected to break out in a big way, but never did. Look for her sometime this fall. Sooner rather than later.

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      • JJL was always a personal favorite. Too bad she never quite hit it big.
        I was re-watching Goodfellas last night and marvelling at how good Ray Liotta is in that one film. It occurred to me that he may be a good subject for a ‘fetch’ article.
        I’m sure the fact that he ate his own brain had something to do with his coming up short in the end.

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        • I have gotten a few Ray Liotta requests. I will definitely have to get to him sooner or later. In his case, probably later. I find I have a lot more high profile candidates for the men than I do the women which probably isn’t at all surprising.

          I have actually folded the “Fetch” articles under the “WTHH” umbrella at this point. It has brought them a wider audience. So logistically, it just made sense to expand the focus of WTHH rather than maintain two separate features.

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        • I still chuckle when I think of Jude Law’s duck-walking through his male whore role in Eastwood’s soporific, meandering mess “Garden.”

          Jude the Duck.

          Great work, as always, Lebeau.

          Thanks.

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        • I have to admit I have never subjected myself to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I have heard that it wastes a great cast. But your description of Law’s “duck walk” has me wanting to check it out.

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        • Not worth putting yourself through abominable torment merely to watch Judy do the Duck. Seriously, how is one supposed to believe this bland, wispy, forgettable dude throwing hissy fits all over the place is the most delectable “piece of ass” in New Orleans or some such nonsense?

          Come on.

          Heck, Tilda Swinton has portrayed more desirable males!

          Thanks again, Lebeau.

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        • No, thank you. You’re cracking me up!

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        • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is actually set in Savannah, GA and not in New Orleans, but I understand your point.
          The book is really wonderful, while the movie is merely decent.

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  9. I thought “A.I.” was as fascinating & as frustrating to watch as “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Entertainment Weekly said it best when it called Law’s character a cross between the Tin Man in “Wizard of Oz” & Malcolm McDowell in “Clockwork Orange.”
    The only thing I liked about “Enemy at the Gates” was the nice view of Rachel Weisz (sp?) during the love scene.

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    • AI was fascinating to watch the first time. I had very high hopes for it. But the multiple endings frustrated me to no end and left me feeling betrayed.

      You have just motivated me to track down and watch Enemy at the Gates.

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  10. Thinking that Jude Law’s career may have gone exactly the same way with or without the tabloid coverage. Not sure how to phrase this but in his younger days his face was almost too perfect to be a serious actor with the versatile, mesmerizing star power to open movies on his name alone, In fact he seemed to get much more attention in the tabloids, than he got for his acting, which has to be frustrating. However, as you’ve pointed out, he is always working. It’s possible that in time, he will get the right breakthrough part. But even if the planets don’t line up for him, it seems he will not lack for movie roles. Not a bad place to be!

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    • It’s a great place to be. Law’s going to be remembered as a talented and prolific actor. A leading man and a supporting player. A charasmiatic guy who could do comedy, drama, action, you name it. The only short-coming is that he never quite made it as big as people thought he would.

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  11. Whenever I think of Jude Law, I can help but think of Chris Rock poking fun of him when he was hosting the Academy Awards back in 2005. Rock basically wondered why a “Tom Cruise-lite” like Jude Law was receiving so much hype for what seemed to be no reason. This naturally, upset Jude’s “All the King’s Men” co-star Sean Penn, who reminded Rock that “Jude Law is one of our finest actors”.

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  12. Some more suggestions:

    Alec Baldwin
    Kevin Bacon
    Ralph Macchio
    Ray Liotta
    Anne Heche
    Chevy Chase

    The former is exceptionally ripe for ridicule, considering his long fall from grace, and his more recent public squabbles with the TV show “Community”, and the aborted “Fletch” re-boot with Kevin Smith.

    Anne Heche is a particularly good one; she held her own against Johnny Depp in “Donnie Brasco” and was really good in “Walking And Talking” (an indie fave of mine–really worth watching), and “Wag the Dog”. But she had a Margot Kidder type of public meltdown and watched her career flush down the tubes a la Sean Young.

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    • Alec Baldwin came back pretty strong post 30 Rock. But I will get to him eventually. It’s just a matter of time. Now that 30 Rock is done, I expect his career will cool off again.

      Kevin Bacon has resurfaced recently with X-Men: Last Stand and The Following.

      Macchio doesn’t have much to claim outside of being the Karate Kid, does he? I know he was in The Outsiders and had a small role in My Cousin Vinnie. But what else is there?

      Ray Liotta is definitely coming soonish.

      Anne Heche could be interesting. She wasn’t A-list, but she sure seemed like she would be.

      Chase is on the WTHH poll. Based on current standings, it looks like I will be writing him up very soon!

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      • Is Alec Baldwin really a strong “What the Hell Happened to…” candidate (even in light of “30 Rock” just ending)? I mean, he’s more relevant and popular at this point in time than his “Bettlejuice” co-stars (i.e. Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder”) or his ex-wife, Kim Basinger.

        I think the problem w/ somebody like Ralph Macchio is that his youthful/boyish appearance (even for a guy who is now 50, Ralph still looks much younger) made him hard to cast in adult roles once the “Karate Kid” series (Ralph was pushing 30 by the time the third movie rolled around) ran its course.

        I can easily see Anne Heche as a WTHHT candidate down the line (in a Sean Young type of manner in that big things were expected from her but her trainwreck personal life wound up getting in the way).

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        • I may stretch things a little to write up Baldwin because I really think he’d make for a good read even if he’s still relevant. I will hold off for a while. There are still a lot of other candidates who fit the criteria better.

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        • I’m now really beginning to reconsider my stance or opinion on whether or not Alec Baldwin should get a WTHHT down the road:
          http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/11/15/msnbc-alec-baldwin-talk-show

          “Up Late” will not air tonight and next Friday following Baldwin’s latest homophobic remarks. “I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work,” Baldwin said in a statement. “Again, please accept my apology.

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        • Baldwin will be covered eventually. That’s a certainty.

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        • But a stable upbringing and good parents are no guarantee one won’t have real mental issues. I have no idea is Sean Young is crazy or not – although she seems pretty sure I am. But it’s possible. She definitely has substance abuse problems which have probably caused some mental issues at this point.

          Heche, yeah, I think we can all agree she’s looney.

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    • It would be a pretty short article. You just wrote a good chunk of it.

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  13. Which of These Five Actors at the Highest Risk for Overexposure?:
    http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/which-of-these-five-actors-at-the-highest-risk-for-overexposure-.php

    Back in 2004, Jude Law was in six major films released that year (and a seventh was released at the trail end of 2003). It was that prolific period that so overexposed Jude Law that it nearly killed his career; he didn’t have another hit until Sherlock Holmes, and even that was mostly thanks to Robert Downey, Jr. (though, Law was quite good in Holmes). Clearly, Law learned nothing from that earlier experience because, now that his name is hot again, he’s lined up six more projects over the next two years, determined to wear out his welcome twice in one career (a feat that John Travolta has also accomplished).

    It is the cautionary tale of Jude Law that makes one worried when a particularly talented actor falls into the same trap. It’s great to strike while the iron is hot, but if you strike too often, the iron will burn out. Jeremy Renner is the latest actor who seems to have fallen into the trap, signing on this week for yet another major movie, playing Steve McQueen in a biopic scripted by James Gray and directed by newcomer, video director Ivan Zacharias.

    With that project, Renner is now a frontrunner to be the next Jude Law, the next major star to flame out due to overexposure and the inevitable backlash. A shame, too, because Renner is great.

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  14. When Star Power Becomes Too Much: 15 Celebrities Who Should Take A Break:
    http://styleblazer.com/128284/when-star-power-becomes-too-much-15-celebrities-who-should-take-a-break/3/

    In 2004, Sherlock Holmes star Jude Law outstayed his welcome with audiences by appearing in six films. Of these, only one, The Aviator, was a major financial success. Keep in mind, Law only appeared in that film in a supporting capacity. This perhaps prompted the actor to take two years off from working before re-emerging in 2006.

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  15. 10 Underrated Actors Who Don’t Deserve The Hate:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-underrated-actors-who-dont-deserve-the-hate.php/11

    1. Jude Law

    All men are jealous of Jude Law. There, I said it. Oh, but he comes across as smug and superior, with a hairline perishing faster than the Happisburgh coastline? Well, maybe, but he’s also rich, successful and your girlfriend fancies him more than she’ll ever fancy you. That’s reason enough for some people to hate Jude Law, but the man also seems to attract malice due to the onset of ageing, his well-publicised hair loss both aggravating admirers and comforting haters with the knowledge that even the most beautiful will be slowly ravaged by time. It doesn’t help that he gave some middling performances in his early years either, which earned him the tag of pretty boy making it big despite limited acting abilities. But Law, like most actors (sorry Robert De Niro), has thankfully improved with age.

    While his arrogant, debonair portrayal of Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley still remains his finest hour, Law has of late settled comfortably into the role of character actor, making the transition from often awkward leading man to dependable supporting player. As Sherlock Holmes’ amiable Dr. Watson, Contagion’s sleazy Alan Krumwiede and Anna Karenina’s tortured Karenin, Law has shown more subtlety and scope in the last few years than he ever did as a top-billed player. Getting relegated to supporting slots as a result of being withered by time will be the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law’s career.

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  16. COMMENTARY TRACKS OF THE DAMNED:
    http://www.avclub.com/articles/alfie,22306/

    Crimes
    Filling cinemas with yet another pointless remake

    Illustrating through example why it’s almost never a good idea to have a character talk directly to the camera, especially for a big chunk of the film

    Blaming its commercial failure on the conservative cultural climate of the George W. Bush years, not on its all-around crappiness.

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  17. 8 OF THE MOST OVERRATED AND OVERPAID MOVIE STARS:
    http://guyism.com/entertainment/movies/most-overrated-and-overpaid-movie-stars.html

    Jude Law is considered an A-List leading man. He’s certainly paid like one, like Aniston raking in somewhere between eight to ten million dollars every time he makes a movie. Here’s the problem – he’s never – NEVER – actually been the leading man in a movie that’s been a hit. Sure, he’s played second fiddle in the Sherlock Holmes movies but for ten million dollars, you kinda expect to get someone who can carry a film, which Jude Law never has. Not once. I guess The Holiday sort of counts but even that was sold as a Cameron Diaz/Kate Winslet vehicle. Seriously, look at his filmography. There’s nothing there. Maybe a bit part here or there in something people have actually seen, like The Aviator, but nothing that was sold as being a Jude Law flick. Nothing even remotely successful anyway. So you tell me why he’s paid like he’s Matt Damon or one of those dudes because I honestly don’t have a clue.

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  18. have to say, enjoying Law in “Holiday.” maybe Jack Black is the bigger name, but I can’t cotton to him as the leading man type when he is so solidly one of the frat pack group of actors. Ever since Gattaca you can’t deny Law has the acting chops.

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  19. OK “The Holiday” has me squarely in its camp as a huge fan of the film, director and cast. So much so, I just watched a movie with no real surprises in it, twice! in a word… wow! For anyone who hasn’t seen it…. SEE IT! how did this escape my notice in 2006? THIS is exactly the type of role that Jude Law should be pursuing. As for the Jack Black character, yes he was cast against type, and evidently, in one interview he stated he’d even said as much to the director, Nancy Myers. Who, by the way, didn’t just direct, she wrote the script with specific performers in mind. The result, well let’s just say it worked and it clearly resonated with audiences, because it was indeed a commercial success.

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  20. It’s too obvious for me to say that Kate Winslet can act, it’s just like saying Meryl Streep can act. But if you like Winslet, The Holiday might be one of the romcoms that you actually enjoy, because she is fabulous in it. She mentioned in interviews for the film that she didn’t think she was able to play funny, as Cameron Diaz could. Well, she nailed it, her timing and physical comedy were superlative. On top of what she can do with her expressive face, may she never ruin it with surgery! And just to drag this back on topic, I loved Jude Law in this too. Then again I’m sure women everywhere did.

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  21. Jude Law did well but could be bigger if he plays a villain. He’s a bad boy type (though a light one), like Ryan Phillipe – dudes with this glint in their eyes play a**hole well.Law is charming and mischievous, he’d be a good, psycho villain who does f*cked up stuff and says f*cked up stuff, making the audience laugh (and feel f*cked up for laughing). That would be his break through. For whatever reason, these guys don’t want to be the bad guy even though that’s the stuff that will put them on top.

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    • He tried. Watch Road to Perdition. He even got ugly for it. He was also a scumbag in Contagion. I don’t think Law is afraid to play a villain. I just don’t think that’s the role his fans want to see him in. But the right villain role could help him reinvent his image.

      At this point, I think Law had his breakthrough. I don’t think he could ever regain the heat he had circa The Talented Mr. Ripley. But I figure he has a long career ahead of him as a respected actor despite not being much of a box office draw.

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  22. Jude Law: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked:
    http://whatculture.com/film/jude-law-5-awesome-performances-5-sucked.php

    Somewhere around 2004, audiences seemed to get sick of Jude Law. Not because they thought he was talentless or that he couldn’t act or that they’d misjudged his abilities – they’d just had enough. He’d appeared in too many movies (six that year) and overexposure had drained all the appeal and mystery from within. So Jude, presumably realising this, went away for a while. He didn’t quit acting or make a drastic statement about it all, but he disappeared for a year – 2005, in fact, was an entirely Jude-less year. In retrospect, the time out might’ve saved his career.

    Nowadays, of course, there’s no sense of “too much Jude” in the air. He’s taken his place as one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men – an actor who is willing to throw himself into pretty much any role, though his tendency to play gentlemen-ly types has led to a fair few instances of what some might call typecasting. Still, Jude is one of very few actors (George Clooney beside him) who reeks of Hollywood’s “Golden Era” – like Cary Grant, he’s a true “movie star.” Born in Lewisham in London, England, he’s confident, sophisticated, handsome, intelligent…

    Yes, it’s safe to say that Law looks right at home on the red carpet, but like Cary Grant, he’s not just a pretty face: over the course of his long career (he’s still only 40, don’t you know?), Law has given us some truly remarkable performances – though, given the frequency in which he turns up in gossip columns and on the cover of celebrity magazines, it’s easy to forget that he’s such an accomplished actor. Still, as is the case with almost everyone in his profession, Law has delivered occasionally questionable, mediocre or downright jarring performances.

    To celebrate the release of crime comedy Dom Hemingway this week in which Law stars, join us as we take a look at 5 awesome Jude Law performances and 5 performances that sucked…

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  23. They Threw It Away – Self-Destruction and Acting Careers:
    http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ajax.html?t=13556983#page:showThread,13556983,19

    Jude Law’s ruined his career by taking every movie he was offered and being dissed by Chris Rock at the Oscars.

    by: Anonymous reply 365 01/12/2014 @ 01:41PM

    Jude Law is now on the B list because his looks went to hell in the blink of an eye. One year he was People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” and a few years later he looked like a worn out homeless drunk.

    by: Anonymous reply 367 01/12/2014 @ 03:06PM

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  24. The recent WTHHT article on Billy Zane somehow brought me back to Jude Law:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000708/board/flat/131179637?d=134204588#134204588

    Bald or not, Billy is matinee idol handsome; perhaps the handsomest actor alive–after the death of the preposterously beautiful Mr. Newman last year–next to Jude Law. Gorgeous Hugh Jackman is a little mainstream and seems just a tad vapid for all his beauty, but he was fun hosting the Oscars.

    The thing is though, not only is Billy quite quirky somehow, but he’s individualistic and non-average; even Jude Law can’t carry the leading role in a movie because no average man can identify with him; he’s always an object of desire or he has to be an anti-hero or someone who steals the show/thunder for a while then goes away for large parts of the film–he did very well in Sleuth against Sir Michael, but he was no match for him. Jude’s far, far better in a supporting role–remember his stunning work in “Wilde” and “Ripley”. That’s the problem with Billy too. I think in fact that Billy could have really done wonders with something like “The Great Buck Howard” except that he’s about 15 years too young. He needs to do indie movies, I think or play an anti-hero or a type of role normally given to someone like Christopher Walken (yes) I think he could make a comeback.

    He could do some interesting work with someone like Val Kilmer.

    If Robert Downey Jr. can make a comeback, Billy could.

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  25. 12 Actors Who Basically Guarantee You Make A Flop:
    http://whatculture.com/film/12-actors-basically-guarantee-make-flop.php/8

    1. Jude Law

    Jude Law is definitely one of the most inconsistent actors on this list, starring in a wide range of hits and flops, though over the last 5 years in particular, his box office success is heavily qualified by the presence of other actors and appearing in ensemble casts.

    His hits from the last decade include Closer (part of an acting quartet including Julia Roberts), The Aviator (sold on DiCaprio and Oscar buzz), The Holiday (again, an acting quartet including Cameron Diaz and Jack Black), My Blueberry Nights, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (an ensemble piece, and driven by the Heath Ledger curiosity), two Sherlock Holmes movies (unquestionably sold on Robert Downey Jr), Contagion (a huge ensemble work), Rise of the Guardians (animation), Side Effects, and the Grand Budapest Hotel (another big ensemble).

    His flops meanwhile include I Heart Huckabees, Alfie, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, All the King’s Men, Breaking and Entering, Sleuth, Repo Men, Hugo, 360, Anna Karenina and Don Hemingway.

    Why Is He A Flop? Law just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to draw an audience on his own, which is a mystery considering his good looks and solid acting chops. This might mean that studios will continue to cast him in ensembles and casts that don’t place him directly in the foreground for safety’s sake. If anyone can account for why he can’t bring in the box office bacon, answers on a postcard, please…

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  26. you mention hugo being a flop it was nominated for best picture.I think that helps build his career. Another thing he has a film called grand budpest coming up which has oscar buzz. Just bcause most of his hits hes not the lead does not take any thing from him. Morgan free man michael caine most of roles where supporting yet there still highly regarded. Lastly sherlock holms 3 coming so i think jude doing ok

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    • Just to clarify what I am getting at with the series, the vast majority of my subjects are “doing ok”. In fact, they are doing better than okay. They are fantastically successful. If they weren’t I wouldn’t be writing about them.

      Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine have primarily been supporting actors. And that’s great. I have nothing but respect for supporting actors. But that’s not what this series is about. It also isn’t about whether or not an actor is talented. What I am specifically looking at is whether or not the subject is A-list. Presumably, if I am writing about them, I don’t believe that they are currently on the A-list.

      Then we branch off into a few different versions of the question “What the hell happened?” For example, we might be talking about an actor who was on the A-list but no longer is. Why not? What happened? Or in the case of Jude Law, we might be talking about an actor who looked like he would make the A-list, but never did. Why not? What happened?

      Just because an actor isn’t on the A-list, that’s not a judgement of their career. Few will ever be A-list actors and those that are will not remain so indefinitely. There’s no shame in being a WTHH subject. I honestly consider it a form of flattery.

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  27. you are right but jude law was a list for a bit with his oscar nom for cold mountain but the main thing is you didnt mention that hugo was nominated for best picture in hugo so it wasnt the flop you make it out to be

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    • A movie can win Best Picture and still be a flop. Being a hit or a flop has nothing to do with quality, reviews or awards. When I say a movie is a flop I’m talking specifically about its box office performance.

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  28. I’m sorry, but I would consider Jude an a-lister. I know he may not bring in the box office like Tom Cruise or Johnny Depp, but he’s very in demand. To me, that’s the definition of an a-list actor. Not to criticize you, lebeau, because I admit Elisabeth Shue is a good actress, but I thought you made her out to be bigger than she actually is now. Because, to me, The House at the end of the Street (sorry, if I got the title wrong) is remembered as a Jennifer Lawrence movie. I wouldn’t call that a comeback. But I do think she can make one someday.

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    • Law is getting work consistently. That makes him a successful actor. But he’s not A-list. Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp are A-list. Law isn’t competing for the same roles. He’s in a different category. Nothing wrong with that.

      Shue isn’t A-list either. But she still had a heck of a comeback. She had completely fallen off the map. Now she is the female lead on one of the top-rated shows on TV. That’s huge.

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      • Ultimately being on the Hollywood A-list means your name above the film title can bring in large audiences to movie theatres and make a film a hit. Sandra Bullock currently has that drawing power, Tom Cruise does too and for the moment Johnny Depp still does. There’s a few others that could qualify. That list has grown smaller and smaller in more recent years. Still, there’s many actors that if they can’t make a film earn $100M+ at the box office on their name alone, they still add value to a film by having their name attached. Michael Caine, for example, has been well known for many years but is not any kind of box office draw on his own. But, in an ensemble film or in a supporting role, like Batman for example, his name does add some intrinsic value to many movie goers. He’s an actor that many moviegoers recognize from a number of different movies and know he is talented, his name might add a bit of extra incentive for the average movie goer deciding if they want to see a movie.

        Jude Law is probably more in that field, not a box office draw on his own but an actor that can add some value to a film with his involvement, possibly add extra incentive.

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        • Caine and Law add credibility. If you are making Batman Begins and you want to signal to audience that you are not making Batman & Robin, you cast Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman in supporting roles. That tells audiences, “Hey, we’re making a serious movie here. We’re aiming for a higher level of quality.” That is what well-respected, non-A-listers bring to the table.

          Supporting actors add value. Some of my favorite actors are primarily supporting actors. But it’s a different job description than A-list movie star.

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        • Caine and Law add credibility. If you are making Batman Begins and you want to signal to audience that you are not making Batman & Robin, you cast Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman in supporting roles. That tells audiences, “Hey, we’re making a serious movie here. We’re aiming for a higher level of quality.” That is what well-respected, non-A-listers bring to the table.

          Supporting actors add value. Some of my favorite actors are primarily supporting actors. But it’s a different job description than A-list movie star.

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  29. I get your point about Jude, but he’s getting some pretty big roles for a guy who’s not a supposed A-lister. As for Elisabeth, we just agree to disagree. To had fallen off the map and now be on CSI is pretty big, but I still think that’s far from a comeback. The movie success she has now are other people’s movies and I still think many people have forgotten about her, which again is not a criticism because she has actual talent.

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    • I suppose it depends on your definition of a comeback. In Shue’s case she literally came back. Not to the A-list. There was no way she would ever recapture that. But she came back into the business and into the spotlight. Most actresses would kill to be the female lead on CSI. That’s a major accomplishment for anyone. But for her, it’s bouncing back.

      As for Law, what’s the last hit movie he starred in? I’m drawing a blank.

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  30. first of all there caine has had succesful leading roles on his own like alfie and if the movie is noamtated for best picture it makes up for the box office flop and counts as a hit

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    • We will have to agree to disagree. All the awards in the world won’t make a box office failure into a hit in my book. Obviously nothing I can say is going to change your mind about that.

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  31. but if a movie wins best picture but flops box office can people call it a win winning oscar is a huge achievement too the movie gets publicity from it and movies rises in dvd sales

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    • Sure. There are all kinds of wins. Most movies break even eventually. But there are lots of well-respected movies that flopped at the box office. Just because a movie is a box office failure, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. Hugo was a flop. It was very well reviewed, but it was a flop in terms of box office performance.

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  32. I see what you’re saying now about Elisabeth. I don’t think she’ll ever reach that level of acclaim she did with Leaving Las Vegas, but to have fallen off the map and now be on a hit TV show is a nice accomplishment. As for Jude being in a hit movie, he stars with Robert Downey Jr. in the Sherlock Holmes series. I’m well aware it’s Downey himself that probably brings in the money, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that Jude has the second starring role. Anyone can do Rachel Mcadams’ part in the movie.

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    • That’s exactly it with regards to Shue. She hit her career peak with Leaving Las Vegas. She’s never going to hit that high again unless she happens to win an Oscar at some point later in her career. Which is pretty unlikely. But 99.9% of all actresses in the world would kill to get a part like the one she has right now. So even if she’s not A-list right now, she’s doing very well for herself.

      Law’s also extremely successful. It’s just that the leading man thing didn’t work out as well as it once seemed like it might. For a long time, people expected him to be a Tom Cuise-size movie star. That didn’t happen. Instead he stars in some little movies, takes part in ensembles and plays supporting roles. It’s a great gig, but it’s not A-list.

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      • His career is actually a lot more interesting to me than if he had gone the Tom Cruise route. But I’m sure his manager and agent disagree with me.

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        • These things have a tendency to work out the way they are supposed to. I doubt Law regrets the pat his career has taken.

          People tend to take these articles as judgements. Like I think that being an A-list star is the only thing that matters. I know you know better. But let me assure everyone else that just because I am writing about actors who fall away or fail to make the A-list, that doesn’t mean I think being a big movie star is the end all be all. There are plenty of great actors with really terrific careers who never got near the A-list. But as true as that is, that’s not what the series is about.

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        • These things have a tendency to work out the way they are supposed to. I doubt Law regrets the pat his career has taken.

          People tend to take these articles as judgements. Like I think that being an A-list star is the only thing that matters. I know you know better. But let me assure everyone else that just because I am writing about actors who fall away or fail to make the A-list, that doesn’t mean I think being a big movie star is the end all be all. There are plenty of great actors with really terrific careers who never got near the A-list. But as true as that is, that’s not what the series is about.

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  33. I would still consider Jude a leading man, though not in the same stratosphere as Tom Cruise. I don’t mean to criticize Tom because I am a fan, but his projects are more movie star roles. I’d love to see him do a movie like Magnolia again. With Jude, it’s true that he doesn’t do that many movie star parts, his leading roles are more about the acting, which is one of the things I like about him. He’s not afraid to sharpen his craft and appear in a supporting role.

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    • But sharpening your craft in supporting roles does not a leading man make. Law straddles the line because he does take leads in smaller movies. Or he will have one of the central roles in an ensemble. But Tom Cruise and Will Smith carry movies. That’s the job of a leading man. Opening movies is the job of a movie star. Law does not carry very many movies. And I don’t believe he has ever opened one. So while I think he is a great talent, he’s more of a supporting player than a leading man and definitely not an A-list movie star.

      Again, that’s no slight. He just has a different job than guys like Cruise and Smith. And frankly, supporting actors usually get to do more interesting roles. Protagonist roles are usually rather limiting.

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  34. jude law needs a strong oscar contender he has same chops for it

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  35. I didn’t mean he sharpens his craft to make himself a leading man. It was a poor choice of words. I just meant that while he may not be able to open a movie like Cruise — few actors can — he still can deliver in a leading role even if the movie doesn’t find huge box office success.

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  36. by that logic pitt isnt really an a list either hes more famous for his personal life then movies and most of his leading roles bomb his sucessful movies like oceans inglors bastards are supporting roles. He cant really carry a movie on his own without a big name kill them softly bombed pitt maybe a bigger name then law but law is actually a much better actor

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    • Agree with the Pitt assessment. Always been a pretty boy, and easy to watch but I don’t think he’s ever done much in the way of heavy lifting. Recently watched Ocean’s 13 (should have probably gotten 11 and 12 first, oh well) and he did fine in his supporting role but could he have handled something like Jude Law did in Gattica?

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  37. i think pitts a list comes from his looks and his personal life coming in the news a lot.He may have a better resume then law but law is a stronger actor talented mr ripley to prove it pitt could not do that. seven he had freeman and spacey to carry him.When he has to carry movie on his own like 7 years in tibet he fails.He is in big ensembles with big name actors get upstaged by them. None of his roles are really complicated and he fails at them.

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  38. one movie but most of the other movies he has stars in them seven,interview with vampire and troy.World war sucked. Law is still a stronger actor and is still more of a leading man then. PITT JUST stands around and looks pretty

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  39. What I meant about Jude was he’s a good actor even if his movies aren’t all successful. And I think Brad’s a very good actor. His relationship with Angelina may not hurt, but I doubt that’s why fans go to see him. People assume he’s nothing but a pretty face because he’s gorgeous. I won’t say 7 years in tibet is his best movie, but one bad movie shouldn’t define his entire career. Killing Them Softly might not have paid off, but movies like Troy and World War Z were huge hits. They may be blockbusters, but what about his three Oscar nominations? What did you think of Benjamin Button, Moneyball and 12 Monkeys?

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  40. troy he had big names like bloom and peter o tole. button and moneyball 12 monkey unworthy of oscar noms flat performances. Once again all of them had cate blanchett seymore hoffman bruce willis big names to carry them and those movies still sucked. .

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  41. still he had big names such as peter o toole helping him out and troy was not the greatest movie wheather it made money or not

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  42. ok troy and world war z exception but for the most part hes character actor in a leadings man body bulk of success came from supporting roles. Troy was still kind of a supporting role for him if you remember eric bana and orlando bloom where kind of main characters it revolved around them more pit may been in the poster but his was still supporting roles he didnt have to carry it so hes not a true leading man

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  43. Thank you, lebeau! No one bought a ticket for Troy because of Peter O’Toole or Orlando Bloom, who I thought was the weakest link. The character of Paris was just annoying. And as for Benjamin Button, no one went to see it for Cate Blanchett. It was just like Troy, Brad’s face took up the poster and Cate wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar for that.

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  44. There was no way Brad had a supporting role in Troy, he was the whole movie! Orlando’s character is there because he starts the war. He spends the whole movie on the sidelines, Brad was the one fighting. Brad can be a good character actor, but Troy was his movie, hands down.

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  45. bloom was still riding high off pirates and lord of the rings plus he was considered a heartthrob its unfair to say his name didnt add to the success of it. Fact of the matter bloom still carried it more then pitt since bloom had more screen time to be honest i thought pitt was the weakest peter o toole was the strongest.pitts name may be in front of troy but he didnt really carry the whole movie. Benjamin button overatted cate did do a better then pitt she

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    • I don’t want to weigh in on this too heavily. It was definitely Pitt’s movie. It was sold on his name and not a lot else.

      The only time I hear anyone bring up Bloom in Troy is to make fun of him.

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  46. most of the movie revolved around bloom starting this war for a girl he liked pitt was in sidelines in that movie movie focus more on blooms storyline

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    • It’s interesting how perceprions differ. For me ‘Troy’ was definitely a Brad Pitt movie, I did not even remember that Bloom was there until you mentioned it. I do remember Bana and Piter O’Tool (a heartbreaking scene in the tent!), but the others are a blur.

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  47. i guess we can agree to disagree i think jude can still reach a list . My idea is affleck is getting success as director he should cast jude in one his films as lead role

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  48. Bloom may have been riding high off Pirates, but that was Johnny Depp’s movie! He was popular and a heartthrob at the time, but he was never the reason people went to see those movies, he was just lucky to be in them. I’m not saying he didn’t add something to the project or that his role was not crucial or important, but he was not the star of these projects. I liked the other characters in Troy and I thought they helped add to the success of the movie, but that movie was Brad. Even if you think he didn’t do a good job, the starring role was his.

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  49. my opinon i prefer bloom to pitt even though i dont think bloom is much of a leading man i still think he carries more carisma then pitt

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  50. bloom like law is another actor on the list maybe he will reach a list too hopefully they all do

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  51. lebaue think cusack will ever make the list he never really made a list but he had some success in a few year throw hugh grant too

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    • I posted some links in the comments section for Neve Campbell’s WTHHT article (since it can be argued that John Cusack, who dated Neve for a while, had a hand in the decline of her career) should eventually get his own WTHHT:
      http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StarDerailingRole

      In the ’80s, John Cusack made many hit movies like Better Off Dead and Say Anything. In the ’90s, his career was cooling off a bit but he still had some hits like Grosse Point Blank. However, in the 2000s, most of the movies he made were critical (and even sometimes commercial) flops. However, in 2012, The Raven was pretty much the last straw as he’s mostly done only independent films since then, with the exception of a cameo in The Butler.

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    • Nope. John Cusack had decades to achieve A-list status. It never happened. Too late now.

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      • Yeah he was B+ for a loooooonng time

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        • Exactly. And I feel the need to keep repeating this given the tone of the conversation this week, there is nothing wrong with not being an A-list actor. At any given time, there are only a handful of actors who qualify as A-list. That’s why it’s the A-list. They are the biggest of the big. It’s not a reflection of talent. It’s not a reflection of quality. It’s about the power to sell tickets and get movies made. There’s a lot of actors and actresses out there. The vast majority of them aren’t A-list. Even among movie stars, most are not A-list. And that’s okay.

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        • maybe an article identifying the current B+ers would be fun?

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        • I’d love to read it if you’re inclined to write it. 😉

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        • no time today, but it might make a punchy 1-page supplement to WTHH, one actor at a time

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        • Yeah, I know you have your hands full with your Double Bill. But I’m a patient man. I can wait.

          I’ve been tweaking old WTHHs lately and I’m thinking about writing a second That’s Messed Up if I can find the time. Plus, we both have another podcast to get ready for.

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      • jeffthewildman

        Yeah I always saw Cusack as a character actor who despite some good lead roles was always at his best in ensemble and supporting parts.

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        • After the Sure Thing, he sure looked like a leading man. But he was stuck in that awkward transition between teen and adult roles. He made the transition, but not as an A-lister. It’s kind of like what happened with Kurt Russell only Cusack didn’t go full on action hero. Like Russell, Cusack dabbled in all genres but never really established a brand. You can’t really identify what a John Cusack movie is. Which is a good thing for an actor to show his range. But it’s not good for a movie star trying to sell tickets.

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        • Is it just me, I think Cusack is a fine actor and could have been A list… that is a really good WTHH possibility?

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        • It’s not just you. Cusack is on my list. Not any time soon, but some day for sure.

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  52. cusack is like johnny depp before he made pirates well respect actor but most of his films are not box office hit they do ok and some regarded as classics after there original releases his only box office hits is con air and he didnt have to carry the movie and hot tub time machine he is still a good actor. But should do more roles like being john malchage instead of romantic roles because thats his problem at a certain age an actor gets too old for romantic roles which explains hugh grants drying up

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  53. turning down hot tub time machine was a dumb move that movie could have been his safety zone anytime he had a flop he retreat to the hot tub time machine for a hit. Hot tub machine was a such a hit that it got the younger generation more familiar with cusacks work. What an idiot. And lebeau u say he never established himself in a certain genre well he did if notice most of his movies and sucessfull ones are romantic comedies better off dead on crazy summer sure thing say anything and gross point blank.

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  54. whats interesting his character on american sweethearts had a better career then him

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  55. jude has take on more serious leading roles like he did in cold mountain he can carry a movie that movie proved it

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  56. road to perison made 115 million that is a box office and reviews praised laws perfomance

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  57. another indie would be good for law it seems like he seems more comfortable in indies then big budget kind of like kidman

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  58. u never mentioned hugo got best pic nom thats important

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  59. grand budapest hotel made money. Plus wes anderson is currently a popular director i think colin and jude should both try getting a lead in wes film

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  60. Just read an article on MTV where Jude Law admits that he was approached to play the iconic role of Superman in the early 2000’s. This was when Brett Ratner was lined up to direct. In Jude Law’s words… “At the time I really didn’t want to. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being the guy who played Superman.” Brett Ratner did convince him to at least try on the costume before turning him down. “I go in the bathroom, put it on and look in the mirror and suddenly, I am Superman. That was it. I got it out of my system. I took it off, put it in the bag. No need for the rest of the world to see me.” So sadly no pictures were taken of Law as Superman, unlike the Nicholas Cage debacle from the late 90’s. Thank goodness he said no, I cannot imagine Jude Law as Superman.

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  61. To me, Gattaca is a cult classic. And I think it’s appropriate the use of the word “cult” here.

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  62. u didnt mention huge best picture nom

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  63. I think that Jude Law definitely let his personal life interfere with his professional one. He is a notorious womanizer. Definitely overexposed too. To me actors shouldn’t appear in more than 3 movies in one year.

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  64. forrestbracket

    leabeu all shue did was latch on to an already hit tv show. Like kutcher did with two and a half men. laurence fishburn was also o n csi does that mean his career had big boost. csi would been a hit with or without her. it was on for years before she came on. shes not the first movie star that was added to the show. all the promos for the show barely promote her .

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  65. forrestbracket

    fyi shue was never a list. that jennifer lawerence movie she was in was a modest hit

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  66. Future of Movie Stars: Who Will Shine? Who Will Fade Away?

    http://forums.previously.tv/topic/7750-future-of-movie-stars-who-will-shine-who-will-fade-away/page-15#entry1252842

    Watching Spy and seeing Jude Law again made me think about how hard he went for superstardom a decade to 15 years ago, and he just never really pulled it off. I think the guy is another example of “leading man face/body”/”character actor” soul. He was pretty hilarious in his supporting role.

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    • http://forums.previously.tv/topic/7750-future-of-movie-stars-who-will-shine-who-will-fade-away/page-18#entry1443889

      RIBBONINTHESKY1, ON 24 AUG 2015 – 11:22 AM, SAID:
      Regarding Jude Law – has he ever pursued leading man status? Outside of Sherlock Holmes, I can’t think of any blockbuster films he’s done to put him on the map. To me, he had a similar (albeit less severe) problem as Colin Farrell in that his personal life overshadowed the professional at an integral point in his career. But he’s always struck me as a character actor anyway. Plus, in my view, most leading men aren’t character actors.

      There was that one year where movie studios were REALLY trying to make Jude Law happen; I want to say around 2004. He was the lead for a couple of movies that just bombed (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Alfie are the two that are popping into mind, but I think there are others), which led to Chris Rock snarking on him at the Oscars (“If you want Tom Cruise, and all you can get is Jude Law? Wait!”), and Sean Penn got hilariously offended by that. And then, as you mention, his affair with Sienna Miller came out, and then he didn’t do a whole lot of big movies until Sherlock Holmes.

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  67. forrestbracket

    Spy was huge hit so jude is doing fine .I think hes going to have michael caine career go from lead actor to character actor in hit films.

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  68. Gattaca is a cult classic now.

    A lot of actors would kill to have been in that string of iconic movies from the first half of the 2000s. Law’s filmography is like a what’s what of some of the best movies of that era.

    Seems like he had a burnout after that 2004 schedule, with The Holiday being his only big vehicle for the next 4 years. That work on Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus was kind of an extended cameo. He finally ramped things up in 2009 with Sherlock Holmes. Those movies were huge successes and while it’s Robert Downey that makes those – Law is also good and adds to them.

    I remember Jude Law got shout-outs at the Oscars both by Michael Caine in 2000 and Sean Penn in 2005 when they won. Penn backed him up against host Chris Rock making fun of him for being in so many movies that year. You have to be pretty respected & well-liked for those two big-time actors to go to bat for you on the big stage.

    Just looking at Law’s Rotten Tomatoes list – he’s definitely a critical favorite. More often than not critics like his work quite a bit. Out of the movies he’s been in since 2009, 3 out of 4 of them are very highly rated.

    His upcoming projects include another Sherlock Holmes sequel and two possible A-list caliber features – a drama called “Genius” with an A-list writer and a mostly A-list ensemble cast. He’s also in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of King Arther where he plays the villain and appears to have top billing.

    So there’s not much wrong with his career. If anything he might blame himself for burning the candle at both ends in that 1999-2004 period. He should have been able to follow up that 2004 series with a star vehicle for himself, but may have been too overworked at that point to take offers. It looks like he took 2005 off pretty much then had a fairly easy schedule for 2006-2008.

    So I don’t know if Jude Law deserves a WTHH. If you ask me, while not a leading man, he’s one of the more successful actors of the 21st century. He’s setting himself up as the next Michael Caine or Jon Voight which is pretty good company.

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    • I admit, he’s an odd fit. The article was actually not originally written as a WTHH entry. Once upon a time, I had a series with the awkward name of “that’s so fetch”. The idea was to cover actors who looked like they were going to be big movie stars, but never quite made it. For a long time, everyone expected Law to become an A-list leading man. But instead, he became a supporting actor. So he was a natural for the “fetch” series. Eventually, it became clear that WTHH was much more popular than “fetch”. So I combined the two.

      Having said that, I do think Law fits the broad terms of the series. You really have to remember the time when everyone thought Law would be the next Tom Cruise or at least Matt Damon for his inclusion to make sense. He hasn’t disappeared. He’s just fallen short of movie star expectations.

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  69. Jude Law is great looking. However, he should use his talents to build and expand his influence or celebrity. He has chosen roles, unfortunately, were others have used his looks in exchange for tidbits or crumbs compared to what he could use if he used his wits. In appealing to the people, he should resort to de elvish roles, movies used to add to his celebrity. He, his charm, and good looks, should seek roles like twilight, Dracula (the last one that came out), Alice in wonderland (the role depp played), and other mystical roles to add. However, don’t fuck up the aura by adding movies that go againt such aura. Thus, play movies that give a mystic, mysterious, etc role. However, he would have to align interviews, consistent with such roles, and give off such an air. That way, he may attract and captivate the imagination, interests, and hearts of people.

    It seems though he is doing the reverse now.

    He is balding, getting fat, and wack ass reports, like this one posted online, are only placing his amongst the level of average people. Law is the only one to blame!!! (Get your balding, fat, lazy mind together Law!!! Your a beautiful man!! c’mon bro!!!) do it for something other than the money, you have plenty of that!!! Do it for the challenge, the thrill, the knowledge, testing your limits, growth, possibilities, the legend, legacy, giving back to community, the women, etc!!!

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    • Future of Movie Stars: Who Will Shine? Who Will Fade Away?

      http://forums.previously.tv/topic/7750-future-of-movie-stars-who-will-shine-who-will-fade-away/?do=findComment&comment=3358260

      I’m not sure Jude Law is the best comparison there, since even in his “pretty boy” days, he was always highly praised for his acting, including receiving two Oscar nominations and a BAFTA win, whereas Bloom’s success seemed to stem almost entirely from a combination of his looks and his luck in landing a role in LOTR straight out of drama school. But hey, if he’s doing good work these days then all the best to him.

      Actually, someone I’ve started to contemplate going the Jude Law route is Michael Fassbender. He sort of had a similar ascent in that he made his name with a series of acclaimed performances in smaller movies and supporting roles until Hollywood decided they wanted him to be a movie star. However, although I think he’s a terrific actor, the general public does not seem to be here for him and I’m beginning to wonder how many flops he’s going to get before he stops getting offered all these leading roles. Like Law, I think he’s talented enough that he’ll always get work, but I’m beginning to think it might not be the same type of leading man work that he’s getting now.

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  70. Maybe a superheo role would help.

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  71. Lebeau i need articles that where written in time of these movies release. I need articles stating seven years in tibet and devils own where flops. My friend does not believe me. She thinks in their original release they where considered hits.

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  72. Infamous Queer: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

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  73. What Happened to Jude Law – 2016 Update on What He’s Doing Now

    http://gazettereview.com/2016/01/what-happened-to-jude-law-update/

    Jude Law is one of those actors who has settled into an odd position in Hollywood. Never quite making it into the A-list, Law was known for years for his physical attractiveness. These days, he’s known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, and for having been attractive in the past.

    Law’s had a prolific career, though. In 2004, when he seemed closer to the A-list than ever, he was in six films. Since then his career has transitioned, with more roles portraying Law as a serious character. Let’s look at how Jude Law’s career has grown and changed, and at what his most recent projects are.

    Musical Theater & Early Film

    David Jude Heyworth Law was born in South London in 1972, growing up in Greenwich. He attended Alleyn’s School, a secondary school in London known for its theater department. In 1987, Law began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre, eventually going on to appear in a West End production of Les Parents terribles which earned him the Ian Charleston Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

    For the next few years, Jude Law performed in several minor roles for British television. Starting in 1989, Law was in over two dozen different shows and televised films, notably Shopping. On the set of Shopping, Law met Sadie Frost, with whom he formed a relationship almost immediately.

    After Les Parents terribles changed its name to Indiscretions, it was transferred to Broadway in 1995. Law was part of the cast moved with it, and after acting opposite Kathleen Turner, Law was nominated for a Tony. After performing alongside Stephen Fry in Wilde, the Oscar Wilde bio-pic, Law won Most Promising Newcomer from the Evening Standard’s British Film Awards.

    Early Hollywood Roles

    Law’s first major role came later in 1997, in Gattaca, where he performed with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Gattaca is noteworthy for how it introduces Jude Law to future audiences. Hawke’s character wants to be an astronaut, but is deemed genetically unfit in the eugenics-obsessed dystopia that is Gattaca. Jude Law’s DNA is perfect, though. Sadie Frost, his partner since 1994, thought so to, and married him in September of 1997. They would eventually go on to have three children before divorcing in 2003.

    His physical appeal is the focus of many of Law’s roles through the rest of the 90s. He’s attractive, to the point his physicality is the focus of entire plots, like Gattaca. In Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Law plays a prostitute who is killed by Kevin Spacey’s character. The film is not a success, commercially or critically, which won’t be the first time Law performs in a dud (or as a prostitute, for that matter.)

    In 1998, Jude Law was in three films, Final Cut, The Wisdom of Crocodiles, and Music from Another Room. I’m only listing them because they are so bad that they aren’t even mentioned in most accounts of Jude Law’s career. Music from Another Room focused on the obsession Law’s character has for a young girl he helped deliver when his character was five. Final Cut had a stronger plot, but was most notable for its nepotistic casting: Jude Law starred alongside his wife and her sister, who brought on two brothers.

    In 1999, Law performed in eXistenZ, another cerebral sci-fi thriller like Gattaca. It was with his role in The Talented Mr. Ripley where Law again was allowed to draw focus to how hot everyone thinks he is; the plot is based on Jude Law being so good-looking that Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon both want him. After Damon’s character’s advances are refused, he kills Law’s character. This only drives home the point that, in the eyes of Hollywood, Jude Law is so attractive, if you can’t have him, no one should.

    Receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor, The Talented Mr. Ripley was the first real success Law had seen in America. For the next few years, Law seemed to squander that, starring in relatively few films. Enemy at the Gates, while a strong film, went largely unnoticed. In Spielberg’s sci-fi film A.I., Law plays another prostitute. In A.I., Law’s character isn’t even human, to excuse his perfection. While nominated for another Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, box office reception proved A.I. was relatively perfect, and pushed Law’s entry into A-list a little further down the line.

    In 2002, Jude Law gave a strong performance in Road to Perdition, and while a relative success and critically rewarded, most attention focused on Daniel Craig, who was new to film at that point.

    In 2003, Law played his first lead Hollywood role, a Confederate soldier in Cold Mountain. Directed by Anthony Minghella, who directed The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain was a box office hit, but again, most of the buzz went to a costar. This time Renee Zellweger got the fame, winning Best Supporting Actress.

    2004 to Sherlock, Jude Law’s Perpetually Imminent Breakout

    2004 was Law’s best year so far. Opening the year with I Heart Huckabees, Jude Law was put beside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Unfortunately, all that star power couldn’t save a bad production, and the movie failed to break even. Closer, released later that year, also relied on an ensemble cast, and while it fared better, it did little to boost Law’s career.

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was expansive, with trailers showing big action scenes and intense close-ups of, among other things, Jude Law’s face. With its use of contemporarily advanced special effects, Law was so supportive of the film he brought in Gwyneth Paltrow. Unfortunately, despite a strong publicity campaign, audiences didn’t bite, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow failed to bring Jude Law fully into stardom. In Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, Law is cast as yet another flawless man. With a small role, The Aviator failed to progress Law’s career beyond a slight boost to screen recognition.

    The strongest evidence that 2004 failed to bring Jude Law’s career into bloom is his remake of the Michael Caine film, Alfie. Reliant on Jude Law’s box-office draw instead of traditional appeals like plot or cinematography, Alfie‘s failure showed that audiences weren’t interested in seeing Jude Law on a screen without something else to bring them there. The trademark of A-list, ticket sales, just wasn’t there for him.

    Another mark, tabloid coverage, was. Law divorced Sadie Frost, with rumors of infidelity circulating, supported by his relationship with Sienna Miller. Doing nothing but fan the rumors, Law and Sienna Miller got engaged on Christmas Day in 2004. By that time next year, Law was rumored to be cheating on Miller with their nanny, while Miller was rumored to be cheating on Law with Daniel Craig.

    Perhaps that was why Jude Law didn’t appear in a single film in 2005. In 2006 he was back, showing up in 3 films in 2006. All the King’s Men was a critical and commercial failure, as was Law’s third film directed by Anthony Minghella, Breaking and Entering. The Holiday, another ensemble film, was a hit with audiences, but that likely had more to do with the combined star power of people like Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, and Julia Roberts.

    In 2007, Law starred in another remake of another Michael Caine film. This time, it was Sleuth, and even featured Michael Caine. No one particularly cared for the film. It wasn’t until 2009 with the updated Sherlock Holmes that Jude Law had another strong role.

    Playing as Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes relied on the success Robert Downey Jr. had seen with Iron Man. Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes was a massive commercial success. The second film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was released in 2011, and while ultimately successful, did not see the same response as the first. The second Holmes is remarkable for having much more success in Law’s native England than in America, despite being a US production.

    Jude Law Now In 2016 – Recent Updates

    Repo Men, released in 2010, was Law’s only film that year. With overwhelmingly negative reviews, the movie quickly left theaters. In 2011, Law was in three films, the critically acclaimed Contagion, Hugo, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Contagion did well, but, as with The Holiday, the credit is with the rest of the cast, not necessarily Law. Hugo is notable for being a self-proclaimed ode to silent films, and did about as one would expect for a 3D movie homage to silent movies. In 2014, Law was in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The movie was nominated for several awards, and was a commercial success in the UK. Spy, a 2015 lampoon of spy films, kept Jude Law’s name relevant through the earlier part of the year, but the next film Law worked on, Genius, won’t be released until July 2016.

    In 2006, Jude Law began acting on stage again, and in 2009 joined West End for their production of Hamlet. With mostly positive reviews, Law has acted in several performances across London since. Most notable is his portrayal of Henry V in the Shakespeare play of that name, which ran at the Noel Coward Theater. As of the end of 2015, Law is performing in the Donmar Warehouse rendition of The Vote.

    In May of 2015, HBO announced The Young Pope. Jude Law will be starring as a conservative American Cardinal who is elected pope. The miniseries, directed by Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino, is highly anticipated and is thought by many to be the best role Law has been given. The show will premiere in 2016.

    Outside of acting, Law has recently cultivated an interest in political activism. In 2007, Law was in Afghanistan for 10 days for a film about UN activities in that area, eventually titled The Day After Peace. In 2008, Law returned to Afghanistan to renew commitments built while he was last there. Jude Law also joined pro-democratic protesters in Belarus in 2011.

    Since their initial interest during his relationship with Sadie Frost, the tabloids have kept an eye on Law. After separating from her in 2003, and then from Sienna Miller in 2006, Law had a brief relationship with an American model. This gave him his daughter Sophia. In 2015, Law had a fifth child with Catherine Harding, whom he had already left in 2014. Plenty of fodder to keep paparazzi busy, which may be why Jude Law’s name has such staying power, despite a relatively inactive career.

    Jude Law is not an A-list celebrity, and at this point, it doesn’t look like he ever will be. This hasn’t kept him from many of the trappings of that lifestyle. Featured alongside the biggest names, with publicized affairs and children hounded by the press, Jude Law has secured his name as a celebrity, without having a single role to point to and thank for it. Hopefully, The Young Pope will be the production we can all remember him for, instead of as the man typecast for being obnoxiously perfect.

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  74. Jude Law on MsMojo’s Top 10 Hottest British and Irish Actors

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  75. His looks have aged. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a very handsome man. But he had a youthful, golden-boy look and now that he’s older he isn’t getting the same parts. This is what happens to actresses all the time. He’s talented and I’m sure we’ll start seeing him in a new type of role very soon.

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  76. Nostalgia Critic – A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

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  77. 10 Movie Flops You’ve Probably Forgotten

    http://whatculture.com/film-tv/10-movie-flops-youve-probably-forgotten?page=7

    Alfie

    3 years before he took the Michael Caine role in a forgettable remake of Sleuth (opposite Caine, who had the Laurence Olivier role), Jude Law took the Michael Caine role in this forgettable remake of Alfie, which has been watered down and relocated to NYC.

    Law still talks to the camera, moaning about his lot and explaining his actions, but all of the darker moments from the original (remember Denholm Elliott as a seedy abortionist?) have been excised and replaced by…well, nothing much. There’s a touch of feminism, life lessons are learned but the film still doesn’t add up to very much.

    The director is Charles Shyer (Father Of The Bride), who’s not known for edgy humor, and his attempts to make us like the character cost the film dearly at the box office. In the US, it grossed $13 million on a $60 million production budget.

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  78. Jude Law On Why He Never Played Superman

    http://screenrant.com/jude-law-superman-role/

    Jude Law told Stephen Colbert about the time he was wooed to play Superman, and why he ultimately decided not to take the role.

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  79. Celebrities who had affairs that ruined their careers

    http://www.nickiswift.com/20038/celebrities-affairs-ruined-careers/

    Jude Law

    Jude Law’s dalliances with his children’s nanny became a true celebrity spectacle. The actor’s paramour had gone public with the details of their romantic episodes, so he had no choice but to turn to the same forum to issue his own apology for the affair. It wasn’t the first time he’d been accused of stepping out, but the high-profile nature of his relationship with Miller made Law’s latest cuckolding that much more damaging to his career.

    Before his transgression, Law enjoyed A-list status with leading roles in films like The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, and Closer, but after the affair, it took years for him to recoup his mainstream appeal by way of the Sherlock Holmes films. Recently, he’s booked a series of indie pictures (with titles like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Don Hemingway), keeping a relatively low profile instead of reading his name in big lights.

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  80. Jonathan Nelson

    He has gone from a boy to a man. There’s nothing wrong that has happened to him. These pictures were years ago. He looked like a kid then. Now he looks grown up. He should just keep his head shaved bald, but leave some stuble. The stuble looks best for his head. It’s more natural buzzed than with a hair piece.

    http://i0.poll.fm/js/rating/rating.js

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