What the Hell Happened to Geena Davis?

Geena Davis 2014

Geena Davis rose to prominence in the 80’s.  She capped off the decade with an Academy Award.  She kicked off the 90’s with a starring role in the pop culture juggernaut, Thelma and Louise.  But by the end of the 90’s, her film career vanished.  What the hell happened?

Davis - archery

It’s easy to look at Geena Davis and assume that she is just another pretty face.  On screen, she frequently appears as a bit of a ditz.  But in reality, there is a lot more to Geena Davis.  For example, Davis is a member of Mensa which requires an IQ in the top 2%  She is fluent in Swedish, trained in several musical instruments and is an Olympic-level archer.

Let’s see Meg Ryan do that!

davis - modeling

Davis got her start as a model.  But she quickly caught the eye of director Sydney Pollack and soon she was working in movies.  Although she has continued to work as a spokesmodel throughout her acting career.

Davis- Tootsie

Davis auditioned for several movies including the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator before landing her first acting job in one of the biggest comedies of the 80’s, Tootsie.

Tootsie starred Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who lands a role on a soap opera by cross-dressing.  Davis’ role was small and mostly consisted of parading around in front of Hoffman in her underwear.  The joke came from Hoffman pretending to be “one of the girls” while Davis flounced around in front of him.

Although her role was small, Tootsie was a monster hit in 1982.  The reviews were great, it was nominated for several Oscars and the box office was very strong.  It was a great way to start an acting career.

Davis - Knight Rider

Following Tootsie, Davis spend the next few years paying her dues on TV.  In 1983, she appeared in an episode of Knight Rider where she hassled the Hoff.

davis - buffalo bill

Davis also had a recurring role on the short-lived Dabney Coleman sitcom, Buffalo Bill.

Buffalo Bill ran for two shortened seasons.  Despite critical acclaim and 11 Emmy nominations, Buffalo Bill suffered from low ratings which lead to its cancellation.

davis - Fantasy Island

After Buffalo Bill was cancelled, Davis was back to TV guest spots.  In 1984, she appeared on Fantasy Island (pictured above) and Riptide.

Next: More TV and Fletch


Posted on August 30, 2012, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 181 Comments.

  1. “Earth Girls Are Easy” is one of the most ridiculous movies maybe I’ve ever seen


    • It’s definitely nutty. But in a good way, I think.


      • Yes, I’m not a huge fan but it’s definitely got a rhythm, style and even color palette all its own, which is nice.

        I watched a lot of Olympic archery this summer and they mentioned her, I’d totally forgotten about that.


        • Yeah, I’m not a member of the Earth Girls cult. I think I have seen it twice in my life. In college, I knew a couple of girls who loved it and insisted that I watch it. And then I didn’t see it again until just before I wrote this article. It’s completely forgettable, but enjoyable while it lasts. I’m glad you mentioned the color palette, because that’s a big selling point.


  2. In 1988, I had a huge crush on both Davis and Ryder after seeing Beetlejuice. I saw Cutthroat Island in the theater, and it really isn’t that bad.


    • Danielle Charney

      I agree- Cutthroat Island wasn’t that bad


      • I also saw it in the theater. We’re part of a small club. No, it wasn’t that bad. Much like Waterworld, it got tarred and feathered based on behind-the-scenes drama. It’s actually sort of fun albeit incredibly stupid. But unlike Waterworld which turned a profit eventually. Cutthroat Island really was a financial disaster.


  3. Danielle Charney

    It takes brains to play ditz well- I have always liked her – she got out while the getting was good to do things she cared more about- good for her-


  4. I have to agree with Danielle…I had no idea she was a Mensa member like Dolph Lundgren….maybe we should give the girl a pass


    • I generally only write about actors and actresses I am somewhat fond of. So I really consider it an honor to be included in WTHH. Sean Young disagrees.


  5. Hmmm….I seem to remember another Gina Davis from college. Now, where did I know her from?


  6. Geena was at her hottest in “The Fly”-classic movie. I thought “Transylvania 6-5000” was entertaining, even if it did have the racist that is Michael Richards in its cast


    • The thing about The Fly is that like all Cronenberg movies, it is a complete turn-off.

      I have to admit I have never watched Transylvania 6-5000. I remember watching Ebert and Siskel trashing it. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for it on the dish. My DVR is filling up with movies I haven’t seen or haven’t watched in ages thanks to WTHH.


  7. what did you mean about Sean Young?


    • She actually stopped by and commented on her article. Look for the comment from Mary Young. (Her real name is Mary Sean Young.) It’s really her. I verified the e-mail address. She called me a “psycho” if I remember correctly. And told me to “get a life”.

      The fact that she actually stopped by to tell me off has made her one of my favorites for all times.


  8. I looked. What a nutbar. Well, we knew that. Now, more importantly – what did you mean about The Fly?


    • The Fly? Just that it’s gross. Even though Davis looks good in it, all the Cronenberg ick is a major turn-off. I like the movie a lot, but it certainly didn’t inspire a cinematic crush for me.


  9. I can’t really recall anything other than that chamber…with Goldblum getting in. Anyhow, good article on Geena. I only write about things I have a certain fondness for, as well. And I certainly liked Geena – and just about everybody else you’ve covered. You know…Jim Carrey’s last 3 films looked very much like straight-to-DVD releases….maybe he’s ready for WTHH.


    • I’ll definitely get to Carrey eventually. He’s pretty low on my list at the moment. I have a big fish to fry next. I think comedians tend to come with an expiration date. It’s rare for comedians to remain on top of their game for very long. I have been going back and forth between Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase for the next comedian I cover. Robin Williams is also high on my list.


  10. Those are good, anybody from Ghostbusters, really. Even Annie Potts. (I don’t know if she’s an A-lister, but she’s so cute)
    Saw Dan Akroyd the other night in 50 First Dates and have been wondering about him and his nutty vision to do GB 3 without Bill Murray. As for Chevy Chase, he’s the epitome of a guy past his sell-by. I never thought he was funny…except for the first Vacation movie.


  11. Matthew Modine definitely didn’t survive the Cutthroat Island debacle. Oh Well, at least he has the lead in a Kubrick movie under his belt.


    • And he got a nice juicy role in this summer’s Dark Knight Rises. Seeing as how Nolan casts from the same pool of actors, I would say that Modine is set up nicely.

      The thing about Modine is that he was always a character actor that they kept trying to make into a leading man. He lacked the “star power” for that. But he was a fine actor for supporting roles. I actually think now that he’s aged a bit, he’ll get more work in these kinds of roles.


  12. But why didn’t he have that star power? Vision Quest, Memphis Belle and Full Metal Jacket weren’t enough? Five years after Memphis, he’s the go-to guy when everybody else says no? I don’t get it. He can act, and he’s good looking. WTF?


    • This is actually a good question and one which I kind of took for granted before you asked it. I think of “star power” as an undefinable trait. It can’t be taught. Some people have “it” and some people don’t. Tom Cruise has “it”. He may not be the best actor, but for whatever reason when he is on screen, people feel compelled to watch him. Even though they know he’s a crazy person in real life, they like seeing him on screen.

      Matthew Modine, while a talented actor and a good-looking guy, never had that “it” factor that compelled audiences to watch him.

      Is that a cop-out? Doesn’t matter. It’s what I’m going with.


      • 4 Actors Rescued From Obscurity By Christopher Nolan:

        1. Matthew Modine – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

        Christopher Nolan may have a penchant for Vietnam War films, as following Berenger’s casting in Inception, the Dark Knight Rises was bolstered by the addition of Matthew Modine, best known for his role as Pvt. Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, a casting decision that inevitably led to a number of ‘Joker in Dark Knight Rises’ headlines across the web and print media.

        Prior to Full Metal Jacket, Modine’s films included Streamers and Vision Quest, but despite appearing in a string of roles following its release, his career took a hard hit when Cutthroat Island, a pirate film in which he starred alongside Geena Davis, became the biggest box office bomb of all time.

        Though never really out of work following the film’s 1996 release, the Dark Knight Rises was Modine’s first appearance in a film with mass appeal for several years. Playing the role of Peter Foley, the Deputy Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Force, he is actually given a generous amount of screentime, getting a moment of redemption towards the end of the film to make up for some of his actions in the earlier parts.

        A role in Jobs, one of two films about the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, was Modine’s first project following his Dark Knight Rises appearance, though it remains to be seen whether he will revive his career on the back of it.


        • I’m not sure his one supporting role qualifies as rescued from obscurity. I doubt that many people in the audience had any idea that he was somebody.


  13. LOL..I’ll buy that. But that means Val Kilmer has ‘it’? And Mel Gibson? And Adam Sandler? (or had ‘it’, as the case may be)
    As for Cruise, I personally think he’s very lucky to have MI to fall back on. Check out what he got paid for Knight and Day.


    • Yeah, all those guys have or had “it”. In the case of Sandler in particular, I don’t get it. But he has some kind of star quality.

      There is no doubt that Cruise’s star is waning. I think the value of stars is and has been on the decline. What sells tickets these days is the premise (or franchise) moreso than the star. But Cruise’s name over the title on the right kind of movie is still valuable. Something Matthew Modine never had going for him.


  14. Two things stand out in this article more than Geena Davis:

    One. I rather like Matthew Modine and have enjoyed most of the stuff he’s done. Vision Quest is one of my fondest 80’s teen angst flicks. Maybe not as slick as Risky Business but a solid film none the less. His best and meatiest role was probably “And the Band Played On” about the early days of the AIDS crisis.

    Two. I’m forever being surprised at the films Ridley Scott has been involved in. I had never heard of him until Black Hawk Down. Once I became familiar with his name I learned about all the other movies I’d seen where he was behind the camera: Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Black Rain and now Thelma and Louise. The guy has been knocking them out for years!

    As for Geena I was never terribly wowed. I enjoyed her role in Fletch the most I think even if it was small. She was good in Beetlejuice too. Dont’ remember much about Cutthroat Island. I did see it and remember it got shredded by audiences and critics. For me her ‘jump the shark’ moment came w/ Long Kiss Goodnight. I’m surprised to learn it actually made money at the box office because it was quite bad. Another star who made bad script choices is what it boils down to. I remember reading somewhere once that she turned down a particular role that ended up being huge for the actress who eventually took it. Can’t remember the title or the other actress right now, but it just makes my point about picking the right scripts.


    • I like picking on Modine. It’s not fair of me. But, he was one of those guys who had a long career and made a lot of movies without ever having been a real star. If you didn’t want to spend more than a few million or if all the 5 mil and up guys said “no” you cast Modine. That was his niche. (BTW, he actually got an astronomical 7 million for Cutthroat Island.)

      I have always considered myself a fan of both Scott brothers. They can be hit and miss. But even their misses are usually worth watching. Don’t forget Ridley also directed Gladiator. I have been meaning to go back and rewatch some of his career lowlights for a career retrspective. But it will probably take me a long time to get around to it.

      I honestly can’t remember much about Long Kiss Goodnight. I know I rented it based on some decent reviews. I wasn’t overly impressed. It was about what I expected from Renny Harlin.

      I do think making back to back movies with Harlin was a mistake. Harlin was beginning a slide into obscurity and he took his wife down with him. But I do think Davis could have continued working after Long Kiss Goddnight if she wanted to. She clearly chose to concentrate on other things instead.


      • Oops…forgot to mention Memphis Belle in the Modine ‘plus’ category. Really liked that movie.


      • Renny Harlin wasn’t a has-been by the time of CUTTHROAT ISLAND, though–he was a never-was. He is a man bereft of talent, and his films had always been awful. Davis didn’t go into direct-to-video-ness with that movie, but she did go into it quality-wise (THE LONG KISS GOOD NIGHT was just as bad).


  15. Isn’t it odd that Mel Gibson’s name at the top used to mean big bucks…and now it’s the exact opposite?

    I propose that we do a prisoner exchange with Australia. Mel Gibson for Eric Bana. (Bana is a really nice guy – check out Love the Beast)


  16. geena davis is a talented actress. end of story. if she did a sequel to beetlejuice and long kiss goodnight i would go see it. matthew modine, i used to like him in married to the mob, pacific heights and cutthroat island but he got to be a real idiot thinking he could talk to bin laden and ask why is he angry at us before bin laden got killed. that’s why he hasn’t done a good movie in 20 or 30 years. there are many reasons for why i boycott these hollywood losers like modine, etc. i won’t waste time other than to tell you i will never ever go to a matthew modine film, or any other film from these liberal clowns


    • Hey, as much as John Wayne’s “politics” disgusted me, if I was channel-surfing and I caught “The Cowboys” or “True Grit,” I stop what I’m doing and WATCH. And for all Wayne’s patriotic bluster, HE NEVER SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES. Meanwhile, MIKE FARRELL, king of the Liberals, was A MARINE. Bea Arthur? A MARINE. Alan Alda? Was in the Army.

      One of Hollywood’s super-Republicans? The “gentleman” known as Bruce Willis, one of the biggest jerks on two feet. (You can have him.)


  17. hey le bleau guy…watching Avengers right now. What is it about Scarlet? She’s not actually that hot. Has she got ‘it’?


    • Good question. I think she has some star quality. But she has yet to prove that she can carry a movie on her own. I don’t think she has earned a spot on the A-list yet, but she’s pretty close. She may even be A-list by virtue of the fact there are so few truly A-list actresses out there these days.


  18. Yeah, the pool is dwindling. I have a theory that comedians make really fine actors. Like Steve Carell. I was reminded of this theory by your Geena post. Not Geena, but what’s her name? The mom in Beetlejuice? She came up in the world with Candy and Moranis, right?


  19. She never made A-list? Everybody from Beetlejuice did, yeah? How is your site doing? Don’t bother with advertising…unless you got a gabillzion readers. I made $2.50 last month (wahoo) but my book sales were pushed up…got 43 bucks put into my bank account from Amazon. Probably going to quit Adsense. Thought you should know.


    • O’Hara came closest to the A-list after Home Alone. But no, she was never a lead. Just a very versatile character actress. Same with Jeffrey Jones. I’d say the only ones from Beetlejuice who made it to the A-list were Keaton, Ryder, Davis and Baldwin. Not bad though. How many movies have 4 future A-listers?

      You noticed the ads, huh? I’m trying something new. WordPress has a program called WordAds. Once we crossed half a million hits, I figured I would try it out. I’ll let you know how it goes.

      I also started a FB page for the site. I plan to use that for quick hits that don’t merit full articles. Or things I just don’t have time to get to any time soon.


  20. Very interesting. Jeff Jones…sigh. The jokes about him and his love for little boys. Just….sigh. What a waste.

    Well. jeez, how many hits you got? I only get ’bout 17,000 a month….probably why Volvo ain’t callin’ me back.

    Sad to say, I really wanted that. I got a young daughter and have had every Volvo made….love the fact that they made the first ‘real’ seat belt….and I’ve enjoyed writing about them.

    Going to bed. Thanks for responding.


    • Take it easy. I’ll see ya later. I’m waiting on the kids to get home and working on the next WTHH while half-watching Cutthroat Island! You swap out Modine for Johnny Depp and that thing would have been a hit.

      Speaking of hits, we actually average between 1 and 2 thousand hits a day. Every now and then, things get crazy and we’ll see over 5k hits. We’ve been exceeding 50k hits/month lately. I’m hoping that by concentrating on the WTHH articles, I can boost that.

      I doubt there’s much money to be made. But bragging rights are nice.


  21. Do debra winger shes an interesting case


  22. I don’t understand the following sentence: “Davis’ Oscar win for The Accidental Tourist announced her arrival on the A-list despite never having starred in a hit movie.” The Fly and Beetlejuice were both hits that came before The Accidental Tourist and she had lead roles in them.

    Geena Davis always seemed a bit goofy but nonetheless a very down-to-earth, likeable actress. She could be in more films if she wanted to, but only character parts would be available to her. Even when she was A-list, she was never a prolific actress. To date, she has only appeared in 19 movies, a very short filmography for someone who has been in the business for over 30 years.


    • That’s a bit of semantics, I suppose. I would argue that Beetlejuice was very much an ensemble. I don’t think anyone “starred” in it. Technically, Baldwin and Davis were the leads. But people remember Keaton and maybe even Ryder more. No one bought a ticket to Beetlejuice to see Baldwin or Davis. They were not at all well-known.

      Davis certainly had a lead role in The Fly. But she wasn’t featured on any of the marketing material. Goldblum and arguable Cronenberg were the stars. Again, no one bought a ticket to The Fly because it was a Geena Davis movie.

      Over at the AV Club, when they did their write-up on Cutthroat Island, they actually argued that Davis never starred in a hit movie. They even specifically singled out Thelman and Louise and A League of Their Own as being hit movies with Geena Davis but not Geena Davis movies.

      I am always a little reluctant when I say something was a hit or a flop, or well-reviewed or what-have-you. Because a lot of these things are matters of perception. I could certainly give you The Fly as a starring role for Davis in a hit film, but I think you have to put an asterix by it.


  23. This is very random and I have already mentioned Jennifer Jason Leigh and Debra Winger but I just thought of someone who i think would top those two. Melanie Griffith! I think that’s an interesting choice.


    • I have been stockpiling Melanie Griffith movies on the DVR. She’s on my relatively short list. Not sure I’ll get to her before the end of the year. It all depends on how much blogging time I have between now and then. But she should be somewhere in the next dozen or so articles.


  24. I think Geena Davis isn’t “fluent in Swedish”; she speaks Finnish because Renny Harlin is from Finland. I remember when they got together Geena was all into learning Finnish.


    • Gotta admit, that piece of info comes from Wikipedia. Take with all the authority that Wiki info entails. Given her intelligence levels, I wouldn’t be surprised if both were true. Perhaps she was fluent in Swedish and learned Finnish while married to Harlin. Or perhaps someone who updated her Wikipedia page doesn’t know the difference. Really, the point of including that piece of info was to illustrate that Davis isn’t the ditzy sex bomb she comes across as on screen. But thanks for the clarification. I’ll have to look into that. If I determine for certain that Wikipedia was wrong (fake shock and horror) I’ll update the article.

      As always, thanks for reading!


    • No, it’s Swedish.


  25. Good write up! I adore Geena Davis. Coma wasn’t particularly good, but it was really nice to see her back on screen. Winona, Geena, and Catherine were such a great trio of ladies in Beetlejuice, btw, even if no scenes shared all three.


  26. “What the hell happened to Geena Davis?”

    She decided to raise a family and went into semi-retirement, only coming out for occasional TV shows and what-not. That’s what actually happened.

    “Cutthroat Island got horrible reviews”

    Actually it got mediocre reviews to be exact.


    • I think you’re splitting hairs on that distinction. It got some horrible press. The reviews were uniformly bad. I’m not sure how you can be exact when you say the reviews were mediocre. Even now, it has a 44% approval on RT. And my recollection is that the reviews were even worse at the time. But if you can point me to a resource that backs your POV, I’ll soften the tone on that one.


      • A 44% on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t bad, it’s more mediocre. If it had a 27% then it would be a pretty bad rating.

        I can’t say anything about the reviews at the time of its release, I do however know that Roger Ebert gave it a positive review not that it really matters of course.


        • Well, 60% is considered passing. So a 44% is pretty bad. Worse than mediocre I would say. Plus, reviews have gotten softer over the years. As time goes by, people have watched it and said, “It’s not as bad as it’s supposed to be”. So while few really ylike it, you’ll find more mixed reviews today than you did back then. When it was released, it made lots of Worst of the Year lists.

          Ebert tends to be swayed by sexy lead actresses. 😉


  27. I have just found your blog…. It is extremely interesting and bloody well written! Congrats!


  28. Just like S Erhahon I have just discovered your blog, and I agree it is very well written.. I’m a big fan of Geena, and this was a great read.. I’m only 18 and I hadn’t actually seen any of her films until last year, when I watched Beetlejuice for the first time.. And from the moment I saw her I was in love.. Anyway, I’ve been watching all her films and some of them are really good. I really enjoyed Quick Change, I’m surprised that not many people have heard of it because I thought it was hilarious from start to finish. And also Cutthroat Island.. I was dreading watching this film because of all the bad reviews it got, but because Geena was the main star, I had to watch it.. and surprisingly I enjoyed it. I mean yes it’s not a brilliant film, it’s not even great, but it’s fairly good. I have no idea why it’s classed as one of the worst films of all time.. What was it about the film that was so bad..

    PS. Don’t know if you already know this or not but Geena is set to star in a new TNT series about a female bounty hunter.


    • Hi Christopher. Thanks for taking the time to comment. You brought a smile to my face. Of course I’m always happy when someone finds my little site and enjoys the articles. But I’m also thrilled to think of a new generation discovering Geena Davis. Very cool.

      The bad press over Cutthroat Island had very little to do with the movie. It was more about the troubled production. The Hollywood press loves to report about movies spinning out of control. Cutthroat Island was very expensive and was turned down by just about every actor in Hollywood. When it was released, the press couldn’t wait for it to flop.

      If you like Davis that much, check out Earth Girls Are Easy, The Fly (if you like horror) and The Accidental Tourist. You’ll thank me later.

      TV seems to be the last refuge of actresses over 30 these days. Hopefully Davis’ new show will be a success.


      • Thanks for replying.. I’ve already seen Earth Girls Are Easy, and The Fly. I haven’t got round to watching The Accidental Tourist yet, but I will definitely check it out.. As for Cutthroat Island you’re probably right, sometimes the press just want a movie to fail, and they can’t wait to put the boot in.. This isn’t the first time that bad reviews have prevented me from watching a good movie. When I finally do get round to watching them I’m left mystified why they flopped and received such bad reviews. For example, I really enjoyed Waterworld, and Terminator 3.. And both of those received mostly bad reviews..

        I also hope that Geena’s new show will be a success.. Keep up the good work.


      • The Oscar Curse: How Winning an Academy Award Has Often Become the Kiss of Death:

        Tall, striking and very funny Geena Davis picked up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “The Accidental Tourist.” At first it appeared as though Davis would be able to avoid the Oscar Curse with memorable performances in big-time hits like “A League of Their Own” and “Thelma and Louise.” Everything came to a screeching halt with the release of the misguided pirate epic “Cutthroat Island” and since then the kiss of death has been firmly applied to the career of Ms. Davis.


        • The Oscar Curse: Big win doesn’t guarantee continuing success:

          Geena Davis won Best Supporting Actress for 1988’s Accidental Tourist and proved the win wasn’t a fluke with her Oscar nomination for 1991’s Thelma & Louise. But the record-setting flop of 1995’s Cutthroat Island followed by the failure of 1996’s The Long Kiss Goodnight took its toll.

          The fate of Davis is a cautionary tale for Oscar-winners such as Adrien Brody (2002’s The Pianist) and Halle Berry (2001’s Monster’s Ball), and even a well-respected actor such as Forest Whitaker (2006’s The Last King of Scotland), each of whom has struggled more often than not at the box office and with the quality of their films since their Academy Awards.


        • OK – BIG NEWS attack: Hollyweird is fickle — 2 or 3 movie bombs in a row, ya might as well kiss yr “movie career” good-bye, regardless of how many “big” movies you might’ve starred in previously. (Same with directors, but to a lesser extent. Bye, bye, Mike Ciminio.) And there is ALWAYS someone younger & prettier coming up behind you…hey, in 2 or 3 years, we may see Megan Fox and/or Mila Kunis on this blog! (In the case of Kunis, I hope not…I have the feeling that Fox’s 15 minutes are almost up, however.)


        • Something tells me Transformers 4 isn’t going to revive Fox’s career. Kunis has a much better chance.


  29. I loved Cutthroat island…I cant remember if i went to the movies to see it? i hope i did. Some awesome Action in the movie, I had a crush on her after that movie and The Long Kiss goodnight was also great! i watched that at the movies.
    Going to watch them this week. Bring back the good old times, when i was younger haha


  30. All of the comments that I’ve read on Geena Davis’ IMDb message board seem to generally come to the conclusion that the combination of Renny Harlin’s (or more importantly, the negative stigma that “Cutthroat Island” carried) attempts at turning her into an action star, getting older (perhaps a Hollywood “double standard” regarding women compared to men but that’s another debate for another time), and not wanting to reinvent herself as a character actress is what sunk her viability as an A-list leading lady.

    You can also make the argument that Geena Davis just looks like the type that would more than likely, lose a role to Sigourney Weaver every time. Maybe Geena became as she got older, more difficult to cast because of her towering height combined with her body getting too fat and her face got too chubby for close-up shots.


    • Rightly or wrongly, Cutthroat Island was seen as a debacle. For a long time before it was released, Hollywood was snickering about how they couldn’t cast a leading man. Davis and Harlin were seen as arrogant for pushing Davis’ role. Which I see as another one of those double standards you’re referring to.

      At the time, female action stars rarely worked. I think Davis definitely had the stuff to be an action heroine. But audiences and Hollywood weren’t ready. If she were young today, I think she’d have a career more along the lines of Angelina Jolie. Or at least Mila Jovovich.


      • I have to admit I enjoyed the first Charlies Angels. I even like the Resident Evil movies in a braindead way. Come to think of it, I like female action heroes as much or more than I like male action heroes. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of my favorite shows ever. I know sometimes it can be unrealistic, but I can suspend my disbelief.


        • Buffy is easy to buy because she was magical or something. The show was also amazingly well written.

          I do get annoyed when very lithe actress/models beat the hell out of 230 lb guys- it used to be done as comedic relief- but its everywhere now.

          I admit there are women who can surely kick my rear with their fight training and obvious strength- but they are rarely cast- its usually a waif like Jolie or Julie Garner.

          I imagine that’s why most female action movies don’t do well- the audiences DON’T suspend their disbelief.


        • I can usually suspend my disbelief. Sometimes it takes more effort than others. But I would rather watch an actractive actress kicking ass than some buff dude. I’m a fan.

          Also, there are some male action movies where the match up strained my belief. I had a hard time believing John Lithgow giving Stallone a hard time in Cliffhanger. Or Michael Ironsiders going toe to toe with Arnold in Total Recall.


      • Since “Charlie’s Angels” and “Resident Evil” were brought up:

        5. The Matrix: A great action flick (one of the best of the last 25 years). But it’s innovation was not in its narrative, but in the Wachowski Brothers’ use of bullet-time photography combined with wire work in Eastern kung-fu movies and computer effects. Unfortunately, in addition to inspiring two much lesser sequels, the Wachowski’s also inspired the visual effects in damn near every action movie since. The worst of these stylistic rip-ofs were movies like Charlie’s Angels, The One, Eagle Eye, Equilibrium, Underworld, Ultraviolet, Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator, just to name a few. Of course, the Wachowskis were also a huge influence on Timur Bekmambatov, who gave us the Night Watch trilogy and the entertaining, but full-on Matrix rip-off, Wanted.


      • 7 Films That Ruined These Celebrity’s Careers:

        1. Geena Davis – Cutthroat Island

        Geena Davis was considered one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars when she took one of the lead roles in the pirate-themed film, “Cutthroat Island.” Unfortunately for her, the film ended up being a tremendous box office flop and failed to impress critics. It only ended up earning back $10 million of its $98 million budget and effectively ended Davis’ career as a movie star. She has only been in a handful of movies since and has instead focused her efforts on television.


  31. 25 A-List Hollywood Actors Who Fell the F Off:

    Geena Davis
    Best Known For: Thelma and Louise (1991), A League of Their Own (1992)
    Most Recent Project: In a World… (2013)

    Neither a meltdown nor a loss of artistic passion brought about Geena Davis’s fall-off moment. Davis has worked consistently since her award-winning performances in A League of Their Own, Thelma & Louis, and The Accidental Tourist, but you can divide her career into two distinct parts: Before Cutthroat Island and After Cutthroat Island. That debacle remains the biggest flop in cinematic history, with a net loss of $147,157,681 (with inflation).


  32. So love this series and still working through the entries. Davis, one comment. Geena along with Susan Sarandon, along with the AUDIENCE were totally robbed by the ending. I was furious!
    As Lebeau said, this movie had cultural impact and who knows how many female road trips were self-dubbed “Thelma and Louise.” The writers should have been sent back to their desks until they figured out how to write a better ending. By doing what they did, the movie, while still good, landed firmly in the category of You Only Watch it Once.


  33. 20 Movies That Made Us Think Differently About The Actors In Them (And Not In A Good Way):

    n the 90′s Geena Davis was a familiar face with a string of likable roles from Beetle Juice to Thelma and Louis. Then came Cutthroat Island, a swashbuckling nightmare of box office revenues. The $98 million production made only $10 million in the U.S. That’s enough to make Hollywood execs pass on pirate movies and Geena, more often than not.


    • Mr. Floppy 10.06.07: Cutthroat Island:

      Pirates are pretty popular nowadays. You see them in commercials, videogames, toy stores and all of this thanks to the overwhelming success of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. That success can be largely contributed to Johnny Depp, without whom the movies would have lost much of their appeal. Jerry Bruckheimer achieved his biggest success with this project, but at the same time, the first movie of the series was also his biggest risk. The pirate genre has been dead for quite some time and the it was finally killed off by this week’s inductee.

      Year of the cock-up : 1995

      Budget : $98,000,000

      Domestic gross : $10,017,322

      Foreign gross: cca $ 5,000,000

      Worldwide gross: cca $15,017,322

      Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgment day, Basic Instinct, Stargate. What do these movies all have in common? If you think the answer is Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’re obviously wrong. The real answer is- they were produced by Carolco Pictures, Inc. All of those movies were also big-time hits and Carolco definitely could be included among the successful studios of that era.
      Of course, all good things must come to an end and Carolco suffered it’s first serious stumble with the beloved Showgirls in 1995. They expected the combo of Paul Verhoeven, Joe Eszterhas and tits to work their magic again, but this time the luster was all but gone. Otherwise a very competent director, Verhoeven’s mind probably took some time off during the production and along with a demented script (Eszterhas probably wrote it in a pub), Showgirls were simply painful to sit through. Even the tits got boring after a while and Showgirls were a colossal failure both financially and critically.

      After this, Carolco needed a hit. A big one. It remains a mystery why they chose to dap their much-needed success out of the muddy waters of the long dead pirate genre, where for example Roman Polanski also drowned with Pirates in 1986. But hey- the effort was there and it might have worked under a different set of circumstances. Mario Kassar (owner of Carolco) however made a HUGE mistake right at the very beginning of the production- he chose Renny Harlin as the film’s director.

      The choice might have seemed pretty logical at the time though as Harlin’s future looked very promising after the back-to-back success of Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger (the latter produced by Carolco). Naturally, it was expected Harlin would direct another big hit. He was on fire, he had the tools (presumably) and he had the big budget. But the entire naïve idea of Cutthroat Island being a buccaneer renaissance ended exactly at the time, when Renny Harlin decided to cast his then-wife Geena Davis as the lead heroine. A pretty decent actress, yes, but the main star of a film that’s supposed to save a studio struggling with bankruptcy? To quote the ever astute Homey the Clown- I don’t think so. Well, that’s what love can do to your logical thinking I guess.
      The studio heads remained calm however and accepted Davis upon Harlin convincing them she’s the right person for the part, plus they had Michael Douglas cast as the male lead. Douglas was supposed to get $15 mil., but he withdrew from the project as soon as his part was significantly reduced in favor of Mrs. Renny Harlin. The studio then offered the part (for the same money) to Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise, but to little surprise they both refused. Studio then lowered their sights and tried to get smaller fishes on board- Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Charlie Sheen, Daniel Day Lewis, Liam Neeson and Tim Robbins were approached, but all of them turned the part down, obviously not interested in playing second fiddle to Geena Davis. Kassar and co. got really panicky at this point. No credible actor wanted to take part in the movie and instead of doing what any sensible human being would do (i.e.- reducing Davis’ part to get someone interesting to sign on the dotted line), they chose to cast Matthew Modine, who is about as far from a household name as you can get. If any of you actually know who this guy is, you can consider yourself pretty solid movie geeks. The studio didn’t have many options however as the time was running fast and during the casting process, two big pirate ships and an entire seaport were built on the island of Malta. And this lovely little island is the place, where things got reall interesting.

      After arriving on the set, Harlin, in an act beyond comprehension, ordered both ships to be destroyed and built again. Rumor has it, it was just to piss off the studio heads, who constantly tried to meddle in Harlin’s work. Yes, Renny Harlin is indeed known for always getting his point effectively across.

      The shooting itself started with a loud bang as veteran actor (and a great one at that) Oliver Reed was fired, after he provoked a bar-fight while drunk out of his gourd. To put a finishing touch on his alcohol-induced rampage, he pulled his pants down in front of Geena Davis. Jeez- he’s behaving like a pirate on the set of a movie about pirates and they fire him. Maybe Harlin was just jealous of what Mr. Reed was packing. 🙂
      The fun then fluently continued, after a falling camera crashed an Italian worker’s leg. The local staff walked out on the production as a form of protest. So the filmmakers were forced to hastily find a replacement crew. This series of unfortunes also took its toll on poor Renny, who had to rehabilitate himself in London from mental exhaustion. Who knows if he made a full recovery.
      To put it bluntly- the entire production would fit just perfectly in the resume of Terry Gilliam.

      The budget was constantly rising and the final number was an impressive $98 million. Troubles on the set, destruction and re-building of many decorations and truckloads of V8 juice (drink of choice of our two lovebirds) took its toll. Matthew Modine saw the abnormal amount of V8 juice (even a truck with many unopened boxes with the beverage was found) as indicative of the wasteful excesses of the production. He’s a smart guy, this Matthew Modine.

      Mario Kassar’s treasure chest was emptier and emptier with each passing week, so eventually he had to cancel all of his future as well as ongoing projects and bet all of his cash on just one horse. That was the end.

      Cutthroat Island opened in December 1995, with the opening weekend earnings being $2,371,415. During this opening weekend, Kassar’s ass was probably bathing in sweat and for a good reason. The critical reaction wasn’t overly negative, but the movie still bombed in glorious fashion, when his domestic income stopped at $10,017,322.

      So in the end, Cutthroat Island, originally intended as a savior of Carolco Productions, managed to achieve the exact opposite- the company went bankrupt. That’s what makes this particular flick so special- it managed to sink an entire studio. The careers of all the major players involved went down right along with it. Renny Harlin was never given a project of similar magnitude again and spent the following years directing mainly films that were best suited for your VCR/DVD player. Geena Davis’ career suffered even worse- the only thing she participated in the last couple of years is the Stuart Little “franchise”. The couple’s marriage also suffered in the Cutthroat Island aftermath. After unsuccessfully teaming again for The Long Kiss Goodnight (where Harlin once again tried to turn his wife into an action star), the pair divorced in 1998. The Long Kiss Goodnight was also the final nail into the coffin with Geena Davis’ career inside.

      The only one who benefited from this debacle was a little Maltese donkey that Geena Davis liked a lot and took home after the production ended. Whether she wanted to imply something to her husband or not is purely a speculation.

      Who to blame? Who to blame? Argument could be held, that Mario Kassar deserves the award, since he was the one who greenlighted this project, but he was desperately trying to save his studio and I think this project actually had a chance to succeed. No, the one to blame this week is Renny Harlin. He decided to cast his wife into the lead role, reduce the part of Michael f’n Douglas in her favor and he’s the one who wasted all of the studio’s budget on purely idiotic things (the already mentioned ships and V8 juice among others).
      He had a great career in front of him, but he had to piss it all away by making Cutthroat Island his and Geena Davis’ ego trip. I think he’s a fine director, but unfortunately for him, there aren’t many second chances if you bomb this badly in Hollywood. And no matter how many movies he goes on to make, he will always be known as the director of one of the biggest flops in history, as well as the man who helped in a bankruptcy of an entire studio.

      Since Cutthroat Island was a Renny Harlin vehicle, I hereby award him the title Mr. Floppy.

      Well, this pirate epic is quietly resting in peace and the genre is pretty much dead (Pirates of the Caribbean are an exception). It’s not that bad of a movie, but when it’s all said and done, it’s always going to be remembered as one of the biggest box office failures ever.

      That’s all good good Pete has for you this time, but next week, he’ll be back with another sweet, uplifting and cheerful column.


      • 10 Directors Who Should Never Be Trusted With Giant Budgets:

        Renny Harlin

        The man born Lauri Harjola has spent the better part of four decades working as a studio director for hire, bouncing across multiple genres. After making his debut with the curious-sounding Finnish action movie Born American starring Mike ‘Son Of Chuck’ Norris, Renny Harlin made the jump to Hollywood where his career has been interesting to say the least.

        Harlin got his crack at blockbuster film-making with $70m sequel Die Hard 2, which based on the goodwill to its iconic predecessor grossed over $240m at the box office. His next effort, $65m Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cliffhanger, was another commercial success that seemingly positioned Harlin as a safe pair of hands when it came to making studio blockbusters. Unfortunately, his next movie was Cutthroat Island. One of the biggest flops in history, the movie earned just over $10m worldwide against a $98m budget and served as the final nail in the coffin for struggling Carolco Pictures.

        Harlin would never again reach the heights that his career had enjoyed in the early 1990s following the Cutthroat Island debacle. In fact, the $165m gross of Deep Blue Sea remains the last hit of his career, and that was 15 years ago. The underrated Long Kiss Goodnight was a commercial disappointment, while the $72m racing drama Driven, $80m horror prequel Exorcist: The Beginning and this year’s $70m historical actioner The Legend Of Hercules all failed to even recoup their hefty budgets at the box office.

        The Legend of Hercules was the director’s first theatrical release since 2009′s 12 Rounds, a $22m movie that still failed to earn back its low production costs, and his first big-budget effort in ten years. Based on his track record over the last two decades, its unlikely that Renny Harlin will be trusted with another expensive movie anytime soon.


    • Career Killing Films:

      Geena Davis was fairly big after “Thelma and Louise” and “A League of Their Own”, but she then was in 5 consecutive flops:

      Cutthroat Island
      The Long Kiss Goodnight

      Why say that “Cutthroat Island” is the career killer when:

      a) It’s one out of a series of flops.
      b) “The Long Kiss Goodnight” was a subsequent high-profile starring vehicle for her with the same director (Renny Harlin) and a hot screenwriter (Shane Black).

      It seems like either her film was killed by the SERIES of flops, or it was in fact the failure of “The Long Kiss Goodnight” that finished her.



        I’d say CI is more indicative of a film designed to cash in on a star name and then proceeding to sully the star’s reputation in the process.


      • 25 Movies That Killed Careers:

        Cutthroat Island (1995)
        The casualty: actor Geena Davis

        Those who tuned into A&E’s recent mini-series Coma were greeted by a familiar face: that of Geena Davis, a gifted actress who’ll forever be associated with genre classics like David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), and Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991). So why has Davis been off the grid for so many years, save for three Stuart Little films spanning from 1999 through 2006? Two words: Cutthroat Island.

        Considered one of the biggest flops in cinematic history, the $98 million action-adventure misfire is also remembered as the last movie produced by Carolco Pictures before the company flat-lined in bankruptcy. It’s also credited as one of the factors responsible for Davis’ divorce from husband/Cutthroat Island director Renny Harlin, as well as the red mark on her permanent record that scared directors and casting agents off from casting the Academy Award winner in leading roles.

        Proven by her Golden Globe-winning work in the short-lived ABC series Commander in Chief, Davis should be able to find steady work on the small screen. As for her return to feature film prominence, we wouldn’t bet on it.


        • It’s A Gamble: 10 Of The Biggest Box Office Bombs:

          8) Cutthroat Island

          Production Budget: $98 million

          Worldwide Box Office Total: $10,017,322

          It takes a special kind of disaster mentality to craft a movie that doesn’t just sink individual careers, but sinks a studio as well. But really, Carolco’s meteoric rise and enormous fall could be an article in and of itself, the point here is that the studio, in a last gasp effort to turn their financial troubles around, bet huge on the box office clout of pirate movies, Renny Harlin and the dynamic duo of Geena Davis and Matthew Modine.

          The signs were there that this was not going to end well for all involved. Michael Douglas was originally cast as the male lead of Cutthroat, but the actor had only limited time to commit and when Davis, then married to Harlin, was made the ostensive star of the film, Douglas backed out. With Harlin’s attention focused on re-casting, set construction and art direction work on the film continued without much of the director’s input, resulting, ultimately, in a lot of that period production design being redone on the fly, and quite expensively, as production got underway. Meanwhile, a veritable who’s who of leading men – Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Charlie Sheen, and Michael Keaton – turned down the role of slave-turned-love interest William Shaw. Eventually, Modine, then best known for his role as Joker in Full Metal Jacket, was cast based in no small part on his pre-existing fencing skills.

          The end result? In two words: not good. Cutthroat Island premiered in 13th place at the Christmas box office and ultimately took in just over $10 million in total. Harlin has since pointed out that Carolco was in dire straits before Cutthroat was released, which is true, but neither his career, nor that of future ex-wife Davis, would ever really recover:

          Davis retreated to TV where she hasn’t had much better success, Harlin’s last studio effort was the WWE-produced 12 Rounds starring wrestler John Cena, and Modine enjoyed a brief brush with relevance playing a Gotham City cop in last summer’s The Dark Knight Rises. Pirate movies would enjoy a brief resurgence with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but the curse seems mostly to belong to Cutthroat Island.


        • Cutthroat Island (1995) – A Review:

          By the 1990s there were a few genre films that had become labeled ‘dead’. They were genre pictures that generally audiences just didn’t respond to anymore no matter what kind of tricks or how much money were put into them.

          Musicals, westerns, gladiator movies. It would take a number of years before these would become revitalized and come close to reaching the levels of popularity they once enjoyed and attract audiences again. But during this stretch of time they were all viewed as risky projects and just not a good idea to invest in them, which explained their rarity when they did actually crop up.

          One such genre that was considered box office poison was ‘the pirate film’. It had been a long time since the swashbuckling heights of Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk and The Buccaneer when audiences were dazzled by sword and sails adventures. During the course of the 1980’s, the pirate genre got a few entries – The Pirate Movie, Yellowbeard, The Pirates of Penzance and Roman Polanki’s Pirates. None of which created excitement or renewed enthusiasm. Some were downright embarrassing!

          That didn’t stop director Renny Harlin and Carolco Pictures from making the big-budgeted Cutthroat Island. With Harlin’s then-wife Geena Davis as the star, an astronomical budget of $98 million and countless production problems, the film would eventually become one of the biggest, most notorious box office flops of all time. It would be one of the final gasps of Davis as an A-list star and be a contributing factor to the demise of Carolco.

          Davis plays Morgan Adams, a tough as nails swashbuckler who is in search of three pieces of a map that will lead to a treasure of gold on the mysterious Cutthroat Island. Her two uncles and father possess these separate pieces, however her fourth uncle the evil Dawg Brown (Frank Langella) is willing to spill any blood to get them, even killing his brothers for them. Fortunately before he dies Morgan’s father gives her his piece of the map, which just leaves two for her to track down.

          Now captain of her father’s ship Morgan recruits a thief Willam Shaw to translate the Latin written on the map. From there they form an uneasy partnership as they search for the other pieces of map, get into a lot of pirate-y action, culminating in a huge showdown against Dawg for the riches of the treasure.

          Cutthroat Island has all the staples one would expect from a pirate movie. We get the sword fights, cannons firing, big ships attacking each other, a buried treasure, filthy looking extras, swinging from ropes, a sweeping orchestral score, a monkey providing comedy relief. The only thing Cutthroat Island doesn’t have is someone walking the plank. I can’t remember the last time I saw anyone do that in a movie.

          Despite its infamous reputation I was able to enjoy Cutthroat Island more than I expected to. Wiping away all the notoriety attached to it, the film does contain some good stuff – notably the action sequences. Much of it is done with practical effects and there are some scenes that are thrilling to watch. It’s helped along with a great score by John Debney.

          This isn’t to say the movie doesn’t have it’s problems. The story is a standard pirate-y one – finding a buried treasure and fighting the sinister bad guys who are also after it. There’s nothing special about that. This simple premise fails to really get involving and it didn’t keep me engaged with finding the treasure and piecing together the clues that will lead them to it. I was never on the edge of my seat awaiting to see where the characters will be taken next and what they have to do.

          In the heroic gender role reversal I thought Davis was fine with her derring-do antics. She’s handles her sword, the running, the jumping all fairly well. Sometimes an actress cast in an action role is just not up to the challenge and needs a lot of help from the editors and stunt people. Here Davis is pretty convincing. Later in her career she would become a world class archer, so it’s clear she possess some athletic ability and it shows in her performance here.

          This sadly is the only part of her performance that comes off well, as the rest of the time she’s saddled with cheesy dialogue and wooden speeches that derail any believability of her strong character. Her statuesque frame standing over her crew looks good, but when she starts barking orders I just don’t buy it. It’s very disappointing. I have much more fun watching her in her action scenes than I do when she has to exchange dialogue with other characters and even worse trading romantic barbs with Modine.

          There are no real sparks between Modine and Davis. It’s just one of those things where that onscreen chemistry is lacking between two actors. I can’t explain it, but it just comes across as very forced. They both look like they’re trying, but what they’re given to work with just falls flat. Langella is fun hamming it up as the villain, which isn’t a surprise for anyone who has seen him play a villain before. His character is the most fun to watch overall out of the cast.

          The film does deliver on some of the spectacle that so much money was spent on. There’s some terrific scenery on the screen. Harlin stages some fun scenes with a horse and carriage, two ships battling side by side and our heroes hanging alongside a cliff. You can see the effort that was put into it all and the practical effects have held up well. During one explosive scene it’s interesting to see Modine get hit in the head with a flying barrel which obviously was not planned.

          For some reason some segments of the action are played in slow motion. That wouldn’t be so bad, but the characters continue speaking in regular time. It just makes things look very awkward. There are some bits where early CGI effects are used and are very noticeable, but overall though the action is pretty good, over-the-top kind of stuff.

          It’s not a terrific movie, but I certainly don’t think it’s the disaster it’s made out to be. I would say it’s an ‘ok movie’. I don’t have any great desire to watch it again, but while I did it it held my attention and I kept thinking, “this is not so bad”.

          I can appreciate the fact the film plays fairly straight with the genre. You won’t see any ghosts or mermaids or any supernatural nonsense invade its territory. The real weak links are the characters and the humdrum story. Had it been able to go further on the story alone, got me more invested in the hunt for the treasure, enjoyed the repartee between Davis and Modine and not relied so much on the action scenes to move things along I think it could have been much better.



          Geena Davis, ‘Cutthroat Island’

          With hits like ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘A League of Their Own,’ Geena Davis was once one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. But then husband Renny Harlin’s 1995 failure ‘Cutthroat Island’ undid all of that while helping to bring about the financial collapse of production company Carolco Pictures at the same time. Like O’Donnell, Davis eventually found a second home on TV many years later, but she’s yet to mount a big screen comeback.


  34. 10 actors who tried to bounce back from a flop:

    The Flop: Cutthroat Island

    Carolco, the production company behind the likes of Total Recall, Terminator 2 and Basic Instinct, was killed off by this money-guzzling pirate action flick. It also pretty much did the same for Geena Davis’ lead actress movie career.

    Pre-Cutthroat, Davis was building up a clutch of successful high profile movies. Granted, for every Thelma And Louise there was a Speechless, and for every A League Of Their Own you could find a Hero/Accidental Hero (depending on where you live in the world). But her flops to this point were modest.

    From the day she took the lead in then-husband Renny Harlin’s flick though, she was in trouble. Firstly, the original co-star, Michael Douglas, opted to pass, and Matthew Modine was drafted in. Then, the rumours were that the budget got to a point where Harlin was having to direct second unit as well as first.

    Still, the fit hit the shan proper when the box office numbers came in, which totted up to just over $10m in the US. Carolco was done for.

    Davis, however, chose smartly for her next film, teaming up with Harlin again for The Long Kiss Goodnight, based on a not-cheap script by Shane Black. Strangely, this underrated gem never really caught box office fire, and since then, Davis has headlined movies that were successful in spite of her (Stuart Little), taken up archery seriously, and had a decent TV show canned (Commander In Chief). She’s a fine actress, but television is now her only real chance of delivering a hit.

    Career status as a movie star: over

    Career status as a TV star: just about hanging in there


  35. Q: Since we’ve been having fun with the A-D list lately, what about some of these people:!.htm

    Q: Since we’ve been having fun with the A-D list lately, what about some of these people.

    I think someone who definitely fell from the A-List pretty darn fast was Geena Davis. She was an Oscar-Winning actress until that pirate movie sunk her. She was making a comeback with Commander-In-Chief until ABC screwed with it and basically killed it.

    Where would Sharon Stone and Alicia Silverstone fit? You’re talking about two people who’ve been coasting on their one big movie (Basic Instinct and Clueless). If it wasn’t for last year’s Pacifier, Vin Diesel would fit here also.

    Speaking of Davis, what about the trend of ex-movie stars now going to tv, sometimes successfully (Both Sheens, Rob Lowe before leaving West Wing, Whoopi Goldberg, Freddie Prinze Jr., etc.)

    Keep up your great work.
    PS-I forgot to add Demi Moore to the list in the last letter. After her career tanked after GI Jane, she has since become nothing more than Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend. Charlie Angels 2 was supposed to be her comeback, but that didn’t happen.

    A: Geena Davis is a good one. She was one of the top actresses in Hollywood in the early nineties, even though she’s only had a handful of successful films with Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own, The Fly, Beetle Juice and The Accidental Tourist for which she won an Oscar. Alicia Silverstone dropped off the A-list fast and falls into the category I mentioned last week of basically being a one hit wonder. Sharon Stone has somehow managed to cling to the A-list since Basic Instinct. Only Casino is really notable of her films since, although Quick and the Dead and The Specialist were intriguing blips on the Hollywood radar. Demi Moore has pretty much been A-list based on who she was screwing, but she did have a nice string of high profile films in the early nineties. She took a few years off and that’s fine, but she hasn’t done anything since Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which was indeed supposed to have been her comeback vehicle. The truth of the matter is that there are very few women considered in the upper echelon of Hollywood A-listers, so a woman who has proven herself any kind of draw will be given a lot more opportunities and maintain a certain star status past a man’s. Until she becomes old and ugly, but actresses over 40 are working more steady in Hollywood now more than ever.

    Former film stars finding a refuge in television is nothing new. Ronald Reagan, Donna Reed, Groucho Marx, Lucille Ball, a score of singing cowboys among others all found homes on television in the fifties and early sixties when their film careers fizzled out. I can go decade by decade and point people out. Sometimes it’s finding a project that interests them, or a want for steady work, or the want of a schedule that allows them time with their family. Most of the time it’s capitalizing on what name value they have to be a selling point for a show. A supporting player or a star past their prime can come to television and make more money than slugging through low budget movies while still being in the public eye prominently. However, these shows still need to be quality and marketed properly to succeed just like any show as name value alone will only get you so far.


  36. Well, I don’t think the plan was to spend $100 on a movie starring Davis and Modine. But costs spiralled out of control. When they started backing the movie, they thought it would star Michael Douglas. Harlin was a hot shot director. No one had any idea the movie would hing on Davis and Modine. By the time Modine was cast, the studio had already sunk a lot of money in the project. So they just kept throwing good money after bad.


    • 10 Horribly Incompetent Movie Directors Who Keep Getting Work:

      9. Renny Harlin

      Filmography: Prison, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Die Hard 2, Cutthroat Island, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, Driven, Mindhunters, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Covenant, Cleaner, 12 Rounds, 5 Days of War

      Renny Harlin is that guy from your old school that just used to coast by without anybody really noticing that he was doing anything wrong. Back in the ’90s, Finnish Harlin accidentally walked into Hollywood and he’s been moving around the system ever since, clawing his way onto directing jobs that we can only presume nobody else wanted (“Ah, give it to Renny – he’ll do anything”). You might be shocked (or not shocked, actually) that this guy directed Die Hard 2, but that’s hardly an achievement is it, because have you seen Die Hard 2?

      Harlin almost makes good movies on occasion, but there’s something about his loud, explosive and completely unsubtle style that means he’s destined to rub people up the wrong way. The Long Kiss Goodnight was almost a good movie, but then Renny sort of ruined it ’cause he was directing it. The fact that he directed Cutthroat Island, though, notorious flop that it was, should have ended his career. But like I said, this guy wandered into Hollywood one day, and I don’t think he’s leaving any time soon.

      Upcoming Movie: Hercules 3D


  37. 10 actors who could use a Quentin Tarantino-steered comeback:

    It’s easy to forget that Geena Davis is an Oscar-winning actress (she won her her supporting turn in “The Accidental Tourist” and was nominated three years later for “Thelma & Louise”), so long has it been since her late ’80s/early ’90s heyday. Yet she’s a far better thesp than she’s often given credit for, and ironically one of the films that’s deemed responsible for her demise as a bankable leading lady – the cult 1996 Renny Harlin actioner “The Long Kiss Goodnight” opposite Tarantino standby Samuel L. Jackson – not only boasts one of her best performances but suggests the darker, dirtier layers lurking beneath her sunny persona. That facet of Davis’s acting arsenal is right up Tarantino’s alley, and with the right vehicle there’s no doubt he could harness it in career-redefining ways.


  38. What happened to Thora Birch?–and other actors that seemed to disappear for no reason…:

    Originally Posted by jovan
    I thought she was already mentioned by apparently not: Geena Davis is another famous A-lister that went suddenly MIA after her TV show got pulled.

    She’d stopped being an A-list movie star before she had a TV show, which is presumably why she was doing TV in the first place. And there’s at least one major reason why Davis’s movie career would have run into trouble — in 1995 she starred in one of the biggest flops of all time.


  39. Whatever Happened To…?:

    I was going to select Ralph Macchio as today’s subject. Unfortunately I overdosed on the various Karate Kid movies last weekend (seriously there was a marathon on every single day!). So today I will focus on an actress whose life on the big screen could use a jolt.

    Geena Davis

    Career Highlights: The Fly (1986); Thelma & Louise (1991); A League of Their Own (1992); Beetle Juice (1988); Tootsie (1982); Fletch (1985); The Accidental Tourist (1988); Earth Girls are Easy (1988).

    Low Points: Cutthroat Island (1995); Hero (1992); The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Speechless (1994); Angie (1994); Quick Change (1991); Transylvania 6-5000 (1985); Stuart Little (1999).

    Last Seen On The Big Screen: Stuart Little 2 (2002)

    Where You Will See Her Again: Your guess is as good as mine. Ms. Davis has been stuck on the small screen for a few years now. She is the same age as Joan Allen, so clearly there is still time to stage a comeback of sorts.


  40. I was watching parts of “Demolition Man” on AMC and it got me wondering why Geena Davis’ “A League of Their Own” co-star/”sister” Lori Petty didn’t have a better career? She had a considerably promising start in the early ’90s w/ “Point Break”, “A League of Their Own”, and “Free Willy”. It’s commonly believed that her first leading role in a feature film “Tank Girl” (which for those unfamiliar w/ the source material could be regarded as a would be cartoonish/comedic variation of “Mad Max”) was the movie that ultimately ruined her film career.

    The reason why I bring up “Demolition Man” is because Lori Petty was originally cast as the female lead cop that Sylvester Stallone partners up w/ in the future. Instead, she was fired when the producers (namely Joel Silver) decided to go into a different direction (which Petty didn’t take too kindly w/ apparently) and was replaced by Sandra Bullock. Supposedly, the main reason behind the change in direction was because Sylvester Stallone didn’t exactly feel comfortable working w/ Petty. Anyway, one year later, Sandra Bullock landed “Speed” (another action-oriented role, w/ her as the cute leading lady), which turned out to be the movie that made her a star. I don’t know for sure if Petty was offered Bullock’s role in “Speed” or it was Sandra’s performance in “Demolition Man” that inspired her casting in “Speed”.

    I wonder if another problem is that is that Petty was just too quirky to really fit in mainstream Hollywood movies (which would I guess, work more if you were a character actress, but not a traditional leading lady). In other words, she didn’t fit into the cookie cutter definition of what Hollywood wants from a woman like when compared to Sandra Bullock, who more easily falls into the typical All-American girl-next-door model I guess.


    • Lori Petty MORE quirky than Sandra?? I LOVED Lori’s independent spirit, Kit, in A League of Their Own. What better example is there of “All-American” spirit? If she had any of that same spirit in her work life, I can see where that would be hazardous to a career.


      • I have to admit that Lori Petty annoyed the living crap out of me in just about every movie she ever made. Or at least everything after Point Break. She was inescapable for a while there. The only reason I haven’t written her up is that I spent a long time loathing her. To a lesser degree, I felt the same way about Juliette Lewis.


      • I never said that Lori Petty was “more quirky” or any less “quirky” than Sandra Bullock directly, don’t put words in my mouth. My point is that maybe that was part of Lori Petty’s problem in regards to being successful as a leading actress (in regards of what’s generally considered mainstream accessible) besides not conventionally looking like one when compared to Sandra Bullock, who replaced Petty at the last minute in “Demolition Man”.


        • After careful consideration, I’d say Petty was more oddball than Bullock. It depends what you mean by quirky. Bullock was quirky in a mainstream “oh she’s so cute” way. Petty was unconventional.


        • I’m just delighted to see you write something as opposed to pasting in other people’s articles, the majority of which don’t make sense. I didn’t mean to put words in anyone’s mouth. My usual disclaimer applies, my comments are obviously opinion only and I don’t know what I’m talking about, but love the discussions. Your take on Lori Petty is interesting, and while I never saw Demolition Man, I’m thinking she would more than likely have the talent to play a female cop. Her portrayal of Kit in A League of Their Own was probably a little unconventional but it was also excellent, and the dynamic with her and Geena Davis as competitive sisters was played beautifully. There’s no reason why she couldn’t have gone on to a career as a supporting actress at least, unless she just didn’t want to, or didn’t “fit in” the way she was supposed to (the comment about Stallone is interesting). Point being, I thought she brought something a little different to the screen, and clearly it wasn’t endearing to everyone. (Note Lebeau’s comments above)
          Sandra Bullock, on the other hand, did make a wide impression of being impossibly cute, which is quite an achievement, because she isn’t. Nor do I find her to be an actress of any range. Please don’t misunderstand, I like her and have several of her films. The Lake House is one of my favorites and either had very limited release or was a direct DVD. I like her mainstream flicks as well. And the concept of having range is not necessarily a problem. Many successful performers have been criticized as having limited range. In my opinion Bullock is very much a one note theme, every movie she’s done she plays cute and vulnerable to great effect. So while I could easily see Petty playing at least some of the roles Bullock has had, I could never see Bullock playing the role of feisty Kit. And that’s the point I was making.


        • I will be the first to admit that my younger self was unfair in my appraisal of Petty. She actually annoyed the living crap out of me in A League of Their Own. Her character is so damn whiney. And if I recall correctly, her only complaint was that her sister was a star and she wasn’t. I just wanted to slap her around. From then on, I found the sound of Petty’s voice grating. Tank Girl certainly didn’t help matters.

          Ironically, she did voice work for the villain Live Wire in some of the Superman cartoons from th 90s’-present. And now, I’ve gotten used to her voice. I probably couldn’t watch A League of Their Own again though largely because of my dislike for her character.


        • If you watched League again now from the distance of years, you may or may not have a different reaction, especially with your having two daughters….hard to say since it irritated you so much the first time….and you are absolutely correct, the Petty character was whining the whole time about being second best to Dottie, the Geena Davis character. Kit was played in contrast to the calmer, more confident, more assured older sister Dottie. I believe Kit was SUPPOSED to strike you as being somewhat annoying. If you recall, Dottie, even though being the better player, her heart wasn’t in baseball the way it was for Kit. Dottie was simply existing until her husband Bob returned home from the war. On so many levels this film, much is captured about the basic joys and the basic unfairness in life. So anyway you have Kit who lived and breathed baseball but wasn’t as good a player as her sister, who could take or leave the sport, and had a hunk that would be returning home to her. Viewed against that backdrop, it tempers some of the annoyance of the Kit character. If I had to make a top ten list of my favorite movies of all time, this would be on it. League contains what I consider one of the most brilliant movie question marks of all time, and it works so well in part because of the performances. That question mark, has inspired years of passionate debate depending on what you believe. I don’t want to give a spoiler in case anyone has not seen this movie, you need to drop everything and get to your Netflix accounts. My own view is that YES Geena Davis DID.


        • Don’t get me wrong. I remember liking the movie. For whatever reason, I saw it several times in a relatively short period of time. Each time, Petty’s character grated on my nerves a little bit more. I think I saw it three or four times during its theatrical run – although I have no idea how or why that happened. Since then, I’ve watched bits and pieces on TV. Usually I leave the room if Tom Hanks isn’t on screen. I just got oversaturated. I could probably sit down and watch it again now with no ill effect. Might even be able to enjoy it again.

          As for your question mark, I agree. I never really considered it much of a question mark.


        • YES! I never saw it as a question either, it was very clear cut and I was amazed at the intensity of the counter arguments. My then husband was squarely on the other side and we debated it for some time. OK – years. While there were good arguments for both views, in my opinion, the flaw with the opposing side was that much weight was given to excellent arguments that simply didn’t apply. In other words, people substituted what they considered important, for what the director thought was important, what was in the screenplay and what the actors actually did. To me the director’s intent for Dottie was abundantly clear. Penny Marshall, in concert with the writers, sprinkled clues throughout the film, from the opening scene, with a lavish hand, via foreshadowing. In the pivotal scene, Geena Davis did a remarkable job of conveying with just her facial expressions, what was taking place. In fact if you watch her face during that sequence you can see the decision process unfold, and in the follow up moments, with that smile… well, I just don’t see how there can be any doubt.


        • So, what are the counter-arguments? I’d have a hard time thinking of any.


        • the kernel in the counter-arguments seem to come in part from younger siblings, who want to believe it was genuine (my answer; it still is) and in large part from people who either are/have been themselves involved in sports or, have personalities that cherish sportsmanlike values, like my ex. They believe strongly that A) no one playing on a baseball team would ever do that to the rest of the team and B) no one who cares for someone would want the other person’s victory to be tarnished. I don’t to be any more spoiler than that.. even though the movie is 2 decades old, people are still seeing it for the first time.


        • Like you said, that is based more on their personal values than what is in the movie. The movie paints a pretty clear picture as to what her motivations would be.


        • RB, what does my manner or habit of posting on this site have to do w/ anything!? I don’t appreciate you resorting to what I consider personal attacks just because I responded to you in my own words. I really don’t know we’re you’re going w/ the whole “a majority doesn’t make sense” comment. That seriously, irks me! It’s perhaps quite obvious that you haven’t really been following me if you that’s all that you consider me as in regards to a poster in the comments section.


        • well, TMC, people who know me have always considered me to be somewhat slow. So it’s certainly possible I’m missing something. My observation was that you paste in a lot of articles, not that you were the author of the articles. And a lot of times the content of the articles seems like an unfair attack on the celebrity, which happens to irk me. That’s what i meant about not making sense…so ….if you post the articles, don’t I have the right to comment? I suppose i could have kept the comment to myself, but I didn’t consider it to be attacking you at all.


        • I don’t know you guys personally. But based on your posting history, I don’t think either of you meant any disrespect.

          I’m critical of some of the articles TMC posts. I find the articles from “What Culture” to be pretty worthless most of the time. But that’s not a reflection on him. There shouldn’t be any issue commenting an the articles whether you agree with them or not.

          I have seen TMC criticized in some places for “spamming” articles. Not to speak for him, but I think that might be what he was reacting to. I suspect he’s okay with you disagreeing with the article but “irked” at the suggestion that he shouldn’t have posted it in the first place.

          Personally, I don’t have time to read all the articles TMC posts. He’s a busy guy! He posts links all over the place. I actually think he performs a kind of service pointing readers to articles that may be of interest to them based on what they are currently reading. I know his links have driven some readers here for which I am always grateful.

          I’m always happy to see an actual comment in there with all the links. I try my best to respond to all of those although I’m sure sometimes I miss some of them.

          Anyway, that’s my attempt at playing peace maker. I doubt it was necessary. Hopefully there’s no hard feelings on either side.


        • Thanks Lebeau. That was a good summation. I had not expressed it well, at all, but in a way it was a left handed compliment, because I like reading different points of view from commentators here, as opposed to links. It’s like your high school English teacher saying, ‘But what’s YOUR view on this?” irritating perhaps but no disrespect intended. And there may be times when i miss the boat completely on what point the authors are making, and so i always appreciate when people explain things more. Definitely, not any hard feelings, and as a loyal fan of this site, great if you gain more followers via other sites. 🙂


  41. Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist:


  42. I just do not understand the politics of Hollywood. To place the blame for a failed movie solely on the lead actor/actress is childish. The real blame lies with casting the wrong personality for the wrong role, poor scripts, poor directing, and interference from outsiders. One can hardly blame an actor for wanting a role, we all need to make a living.

    I liked Cutthroat Island. I liked Davis and Modine. While the movie was not great, it was good enough to keep me entertained and in no way deserved to become grist for the rumor mill. I believe there was bad blood in the production which ultimately wrecked the ability of the movie to make money. I do not believe that this movie could only make $10,000,000.00 worldwide, it just not sound right…. Maybe somebody cooked the books? Maybe some powerful people wanted revenge for an unknown slight. Who knows, but it all sounds fishy to me.

    If the movie is so terrible then why is it shown so frequently on TV?

    It is the risk of staking one’s career on a shallow, heartless business.

    Brad Deal


    • Cutthroat Island wasn’t nearly as bad as its reputation. I remember watching it in an empty theater and being entertained. The truth is, it’s not all that different from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They are both light-hearted entertainment that would have benefited from a tighter script.

      As you suggest, people had it in for Cutthroat Island. Renny Harlin was seen as an egotist who needed to be taken down a notch (probably an accurate assessment). The story was that he chased Michael Douglas off the project in order to feature Davis, his wife at the time, in the leading role. Building an action movie around an actress at the time was seen as an unforgivable sin. Almost no actor in Hollywood would touch the project after Douglas left. And they approached everyone! Charlie Sheen turned down bags of money. They got stuck with Modine who was a good actor, but not a movie star.

      If the movie had been great, it might have overcome all the bad press. But unfortunately, it’s not very good. It’s certainly watchable. And much better than its reputation would suggest. But like most Harlin movies, it’s all about the action and the sets. Again, the script needed work.

      Bottom line: Cutthroat Island got a raw deal. Davis and Modine certainly suffered for it unfairly. But that’s the game. you know going in that it’s rigged. Life’s not fair and Hollywood less so.


    • Who knows what happened? I reserve judgement until I give Frank L.’s book a read.

      Husband directs, wife has lead role…no matter what, even if things go right there will be gossip. The people who financed this movie are responsible for risking their money on a married couple. I just don’t think the people who make most of the movies these days are very bright.

      I still like Geena, I can’t help it.

      Thanks for the comment



  43. “A League of Their Own” is my favorite Geena Davis film, but I also loved her in “The Fly” as well (I like David Cronenberg films, he has a gross vison). I don’t know, I thought she was somewhat attractive as well.


  44. Heather Skye

    I enjoyed “Secret Weapons” and “Earth Girls Are Easy”. “The Fly” was good, but scared me so much I never wanted to watch it again. She had a TV show back in 2005-06 called “Commander in Chief”; it didn’t do well and was cancelled, but I thought the show was quality television. She mostly hasn’t worked because she became a mother late in life and decided to devote time to raising them.


    • In between articles, I go back and update older articles. I’m currently in the process of updating this one. I’ve been adding in a lot more of her TV work. It seemed strange to me when Davis, whom I thought of as a movie star, got her own sitcom. But Davis actually did quite a bit of TV in the 80s and has done quite a bit more since her movie career cooled off.


  45. Craig Hansen

    I still fondly remember Davis appearing on some early episodes of Family Ties in the mid-80’s. What’s funny is, I knew of Geena Davis back then already, yet looking over her filmography on IMDB the only thing I had seen of hers up to that point is Tootsie; I guess she made a strong impression on me back then even in such a small role, although I really thought Tootsie was a great comedy back then (still do). It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, a true rarity for a comedy, so it must’ve done something right.


    • I recently added clips from those Family Ties episodes. Check ’em out.

      Tootsie is a great movie. Daffy picked it as one of his favorite movies from the decade in the 80’s episode of our podcast.

      I think I first took notice of Davis on Buffalo Bill. She definitely stood out in little roles like in Tootsie and Fletch. You could see some star power there.


  46. Craig Hansen

    Nice addition, LeBeau. I noticed that Family Ties is available on Netflix, so I actually added it into my queue with the intention of watching Geena Davis’ episodes again. You know, for old times sake. Those clips you provided in the article cinched it for me.


    • I may have to go check those out myself. FT had some great guest stars during its run.


      • Tom Hanks would be the other big future movie star that Family Ties had as a guest star back then in 1984. I knew of Tom Hanks already in 1984 because I loved Bosom Buddies as a kid, so back then it was just “guest star tom hanks”, and not “MULTI-OSCAR WINNER TOM HANKS” as today’s viewers would watch it as. I think I’ll watch those episodes too on Netflix. FT was a great show for its time.


        • At the time, FT was one of my favorites. Everyone I knew watched it. Thursday night on NBC really was Must See TV back then.

          I was in the same boat as you. I knew Hanks from Bosom Buddies. But most of America was just getting to know him. He actually got to show his dramatic side in those guest spots playing the alcoholic uncle.


  47. commandor and cheif was an ok show she should try drama shows again


  48. Derailed Film Stars: Geena Davis Turns Grey:

    With her statuesque figure and supreme confidence, Geena Davis was destined to play strong, female characters. Despite her magnetic screen presence, Davis always seems to get saddled with the wrong script that drags down her talents. For every hit like Thelma and Louise, the actress has many “swings and misses.” Now the Academy Award winner is returning to TV, having joined the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy for the series’ upcoming 11th season. Davis will guest star as a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial, filling in the hole left by Sandra Oh. After playing the POTUS, a doctor should be an easy feat. So before Davis scrubs up for the small screen, here’s a look back at her diverse body of work.


  49. Davis in Top 10 Movie Stars Who Dropped Off the Map


  50. What pop abomination would you expunge from 1995?

    Jesse Hassenger

    Likewise, I don’t especially hate the movie Cutthroat Island, though when I finally caught up with it years after its notoriously money-losing release, I certainly found much of it forgettable and overblown. I wouldn’t be preventing it to save my own eyeballs, then, or even to save the money lost by Carolco Pictures (RIP) or the perpetually doomed sorta-studio MGM; I’d get rid of it to give Geena Davis’s career a better second half. The combo failure of Cutthroat and her second collaboration with then-husband Renny Harlin (the much-better The Long Kiss Goodnight) shunted her off to Stuart Little, TV, and not much else. Granted, Davis turning 40 in 1996 might have had a similarly chilling effect, but I like to imagine she could have at least headlined a few more movies on the level of A League Of Their Own, Thelma & Louise, or the underrated Hero before Hollywood decided it was Julia Ormond’s time. While making other actors’ bad patches disappear might have a domino effect on better movies that followed, Cutthroat Island would be particularly easy to erase; it seems less likely to deny us later great work from Davis because her career afterward has been so sporadic.


  51. Why Bill Murray’s ‘Quick Change’ deserves to be a classic


  52. Geena Davis is frustrated by the lack of roles for women in Hollywood


  53. Geena Davis is NOT here for a Thelma & Louise remake:


  54. Geena Davis To Return For Beetlejuice Sequel? Here’s What She Says:

    It’s been almost 30 years since we first got a taste of that bizarrely wonderful Beetlejuice. And one taste wasn’t nearly enough. We’ve been wanting more for decades, and talks of a sequel have been happening seemingly forever. It wasn’t until a couple months ago that we finally got a glimpse of what the future could hold, when Winona Ryder pretty much confirmed its happenings. So of course, Geena Davis was asked whether or not she’d return to reprise her role as the lovable ghost Barbara Maitland, to which she exclaimed she’d “love to” but there may be a problem

    Geena Davis has held a number of iconic roles throughout her career, and while Barbara Maitland certainly is no Thelma, the character is still an beloved aspect of the original Beetlejuice, and one we’d want to see again. So when ETonline asked the Oscar-winning actress whether she would be reprising her role, Davis answered:

    I did hear that it’s really happening. No one’s talked to me about it. I would love to! That was one of my favorite movies, too…But ghosts probably don’t age, and it’s going to be 30 years now. Of course, I haven’t aged, but I think Alec Baldwin maybe has aged, perhaps.

    Clearly Geena Davis wants to be involved with the sequel, and she’s still got the sense of humor to help pull it off. We already know that both the leading lady (Ryder) and the titular character (Michael Keaton) are game. Now let’s just say “Beetlejuice 2” a few more times, just to be sure it’s really happening

    We’ve got bits and pieces of what may be in store if the sequel ever does come around to fruition. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith confirmed that the film would be set in present day, and would indeed take the Michael Keaton-suggested approach of “less is more” with the titular character. Tim Burton has teased that the film has started to progress, and has shared his excitement for reuniting with Michael Keaton once again.

    We still have not made any progress on a solid release date though. It sounds like Geena Davis still hasn’t even been given any details on her own involvement quite yet, so clearly filming won’t be happening any time soon. Graham Smith has previously claimed that the filming could get going as early as the end of this year, but with Burton’s commitment to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set to release on March 4, 2016, he may be holding back the chatter until his schedule clears up.


  55. Cinematic Excrement: Cutthroat Island (1995)

    I may have gotten a little carried away with this one.


  56. One thing to be learned from this article: Madonna is an asshole. That’s what I took away, anyhow.


  57. Famous Celebs Who Vanished

    Post by codename: knapp on 18 hours ago
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    yesterday at 12:02am Gentleman Of Leisure said:
    Whatever happened to Geena Davis? She used to be in movies, but now she’s not in movies anymore. She’s attractive enough but when she smiles you see too much gum. Not a good tooth-to-gum ratio.

    She married a plastic surgeon (NO JOKES) in 2001 and has had a few kids. Except for a TV show in 2005-6 on NBC where she played the POTUS (I swear, I was coming in here to ask when that was cancelled, then horrified to learn the show’s been off the air for 10 years) her roles have been limited, mostly TV.

    Post by blackoutcreature on 9 hours ago
    As for Geena Davis, “Cutthroat Island” destroyed any perception she had as a leading lady. Yeah she’s had some parts since then, but I don’t think anybody is trusting her with anything too high profile anymore.


  58. Geena Davis’s archery skills is on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Celebrities with Hidden Talents



    The Deadspin piece also makes plenty of further allegations against Fox, including their discussion of a Geena Davis appearance at an in-house symposium on women in sports broadcasting. There’s a fascinating video of an employee asking Davis about the Dominguez lawsuit:


  60. Geena Davis to star on Fox’s The Exorcist pilot

    She’ll play a “regal, put-upon mother plagued by nightmares pertaining to one particular demon” in the modern update of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 horror novel.


  61. What movies killed what actor’s career?

    A lot of lists mention Cutthroat Island (1996) as derailing Geena Davis’ pretty meteoric rise.
    She won an Oscar in 1988 for the Accidental Tourist as well as starring in the major hit Beetlejuice. Then she went on to play leading roles in a few iconic box office and critical successes, including Thelma and Louise (Oscar nomination for Best Actress) and A League of Her Own (Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.)

    Cutthroat Island, a swashbuckling pirate adventure flop, directed by her husband Renny Harlin was a critical and box office disaster. Her film career never really recovered from it.
    It should be noted she had a few stumbles in the several years between A League of Her Own and Cutthroat Island though. The big budget rom-com Hero, with Andy Garcia didn’t do great. Ditto Speechless with Michael Keaton.


  62. Where would ‘Thelma & Louise’ be now? Susan Sarandon weighs in


    • ‘Thelma & Louise’: Geena Davis got really, really drunk for one scene

      Hey, it was a challenging shoot. When Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were pressed to answer which day was the hardest on the set of Thelma & Louise, Davis told EW about the time she got really drunk on set before a scene. “When I read the script, the hardest thing, I thought, was going to be laughing hysterically. Like, crying laughing,” Davis said of the scene. “There’s a scene where I’m supposed to be doing that. I’m like, ‘How do you do that? Especially take after take.’ I get this idea that I’d get a little bit drunk. I thought, ‘This is working well, glug glug.’” Unfortunately, it worked a little too well. “So we did the scene, and it worked, but I was so drunk I couldn’t shoot that afternoon.


    • Where are the stars of Thelma And Louise now? As the cult classic celebrates its 25th birthday, what the cast members did next – from Hollywood stardom to rehab and debt

      Geena Davis, 60, played Thelma Dickinson, following on from her lead role in Sydney Pollack’s Tootise and parts in Beetlejuice, The Fly and The Accidental Tourist.

      After Thelma And Louise, for which Davis received a Best Actress Golden Globe Award nomination, she took on pivotal roles in A League of Their Own and Hero, in which she starred opposite Dustin Hoffman.

      Recently she has taken on the recurring role of Dr. Nicole Herman in Grey’s Anatomy and has been cast in a new drama called Marjorie Prime, alongside Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.


  63. 15 Movie Stars Who Peaked in the ’90s


    Geena Davis would’ve made a great Wonder Woman back in her day. Few actresses of any era held such a high wire balance between imposing presence and delicate beauty, but this was where the six foot actress resided full time in her prime. A prime, unsurprisingly, that tackled genres and directions that most women simply wouldn’t be able to pull off on their own. Whether a criminal in Thelma & Louise (1991), a baseball player in A League of Their Own (1992), or a kick-ass action star in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Davis sold any challenge thrown her way with the utmost physical and emotional gusto.

    Lesser roles like Hero (1992) and Speechless (1994) also thrived off of this approachable glamour, but Davis’ career took a nosedive following the box office bomb that was Cutthroat Island (1995). In the wake of such a blow, the former model was relegated to the Stuart Little series, save for a forgettable film (Accidents Happens) every once in awhile. She should’ve pushed for a damn Wonder Woman movie instead.


  64. Geena Davis, Bill Maher, Bronson Pinchot and Alfre Woodard starred in this short-lived Gary David Goldberg sitcom about a law firm.



      by Cary O’Dell

      As I noted before, it seems like every new fall TV season always ushers in at least one show (or, if we are really “lucky,” two) that make us want to kill our televisions. These are those shows that the TV critics seem to love to hate–and who is to say that they are wrong?—and which they designate as the absolute worst of the new batch. And more often than not, the critics are right, as these shows usually die a quick and resounding death.

      But… let’s take a moment to remember the few, the lame, the universally hated, and the until-now forgotten….

      2000-01: “The Geena Davis Show”

      Sometime after “Thelma & Louise” but before TV’s “Commander-in-Chief,” we all collectively decided we hated Geena Davis for some reason. This happens from time to time in the culture, most recently when we all turned on the evil Anne Hathaway a few years ago. After following up “Thelma” with a group of flop films, Davis brought herself to TV in this tepid sitcom where she was a newly married stepmom. Former “thirtysomething” co-star Peter Horton played her new husband, future “Bones” star John Frances Daley was her stepson, and Mimi Rogers was her randy best friend. This series was about as successful as Davis’s big screen opus “Cutthroat Island.”


  65. Geena Davis: ‘Films With More Diversity Make More Money’

    Academy Award-winner Geena Davis, recently cast in the pilot of Fox’s “The Exorcist” reboot, is one of Hollywood’s fiercest activists for women and minorities, pushing the biz to recognize that…


  66. The Cast Of ‘A League Of Their Own’ Had A Reunion After Nearly 25 Years

    Something truly wonderful happened in Bentonville, Arkansas on Mother’s Day. Almost 25 years after director Penny Marshall’s fantastic period comedy, A League of Their Own hit theaters in July of 1992, six of the film’s principal cast members gathered together for a ball game at the Bentonville Film Festival, which was founded by actress Geena Davis in 2015. They even showed up dressed for the part, wearing hats and shirts modeled after the Rockford Peaches American Girls Professional Baseball League team they played for in the movie.

    According to Us Weekly, Davis (Dottie Hinson) was joined by Tracy Reiner (Betty “Betty Spaghetti” Horn), Anne Ramsay (Helen Haley), Freddie Simpson (Ellen Sue Gotlander), Megan Cavanagh (Marla Hooch) and Patti Pelton (Marbleann Wilkenson). They posed for pictures and goofed off with the crowd during a small baseball game tied to the festival. The festival, which Davis co-founded with Trevor Drinkwater, is a “research based and commercial focused platform that proactively supports diverse storytellers” and “[champions] women and diverse voices in media.”

    Rosie O’Donnell (Doris Murphy), Lori Petty (Kit Keller) and Madonna (Mae “All the Way” Mordabito) weren’t able to make it to the festivities. Neither did Tom Hanks, who played the Rockford Peaches’ washed-up, alcoholic coach, Jimmy Dugan. But that’s okay, because he was probably there in spirit.


  67. Geena Davis: “We have to stop saying, ‘Now this will change everything'”


  68. Cutthroat Island killed Carolco Studios, and was the biggest box office flop to date. Enough to kill Geena Davis’ career.


    reply 24 a day ago

    7 ft tall, overbite, lisp. Not a leading lady but she behaved as though she was smarter than everyone. Not well liked. OLD.


    reply 25 a day ago

    THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT is a classic action movie. It was the top selling script for a decade and was so good that it improbably got made. Its very, very funny. Shows Harlin is about as competent as the material he works with.

    Also worth checking out is HERO where she stars with Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia (as well as Chevy Chase in a supporting unbilled role). Heartwarming big budget studio comedy. Directed by Stephen Frears who did PHILOMENA, DANGEROUS LIASONS, THE QUEEN and THE GRIFTERS. Movie lost a ton of money. But it’s good.

    And she holds her own against Bill Murray in QUICK CHANGE, the only movie Bill Murray ever directed. That is without question, an absolute classic. Murray’s best work outside of GHOSTBUSTERS.


    reply 26 a day ago

    She hit 40. Most women over 40 in Hollywood tend to tank, unless a director takes up their cause – like Ryan Murphy did with Jessica Lange or Tarantino with Jason Leigh in Hateful (though she wasn’t the first choice)…


    reply 29 16 hours ago

    Her height really could have a lot to do with it. Many of today’s biggest stars are very small in stature.


    reply 30 16 hours ago

    Davis’ is vastly talented, but she also benefited from kismet. She only got A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN because Debra Winger (who’d originally been cast as Dottie Hinson) unexpectedly dropped out when Madonna was cast in a supporting role. Penny Marshall mentions in her book MY MOTHER WAS NUTS that Winger told her “You’re making an Elvis movie,” referring to The King’s many successful but horrible filmography and implying that the film would lose prestige with Madonna in it. So Davis stepped in at the last minute (they had her audition on the field in heels) and the movie was a huge hit, becoming the #10 film of the year. It even spawned a short-lived sitcom. I wonder if Winger kicked herself after that.

    Incidentally, The ending of the film–in which Penny showed the real women baseball players–inspired Steven Spielberg to use Holocaust survivors at the end of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. He asked Penny’s permission. She was happy to give it since he was the one who turned her on to directing.


    reply 31 14 hours ago

    I loved Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist and was delighted she won the Oscar that year over Sigourney Weaver who literally everyone thought had it in the bag. There’s this moment at the end of the film when William Hurt has his car turn around to pick her up that makes me so happy. I’m actually surprised that William Hurt didn’t garner a Best Actor nod for that film. I realize it would have been his fourth nomination in a row (the first of the series having won it for him), but it really was some of his strongest work. Kathleen Turner is really great in it too.

    I’m curious who was the first choice to play Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight. I think JJL’s performance in that is just so perfect, I can’t picture anyone else in the role.


    reply 33 10 hours ago

    I agree that Geena gave a lovely performance in The Accidental Tourist, and her radiant smile at the end has always been one of my favorite movie endings. I can understand the argument that she’s more Lead than Supporting in the film, but purely in terms of performance, I’ve always liked that Oscar win. Besides, I think Weaver was more deserving for either Aliens or Gorillas in the Mist.

    There were rumors that Jennifer Lawrence was Tarantino’s first choice to play Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight, but he later denied that in interviews (though he said they met for coffee and he’d like to work with her sometime). I read that the main contenders who auditioned were Geena Davis, Hilary Swank, Michelle Williams, Robin Wright, Demi Moore (lol) and Evan Rachel Wood. But I doubt any of them would have been as feral and demonic as JJL, and I’m glad it finally brought her that elusive Oscar nomination.


    reply 34 10 hours ago

    Geena was perfect in The Long Kiss Goodnight. She could definitely do action. Unfortunately it was probably The Cutthroat Island that destroyed her possible superstardom. As a film it’s not actually that terrible although obviously it’s not really a great film.


    reply 38 10 hours ago

    I made a flip post earlier about her height and overbite and age. Y’all are right. She was refreshing and very talented and unusually radiant. She is pretty smart, too smart for the game probably. I believe she approaches everything with intelligence and dedication. She was the reason to see Thelma and Louise. Louise truly transforms and Davis is the one who transforms her. It is a beautifully thought out performance. And yeah I loved the Long Kiss Goodnight. Still, it’s hard when you are an older actress who doesn’t read as womanly or mature. She needs a good supporting role in film, not another attempted lead in TV.


    reply 4 19 hours ago

    Yeah, Cutthroat Island was one of those massive bombs (like Striptease or Hudson Hawk) that can deal a huge blow to career – both Davis and Harlin, in this case. They tried to recover with The Long Kiss Goodnight but it wasn’t quite enough. It seemed like she just immediately vanished after that.

    Also agree that Quick Change was a good and underrated movie.


    reply 4 29 hours ago

    Glad to see the love for QUICK CHANGE. It’s brilliant because it would probably work without the comedy. There’s a ton of tension and drama involved when a group of bank robbers just need to get to the airport and everything that can go wrong does. Bill Murray’s entire persona is of a fast talker who can get himself out of sticky situations and to put him in situation after situation where that comes into play puts his talent on constant display.

    There’s also a realism to the tone of the film that ramps up the tension. And oddly enough, Quaid is chosen to play the goofy comic sidekick allowing Murray’s humor to be more subdued.

    As for Long Kiss Goodnight, it was already underway when Cutthroat Island became one of the biggest bombs ever. That movie sunk the company that did Terminator 2, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. So with Long Kiss, New Line kind of just put it out there without the level of fanfare and ad dollars that might have gone towards it if Cutthroat had done poorly as opposed to apocalyptically bad. And back then, ad dollars counted.

    Long Kiss has been a strong catalogue title for the studio and we were likely to see a reboot eventually. But the fact Shane Black is one of the top filmmakers working today practically guarantees it.


    reply 48 7 hours ago

    If Jodie Foster was not in the conversation in 1991, I think Best Actress should’ve gone to Davis over Susan Sarandon. Louise is pretty much the same throughout; it’s Thelma who has the metamorphosis, the character arc. The way Davis was able to transform from mousy, put-upon housewife to sexy, assertive renegade was genius. And you don’t notice it until the end credits when they play clips of the movie and you see her earlier self.


    reply 5 17 hours ago

    Geena has always seemed more like a quirky character actress than a leading lady to me. I think she still has a chance for a movie or TV comeback. Her gender studies work is very admirable and she seems very committed to it, but in interviews I’ve sensed that she’d also LOVE a comeback as an actress.

    Separately, good for JJL to have beaten such amazing competition to get her part in The Hateful Eight. Despite the fact that the movie was a bust, I’m sure it helped her career.


    reply 59 6 hours ago

    Another one her – Long Kiss Goodnight was a great film, although it may have not done well at the box office.

    And yes – it was the Renny Harlin years that derailed her career – but the Jeff Goldblum years didn’t wear well either.

    Besides the Olympics, apparently she had 3 kids in her late 40s (48) – which is pretty amazing. I’m sure she’s fine.


    reply 61 5 hours ago

    Renny Harlin and her reputation must have been bad even before Cutthroat was made. I remember they tried to get every popular actor of the time to co-star with her and in the end the best they could get was Matthew Modine, who was already gone of a faded star at that point.


    reply 62 5 hours ago


    • One major problem Hollywood started to have was that suddenly everyone they thought looked good that had some talent was suddenly lead actor material. Geena is a character actor. If movies were like they used to be, where there were good character roles written into stories, then she would have had a longer career. Not everyone is a lead, some people are better at portraying a character, unfortunately this seems to be forgotten if someone is good looking. Immediately they get stuck in front of the camera as a lead.


      reply 115 15 hours ago

      Geena Davis was beautiful, but in an outsized, almost overdrawn way perfect for old-time movie stardom. She also had an affable goofiness about her that works well for both physical comedy and witty scripts. Moreover, she established great chemistry with other actors, male and female, making her a great member of an ensemble.

      The action movies really weren’t her forte, but I enjoyed the spy one with Samuel L Jackson more than I thought I would.

      Maybe she will find a good role on a cable series, even if it just an arc, like Ellen Burstyn just did on House of Cards.

      NB: She was a standout on an early Remington Steele episode.


      reply 133 12 hours ago


    • What Happened to Geena Davis- News & Updates

      Geena Davis is an American actress who is known for her roles in the popular films Thelma & Louise and The Accidental Tourist. Standing at an amazing six feet, Davis initially worked as a model after graduating from college in the early 1980’s. After a few years of appearing in photo shoots and the like, she eventually landed a role in the comedy film, Tootsie in 1982ーit was also her debut on the big screen. Some of her other early projects as an actress include Knight Rider (1983), Buffalo Bill (1983), Fantasy Island (1984) and Riptide (1984). It wasn’t until late 1984 that Davis finally began to make her way into mainstream attention after securing the part of a recurring character in the NBC sitcom, Family Ties. Eventually in 1988, the actress received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Muriel Pritchett in the popular movie, The Accidental Tourist. Since then, Davis has starred in many productions both on the big and small screens.

      Over the years, the actress has successfully become one of the most recognized stars in the entertainment industry. A veteran actress with dozens of credits to her name, Davis has also been on the receiving end of countless awards; since her Oscar win back in the late 80’s, she has garnered a Golden Globe Award (e.g. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series), a Boston Society of Film Critics Award, two Cannes Film Festival Awards, a National Board of Review Award, amongst numerous others. In addition, she is also a three-time Golden Globe Award nominee (not including the one which she’d won), a three time Academy of Science fiction Award nominee as well as a two time MTV Movie Award nominee.

      A well-respected and recognized talent, Davis has been featured as a guest in several television talk shows throughout her multi-decade long career. So far, she has starred on The Rosie O’donnell Show (1996), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2000), Late Show with David Letterman (2006), Ellen: The Ellen Degeneres Show (2006), The Oprah Winfrey Show (2006) and Good Morning America (2015), to name a few. A regular face on the small screen, she has also appeared in multiple documentary series including Bravo Profiles (2002), Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey (2002), AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains (2003), Fear of the Flesh The Making of The Fly (2005), the list goes on. In fact, she has even lent her voice to various animated projects such as Fairy Tales on Ice: Alice Through the Looking Glass (1996), When Marnie Was There (2014) and Doc McStuffins (2013).

      So what has the accomplished actress been up to recently? What new films or television series have she been busy with filming for? What happened to Geena Davis? Where is she now in 2016?

      Geena Davis’ Childhood and Early Life

      Born on January 21, 1956, in Wareham, Massachusetts, Geena Davis (Birth name: Virginia Elizabeth Davis) is the daughter of William F. and Lucille Davis, civil engineer and teacher’s assistant respectively; she has an older brother named Danforth. Growing up in the small town of Wareham, Davis developed an interest for the arts at an early age; she listened to music regularly as a young girl and eventually took up the piano and flute. In her later teen years, she also learned how to play the organ to a proficient enough degree that allowed her to act as an organist at her local church. As a teen, Davis went to Wareham High School however due to her tall stature, she had always felt rather uncomfortable amongst her shorter peers.

      During that time, she also went to Sandviken, Sweden as an exchange student; she eventually returned to the United States after having mastered the Swedish language. After graduating from high school, Davis enrolled at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where she later earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Drama. An excellent student, Davis excelled in her classes and was also a member of Mensaーa social organization which offers membership to those whose IQ is tested to be at or above the 98th percentile. Following her college graduation, she moved to live in New York City where she eventually took advantage of her statuesque physique and became a model.

      Geena Davis’ Early Career in the Show Business

      It was while she was working as a New York model that she eventually caught the attention of movie director, Sydney Pollack. Interested in having her star in his film, he offered Davis a small part in his comedy project, Tootsieーwhich eventually aired in theaters in 1982. After making her debut on the big screen in her twenties, the former model later found herself landing parts in various television series such as Knight Rider (1983) and Buffalo Bill (1983); the latter ultimately being Davis’ first time playing the role of a lead protagonist. Over the next few years, she continued to play a number of small parts in the shows Fantasy Island (1984) and Riptide (1984).

      A few years after making her debut as an actress, Davis landed her first breakthrough when she was cast as a recurring character in the American sitcom, Family Ties. Starring Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter Birney, the series revolved around the lives of former hippies Elyse and Steven Keaton and their family. First premiered on the NBC Network in September 1982, the show was critically acclaimed, having attracted tens of millions of audience members during its run. Having won numerous awards, including three Emmys and a Golden Globe, Family Ties continued for seven years, and eventually ended in 1989 after well over a hundred episodes. In the series, Davis played the recurring role of Karen Nicholson, a clumsy housekeepers whom the family had employed for a few episodes.

      From there, Davis went on to play several different roles in a number of films including Fletch (1985), The Fly (1986), Beetlejuice (1988) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1989). In 1988, she received her second breakthrough when she was given a supporting role in the drama film, The Accidental Tourist. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, the movie opened in theaters on December 23, 1988 to an overwhelmingly positive reception. Based on a novel of the same name written by Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist told the story of a writer named Macon Leary (played by William Hurt), who finds himself struggling to continue on with every day life after his son is tragically killed and his marriage collapses. In the critically acclaimed film, Davis played the role of Muriel Pritchett, an employee at an animal hospital who eventually finds himself falling for Macon. Nominated for several awards, The Accidental Tourist earned the actress her first major industry awardーan Academy Award for the category of “Best Supporting Actress.”

      Geena Davis’ Later Acting Career

      Propelled into fame with her recent well-received role, Davis soon found herself playing the lead role in the American road film, Thelma & Louise. Starring Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel and the actress herself, the movie centered around two close friends, Thelma and Louise, who decides to set off on a road trip with eventual devastating consequences. Regarded as a classic feminist film, Thelma & Louise was a success at the box office, grossing over $45 million from a $16.5 million budget. Premiered in the United States on May 24, 1991, it was quickly hailed as one of the best films of the year. The winner of multiple awards and honours, Thelma & Louise also garnered the actress two awardsーa Boston Society of Film Critics Award and a National Board of Review for “Best Actress.”

      The next year, Davis played yet another lead role in the comedy film, A League of Their Own. Written by Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, the movie told a fictionalized account of the All American Girls Professional Baseball Leagueーa real life woman’s baseball league. Boasting several big names in its cast list, the film not only starred Davis but also Tom Hanks, Anne Ramsay, Rosie O’Donnell Lori Petty and Madonna. Originally premiered on July 1, 1992, A League of Their Own revolved around two sisters who became members of the baseball league, only to find themselves going against each other in a growing rivalry. Selected to be preserved in the country’s National Film Registry, the movie was nothing short of being a huge success upon its release.

      In 1995, the actress starred in the romantic comedy film, Cutthroat Island. An international co-production amongst multiple companies around the world, the movie followed a female pirate named Morgan Adams (played by Davis) who with her friends, races against a rivaling group to locate a hidden island that is said to contain luxurious treasures. Despite having been a major production however, Cutthroat Island suffered from a series of chaotic downfalls including multiple recasts and rewrites. Ultimately a failure at the box office, the film only managed to pull in $10 million from a $98 million budget. Although things didn’t go as well as planned, Davis’ acting was praised in the movie, as was its soundtrack and action scenes.

      In the recent years, the actress has made a handful of appearances on television including Coma (2012), Doc McStuffins (2013) and Annedroids (2015). In 2014, she also guest starred in the popular medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, playing the role of Dr. Nicole Herman, the head of fetal surgery.

      What’s Geena Davis Doing Now in 2016- Recent Updates

      After portraying various small, recurring characters over the past few years, Davis landed a major role in the horror drama, The Exorcistー her first since Commander in Chief back in 2005. Debuted on the Fox Network on September 23, 2016, the series is adapted from a novel by William Blatty; it tells the story of a priest who makes a living by performing exorcisms on evil spirits. Filmed in Chicago, The Exorcist airs every Friday evening and is currently on its fourth episode. Met with generally favorable reviews, the series also stars actors Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Hannah Kasulka and Alan Ruck.

      But it looks like that’s not the only thing that she’s been involved with latelyーDavis has also been busy filming and working on an upcoming science fiction film titled, Marjorie Prime. Directed by Michael Almereyda, the project is based on a Pulitzer Prize nominated production of the same name. According to a preliminary synopsis, Marjorie Prime will revolve around a group of individuals who are able to use a technological advanced method of producing holographic projections of those who have already passed away; in particular, the projections will be used to allow a young woman to spend time with her deceased husband. Besides Davis, other actors in the movie include Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith and Stephanie Andujar.

      If you’re a fan looking to stay connected with the former fashion model, rest assuredーyou can easily do so by following Geena Davis on social media. You can find the actress on Twitter under her handle @GDIGM. You can also stay up to date with her news by following her on her official Facebook page!


    • Why you never hear from Geena Davis anymore

      Geena Davis was celebrated for her iconic feminist movies and Oscar-winning performance in the ’90s, but these days, she’s linked only to a disappointing TV comeback and a random attempt at making the Olympics. What’s kept Davis out of the spotlight for so long? Here’s a look at what happened and the exciting projects that may finally bring her back.

      Her TV comeback failed

      Davis staged a full-fledged comeback in 2005 when she landed the lead role on the ABC political drama Commander in Chief, playing America’s first female President. Although the show debuted to strong ratings and won Davis a slew of awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe, its success was relatively short-lived. Amid sagging ratings, ABC pulled the series after just one season.

      Speaking to Vulture in 2016, Davis admitted she was “devastated” by the show’s cancellation. “I still haven’t gotten over it. I really wanted it to work,” she said. “It was on Tuesday nights opposite House, which wasn’t ideal. But we were the best new show that fall. Then, in January, we were opposite American Idol. They said, ‘The ratings are going to suffer, so we should take you off the air for the entire run of Idol, and bring it back in May.'” she continued. “I put a lot of time and effort into getting it on another network, too, but it didn’t work.”

      Davis’ previous attempt at television, The Geena Davis Show, was also canceled by ABC after one season.

      Her career has stalled in the past

      Davis’ attempts to salvage her career on the small screen may have been prompted by a disastrous run at the box office during the mid-and-late ’90s. After a string of successful hits, including The Accidental Tourist (for which she won an Oscar in 1988), Thelma & Louise (1991) and A League of Their Own (1992), Davis’ success unexpectedly plummeted when she made two back-to-back movies with her then-husband, Renny Harlin. The first was the jaw-droppingly bad Cutthroat Island (1995), which bombed so hard at the box office, it remains one of Hollywood’s most unsuccessful movies. Then came another underwhelming action thriller, The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), which recovered less than half its budget domestically, amid mixed-to-positive reviews.

      Whether a direct result or not, the one-two punch preceded a series of blows in Davis’ personal life. She divorced Harlin in 1998, then took an “unusually long” two years off to reflect on her career, according to The New York Times.

      She became more selective

      Although a 1998 profile published in The New York Times described Davis as willing to play almost any movie role, she told Vulture in 2016 that she actually got much more selective once she hit her 40s. “Film roles really did start to dry up when I got into my 40s. If you look at IMDB, up until that age, I made roughly one film a year. In my entire 40s, I made one movie, Stuart Little,” she said. “I was getting offers, but for nothing meaty or interesting like in my 30s. I’d been completely ruined and spoiled. I mean, I got to play a pirate captain [in Cutthroat Island]! I got to do every type of role, even if the movie failed.” Well, at least somebody liked Cutthroat Island.

      Did parenthood get in the way?

      After what the The New York Times described as a “difficult divorce” from Harlin, Davis’ personal life bounced back in a really positive way. In 2001, she married neurosurgeon Reza Jarrahy. Less than three years later, by age 48, she had given birth to three children, including twin boys. For most actors in Hollywood, having three kids that quickly would be enough to take some much-deserved time off. However, in her interview with Vulture, Davis insisted the two things were never related. “One thing I always want to clear up was the notion that I ‘took time off to have a baby.'” she said. “A lot people leapt to that conclusion because becoming a parent happened to coincide with film roles tapering off. When I made Commander in Chief, I had three children under 3 years old. If I was really going to take time off from working, I think it would have been then.”

      She took up archery

      Davis shocked everyone in 1999 when it was revealed that she was competing for a spot on the U.S. archery team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Davis—who took up the sport about two years prior—did not make the team, but she finished in 24th place in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials. “I was ill prepared for this onslaught,” she told the The New York Times after the competition concluded. ”It was like being at a premiere, which I’m used to. I mean, that doesn’t make me nervous anymore. But to do a sport with this kind of attention was kind of unsettling. And also, one wants to do well at the Olympic Trials, so there was a level of stress.”

      Despite not making the team, Davis still considers her training to be a positive experience. “It was the most out-of-body experience I’ve ever had,” she said during a Television Critics Association panel discussion in 2016 (via Entertainment Tonight). “It was fabulous. I will never forget about it.”

      She started her own institute

      You may see less of Davis on the big screen these days, but that doesn’t mean she’s less involved in the movie industry. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. In 2004, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which its website says is a “researched-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under.”

      According to the Observer, Davis created the institute after noticing the lack of female roles in children’s TV shows and movies she watched with her daughter. The organization has been a huge success thus far, launching numerous studies and even its own film festival. “The whole point of having the research is so, because I’m in the industry, I can go directly to the premieres of children’s media and share the research in a colloquial and private way, and its reception has been remarkable,” Davis told the Observer. “I had no idea from the very first meeting what their reactions would be. Their jaws were on the floor; they absolutely cannot believe how many female characters they are leaving out. The worlds they are creating are nearly bereft of a female presence.”

      She’s in the midst of a comeback

      For Davis and television, the third time is proving to be the charm. In the fall of 2016, the actress starred in a TV reboot of the classic horror movie The Exorcist on Fox. On the show, Davis plays Angela Rance, a similar role to the one Ellen Burstyn played in the film. “This is such a cool take on [the original movie], because it acknowledges that that actually happened,” she told Comic-Con (via Entertainment Weekly). “So this is now, 40 years later, 40-plus years later, and, uh-oh, something starts happening again …”

      Despite pretty dismal ratings, Fox wound up renewing the show for a second season, reportedly because executives are big fans of the show.

      If that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, she’s also got two movies in the pipeline, including Marjorie Prime, in which she co-stars alongside Jon Hamm and Tim Robbins. Will the combined effect of these projects lead to the Geena Davis revival fans have been craving for years? Whatever happens, we’re just happy to have her back in action.


      • 15 Movies That Completely Ruined Actors Reputations


        This list is filled with movies that killed actors’ careers, but not have done it so swiftly and devastatingly as box office bomb Cutthroat Island did to Geena Davis. Once known as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Davis became a household name in the late ’80s and early ’90s thanks to a string of hits, such as The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, and A League of Their Own. What happened to make this spectacular actress completely disappear from Hollywood? Cutthroat Island happened.

        With one of most disastrous box office receptions in cinema history, Cutthroat Island bankrupted the studio Carolco Pictures and did a serious number on Davis’ reputation. While not as bad as some make it out to be, the swashbuckling adventure suffers from a messy plot and overstuffed action scenes, which was enough to take down the studio that made it, as well as Geena Davis’ career.

        Though she still pops up in the occasional movie, today, Davis focuses most of her time on her family and charity work, which is a much better use of her time than starring in over-budgeted studio tent-poles.


  69. She definitely had face work done after The Accidental Tourist and before Quick Change. Didn’t notice until someone pointed this out on another forum.


    • 15 Famous Actors Who REALLY Aren’t Aging Well


      “Be afraid, be very afraid,” Geena Davis warned during her memorable turn alongside Jeff Goldblum in David Cronenberg’s The Fly. No one should be afraid of Davis just yet, but her current appearance should be some cause for concern. A Hollywood heroine also known for movies like Thelma & Louise, while her co-star Susan Sarandon has continued to age like a fine wine, Davis resembles something akin to a bottle of Merlot that’s been given a heavy dose of anti-freeze.

      Questions continue to be raised over how Davis remains wrinkle free despite her advancing years, with many suggesting Botox might be involved. But there’s something else going on too – Davis looks almost like a completely different person to the one that film fans fell in love with back in the 1980s. Alright, it’s not a transformation on the scale of Brundlefly, but it’s odd.


  70. Wow @ the screenshot from Secret Weapons. Linda Hamilton is younger than Davis, but looks much older than her even in 1985.

    I wish Linda had played Geena’s role in The Long Kiss Goodnight. The problem with Davis’ casting was her quirky speech patterns that occasionally slipped up, like a Midwestern accent which is strange because she’s from the east coast. The Fly is the only movie where she kept it under control completely.

    Thelma & Louise is her best film. It has all of the creatively fulfilling aspects an actress could want in a role. Tailor made for her and Sarandon.


  71. I lost some respect for Melanie Griffith after watching that Oscars video. She and Don ruined Geena’s big moment.


  72. Here’s Why Geena Davis Doesn’t Want ‘Thelma & Louise’ Reboot (Watch)


    • Geena Davis: ‘Thelma & Louise changed everything for me’

      It was the moment she realized how few inspiring women there are on screen. Now the actor is on a mission to fix that


      • Robert Downey Jr. ‘missed out on Brad Pitt’s Thelma And Louise role as he could not measure up to Geena Davis’

        He is one of the biggest stars in show business.

        But it has emerged Robert Downey Jr’s lack of stature led to him missing out on Brad Pitt’s iconic role in Thelma And Louise.

        The pint-sized actor, who claims to be five foot nine inches tall, is said to have been summarily rejected by the film’s director Sir Ridley Scott due to the fact he could not measure up to the film’s statuesque lead actress Geena Davis.

        According to Vanity Fair the production was thrown into crisis when acting powerhouse William Baldwin quit the role of beefcake drifter JD at the last minute after landing another part.

        As if that was not bad enough, the original backup could not get released from a television contract, meaning he had to pass up the chance to appear in what would be one of the most iconic films in the 1990s.

        According to the film’s assistant casting director Ira Belgrade a host of big names failed to land the role, the the 25-year-old future Iron Man star was in the running before falling at the final hurdle.

        Making his play, Ira was told: ‘CAA says Robert Downey Jr. will take it for whatever we have in the budget.’

        Unfortunately for the now 52-year-old Weird Science star, even his famous charm was not enough to overcome his lack of stature.

        Playing up his influence, Ira told the author of new book Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge he pointed out the actor was too short to measure up to six foot tall Geena. The director agreed.

        Crucially, Brad is two inches bigger than Robert, which piqued Sir Ridley’s interest. He was called in for a screen test where he is said to have quite the affect on his future leading lady, who struggled to say her lines correctly around the buff beefcake.

        Among the others who missed out was George Clooney, who unsurprisingly failed to make the grade due to his wooden acting, and Dermot Mulroney.

        But that was not the only exciting tidbit revealed in the book, for it also says Sir Ridley liked to spray Brad’s abs with mineral water to make them shine on camera.


  73. What Really Happened to Geena Davis?


  74. The 90s were a brilliant decade to be a young woman

    In the cinema, our star was Geena Davis – Thelma & Louise, The Long Kiss Goodnight, the groundbreaking Cutthroat Island and A League Of Their Own. Now, her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media campaigns to change the way Hollywood makes films to better represent women and girls.


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