What the Hell Happened to Uma Thurman?
Uma Thurman has been a Batman villain, Robin Hood’s girlfriend, an Avenger (the English kind) and Quentin Tarantino’s muse. She’s worked with Robert DeNiro, Bill Murray, John Travolta and George Clooney. But these days, she’s shifted gears into supporting roles. What the hell happened?
Thurman starred her career as a model at the age of 15.
In 1985, Thurman appeared in Glamour, a Vogue supplement and the cover of British Vogue. Her modeling work lead to acting opportunities. In 1988, Thurman appeared in four movies.
Thurman’s first acting role was in the no-budget thriller, Kiss Daddy Goodnight. Thurman played a model who picks up older men so she can drug them and rob them. Steve Buscemi also appears in a small role.
Thurman’s first mainstream movie was Johnny Be Good which co-starred Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Downey, Jr.
Hall was desperately trying to escape his image as the brat pack nerd. He played a star high school quarterback and Downey played his best bud. A couple of years earlier, Downey had tormented Hall in Weird Science. It’s funny to remember when Iron Man played second banana to Rusty Griswold.
Johnny Be Good got bad reviews and currently holds a 0% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It flopped at the box office dooming Hall to the fate suffered by most of the Brat Pack. Thurman and Downey were more fortunate.
Later that year, Thurman had a small but eye-catching role in Terry Gilliam’s mad fantasy, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was a famously troubled movie. Like most Gilliam movies, the flights of fancy put the film over budget. A regime change at the studio meant that its US distributors weren’t especially excited about promoting Munchausen. So they dumped it in relatively few theaters with little fanfare.
Thurman played the goddess Venus who emerged naked from a clam shell. In her limited screen time, Thurman created one of the more memorably images in a film full of visual splendor.
Although Baron Munchausen flopped in the US, it fared better overseas. Reviews were mostly positive and the film has developed a cult following.
Posted on March 29, 2013, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged Batman and Robin, Dangerous Liaisons, Ethan Hawke, Kill Bill, pulp fiction, Quentin Tarantino, The Avengers, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Uma Thurman. Bookmark the permalink. 156 Comments.