What the Hell Happened to Rene Russo?
Rene Russo came seemingly out of nowhere and became one of the top actresses of the 90’s. She start in a string of hits for most of the decade. She has worked with directors like Richard Donner, Wolfgang Petersen, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Ron Howard. And then, as suddenly as she appeared, she left Hollywood for a six year hiatus. These days, she plays the mother of the god of thunder in the Thor movies.
What the hell happened?
Before acting, Russo started out as a model. Russo signed with the Ford Modeling Agency and appeared on magazine covers for Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Cosmopolitan. As she approached her thirties, Russo decided to give up modeling. She began studying acting and working in regional stage productions.
In 1986, Russo made her acting debut on the TV adventure series, Sable.
The TV show was based on Mike Grell’s comic book, John Sable: Freelance. Lewis Van Bergen starred as a vigilante by night who writes children’s books during the day. His sidekick was a blind man named Cheesecake who pretended to be a stand-up comedian. Russo was the girl with 80’s hair.
ABC cancelled Sable after only 7 episodes.
In 1989, Russo made her big screen debut opposite Tom Berenger in the sports comedy, Major League.
The movie focuses on a fictionalized version of the Cleveland Indians. Berenger starred as the team’s veteran catcher. Sheen played the rookie pitcher nicknamed Wild Thing. Corbin Bernsen appeared in a supporting role as a prima donna third baseman. Wesley Snipes played the cocky new center fielder Willie “Mays” Hayes and Russo played Berenger’s ex-girlfriend whom he is trying to win back.
Critics gave Major League a passing grade despite the fact that it was a pretty formulaic sports movie. The laughs and the execution were enough to earn mostly positive reviews. Audiences liked it as well. Major League opened in first place at the box office and earned nearly $50 million dollars.
In 1990, Russo starred opposite James Belushi in the comedy, Mr. Destiny.
Belushi played an everyman who believed that his life would have been better if he hadn’t struck out at a high school baseball game. Michael Caine played a mysterious figure who grants Belushi’s wish. Suddenly, Belushi is living the life he would have lead had he hit a homerun instead. He’s rich and married to the boss’ daughter played by Russo. But he finds himself missing his old life and his wife played by Linda Hamilton.
As with most James Belushi movies, Mr. Destiny was poorly reviewed and bombed at the box office.
Posted on November 15, 2013, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged Get Shorty, In the Line of Fire, Lethal Weapon, Major League, Outbreak, ransom, Rene Russo, The Thomas Crown Affair, Thor. Bookmark the permalink. 105 Comments.