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Ashley Judd: Steel Magnolia


So this is timely.  Ashley Judd has been in the headlines recently for her part in bringing down the infamous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.  Today’s interview was the cover story of the October 1997 issue of Movieline magazine right about the time when the events Judd described would have happened!  Of course, the interview has nothing to do with Weinstein.  But it does provide a look back at Judd when she was a rising actress looking to establish herself.  You can tell from her answers that Judd was a fighter from way back.

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What Might Have Been: Val Kilmer


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Val Kilmer

Actors careers are shaped by choices.  Their performances are made up of small choices; how a character should move, what they should sound like, how they should react.  Then there are the big choices like what roles to take and who to work with.  When an actor commits to a movie, they are dedicating a chunk of their lives to preparing for the role, filming the movie and then doing the promotion circuit.  For a lead actor, each movie can be a year-long commitment.  For an actor who is in demand, this can lead to some tough choices which will ultimately shape the course of their career.

As the old saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20.”  Sometimes, an actor’s choices look foolish in retrospect.  Other times, it seems like they dodged a bullet.  Either way, movie fans love looking back and wondering what might have been.

The first subject of this new series could only be one man:  Val Kilmer.

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What the Hell Happened to Ashley Judd?


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Ashley Judd

In the 90’s, Ashley Judd was one of the most promising actresses in Hollywood.  She has been nominated for two Golden Globes, played a young Marilyn Monroe and for a while she practically owned the thriller genre.  But later in her career, Judd transitioned from suspense movies to chick flicks and political activism.  Since then, Judd’s movie career has shifted into low gear.  These days, Judd is better known for her political aspirations than her latest movies.

What the hell happened?

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