In Hollywood, success is a fickle thing. An actor can take home an Oscar one year only to fade into obscurity after a string of flops the next. But everyone loves a comeback, and the last year had a lot to offer. Some were long overdue, while others were downright surprising. British actress Samantha Morton, for example, has been consistently lauded by critics and peers throughout her career but hasn’t gotten meaty enough roles to showcase her considerable talents since the early 2000s. Ke Huy Quan, on the other hand, was all but forgotten as an actor. Having disappeared from the big screen for over 30 years, the Indiana Jones star made a triumphant return in a major sci-fi movie, launching one of the most unexpected and delightful second acts of the year.
Some of the actors who got their mojo back leaped into brand new territory while others went back to their roots. Brendan Fraser, who will always be remembered as a family-friendly '90s action star, relaunched his career with an emotionally complex role in the latest movie from controversial director Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Lawrence, by contrast, emerged from a multi-year hiatus to start making indie movies again more than a decade after the low-budget noir Winter’s Bone made her a star. From underrated character actors to iconic scream queens, vote up the performers who truly deserve their comebacks.
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Ke Huy QuanPhoto: Everything Everywhere All at Once / A24
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