14 Performances We Love That Deserved To Last A Lot Longer

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Vote up the performances you wish you could have seen more of.

There are numerous aspects of filmmaking that audiences connect with, from the cinematography to the score to the writing. But, at the end of the day, it is the actors and their performances that fans identity with and love the most, which brings us to a sad reality of Hollywood filmmaking: the inspired performances we wish we could've seen more of. While certain film series seemingly can't stop bringing actors back for more - Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU, anyone? - there have been all kinds of examples of performances that never got the sequels they deserved.

Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander. Alec Baldwin's Jack Ryan. Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker. For one reason or another, these and many others simply were denied the chance to delight us again and again. Don't you get us started on the devastating lack of a Furiosa franchise for Charlize Theron. It's too soon... Anyway, here are some masterful appearances we wish would've been granted more time to shine.


  • Brendan Fraser And Rachel Weisz As Rick And Evie
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    Wasn't The Mummy awesome? No, not the Tom Cruise disaster from 2017 - the Brendan Fraser-Rachel Weisz joint from 1999. Come on... you know you're a fan. It even got a quick sequel in 2001 and a themed rollercoaster at Universal Studios theme parks in 2004! Much of the success of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns relies on the easy chemistry between its leads and their characters, Rick O'Connell and Evelyn Carnahan. As all the madcap madness pops off around them, you can't help but root for them. The simple likability of the actors turned their relationship into a hit with moviegoers everywhere. And then the 2008 threequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor happened.

    Brendan Fraser's Rick O'Connell was back and so was Evie Carnahan... except it wasn't Rachel Weisz in the role, but Maria Bello instead. On one hand, it was reported in Cinema Blend that Weisz left the role due to the script for the third Mummy movie being lackluster - something the reviews back up. On the other, director Rob Cohen stated she left the project because she didn't want to be seen as the mother of a 21-year-old in the movie, per Digital Spy. Weisz's agent claimed the actor didn't want to leave her 2-year-old for five months to shoot the sequel. We may never know the truth. 

  • Charlize Theron As Imperator Furiosa
    Photo: Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The artistic and commercial success of Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the great unexpected Hollywood stories of the past few decades. It came out of nowhere to gross nearly $400 million, earn rave reviews, and rack up an astonishing 10 Academy Award nominations. All of this after an eternity in development hell and multiple years of actual production, as well. Stories like this do not happen. It's far more common for films with this kind of extended production cycle and massive budget to completely fail upon release. See the box-office/critical failures of Chaos Walking, Fantastic Four, and Dolittle for just a few examples.

    Front and center of Fury Road's triumph wasn't Mad Max himself, but Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa. Finally, here was a movie that let Theron's action chops shine along with her considerable acting ability. Furiosa completely stole the show from Hardy's Max Rockatansky. But the reality of getting to see Theron reprise her role as Furiosa seemingly keeps getting smaller and smaller. George Miller has been talking about mainline sequels for years, but legal issues with Warner Bros. have them wrapped up in development hell (again) for some reason. And with Anya Taylor-Joy teaming with Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for Furiosa prequel, Theron appears to be done with the character... something she told the Hollywood Reporter she finds "a little heartbreaking." 

  • Colin Farrell As The Disguised Grindelwald
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Warner Bros. Pictures

    With all due respect to the creative talent both behind the production and on screen, the Fantastic Beasts film series has really had a rough go of it in the past few years. And we're not even talking about the ongoing controversies surrounding Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling. The Fantastic Beasts movies have had nowhere near the critical or commercial success of the Harry Potter franchise that inspired them, and it is difficult to see the series becoming the universal smash its predecessor was in the future. But can we just pour one out for Colin Farrell's Percival Graves, AKA Gellert Grindelwald in disguise?

    Farrell's scenes in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them serve as highlights in the film, as his Graves/Grindelwald comes across as subtly conniving and evil. In contrast, Depp's Grindelwald feels, um, campy in comparison. He's got ridiculous white hair, wears a colored contact in his right eye, and vamps it up on-screen in classic Johnny Depp fashion. Farrell's take on the character is, perhaps surprisingly, more interesting. And he's been doing much more better work than Depp over the past decade with The LobsterWidowsThe Batman, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer anyway! Mads Mikkelsen may do a great job as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, but many will always wish, deep down, that Farrell could've had a chance at Grindelwald proper.

  • Jodie Foster As Clarice Starling
    Photo: The Silence of the Lambs / Orion Pictures

    It can be easy to forget nowadays, but 1991's The Silence of the Lambs was about as big a Hollywood success story as was possible at the time. It garnered near-universal acclaim from both critics and fans, destroyed the box office on a $19 million budget, and swept five major categories at the Academy Awards (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best adapted screenplay). Not too shabby for an R-rated psychological horror flick about a young FBI agent and a serial killer.

    All that success meant a sequel was obviously a no-brainer, but the project languished in development hell for years as rumors suggested Jodie Foster, A-lister and star of The Silence of the Lambs, wouldn't be returning as Clarice Starling. Foster would eventually turn down the project due to her dissatisfaction with the screenplay and her desire to direct her own project, Flora Plum. Unfortunately, Flora Plum had all kinds of development problems of its own and still hasn't come out after 20 years of problems. Julianne Moore replaced Foster in Hannibal and did an admirable job, but fans will always wonder what that film would've been like had the original Clarice returned.

  • Andrew Garfield As Peter Parker
    Photo: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 / Columbia Pictures

    Ah, Pete... we hardly knew ye. Andrew Garfield's two-year stint as Spider-Man feels like it was over before it began. And if the fervor around Spider-Man: No Way Home is any indication, Garfield's version of Peter Parker has more fans than anyone was aware of. That's not to say there are a ton of fans of the Amazing Spider-Man films because, well, those films didn't exactly light the box office on fire. The Amazing Spider-Man franchise had a whole heaping helping of issues both on-screen and off, but the one aspect that nearly everyone agrees on is Garfield's acting ability in the role.

    This will come as no great shock to anyone familiar with the actor's body of work. It takes a special actor to get nominated for either an Academy Award or Tony Award for best actor, let alone both. Sony may have dropped the ball with Garfield's version of Spider-Man, ditching him after two films to run into the money-printing arms of the MCU, but that's no fault of his. People seem to really enjoy his version of the character, and he's even gone on record saying he'd love to do another Spidey movie in the future!

  • Keanu Reeves As John Constantine
    Photo: Constantine / Warner Bros. Pictures

    So, 2005's Constantine bears little resemblance to the comic book it is based on. The basic premise is there, sure, but Keanu Reeves certainly isn't a blond man from Liverpool. It isn't even set in England! Constantine's otherworldly origin is also changed, with his "damnation" being caused by a failed suicide attempt instead of his accidental killing of an innocent child via a demon summoning gone wrong. All of this adds up to make Constantine a movie that exists more for psychological horror fans than for fans of the Hellblazer comics books.

    That being said, Constantine is an underrated gem. It was made in an era where the Marvel Cinematic Universe was years away and superhero films weren't defined by their ability to gross a billion dollars or not. If you think Zack Snyder's DC films are dark, you should check this one out. Keanu Reeves is totally game for the role of the tormented hero. His version of John Constantine is a kindred spirit of John Wick's, and Reeves has even stated his desire to play the character again. Get on it, Warner Bros!