Navigating an acting career over time requires a lot of work. If an actor has a big hit in a particular genre, there's an understandable tendency to want to continue working in that genre. Dwayne Johnson usually makes action movies, Melissa McCarthy primarily makes comedies, and so on. On the other hand, if there's no variation, audiences can quickly become tired of seeing a performer do the same thing again and again. Then, of course, there's the simple fact that nobody hits a home run every time. A big old flop is bound to happen sooner or later.
Typecasting is another pitfall. Actors occasionally have to fight to break out of a box they've been put in. This entails making movies that go against their image so that a new facet of their talent can be demonstrated. And to do that, there's generally a pay cut involved. The following actors all achieved massive success yet, for various reasons, reached a point where they felt the need to reinvent themselves. They did this by working with auteurs, taking on roles no one would ever expect them to play, or walking away from sure-thing studio paychecks in order to pursue passion projects. In doing so, each of them completely revitalized their careers.
Which of these stars had the most successful relaunch? Vote up your favorites.
- 1811 VOTESPhoto: The Shaggy Dog / Buena Vista Pictures
- 2559 VOTESPhoto: Dallas Buyers Club / Focus Features
- 3634 VOTESPhoto: Good Time / A24
- 4557 VOTESPhoto: Hacksaw Ridge / Lionsgate
- 5378 VOTESPhoto: We Own the Night / Sony Pictures Releasing
- 6395 VOTESPhoto: A Scanner Darkly / Warner Independent Pictures