Saturday, December 6, 2008
Some are stuck in sub-par films or failed TV series, while others can barely even get cast anymore and a couple have nearly thrown in the towel all together. Had your heart broken by Robert De Niro mocking Taxi Driver in a cartoon or scratched your head in amazement that a career as vibrant as Winona Ryder's could be totally derailed by a personal slip up? When was the last time you looked forward to a Nicolas Cage film or saw Christopher Walken in something truly deserving of his talents?
They are all great actors with great work left in them, but they are all in, a bit of or, a major rut. Even Al Pacino, who was delivering such powerful work as Insomnia and Angels in America at the beginning of the decade, has slipped into an unfortunate slump.
With the decade being made up of truly inspiring comebacks by the likes of Diane Lane, Sylvester Stallone, Virginia Madsen and Mickey Rourke, I thought a poll focusing on some of my favorite actors who I would love to see delivery the goods again seemed in order. There were others I could have selected but this is the group I have settled on and I am willing to bet at least a couple are among your favorites as well. So vote on the ones you would most like to see land a plum role again and we'll see what happens.