It's not an exaggeration to say that a job can greatly affect an actor's career for good or ill. Celebrities, despite their achievements, rarely get to relax since fame can be so fickle. A single blunder can pave the way for a rival performer to replace them. The celebrities in question are today's greatest actors in Hollywood. Their career was on the decline until a chance presented itself. They have always been on the edge of leaving Hollywood whenever a hit part brought them back.

In Hollywood, not every performer becomes famous immediately. Some of the most difficult conflicts were with their professional paths, which can include some butal ups and downs. 

As any aspiring actor will tell you, building a great career in Hollywood may be one of the world's most difficult life goals. These actors managed to pull it off twice. Consider the following 15 performers whose reputations were salvaged by a single role:

JOSH BROLIN NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN CRACKED.COM Goonies never say die! The 20 years between The Goonies and Best Picture-winning No Country For Old Men brought small, forgettable roles, but Brolin's performance in No Country revived his career and lead him to much bigger roles like Thanos in the MCU.

Source: Esquire

 

MICKEY BE ROURKE SIN CITY GRACKED COM After critically acclaimed 80's films, Rourke focused on a fairly successful boxing career. Не returned for bit roles in the mid 90s, but 2005's Sin City gave his career a massive jolt, landing him The Wrestler - a role that won him a Golden Globe.

Source: Esquire

KURT RUSSELL B DEATH PROOF CRACKED.COM Kurt Russell had 80s cult hits like Escape From New York but his star power cooled by the mid 90s. After Tarantino cast him in 2007s Death Proof, he got back to blockbusters like the Fast & Furious series and Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2.

Source: Screenrant

 

DIANE LANE A WALK ON THE MOON CRACKED.COM 80s successes in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish and The Outsiders lead to a brief retirement after multiple flops. 1999s A Walk On The Moon garnered serious attention and lead to The Perfect Storm and an Oscar nomination in the steamy thriller Unfaithful.

Source: Indiewire

 

BRENDAN BE FRASER NO SUDDEN MOVE CRACKED.COM Fingers crossed! It's been a long time since The Mummy, and it might be too early to tell, but 2021's No Sudden Move landed Fraser on Martin Scorcese's radar for 2022s Killers of the Flower Moon with De Niro and DiCaprio. Only time will tell.

Source: GQ.com

 

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