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10 Now Beloved Actors We Wrote Off Too Soon

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | April 19, 2012 |

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | April 19, 2012 |

Why do we loathe certain actors? It’s really hard to say. Some we deem to be ungifted hacks. Others taint god-given talent with their own personal train wreckish lifestyle. (In the biz they call it “Lohaning.”) Whatever it may be, there is a certain point when we, the moviegoer, are ready to write off an individual. But maybe we shouldn’t be so hasty. Fame is a bumpy ride, after all, and the person who we rip from the pages of “Tiger Beat” today, may one day make us burn in shame. Similarly, the people we deem mock worthy failures may one day surprise us. Yes, Tara Reid, January Jones, it’s not too late for you. You can still make a comeback. These 10 certainly have. Because everyone deserves a chance to make a comeback. Everyone but Charlie Sheen.

Marky Mark
Low Point: The general Funky Bunching aside…Rock Star, Planet of the Apes (2001)
Redemption: The Depahted (2006)

Elisha Cuthbert
Low Point: As The Punchline/Eye Candy Of “24” (2001-2010)
Redemption: “Happy Endings” (2010)

Benjamin McKenzie
Low Point: As The Brooding, Sleeveless Heartthrob on “The OC” (2003-2007)
Redemption: Junebug (2005)/ “Southland” (2009-2012)

Wil Wheaton
Low Point: The Most Loathed Ensign In The Galaxy on “Stark Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-1994)
Redemption: “The Guild” (2009-2011)

James Van Der Beek
Low Point: The Most Enormous Penis In The History Of Teen Melodrama* on “Dawson’s Creek” (1998-2003)
Redemption: “Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23” (2012)

Robert Pattinson
Low Point: Embarrassingly Committed To Sparkle Motion in The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)
Redemption: Just. Being. Himself.

Brian Austin Green
Low Point: “90210” (1990-200)
Redemption: “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles” (2008-2009)

Robert Downey Jr.
Low Point: “Ally McBeal” (2000-2002)
Redemption: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Colin Farrell
Low Point: Daredevil/S.W.A.T. (2003), Alexander (2004)
Redemption: In Bruges (2008)

Channing Tatum
Low Point: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Redemption: Haywire (2011) / 21 Jump Street (2012)

*Not a compliment

Joanna Robinson would like to thank her sister-in-blog, Courtney Enlow, for the assist on this one.