Earlier this year, we showed you 10 Movies that John Cusack Has Made In the Last 2 Years That You’ve Never Heard Of, and now we can add Adrian Brody into the club of once famous actors who are prolific in movies that are apparently profitable enough to continue being made despite the fact that most of us have never heard of them.
Honestly, I feel awful for guys like Brody and Cusack (who, it turns out, is not the asshole we may have previously believed). It’s not that they’re untalented (Brody has an Oscar), or that they’re difficult to work with (as far as I know). It’s just that the industry kind of lost interest in them, or a series of bad choices put them in a position where they had no choice (Brody made $10 million for King Kong, and he’s probably making a small fraction of that now).
Truth is, I don’t know if these movies are good or bad. Maybe they just weren’t marketable. Maybe Brody just had no way to promote them. Maybe he stopped playing the game, or burned a bridge, or maybe he thought one of these films would break out and resurrect his career (the cast in Detachment looks phenomenal). Or hell, maybe they’re hugely popular overseas.
I don’t know, and I don’t get it, but I do know that Brody has talent, and that, invariably, when he makes a movie that people see again, he will be asked about his comeback, and he will probably say, “Comeback? I never went anywhere. I’ve been here the whole damn time.”
If it can happen to Cusack (one of the biggest stars of the 80s) and Brody (one of the bigger stars of the 90s), it can happen to anyone. One day, this could be a Chris: Pratt, Evans, Pine, or otherwise.