This is a spin-off from a chat Jim and I were having in the Star Trek thread. He was talking about how Chris Pine has missed his window as he’s done several big movies now and not been noticed. I think he might be right, but here’s my question.
One of the world’s biggest movie stars has a theory that if you’re not discovered within 3-5 years of getting a part in a huge movie you’re never going to be a movie star. I don’t want to name names, but these theories always so interesting and I think he might be right. For example, you get a Johnny Depp or someone in the likes of the first Elm Street and the public get a look at him in even a small role. Within 5 years he’s got his own vehicle and it does well. Pitt likewise appeared in the likes of Thelma and Louise and within 5 years he’s Brad Pitt.
Has anyone pottered around for a while doing bits and bobs and then become a movie star? The difference between a movie star and a character actor btw is someone who’s name goes above the title and the movie makes a lot of money whereas a character actor is a respected actor, but can’t be relied on to carry a BIG movie personally.
Has any actor or actress ever been discovered more than 5 years after a wide-scale debut? A good modern example would be Hemsworth in the first Trek suddenly becoming Thor a year or two later. Assassin’s Creed will be the test for Fassebender, everyone knowing who he is, but this being his first solo vehicle.