After the Facebook drama The Social Network hit theaters in 2010, many expected co-star Armie Hammer to become The Next Big Thing in Hollywood. That didn’t happen. What happened instead: Three big flops in a row, including the universally panned Lone Ranger (2012) reboot, which almost derailed Hammer and co-star Johnny Depp’s big-screen careers for good. Hammer has one last shot to redeem himself in 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. If that doesn’t happen, look for Hollywood to unfriend him immediately.
Adrien Brody set the bar quite high for himself after becoming the youngest-ever Best Actor winner in 2003 for The Pianist. While he’s kept a steady resume ever since—due in great part to his working relationship with Wes Anderson—a return to the Kodak Theater feels like a distant possibility at this point. In fact, he may want to consider going the TV route; the critically acclaimed miniseries Houdini just earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Lead Actor.
Canadian actress Rachel McAdams had a banner year in 2004. Her star-is-born performance in Mean Girls made her a household name, and her moving role in the tearjerker drama The Notebook won over the hearts of millions of Americans (not to mention her hunky costar, Ryan Gosling). Then, just as she was becoming a blockbuster staple (2005’s Red Eye and The Family Stone were both unexpected hits), McAdams essentially turned her back on Hollywood. She disappeared from the big screen for two years, and when she finally returned, it was in an unassuming indie drama called Married Life. (Don’t act like you’ve seen it.) Only recently has McAdams decided to make a second run for the title of America’s Sweetheart, thanks to roles in Midnight in Paris, The Vow, and the HBO crime drama True Detective.
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From her debut performance in The Parent Trap in 1998, right up to her critically acclaimed work inMean Girls in 2004, Lindsay Lohan amassed millions of movie fans around the world, both young and old. But like so many child stars who came before her, Lohan’s career was sidelined—and eventually ruined—by a whole lot of bad behavior, including multiple stints behind bars. To this day, Lohan continues to struggle to find work. Her last gig: a guest spot on the CBS comedy Two Broke Girls. Yikes.
Patrick Wilson certainly has the looks required to be a leading man. But despite a number of valiant attempts (among them Todd Field’s 2006 Oscar-nominated drama, Little Children), he never quite rose above Hollywood’s B-List. In fact, he’s coasted through much of his career by playing roles like The Hunky Boyfriend, or The Hunky Ex-Boyfriend or The Hunky Husband Who May Or May Not Be Possessed by a Ghost in a Mediocre Horror Movie. The rare exception: his 2012 guest spot on Lena Dunham’s HBO comedy Girls, which was equal parts sad, sexy, and haunting. Here’s hoping he finds similar success on FX’s Fargo.