Kate Hudson became an overnight sensation—and an Academy Award nominee—thanks to her performance as an irresistible groupie in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000). Unfortunately, that performance turned out to be the biggest fluke Hollywood has seen since Chariots of Fire (1981) won the Best Picture Oscar. In the last 15 years, Hudson has played the same old character in the same old romantic comedy.Something Borrowed, A Little Bit of Heaven and Bride Wars are just some of her more recent offenses. At this point, her filmography has become so repetitive, it would actually be a refreshing change of pace to see Hudson try something new. That’s a polite way of saying we’re really annoyed she’s starring in Garry Marshall’s upcoming romcom, Mother’s Day (2016).
Christoph Waltz won not one, but two Oscars for playing charmingly creepy characters in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012). The Austrian-born actor has understandably tried to stretch himself in between projects. But whether it’s a prestige biopic (Big Eyes, 2013) or an adaptation of an acclaimed novel (Water for Elephants, 2011), audiences haven’t really connected with Waltz outside the world of violent Tarantino characters. It’s no wonder he agreed to play the villain in the James Bond movie, Spectre, in 2015.
Sylvester Stallone became one of the great cinematic icons of the ’70s with the release of the epic boxing saga Rocky, in which he played the ultimate underdog, Rocky Balboa. If it seems like Stallone has been playing the same character ever since, it’s probably because, for the most part, he has. For better or worse, five Rocky sequels have hit the big screen since 1976, some of which were good (2006’s surprise hitRocky Balboa) and some of which were downright awful (Rocky V). In fact, he’s even set to reprise the role one more time in Creed, which chronicles the rise of the son of Rocky’s former rival, Apollo Creed. Hey, whatever works.
Although she doesn’t have the type of filmography as, say, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston certainly gets an A+ for effort for trying to shed the Friends persona that made her such a superstar. The Good Girl (2002) and Cake (2014) are just two examples in which Aniston has dipped her toes into the dramatic waters. But whether it’s because of Friends or the excessive amount of tabloid coverage she receives, Aniston has never quite fully been able to disappear into a role. In fact, the majority of luck she’s had on the big screen tends to be for movies in which she basically plays different versions of Rachel Green. Which begs the thought: perhaps they should just film a Friends movie and get it over with.