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Actors who stole careers from other actors

Somebody commented on the WHET Mena Suvari thread that Reese Witherspoon stole Suvari's career in the early 2000s. I was wondering if there were any other examples of that? I know that Girl Interrupted was supposed to be Winona Ryder's vehicle but Angelina Jolie got all the acclaim and the career boost.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Friday at 11:05 PM

Emma Stone stole Lindsay Lohan's career.

by Anonymousreply 106/28/2020

Paul Newman didn't quite steal, but he inherited James Dean's roles and got a big career boost, he Dean died.

by Anonymousreply 206/28/2020

"when" Dean died.

by Anonymousreply 306/28/2020

Leo hit the jackpot when River Phoenix died.

by Anonymousreply 406/28/2020

R1: Lindsay should’ve had the bigger career. She had good comedic timing, never fucked for roles, and was seemingly easy to get along with. Her personal problems ended her career.

by Anonymousreply 506/28/2020

Lindsay had talent and didn't fuck for roles? Sure, Jan.

by Anonymousreply 606/28/2020

R5, it's hard to have a career if you don't show up on set or just come drugged up/drunk.

by Anonymousreply 706/28/2020

Lindsay had talent, the problem is she still thought she had to fuck for roles.

by Anonymousreply 806/28/2020

There's a reason Tina Fey tried so hard to get Lindsay help.

by Anonymousreply 906/28/2020

Ashley Olsen stole the career of her sister Mary Kate, or was it the other way around.

by Anonymousreply 1006/28/2020

I remember reading somewhere that Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Lorne Michaels staged an intervention for Lindsay at one point.

It's not so much that Emma Stone stole her career, Lindsay became unreliable and uninsurable so Emma inherited her career.

by Anonymousreply 1106/28/2020

I *OWN* this thread!!!

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by Anonymousreply 1206/28/2020

Lohan's not talented. Watch Liz and Dick for proof

by Anonymousreply 1306/28/2020

Tom Hanks stole a bunch of people’s careers. He’s good, but not that good and successfully climbed his way out of Bosom Buddies.

by Anonymousreply 1406/28/2020

Richard Gere wouldn't be a star if it weren't for John Travolta -- but in his case, he didn't steal from Travolta, he just took all the roles that Travolta idiotically turned down.

by Anonymousreply 1506/28/2020

Lily James stole Keira Knightley's career

by Anonymousreply 1606/28/2020

I can't wait to hear Brendad Ickson's contribution to this thread.

by Anonymousreply 1706/28/2020

Marisa Tomei stole Annabella Sciorra's career, even before Weinstein ruined it.

by Anonymousreply 1806/28/2020

JLo owes her career to Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who killed Selena.

by Anonymousreply 1906/28/2020

That woman Yolanda should be hanged. Selena was much better than JLo.

by Anonymousreply 2006/28/2020

Lohan could never have given a performance so complete as Stone did in Easy A

by Anonymousreply 2106/28/2020

Kristen bell stole Sarah Michelle Gellar's career.

by Anonymousreply 2206/28/2020

Who stole Thora Birch's career?

by Anonymousreply 2306/28/2020

[quote] Richard Gere wouldn't be a star if it weren't for a gerbil

Fixed that for you.

by Anonymousreply 2406/28/2020

Didn't Gwyneth Paltrow literally steal the script for Shakespeare in Love off of Winona Ryder's coffee table while she was over visiting?

by Anonymousreply 2506/28/2020

Scarlett Johansson, R23, following Ghost World.

by Anonymousreply 2606/28/2020

M stole G's career.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 12:35 AM

Emma did not steal Lonan’s career at all. Do you really think Lindsey had the talent to star in productions like Birdman or La La Land if she didn’t have her problems. She was a okay child actress turning into a weak wooden adult actress.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 1:56 AM

R16 huh? Knightley is a two-time Oscar nominee and Lily James was in Mamma Mia 2.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Monday at 2:02 AM

Also, those mentioning Lohan’s comedic timing... what has been funny in? She was the square in Mean Girls and Freaky Friday and played opposite the actual comedic talent in each film (Jamie Lee Curtis and Rachel McAdams, respectively).

Emma Stone, on the other hand, can be very funny.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Monday at 2:34 AM

R25, that sounds like our Gwynnie. I needed a good laugh!

by Anonymousreply 31Last Monday at 3:13 AM

My only contribution would be that perhaps one of the Hemsworth brothers stole Kellan Lutz's career. I know Lutz isn't the best actor, but he's passable and was incredibly blonde and buff. What reminded me of this was rewatching S2 of 'The Comeback', and he's playing the same character from S1, but 10 years later (or however long between seasons) he's now a famous movie star. He was very convincing, and still had a lot of charm and charisma. He could've easily fit in the Marvel universe; maybe not much else, but those paychecks are huge.

I think the comments on Lohan v Stone are probably fair. Lohan *could've* still had a career, but that's a big "What if?" with so many parameters. I watched the docuseries on her that Oprah produced (I'll show myself out), and it became clear that her upbringing and chaotic home life growing up would've made it hard for her to create a stable environment unless she cut herself off from them. And her parents sure as hell weren't going to let that happen...she was their meal ticket. Dina had to get cut off from using Lindsey's Carvel card, for crying out loud (essentially a free pass for celebs to enjoy Carvel treats as much as they want). The other one who replaced Lohan (literally) was Bryce Dallas Howard, in 'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond'. Ann-Margret had been signed because of Lohan's resemblance to her, and she still co-starred in it. The film wasn't well-received, but Chris Evans also co-starred before his Marvel days. It would've been a much better stepping stone for Lohan than some of the junk she ended up doing, like that 'Labor Pains' movie that went straight to cable. That signalled the end of her acting career right there.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Monday at 3:27 AM

Lohan’s acting career ended with her behavior on the set of Georgia Rule. No one was gonna hire her for anything substantial after that.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Monday at 3:38 AM

Of course, dear.

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by Anonymousreply 34Last Monday at 5:02 AM

Margot Robbie stole or inherited Jennifer Lawrence’s career

by Anonymousreply 35Last Monday at 6:29 AM

Amanda Bynes is another one whose career was stolen; but like Lohan, due to her own missteps. Maybe Anna Kendrick replaced her...that bitch is all over the place, including an HBO Max show that no one is watching (literally, due to all the issues with streaming HBO Max).

by Anonymousreply 36Last Monday at 6:38 AM

I don't think it's a matter of stealing roles. I think it's a matter of mismanagement. You hear so many times of agents turning down roles for actors and those actors never hearing about it.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Monday at 7:35 AM

Mmm. Thinking about Kellan. Mmmmm!

by Anonymousreply 38Last Monday at 7:47 AM

I think if Anna stole anyone's career it would have to be Lea Michelle. Everyone loves working with Anna so that's why she's everywhere. Smart girl. Do everything that's offered because you're yesterday's roast beef in no time.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Monday at 11:20 AM

[quote] Lohan’s acting career ended with her behavior on the set of Georgia Rule.

Especially after she was publicly blasted in a letter....and deservedly so. She probably costs way too much to hire--she's not worth the risk.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Monday at 11:55 AM

R40 I don't think she can be insured.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Monday at 11:56 AM

R41, that's it. She's just too much of a liability. (Sigh) At least she'll always have Mykonos..

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by Anonymousreply 42Last Monday at 12:08 PM

Sandra Bullock started getting better roles and films than Julia Roberts after a while.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Monday at 9:11 PM

Stealing would involve badmouthing the competition, using connections to prevent your competition to get the role, or using the casting couch to gain an unfair advantage.

There is no stealing involved when your competition fucks up all by him- or herself. Like Lohan did.

From the recent Sharon Gless thread:

[quote] [R19] [Gless] told me a lot of great stories, including the time Cybill Shepard stopped Bogdonovich from hiring her for a movie.

[R35]. Cyril was jealous because she wanted the part. Bless told me that Cybill called her a cunt to Bogdonovich. I think she told me the story after I asked her if there was anyone in her career she didn’t like.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Monday at 10:03 PM

Lohan is (was?) talented. Deal with it. Actually, I think she was even better in The Parent Trap than she was in Mean Girls.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Monday at 10:10 PM

Lohan proves that you need MORE than just supposed talent to have staying power in Hollywood. What Lohan lacked was professionalism. And let's be real: Hollywood rewards success, professionalism, and loyalty over talent or "raw" talent. You can be the most biggest diva in showbiz as long you deliver commercial successes and don't cause projects to mess up their filming schedule or go over budget. What caused Charlie Sheen's fall from grace? He messed up with the filming schedule of Two and a Half Men with his mood swings and temper tantrums fighting against Chuck Lorre. Even though he was the big star of the show and the show was (still) a hit.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Monday at 11:38 PM

Yes, Lohan is talented, but the fact that she peaked in The Parent Trap (a Disney film where she is what, 12 or 13?) and Mean Girls a few years later is indeed a step down from that in terms of performance, kind of says it all. Nevertheless, I imagine with her past profile and legacy name recognition, then, if she were sufficiently motivated and well-represented, she would have steady work in “lesser“ productions and particularly on TV these days, if she were to make herself reliable and capable of being worked with. So some or all of that formula is missing for her.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Tuesday at 3:41 AM

Outside of the datalounge I never heard of anyone who thought Lohan was God's gift to the acting world

by Anonymousreply 48Last Tuesday at 9:07 AM

R48, allegedly, her performances in A Prairie Home Companion and Bobbie were really good.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Tuesday at 9:12 AM

There's always someone on here who claims Jufi Dench only got a screen career after Glenda Jackson retired to politics

by Anonymousreply 50Last Tuesday at 10:22 AM

I actually kind of like her in APHC and she was a pretty decent singer.

by Anonymousreply 51Last Tuesday at 11:25 AM

Yul Brenner took roles from Telly Savalas.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Tuesday at 11:48 AM

Winona didn't need the career boost it gave Angie. When people think of Winona's talents they think of her acting. When people think of Angelina's talents the first thing they mention is her beauty. That tells you enough.

by Anonymousreply 53Last Tuesday at 11:51 AM

When you think of Winona, you think shoplifting. Winona might be a better actress, very arguable, but Angelina is unquestionably a better star.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Tuesday at 12:00 PM

Winona isn't a good actress, she's a good star. Big difference. Ditto with Angie.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Tuesday at 12:01 PM

Billy Crystal stole John Ritter's career, who then stole it back in the late 1990s.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Tuesday at 12:20 PM

The Rock stole Vin Diesels career

by Anonymousreply 57Last Tuesday at 12:53 PM

R56 I need you to explain that one. I know Billy Crystal was close to getting the Jack Tripper part, so if anything wasn’t it the reverse?

And how did Ritter steal it back? He was doing things like guest spots on Ally McBeal and Buffy.

by Anonymousreply 58Last Friday at 10:40 PM

Sterling K. Brown got all the roles that Isaiah Washington would get, had he not self-imploded and ruined his career.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Friday at 11:05 PM
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