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Why didn't Belinda Carlisle become a movie star?

In 1986, after her debut solo single "Mad About You became a huge hit and she was doing endorsement deals with shampoo and sneakers companies, she signed a movie deal with Touchstone yet never made a film. The camera loved her so I wonder why she didn't appear in films besides her bit in Swing Shift.

by Anonymousreply 113October 23, 2021 8:29 AM

I never ever gave a shit.

by Anonymousreply 1May 11, 2021 11:55 PM

She auditioned for Howard the Duck but lost the role to Lea Thompson.

by Anonymousreply 2May 11, 2021 11:57 PM

Priscilla Presley did it better and had the ability to stay on her mark and focus.

by Anonymousreply 3May 11, 2021 11:57 PM

Probably too busy snorting half of Peru up her nose.

by Anonymousreply 4May 11, 2021 11:58 PM

She couldn't act.

by Anonymousreply 5May 11, 2021 11:59 PM

Her music career kept her busy and once that was past its peak, there wasn't buzz about her to help a movie career begin.

by Anonymousreply 6May 11, 2021 11:59 PM

Sniff sniff sniff

by Anonymousreply 7May 12, 2021 12:17 AM

Some people should stay in their lane.

by Anonymousreply 8May 12, 2021 12:18 AM

Hollywood already had a blonde singing ingenue.

by Anonymousreply 9May 12, 2021 12:22 AM

She dated Jonathan Demme and married the producer of Sex, Lie and Videotape so she should have at least given it the ole Susanna Hoffs try.

by Anonymousreply 10May 12, 2021 12:27 AM

Too chubby.

by Anonymousreply 11May 12, 2021 12:28 AM

Howard the Duck was the end of Lea Thompson’s career.

by Anonymousreply 12May 12, 2021 12:30 AM

R11, she stopped being chubby in like 1984.

by Anonymousreply 13May 12, 2021 12:30 AM

[quote]Howard the Duck was the end of Lea Thompson’s career.


by Anonymousreply 14May 12, 2021 12:40 AM

It could have been worse. She could have guest starred in Miami Vice.

by Anonymousreply 15May 12, 2021 12:41 AM

Belinda is quite pretty, but between the weight fluctuations and the coke, well...

The 80s were a weird era for movie actresses. (Men carried the day, in general.) Kelly McGillis and Ellen Barkin would never have been cast as female leads in another decade, for example.

by Anonymousreply 16May 12, 2021 12:47 AM

Not true. The 1970 was the really odd era - Streisand, Karen Black, Shelley Duvall etc.

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by Anonymousreply 18May 12, 2021 1:00 AM

I can see her in Adventures in Babysitting or Mystic Pizza.

by Anonymousreply 19May 12, 2021 1:11 AM

Could she have pulled off Amber von Tussle in HAIRSPRAY?

by Anonymousreply 20May 12, 2021 1:17 AM

Could she have pulled off Amber von Tussle in HAIRSPRAY?

by Anonymousreply 21May 12, 2021 1:17 AM

She was too old for Amber. She later played Velma in the London stage production.

by Anonymousreply 22May 12, 2021 1:18 AM

Because she was, is and always will be a huge cunt

by Anonymousreply 23May 12, 2021 4:18 AM

Her memoir "Lips Unsealed" could be adapted into a way better movie than Madonna's forthcoming life story, but even with CGI it's way too late for Belinda to play herself.

by Anonymousreply 24May 12, 2021 4:41 AM

She's a drug addict. And a musician.

Seth Rogen just nailed musicians in his new book. He says they're on a different level of crazy than actors. Actors are forced to interact with tons of normal people on sets in the process of making movies and tv. Musicians can go years without interacting with normal people if they dont want to.

by Anonymousreply 25May 12, 2021 4:41 AM

Why is being a musician a hindrance? Singers have to interpret song lyrics, which is a form of acting so it often lends itself well to performing in front of the camera. Think of all the singers-turned-actors like Streisand, Garland, Cher, Sinatra, Gaga...

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by Anonymousreply 27May 12, 2021 4:54 AM

She was a terrible singer, an even worse actress and she had no charisma and nobody was interested in her OP.

That's why.

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by Anonymousreply 29May 12, 2021 4:56 AM

As stated in her auto-bio, she is inherently very shy. That's why in so many of the gogo's group interviews, she appears aloof and above it all, while the other three are hyped up and "on." That, plus her on-again off-agin struggles with booze and drugs, aren't a good foundation for an actress who has yet to prove herself.

by Anonymousreply 30May 12, 2021 11:14 AM

R30 the other FOUR of us!

I won't be forgotten again!

by Anonymousreply 31May 12, 2021 2:04 PM

She did a spot on Grace Kelly in....

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by Anonymousreply 32May 12, 2021 2:48 PM

Bitchlinda is now in the Hall of Fame.

That cunt.

by Anonymousreply 33May 12, 2021 2:49 PM

R32 Spot on Reese Witherspoon

by Anonymousreply 34May 12, 2021 2:51 PM

Watch her delivery in the Go Go’s Bugle Boys commercial and you’ll understand why. I can’t imagine a whole movie of her ‘acting.’

by Anonymousreply 35May 12, 2021 2:56 PM

I'm the ONLY movie star in The Go-Go's, assholes!

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by Anonymousreply 36May 12, 2021 4:55 PM

That is a lie, Jane.

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by Anonymousreply 37May 12, 2021 4:59 PM

I think it's not what she wanted. She certainly photographed beautifully with those amazing cheekbones.

by Anonymousreply 38May 29, 2021 12:17 AM

Amazing cheekbones on a head as wide as an Edsel.

Only suitable on a Cinerama screen

by Anonymousreply 39May 29, 2021 12:34 AM

Ain't too late to play Rizzo.

by Anonymousreply 40May 29, 2021 12:55 AM

She could do Gypsy now.

by Anonymousreply 41May 29, 2021 1:14 AM

She could have done Working Girl. I mean, didn't Melanie take a rehab break in the middle of filming?

by Anonymousreply 42May 29, 2021 2:25 AM

Could she have done Evita?

by Anonymousreply 43May 29, 2021 5:21 AM

I've never heard of her.

by Anonymousreply 44May 29, 2021 5:34 AM

It’s still so strange to me how her solo career fizzled out here, but she continued to have hits for years around the globe. She was still putting out good music. Well, for what it was, Runaway Horses was a great album.

by Anonymousreply 45May 29, 2021 12:49 PM

I think Belinda had potential. She should have done a sensual thriller like Sea of Love.

by Anonymousreply 46May 31, 2021 1:10 AM

Fat, ugly, druggy, bitch-ass. Nuf said.

by Anonymousreply 47May 31, 2021 1:16 AM

No R43. For a start - she couldn't sing.

by Anonymousreply 48May 31, 2021 1:19 AM

Belinda's singing is remarkable!

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by Anonymousreply 49May 31, 2021 1:22 AM

Honestly, she’s never seemed very smart (all those drugs probably took their toll on her), and I can’t imagine her trying to memorize scripts and act out scenes. She just seems kind of dull.

by Anonymousreply 50May 31, 2021 1:24 AM

Stunning R49!

by Anonymousreply 51May 31, 2021 1:26 AM

She was one of the music industry's greatest beauties.

by Anonymousreply 52May 31, 2021 1:27 AM

R45: I’ve always wondered why Runaway Horses wasn’t big for her in the US singles/album-wise like it was comparatively in the UK and Australia. It’s one of the best pop albums ever I think and the songs were perfect for radio at the time. All I can think is that it was down to her attitude/drug use and radio programmers/her record company didn’t like her so they didn’t give her airplay/didn’t bother promoting her.

by Anonymousreply 53May 31, 2021 1:36 AM

R49: her version of this always makes me laugh for how bad it is. I give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she hated the song so much she put in an awful effort for the demo so she’d never be asked/made to properly record it.

by Anonymousreply 54May 31, 2021 1:38 AM

[Quote] She just seems kind of dull.

Rip her to shreds!

by Anonymousreply 55May 31, 2021 1:39 AM

She was twice Grammy nominated.

by Anonymousreply 56May 31, 2021 2:04 AM

What are some roles you think she could have played? Maybe Camille Claudel or Madame Susatzka?

by Anonymousreply 57May 31, 2021 4:54 PM

The kid sister in A League of Their Own.

by Anonymousreply 58May 31, 2021 4:59 PM

R24 She said she would want Florence Pugh to play her if any movies about the Go Go's or her book come to fruition.

by Anonymousreply 59May 31, 2021 5:13 PM

R49 that was just awful!

by Anonymousreply 60May 31, 2021 5:14 PM

Why are we talking about this has been? You can tell from the 12 seconds of her in Swing Shift that she has no acting ability. The Go-Gos remain the most ridiculously overhyped group. Their significance is truly nothing, but every five years they haul their asses out and talk about their history. Their Broadway musical was one of the most embarrassing things I've ever seen....

by Anonymousreply 61May 31, 2021 5:25 PM

I'm guessing she couldn't act for shit. She's not the most compelling speaker. But she was absolutely stunning from about '85 to '95 and photographed beautifully, so she could have gotten some small but glamorous roles if she had really wanted it.

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by Anonymousreply 62May 31, 2021 5:27 PM

Belinda would have been a HUGE star during the studio system. She'd have been a competitor with Rita Hayworth or Betty Grable. Check out her beauty in this video.

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by Anonymousreply 63May 31, 2021 5:33 PM

A huge star like June Haver?

by Anonymousreply 64May 31, 2021 6:37 PM

Because she looked good and could sing, she should be an actor too? I know the place is littered with such types, but please no, thank fuck for one less bad actor.

by Anonymousreply 65May 31, 2021 6:42 PM

[quote]What are some roles you think she could have played? Maybe Camille Claudel or Madame Susatzka? . Crowd scene.

Corpse #3.

Girl crushed by falling concrete in disaster movie.

by Anonymousreply 66May 31, 2021 6:57 PM

^Crowd scene.

by Anonymousreply 67May 31, 2021 6:57 PM

She'd have been wonderful in a remake of Moon Over Miami or Gilda. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 68May 31, 2021 7:00 PM

She could have done Pretty Woman.

by Anonymousreply 69May 31, 2021 7:27 PM

R61: agree on the Go Go’s, I’ve never understood how they did so well or why they’re held up as being so great, and I love most of Belinda’s solo stuff. Vacation is their only song I can listen to.

by Anonymousreply 70June 1, 2021 2:34 AM

The Go-Go's are iconic.

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by Anonymousreply 71June 1, 2021 4:57 AM

I'd watch a film starring Belinda Carlisle. She might have been able to pull off Something Wild.

by Anonymousreply 72June 22, 2021 6:11 PM

There’s enough real up and coming actresses in Hollywood to cast without widening the net to include wannabe actresses.

There isn’t room at the table for everyone.

by Anonymousreply 73June 22, 2021 6:33 PM

Part of her appeal is how ordinary looking she is. Well styled, well made-up, not ugly, but nothing special.

Unless she was a terrific actress what could she play? Styled like a character (rather than a lead singer) she would fade into the woodwork.

by Anonymousreply 74June 22, 2021 7:27 PM

Disagree. Her bone structure is pretty incredbile.

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by Anonymousreply 76June 22, 2021 7:28 PM

The only Go-Go who stands out in the videos is Jane Weiden. But they all are so awkward that it is hard to imagine any of them acting.

by Anonymousreply 77June 22, 2021 7:34 PM

The GoGos what the number one girl group and she was a cutie among a crew of haints! She was the best looking of the GoGos. But in Hollywood she would have had to compete with other hotties who could actually ACT. She was good for commercials but I doubt she coulda carried a movie during that period due to other qualified actors.

If she were to come along today she woulda been a star! Acting doesn't matter as much now and her beautiful face and name recognition woulda been enough to get butts in the seats!

by Anonymousreply 78June 22, 2021 7:36 PM

If Cindy Crawford got a movie lead, or Paulina Porizkova, why not Belinda?

by Anonymousreply 79June 22, 2021 7:38 PM

Cindy Crawford at that time was one of the most beautiful women in the world. She was a step above even very very nice looking women. Someone like that is always gonna get cast. Belinda was nowhere near that level of beauty.

It is kinda like Arnold Schwarzenegger and that magnificent body. Most actors have nice bodies now, but few people in the world had a body like that during that time period. Everybody knows why he was cast - and it damn sure wasn't for his acting skills.

by Anonymousreply 80June 22, 2021 8:02 PM

Who ever remembers what Cody Horn looks like. She was a lead in Magic Mike. Plenty of "undeserving" people get cast as leads.

by Anonymousreply 81June 22, 2021 8:39 PM

R77 I think Jane is prettier than Belinda.

by Anonymousreply 82June 22, 2021 8:46 PM

R81 That was then, this is now. Cody Horn was not around when Belinda was making her splash (almost 30 year age gap). Apples and Oranges.

by Anonymousreply 83June 22, 2021 8:51 PM

Jane March was dreadful and Hollywood tried to push her briefly. There are lots of names that can be thrown out.

by Anonymousreply 84June 22, 2021 8:57 PM

Mid-'80s Belinda offered us some major Ann-Margret swagger.

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by Anonymousreply 85June 22, 2021 9:18 PM

Why did Runaway Horses underperform for Belinda?

by Anonymousreply 86June 22, 2021 9:25 PM

R86: I’ve always wondered this. The singles were all radio friendly and very ‘of the time’ in terms of what did well. Catchy, well-written, great choruses. All I can think is her drug use/attitude at the time made people not want to promote or support her at radio or at her own record company. I don’t know how Summer Rain especially wasn’t a #1 or at least a top ten hit.

by Anonymousreply 87June 22, 2021 10:58 PM

^ I’m talking US charts above. The album did well in the UK and Australia

by Anonymousreply 88June 22, 2021 10:59 PM

Total nothing booger

by Anonymousreply 89June 22, 2021 11:28 PM

She was and is so beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 90September 6, 2021 12:53 AM

I'd pay to watch a movie with Belinda. She could have done Working Girl or something similar with a good director.

by Anonymousreply 91October 9, 2021 7:16 AM

⛷ ❄️ ⛄️. She was dedicated to her favorite pastime

by Anonymousreply 92October 9, 2021 8:46 AM

She married actor James Mason’s son (Morgan Mason) and has one son who came out to Herat age 14.

Morgan Mason worked for Ronald Reagan and was involved in Sex, Lies and Videotapes.

(Are they Republicans?)

Anyhoo, they left LA and moved to Southeastern France in the early 1990s. Then in 2017, they moved to Thailand!

The move outside the US may explain why Carlisle’s career performed better internationally.

Surprising that her marriage lasted given her intense drug and alcohol use. Has anyone here read her biography? Her home life (pre Go-Go’s) sounds tumultuous.

Always thought she was attractive, but her substance abuse, eating disorders and time appear to have taken a toll....

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by Anonymousreply 93October 9, 2021 11:38 AM

[R62], that youtube clip is mesmerizing. She so clearly has to force herself to even speak. The way she kept looking down and away seems to reveal an awkwardness most performers would have managed to overcome by that stage of their career. And the interviewer spent most of the time drilling her with questions about her recovery, wh. was just idiotic. It wasn't an N/A speakers meeting, for fuck's sake. She was there to promote her album.

by Anonymousreply 94October 9, 2021 7:27 PM

R93 She supported Bernie Sanders in the lastest Democratic primary.

by Anonymousreply 95October 9, 2021 11:12 PM

So gorgeous. She'd have been breathtaking on the big screen.

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by Anonymousreply 96October 21, 2021 6:33 AM

Ugh I hope the Dead or Alive music video troll and the Belinda C stan who posts a different thread on her weekly—spontaneously combust.

by Anonymousreply 97October 21, 2021 6:37 AM

She tried but Irene Cara got all the roles meant for Belinda.

by Anonymousreply 98October 21, 2021 9:45 PM

No relent

by Anonymousreply 99October 21, 2021 10:02 PM

No talent

by Anonymousreply 100October 21, 2021 10:03 PM

When you look like this, you don't need to have Meryl's acting ability.

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by Anonymousreply 101October 21, 2021 11:30 PM

Irene Cara had nicer breasts. That’s why.

by Anonymousreply 102October 21, 2021 11:56 PM

OP, can she act?

by Anonymousreply 103October 21, 2021 11:59 PM

R103, does it matter? Julia Roberts can't act and she's a huge movie star because she looks a certain way.

by Anonymousreply 104October 22, 2021 12:18 AM

Belinda Carlisle is June Allyson in Incontinence.

by Anonymousreply 105October 22, 2021 6:20 AM

How about a rock musical version of Morning's at 7

by Anonymousreply 106October 22, 2021 7:27 AM

Could Belinda Carlisle have played Breathless Mahoney as well as Madonna?

by Anonymousreply 107October 22, 2021 8:19 AM

she was very glamorous in the late '80s. I can see that transitioning to big screen stardom.

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by Anonymousreply 108October 23, 2021 4:21 AM

I'm surprised Herbert Ross didn't latch onto her and cast her as Shelby in Steel Magnolias.

by Anonymousreply 109October 23, 2021 4:24 AM

I can't see Belinda carrying off any type of accent other than her native Valley Girl.

by Anonymousreply 110October 23, 2021 4:50 AM

R110, she recorded an album in French without a Valley girl accent.

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by Anonymousreply 112October 23, 2021 5:03 AM

Belinda was up for Viola Davis's part in "The Help" but Jane Weidlin talked her out of it.

by Anonymousreply 113October 23, 2021 8:29 AM
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