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Why did Billy Zane's career go straight down the shitter?

He was having a moment there for awhile!

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by Anonymousreply 57November 26, 2021 6:26 PM

He went bald.

by Anonymousreply 1November 25, 2021 3:49 AM

And fat.

by Anonymousreply 2November 25, 2021 3:50 AM

He looks like a completely different person.

by Anonymousreply 3November 25, 2021 3:50 AM

He was early nineties studliness

by Anonymousreply 4November 25, 2021 3:50 AM

He's starting to look like a happy, golden Buddha.

by Anonymousreply 5November 25, 2021 3:52 AM

Because he was so hammy and incapable of nuance.

by Anonymousreply 6November 25, 2021 3:53 AM

He might have had a better time in the 1930s and 1940s.

by Anonymousreply 7November 25, 2021 3:55 AM

He doing fine, and he's happy.

by Anonymousreply 8November 25, 2021 3:57 AM

William George Zane (Zanetakos) Jr.. 55, born in Chicago; married 1989-95, two kids. He's been partnered since 2010 to the same woman and is currently engaged to her.

His parents are both of Greek descent (from Chios through his mother and Mani through his father), and his family's original surname, "Zanetakos", was anglicized to "Zane" by his parents, who also raised him in the Greek Orthodox faith. He has an older sister, Lisa Zane, who is an actress and singer.

According to Wiki, Zane has worked steadily from 1985 through 2021.

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by Anonymousreply 9November 25, 2021 4:05 AM

He's still handsome. Those bedrooms probably still get him into a lot of different beds.

by Anonymousreply 10November 25, 2021 4:13 AM

R1 He wore a wig for his most famous role though!

by Anonymousreply 11November 25, 2021 4:13 AM

He flushed his toupee?

by Anonymousreply 12November 25, 2021 4:14 AM

He's great in Demon Knight.

by Anonymousreply 13November 25, 2021 4:18 AM

I had a crush on him in Titanic. Them I forgot about him

by Anonymousreply 14November 25, 2021 4:28 AM

He's an arrogant asshole.

by Anonymousreply 15November 25, 2021 4:30 AM

It was the 1-2 punch of his star turn as "The Phantom" being a huge flop, and then his role in "Titanic" forever cementing him in the frau filmgoers' minds as a smarmy, cowardly weenie.

As "The Bachelor" has subsequently proven, most stupid fraus can't tell reality from fiction, and will never, ever let go of their deep hatred of an on-screen villain.

by Anonymousreply 16November 25, 2021 4:31 AM

..and, he's an arrogant asshole on set.

by Anonymousreply 17November 25, 2021 4:35 AM

I remember renting Dead Calm on VHS & Jerry rigging two VCRs together to copy any shirtless scenes of him. Those were the days…

by Anonymousreply 18November 25, 2021 4:36 AM

Meanwhile, his fellow "Titanic" featured player, Danny Nucci, has aged like a fine wine.

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by Anonymousreply 19November 25, 2021 4:39 AM

Danny Nucci was hotter than Billy and Leo DiCaprio

by Anonymousreply 20November 25, 2021 4:40 AM

He was excellent in "Orlando."

by Anonymousreply 21November 25, 2021 4:55 AM

size verificatia

by Anonymousreply 22November 25, 2021 5:03 AM

Cut or uncut though?

Asking for Leo and Kate.

by Anonymousreply 23November 25, 2021 5:11 AM

Uncut, for a fact!

by Anonymousreply 24November 25, 2021 5:12 AM

Is he worse on set than Jason Patric?

by Anonymousreply 25November 25, 2021 5:19 AM

Robert Sean Leonard turned down the Billy Zane role in TITANIC.

by Anonymousreply 26November 25, 2021 5:22 AM

Billy Zane was fucking hot in Dead Calm. Still a great thriller.

by Anonymousreply 27November 25, 2021 5:39 AM

It's very odd. He was in such a huge film but it didn't seem to do much for his career. I guess he got bad reviews (?)

I did hear James Cameron discussing (sort of apologizing to him in a way) that the final edit made him seem like a "mustache twirler" which I guess is a way to say that he was a hammy villian.

It is really odd. I checked his filmography and he really got nothing that great in the years right after Titanic.

by Anonymousreply 28November 25, 2021 5:49 AM

Plent of people are in big movies.

by Anonymousreply 29November 25, 2021 5:50 AM

[quote]Why did Billy Zane's career go straight down the shitter?

I can't be certain, but I suspect it had something to do with the loss of his youthful good looks...

by Anonymousreply 30November 25, 2021 6:02 AM

but it happened so fast Jessica Fletcher.

Titanic was a huge hit in 1997. Then in 98,99,2000 he never really got a followup up film.

His looks didn't fade that fast.

(BTW it's so odd that Kate Winslet was called fat in Titanic. She's not fat. Hard to imagine that she got flack for her weight in this film as she has said.)

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by Anonymousreply 32November 25, 2021 6:13 AM

He was wearing a wig as far back as Twin Peaks?

by Anonymousreply 33November 25, 2021 6:17 AM

The eyebrows ruined his career.

by Anonymousreply 34November 25, 2021 6:44 AM

At least he has the memory of having been outrageously beautiful for a few decades.

by Anonymousreply 35November 25, 2021 6:45 AM

Zero talent.

by Anonymousreply 36November 25, 2021 7:48 AM

It was a combo platter of things:

Not a great actor.

And, seen as a "pretty actor" relying solely on his looks.

A reputation of being an asshole within the industry apparently...that can be a career killer, real fast. Producers/executives will just hire someone else easier to work with. They'll put up with some assholery from already established superstars but even then...only for awhile. Zane was never that big.

He had a terrible role in a huge hit movie. Maybe if he had been a stronger actor he could have overcame it but the role was written and filmed to be a "moustache twirling villain" and completely unlikable.

Might have played the diva game after Titanic: "I was in the biggest hit ever so I'm waiting for great roles to come to ME!" or "I'm turning down everything until something better comes along!"

Apparently he's not, but he really reads as "closeted gay".

by Anonymousreply 37November 25, 2021 9:56 AM

Does he still act?

by Anonymousreply 38November 25, 2021 7:51 PM

Did he ever?

by Anonymousreply 39November 25, 2021 7:58 PM

Getting Marlon Brando vibes.

by Anonymousreply 40November 25, 2021 8:08 PM

Did he have an accident when he was young that caused him to have the eyebrows of an 18th century dandy?

by Anonymousreply 41November 25, 2021 9:08 PM

I always assumed he made a bundle off of "Titanic" and didn't have to work much thereafter....maybe I was wrong.

by Anonymousreply 42November 25, 2021 9:09 PM

Off the top of my head I can only name 3 of his films - the two boat ones and a film set on an island with his then girlfriend Kelly Brook and the guy from the Call On Me video who fucked Colin Firth in Mamma Mia.

I have no recollection of The Phantom, starring an up and coming Catherine Douglas Spartacus Zeta Jones.

Stunning man though.

by Anonymousreply 43November 25, 2021 9:29 PM

What does Rose McGowan have to say?

by Anonymousreply 44November 25, 2021 9:33 PM

I keep thinking Billy Zane was in the Shadow, but that was Tim Curry.

The Phantom, as I recall, was terrible.

by Anonymousreply 45November 25, 2021 9:59 PM

I would so spread for him.

by Anonymousreply 46November 25, 2021 10:03 PM

Hot daddy.

by Anonymousreply 47November 25, 2021 10:09 PM

H'wood don't take kindly to the expanding waistline. Leo got a pass though.

by Anonymousreply 48November 26, 2021 2:36 AM

He might get nice residual checks for Titanic here and there but he certainly wouldn't have a piece of gross/net.

The only person who got very rich with Titanic was James Cameron.

Well, and Leo indirectly just because the film made him a huge star but I don't think Leo or Kate have a piece of the film.

by Anonymousreply 49November 26, 2021 8:16 AM

Because he let himself go to shit.

Thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 50November 26, 2021 8:30 AM

By the first picture it appears he is living a non-binary lifestyle.

by Anonymousreply 51November 26, 2021 8:31 AM

He hit the wall Greek style

by Anonymousreply 52November 26, 2021 9:37 AM

[quote]a smarmy, cowardly weenie

Oddly enough, I find I like that in a weenie.

by Anonymousreply 53November 26, 2021 9:40 AM

He had a few too many slices of pastitsio.

by Anonymousreply 54November 26, 2021 9:41 AM

Bill Campbell was better.

by Anonymousreply 55November 26, 2021 10:56 AM

Hardly. Zane was distinctive.

by Anonymousreply 56November 26, 2021 6:21 PM

He could never shake off the b-list thing.

by Anonymousreply 57November 26, 2021 6:26 PM
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