Celebrities and scandal go together like Jack and Coke. Yes, it’s possible for them to function separately, but the combination is so much more delicious when you put them together. For this week’s poll, we’d like to know which recently-disgraced movie star you think is worthy of a career comeback. Vote after the break.
It’s possible for a celebrity to survive and even thrive after weathering a scandal. Hugh Grant, Rob Lowe and Robert Downey, Jr. are proof of that. But can any of our recently-troubled stars manage the same feat?
Of the five options below, I’m pretty sure that Arnold Schwarzenegger will ride out his scandal soon enough. Of all the terrible things that celebrities are prone to doing, infidelity seems to be one that the public is most willing to forgive. However, I’m not so sure that he’ll ever have a movie career again, but that would probably have been the case anyway. He’s too old to do action movies, and doesn’t have the acting chops to do much of anything else.
I feel most sorry for Mel Gibson, because I believe that he’s mentally ill and isn’t getting the help he really needs. Looking back at his famous roles such as the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series reminds me that he used to be a hell of a movie star. He’s also proven to be talented as a director. Perhaps with enough time out of the limelight, proper medication, and copious apologies, he could eventually reassemble some semblance of a career as a character actor.
Tom Cruise never really stopped being a movie star, but the public has decidedly soured on him. His last couple of movies, ‘Valkyrie’ and ‘Knight and Day’, were both big box office disappointments, and everyone in Hollywood attributes that to the actor’s unlikability. He’s got a lot riding on ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ this fall. If he can’t pull this off, he’ll be in really bad shape. I think Cruise is an obnoxious ass whenever he’s interviewed, but I still like him as a movie star. In fact, I rather enjoyed ‘Knight and Day’.
Charlie Sheen was never much of an actor, and he’s just insufferable now. Even if he sobers up, I think he’s done.
Lindsay Lohan… What a trainwreck. Even when she was sober, she was a shitty actress. I say to hell with her. Let her spend some time in prison and never be heard from again.
How about you? Where do your sympathies lie? Vote for as many options as you’d like.
If I’ve forgotten someone obvious, please tell me in the Comments.