Can Stallone and Schwarzenegger Recover From Their Box Office Bombs?
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have a number of things in common. They both gained fame due to their robust physiques and ability to play action heroes well on the big screen. Stallone perpetuated into stardom with the film Rocky, in which he wrote the script and played the lead role. The film was about a struggling boxer whom went from rags to riches.It was praised amongst film critics and earned numerous Academy Award nominations. It won Best Picture and granted Stallone a significant amount of respect in Hollywood. When Schwarzenegger played a robot in James Cameron’s The Terminator, the film made him an instant celebrity and is still considered his most famous role. His Austrian accent and muscular physique quickly became his trademarks.
Recently, both action heroes experienced blockbuster disasters. Sylvester Stallone starred in a film entitled Bullet To The Head, in which he played a hit man that kills a dishonest cop. Some critics believed it was Stallone’s worst performance to date. According to Box Office Mojo, the film was released on February 1, and as of February 11, only earned an estimated $8 million dollars. Arnold Schwarzenegger experienced a box office disaster with his new film The Last Stand. Some people felt this film was going to be his comeback as an action hero — unfortunately, it failed to do so. He played a well respected sheriff who devoted his life to protecting his community from the minor crimes they experienced, but then he’s faced with chasing down a dangerous drug cartel. According to Box Office Mojo, the film has earned an estimated $12 million dollars and was released in late January.
Both of these action heroes have experienced recent failures because of this simple fact: their fans have aged. These beloved stars became famous decades ago, therefore their original fans have grown up. In recent years, new action heroes were created. We are seeing stars such as Christian Bale obtaining a large amount of critical acclaim with his portrayal of Batman. Chris Evans has played heroes such as Captain America and Johnny Storm in the Fantastic 4. Recently, women have also found success portraying heroic characters. Angelina Jolie isn’t a stranger to playing ass-kicking roles. She played Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and an assassin in Mr & Mrs. Smith.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger became the Governor of California, he stopped making films, and the entertainment industry was quick to churn out a new generation of action stars. It all boils down to this: Entertainers have to stay active in the industry or they will lose their spot to someone new. Both actors possess a strong amount of talent and earned a lot of success throughout their careers. Every actor experiences ups and downs. That said, this will not be the last of them, but perhaps they should venture out and experiment with different types of roles and leave the action-packed characters for a new generation of Hollywood talent. They have a lot to look up to, and of course, much to live up to.
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