10 Hollywood stars who need a hit
Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman and others struggle to get back on top
The Situation: A dependable supporting actor who shines in ensembles ("Margot at the Wedding," "Tropic Thunder," "High Fidelity"), Black doesn't seem to have much box office draw as a leading man or co-lead. His last starring live-action hit was "Nacho Libre" in 2006, while "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," "Be Kind Rewind," "Year One," "The Big Year" and the pricey "Gulliver's Travels" all flopped in the U.S. (although "Gulliver" did nicely overseas). He's had much more success in animation, but most kids don't go see "Kung Fu Panda" movies for Jack Black.
Why there's hope: Lower budget, indie-minded films like Richard Linklater's "Bernie" and Michael Winterbottom's "Bailout" may remind him of what he's best at and that bigger is not always better.