10 Hollywood stars who need a hit
Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman and others struggle to get back on top
The Situation: His career never really took off as expected, but Farrell's recent resume has seemed particularly lackluster lately. In 2010, Peter Weir's "The Way Back" got lost in the year-end shuffle, while "London Boulevard" was hardly given a chance in theaters. "Horrible Bosses" scored in 2011, but Farrell's really only in it for a few minutes. Likewise, the earlier "Crazy Heart" won a lot of acclaim, but it was Jeff Bridges' show. Finally, last year's remake of "Fright Night" seemed misguided, but maybe another upcoming remake will work out better for Farrell.
Why there's hope: "Seven Psychopaths" wisely reunites Farrrell with his "In Bruges" director Martin McDonagh, and the "Total Recall" redo could prove to be the high profile hit he needs to stay relevant to mainstream moviegoers.