Can these Hollywood careers be saved?
From Hartnett to Hudson, we offer advice to 22 floundering Tinseltown talents
Career high point: Critically? "Almost Famous." Commercially? "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
Career low point: "My Best Friends Girl." It gets no lower than making a romantic comedy with Dane Cook.
How to fix it: One minute you're the Oscar nominated star of a Cameron Crowe movie and the world is seemingly at your feet. The next minute, your name has become synonymous with the kind of romantic comedies most viewers -- men in particular -- wouldn't even watch on airplanes. The first solution is to start sending "Almost Famous" to every acclaimed comedy or semi-comedy director out there and tell Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Judd Apatow, anybody who's ever MET Judd Apatow, the Duplass Brothers, Lynn Shelton, the aforementioned Cameron Crowe... Tell them you're willing to work for peanuts in order to remind people that you used to be lovable. Some people might advise you to steer away from your strengths, but that's what led to "Nine" and to the well-intentioned "The Killer Inside Me." Remind viewers they like you and then worry about stretching as an actress, or it'll be time for a FOX sitcom within a year.
- Daniel Fienberg