There has been a lot of cinematic greats who have been entirely out of the pictures in recent years, or struggling to get a role in a good one, and I think it's about time that we give back to our heroes and help them save their careers so they can get back to saving the day. Some of the greatest heroes in the universe have been kicked to the curb and here's how I think we can help them get back on track.
Let Them Make New Heroes...Or Villains
As entertainment fans, the majority of us tend to get extremely attached to our favorite characters, when a film, television, or book series is really good we usually never want it to change and are extremely vocal about our opinions on the matter. Entertainment is generally, above all, meant to be an escape from reality. A more perfect, interesting, or exciting alternate world populated by enjoyable people we are supposed to care about for all of us to visit after our shifts end, or the school bell rings. However, sometimes when an actor, author, or both have created a character so good that we feel hurt or betrayed when he or she changes or dies in a way that we feel does not fulfill our expectations and begin screaming our disapproval from the mountain tops, we might be taking things a bit too harshly.
When things like this happen in Games of Thrones or The Walking Dead many of us tend to immediately release our all-caps fury until our fingers get tired and we vow never to watch or read the supposed entertainment which has betrayed us so ever again (even though we'll probably end up calming down and then doing the same thing next week). Many people seem to view change in their own lives, TV, movies, or books to be the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, yet, as in our own lives, change in our favorite entertainer's career decisions and pursuits can usually also lead to better things. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the fact that they've left one story that we forget the people who created the characters we loved so much now have the ability to go and make new stories for us to love with new material that interests them and, hopefully, us as well. This is why Arthur Conan Doyle created James Moriarty (CENTURY OLD SPOILER) to kill Sherlock Holmes (END OF SPOILER) in The Final Problem and that's why Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy will not be a quadrilogy. Extremely creative people just can't do the same thing forever without getting bored, they've already created one thing we care so much about, why shouldn't we let them move on to the next after a fitting conclusion?
Show Enthusiasm For Their New Properties!
We all know that we'd love to see our classic film heroes return to the big screen but if the producers don't think they still have a big enough fan base it may never happen in a film with production quality worthy of their talent. This is what has occurred in the careers of so many once great actors, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone who, while still getting semi-consistent work have not been in films with writing quality to back up the action. A similar predicament has befallen comedic legend Jim Carrey who has also done some fantastic dramatic work in the past with films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show but has not acquired work in films with writing or overall quality to do justice to one of the formerly most talented and charismatic guys in film.
If we as a film-going community choose not to support new ideas and concepts for our favorite filmmakers to create while we keep dumping money into the same stories over and over again, we are promoting lazy, monotonous re-runs rather than pushing artists to put their creativity to good use and create worthwhile original concepts and quality art. Producers will never stop making movies about normal girls who meet a guy from a mysterious outside group and go on an adventure of self discovery, eventually becoming heroes in some imaginary conflict, usually getting involved in a poorly-acted, forced love triangle along the way (The Hunger Games, Convergence, The Maze Runner, Jupiter Ascending, and Twilight) if we keep spending our money on those things over well-crafted and acted entertainment. This is why the Wachowskis went from fantastic and intriguing original work like The Matrix and Cloud Atlas to yet another Twilight clone with Jupiter Ascending.
If we want to be respected as an audience, we have to turn our attention from copy and paste directors like Michael Bay who do next to nothing other than reboots and sequels to creators like Paul Thomas Anderson and Matthew Vaughn who are actually willing to take risks by treating their audience like the intelligent individuals that we are, generally with great results. As much as I'd love to see Jim return in Ace Ventura 3, Lone Star, Yogurt, and Princess Vespa return in Spaceballs 2: The Quest for More Money, and Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and the gang pilot the Millennium Falcon for all eternity, I'd much rather see them in new roles which they can comfortably perform and feel as passionately about as they did with those films all those years ago. These folks had the talent to make us laugh, cry and aspire to be something better than our former selves and now they can do it for a new generation in more great upcoming movies than we can possibly imagine. It's much easier to love a movie when the people making it love it too and such great performers can only play the same part for so long until they feel the desire to move on to the next thing they're passionate about and, I for one, will continue to support them the whole way and if we all do so together, I think both our heroes and their fans will have a lot of great things to look forward to in the future.
So, there you have it, guys. My ideas on how to get our favorite actors from back in the day, as well as most of the rest of the movie industry, back on top of their game. What are your opinions on the current state of the movie biz and which classic actors would you want to see return to the big screen in a big way? I'd love to hear your ideas and opinions in the comments bellow and stay fly, Moviepilots!