The title pretty much sums this article up. We are seeing a popular trend in the film industry lately. Top-list actors are turning to TV when there was a time that was considering a downgrade in terms of their career.
This does still happen, William H Macy for example, after Fargo he was on a roll with big budget movies. it also added an incredible amount of long overdue respect as an actor. This slowly died down and he decided to do the Showtime series of the American version of 'Shameless'. This has become one of favorite shows of all time. Mainly due to his character Frank. How WHM has not won an Emmy or Golden Globe for his portrayal on this show, is almost criminal!! There still doing it and it hope it never stops. When that time comes I hope that his career in movies whether it's independent or mainstream launches him back into the game where he belongs.
Kevin Spacey without a doubt, was at one time ,and arguably maybe still a huge A-list actor. His movie career as a leading man has gone down in the past couple years. Sure he has made cameos in certain movies and stole the show in such movies as the 'Horrible Bosses' franchise, but it seems ever since his exceptional performance in the unexceptionable 'Superman Returns" his career has never really got back to the way it once was. Of course, there is the movie '21', which I really enjoyed, but other than that, you there wasn't much from him for awhile. Then came along 'House of Cards' which he is just thoroughly amazing in. Another show that is one of my favorites out right now. Now once the show is over, he very well could go back to being in the big budget A-list movies as the lead or even small independent movies with great directors. Either way, financially, I'm sure he is fine. That doesn't mean he wants to shy from acting, the guy never phones it in. You can truly tell he loves what he does and what he does make me a very happy man.
Vince Vaughn.......One of my favorite actors of all time, even his bad movies I like. In his own character's words from 'Wedding Crashers' "It's like pizza baby it's good either way." Depending on if you like Vince Vaughn and pizza....Vince mostly started out doing thrillers and more dramatic roles and I always knew there was something special about him .Something about him drew him to me. When the film 'Old School' came out it was a done deal for me. This guy can do it all. Than his movies just became more of the same bland comedy that continued to cash checks. He basically started going the Sandler route. Now we are seeing him in the HBO series 'True Detective' season two. Playing a role completely different than we have seen him perform in quite awhile and in my opinion, is the star of the show. Let us remember this is just a one time acting gig for this series and he won't be back for the next one. So it's not like he is locking himself down to a show that will have him as an actor who continues the series. Much like the actors in the first season of True Detective. i hope this can bring a new light to what seems to be burning out on the ceiling light of Vaughn's career.
The Rock....well.... is The Rock. He did the unthinkable and went from a mediocre wrestler to a superstar wrestler, to a mediocre actor to a superstar actor. He is doing his acting thing and people are eating it up. Now he is doing an HBO show called 'Ballers', which has been compared to as an "Entourage" type show. This seems to be a show that will have a consistent cast throughout the seasons, basically the opposite of 'True Detective'. I have had a chance to see the show, but if it is anything like 'Entourage', I'm sure I'll love it. I've had a chance to work and meet The Rock and I can truly say he is one of the most modest and hardworking men in the business. So what do you think of his career choices??? Ohhhh that's right..... "IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!!!"
Before I finish this up i just want to also give a few honorable mentions to other actors who have started to follow this trend as well. And let's not forget sometimes this works the opposite way. I mean just look at the cast of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Mad Men'. That being said here are some honorable mentions for former leading actors who have turned to television...
Don Cheadle has been very successful with his Showtime show 'House of Lies.' Where he has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe and actually won one in 2013. Along with three Emmy nominations. Not to mention he is still doing his thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as "War Machine" which we willsee him appear in next years highly anticipated 'Captain America: Civil War.' So keep on keeping on D-Cheades!!
Devito started off in television much like Clooney, Robin Williams and Bryan Cranston. Once their shows were successful, mainly due to their character's performance andif they are lucky they go to do big time leading roles in movies. Devito was a pretty big star in the late 80's and early 90's. His career started to slow down so he joined the cast of 'Always Sunny'. Which has become one the greatest comedies of all time and the fact he truly shines in the show is a plus. Whether not he will ever become that leading role man again, well that's a waiting game, but for now he is doing just fine.
The late and great actor Robin Williams was another who started off in television. People quickly noticed his charisma and star power right away. He went on to become an A-list actor who won an Oscar and made people laugh and cry for a lifetime. His movie career was not going so well before his untimely death. He relapsed after 30-40 years of sobriety due to depression and got divorced. He went back to TV to star in 'The Crazy Ones', which was canceled after the 1st season. Some people speculated he went back to TV because of the loss of money he endured during his divorce. This man will always be legend and I think I can speak for all of us when i say he will continue to make the world laugh for an eternity.
Here is a list of few A-list actors who have also turned to TV that deserve to be mentioned....
Well folks that about it sums it up, if forgot to mention anyone else...Which I'm sure I did. Please feel free to leave some names in the comments below :)