ByRicky Derisz, writer at
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Ricky Derisz

It's not unusual to be loved by anyone. It's not unusual to have fun with anyone. It's also not unusual for actors plying their trade to play the same character more than once, especially if they've been successful.

Occasionally, though, famous names return to roles that appear to be firmly left in the past.

Below are 7 actors who returned after a long time away:

1. Harrison Ford as Han Solo - 'Star Wars'

Hiatus of 32 years between: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Age in original: 41 Age in sequel: 73

At the sprightly age of 73, Harrison Ford has become the highest grossing actor in Hollywood history, thanks to the spectacular success of The Force Awakens. The Force is certainly strong in this one.

Ford has a knack of resurrecting roles from years gone by; honorable mention must also go to another franchise rekindled after a 19 year break between Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

2. Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell - 'Basic Instinct'

Hiatus of 14 years between: Basic Instinct (1992) and Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

Age In Original: 34 Age In Sequel: 48

The erotic "wait a minute did I just see..." thriller was well received in 1992, with Stone playing the lead of Catherine Tramell, a crime writer who becomes a lead suspect in a murder mystery.

Unfortunately the instinct to produce a second movie was perhaps a mistake; it "won" numerous awards for worst picture, failed at the box office and became one of the lowest ranked films of the decade on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. Leonard Nimoy as Spock - 'Star Trek'

Hiatus of 18 years between: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Star Trek (2009)

Age in Original: 60 Age in Sequel: 78

One of the most recognizable characters in science fiction, if not fiction entirely, Spock was beautifully portrayed by Leonard Nimoy for years. See the touching clip below of Spock meeting... Spock.

Nimoy cameo'd in the same role in 2013's Star Trek: Into Darkness. Sadly, he passed away last year aged 83.

4. Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa - 'Rocky'

Hiatus of 16 years between: Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006)

Age in original: 44 Age in Sequel: 60

Stallone may've started his career in soft pornography, but he really proved he was hard by his breakthrough role as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976).

Testament to Stallone's rigorous exercise routine, rather than collect his pension at 60, he was collecting points in the ring, still looking more buff than 90% of us will ever be.

Although Creed (2015) passed the mantle to Michael B. Jordan, Stallone received the Best Supporting Actor gong at the Golden Globes for the role, some 40 years after the first movie. Impressive.

Another honorable mention for another of Stallone's iconic roles, Rambo, where he also returned after a 20 year gap between 1988 and 2008.

5. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley - 'Alien'

Hiatus of 7 years between: Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)

Age in Original: 30 Age in Sequel: 37

Sigourney's impressive career has been peppered with sprinklings of appearances as Lieutenant Ripley in the Alien franchise.

As well as a seven year gap from Alien to 1986's Aliens, six years she featured in Alien 3 (1992) and five years after that she reprised the role in Alien: Resurrection (1997).

6. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia - 'Star Wars'

Hiatus of 32 years between: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Age in Original: 24 Age in Sequel: 59

As well as fellow co-star Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher returned to the Star Wars franchise after over three decades away. Her original stint as Princess Leia received a cult following.

I dare any Star Wars fan to not get a twinge of heartwarming nostalgia seeing these two share the screen again, after all this time.

7. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd and Harry - 'Dumb and Dumber'

Hiatus of 20 years between: Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Age in Original: Jim Carrey (32)/Jeff Daniels (39) Age in Sequel: Jim Carrey (52)/Jeff Daniels (59)

The cult classic starring slapstick '90s mega-star Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, an actor who was only known for more serious roles at the time.

The unlikely combination worked. They do say you should never go back, but 20 years later, the two with a low IQ reprised the roles of Harry and Lloyd. Although not critically well received, the film performed well at the box office, proving sometimes nostalgia is enough.


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