What happened to Brendan Fraser, and why has Hollywood stopped casting him in movies?

Brendan Fraser had some great hits in the 90’s, and was a bona-fide leading man and movie star.  After a few films that were not received well at the box office, and his personal financial troubles (Divorce, Alimony) he has had a tough time getting starring roles.
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Personally, I am a fan of Brendan Fraser’s work, and hope he gets some choice roles again!
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Is Hollywood recasting the same actors – instead of taking a chance on new talent? Are some actors becoming typecast and overused?

One of the ways a studio takes a mediocre script and tries to make it profitable is by bringing in known stars to boost the attendance at the theaters.

Box Office Philosophy: Philosophy Articles on Hollywood Cinema
 
This increases the cost of the film, but will attract more people because they follow these actors and/or expect a good production if they are in it. However, it does not make movies profitable;  
 
Typecast (Hollywood Stardust Book 1)


Sadly, this is a recurring theme in Hollywood, some actors don’t bring in the box office but get a lot of work. (maybe it’s their agents)?

Predicting Movie Success at the Box Office

Big Stars May Not Bring Box Office Bucks – ABC News
Why Movie Stars Still Exist Despite Their Lack of Box Office Appeal – Film school rejects

Tyler Perry Gets it:

Tyler Perry Movies - Budget Vs Box Office: Tables, Charts & Notes (Actors' Scorecard Series Book 2)

Forbes puts the list into perspective:
Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors 2017 – Forbes

Some A-list actors are regurgitated at every opportunity, and they often compete and audition for roles that they may not be at all suited for, leveraging their resume and celebrity for leading roles.
Rather than be annoyed, enjoy the film(s), and consider watching lesser-known and film festival award winning films to see fresh faces and new ideas.

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Why haven’t we seen Jack Nicholson in any films lately?

As of this writing, and despite numerous rumours and internet obituaries, Actor Jack Nicholson is still “alive and Kicking”.
Mr. Jack Nicholson, at 77, had mentioned he was going into retirement, lived at his home in Hollywood, still played golf, but has not done any new film work lately.  He has a cook and secretary, and his 5 grown children look in on him.  It is suggested (in the media) that he is having problems memorizing lines, and that is keeping him from making more films.  My personal feeling is that there are not enough roles for Jack Nicholson at this point in his career, and that would also be a factor.  Here are some articles on his career and private life:
Jack Nicholson – Wikipedia
Jack Nicholson biography – Amazon Books
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Nicholson#/media/File:Jack_Nicholson_-_1976.jpg
Jack Nicholson in 1976 from Wikipedia page
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Do you think actor/actress do dating websites?

Yes and no. and it may not be what you think!

 

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Operators of dating websites want attractive people in their ads and in their database. Some actors and actresses have social media profiles on some dating sites, usually “freebies” to boost their exposure. Some are legitimate, and some have actors images in “fake” ads to attract more dating site customers.  Most savvy people on dating sites realize that many profiles are fake.  That is just how it works on the internet.

Is your online date FAKE? Investigation into phoney profiles – Daily Mail UK
Busted – The Worst Online Dating Site Scams – Internet Dating – insider internet dating

Actors don’t want their images misused or promoting sites without permission or compensation. They also have the same need for companionship as the rest of us, and will use sites that suit them – although they are very wary of “bad actors” and “posers” who want to date them because they are actors, and use them as arm candy. Or worse, to use their A-list status to elevate their own career or business.The dating landscape is burgeoning with choices that pull at us, except we can go on a “bad date” and move on, while an actor’s bad date can be on the news and in the tabloids. So they will be more wary and cautious than most people.

 

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There is an “exclusive” dating app for celebrities, called Raya – the “Tinder for the Illuminati” Raya (app) – Wikipedia, and Raya, The Secret Dating App for Celebrities– source: Nylon. And their are even more: 6 Exclusive Dating Apps You’re Not Allowed to Join – Thrill list.

The Survival guide for Online dating: If you have ever considered Online dating or have dated online then this book is definitly for you.

Celebrities may be mentioning dating apps for compensation, or to build their brand – Katy Perry joked about Tinder on the radio: The celebs you might just stumble across on your favourite dating app – Metro UK. Given their schedules and lust for publicity, many celebrities will use dating apps: 10 Celebrities Who’ve Used Online Dating Sites Just Like Normals (Huffington Post), and 21 Celebrities You Can Actually Match With On Tinder (Ranker).

Please God Let it Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest For Love and Companionship

If you are using dating apps to meet celebrities, STOP. Look for values that appeal to you in a partner. Common interests (even in celebrity adoration) are good dating building blocks. I knew a man who said he was a greater lover than Casanova.  Yes, I too believed he was a bit full of himself, then he explained:

Casanova’s claim to fame was the number of women he bedded over many years; while my friend claimed his power was “loving just one woman for over fifty years”. She is a lucky woman. As is he.

Runaway Romance: An UP TV Premier Movie
 
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Who is or was the most successful child star (including former child stars) of all time?

This is a popular topic, as child stars have more time before the camera (in their careers) than most other actors – especially if they live a long and prosperous life!

Child Star: An AutobiographyThere Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and MeEmma Watson: From Wizards to Wallflowers (Pop Culture Bios)


From the Web:
The child actors who grew big stars – IMDB
26 child stars who made it – Entertainment Weekly
The 10 Most Successful Former Child Stars – Goliath
The Most Successful Child Actors – Fortune

If you take time to look at these lists, we can see actors across decades of film and Television projects. This makes monetary comparisons difficult, due to differing dollar values and payment structures, unless we adjust for estimated lifetime earnings. Money should not be the only measure of success. Many child stars had rough upbringings with drug issues, familial mismanagement, famous parents, and more.  Shirley Temple black leveraged her fame into a successful career in politics:

Shirley Temple Black was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood’s number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States. From Wikipedia

 

X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?Leonardo Dicaprio

Many became directors like Ron Howard and Drew Barrymore. some faded into the background and live off their residual check, in relative obscurity.

Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon...and BeyondLittle Girl Lost


We all know who we like as a grown up actor, but this is a question worthy of months of review – my answer is that there are many stars who have done well acting and become successful, given back to their fan base, and evolved into adults who are positive role models.
Here is a picture of my Grandson, now age 10, who is available for acting roles. get in touch with me (as his agent) to discuss auditions.

The Authors Grandson, a big fan of YouTube, star of family video!

Best of luck to all the child actors, and success on their path to adulthood.

How does it feel to be friends of celebrities?

Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities reading magazines at the supermarket checkout
If you are fortunate to be a friend to a celebrity, try to be a true and earnest friend; at their core, celebrities need friends, and will distance themselves (if possible) from people who use their access to establish their own brand, or profit from them by selling photos, mementos, and interviews on the tabloids. 
“Being friends with a celebrity is something the majority of people on this planet will never be. That doesn’t make it an accomplishment and it doesn’t mean anything about the person who is friends with a celebrity. It just means they are now in the minority of people that is friends with a celebrity. I am in that group and here to tell the rest of you my experiences of those friendships.”[1]
Don’t be a stalker, but do read: How to Make Friends With Famous People on Wikihow.
And “You might think you’ve befriended one, but you can never really know them. Like the rich, the famous are a breed apart. You’re not a friend, you’re a civilian.”[2]
And when you have your celebrity BFF:
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Footnotes

Have more celebrities died this year or are we just noticing it more?

The world is growing, and the number of celebrities is getting larger. Morbidly put, more celebrities die because we have more of them, and they are subject to the same pressures as the general population. Not everyone agrees, and Outside the Beltway clearly states it is a statistically higher number.
If you are a celebrity, and concerned about continuing on until you are older than Willie Nelson, you want to make it to the Smuckers Jelly Jar (you can click on this link when you get close to 100 years old).   If you want a non-profit foundation to promote the good you want to do (as your legacy), shoot me an email and let’s set it up.
While celebrity deaths do make headlines, it is very tragic when anyone has their life cut short because of substance abuse, depression, and accidents.  You may be a celebrity to someone – a child, spouse, co-worker, or friend – and they will want you to be there for them.  Not to mention the super things you can do as a person!
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How do film directors (Hollywood and Bollywood) consult actors (Bollywood and Hollywood) for acting?

Alan Chenkin, Likes to watch films
Casting agents will send directors specific types of actors for certain roles. In addition, the Production/finance companies will recommend actors – many of whom will have a dollar amount of funding connected to them being hired for a film (This is because they have a proven “draw / fanbase” and can fill theaters).  When an actor with a loyal fanbase and a $10 million dollar budget increase is suggested to a director, the director is frequently compelled to cast them in a leading role.  If the Director is a Steven Spielberg, or Woody Allen, they will have the final say in casting, and may pressure the production company to use the talent they want – because they have the star power.
How Casting Directors Work – How stuff works
Directors frequently need to work with the actors to get them in the right “frame of mind” to play their role well, and give them motivation and cues that will convince the audience that they are seeing something real.  Directors will also schedule readings and rehearsals prior to any takes, so that the actors are comfortable in their portrayals. Many times directors will have events like picnics and football games in between shoots to build camaraderie between the actors and crew.
Scenes in a movie can be expensive to set up, and anything the director can do (in Bollywood or Hollywood) to get the maximum usable footage is a time and money saving necessity.  In critical scenes, the director may demand many takes, so he has more choices to select the best work.
Your director is motivated to make the best film, and will compel his/her actors to deliver their best.  
 
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Do A-list celebrities still need to audition for roles?

They do, but money is often involved.  
A studio may offer specific actors to a producer, based on their known draw. For example, a producer may be told that if you get actor A, we will give you 20 million dollars in production dollars. If you choose Actor B, you may only get 5 million dollars. That is for the A-list stars, who always bring a big audience and large ticket sales just by showing up!
It is up to the producer and director to determine if actor A or B is “right” for the role, so their production will be first class, rather than just a showcase for A-List talent. Keep in mind, even a great actor can’t save a bad script, even if the studios support that decision with production dollars. And a good actor doesn’t want mediocre roles, jsut because they have a strong fanbase at the box office.
A listers have to compete by auditioning when they are up against other a-list actors – especially when the production has a well-known director and a good story to tell.
All the rest of the cast need to audition or have the right age/look/experience/etc. to perform in each role.
From the Web:

The reality is, Actors audition for roles ALL THE TIME.  If your last blockbuster was a big-budget FLOP, you have to work even harder.  There is a long list of former A-list  stars.

No matter what, Enjoy the Show!
 
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Expanded from my answer to this question on Quora.

Is it possible for a foreigner to get a role in a Hollywood movie through a video audition without a work visa or green card?

Is it possible? YES. Is it Easy? NO.

 


Video (Youtube, instagram, facebook, etc.) allows our images and talent to cover the world. The first part of your question should be, “what skills that I may possess will be attractive to a producer, that I can demonstrate competently over the internet”? (And keep asking yourself that, and be grateful for your supporters and followers).

For the “how to do it” part, you have to develop your acting chops, promote yourself, make videos, make a “demo reel”, and put yourself out there.   Also get traditional headshots (8×10 photographs).  Consider emailing headshots and your resume to casting agents for review.

How To Audition On Camera: A Hollywood Insider’s Guide for Actors

For the Visa question, you can take temporary employment: Temporary Employment | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom

If you have the means, schedule a trip and make appointments with agents, casting directors, and anyone who will meet with you, etc., and FOLLOW UP! Send thank you notes, etc.

How To Audition Internationally – Backstage

How can foreign actors work in the U.S.? • r/acting – Reddit Forum

 

 

Some rules may be changing, due to politics, but ambition and talent can transcend borders and make friends, fans, and admirers worldwide!  

 
Remember that Americans love their movie stars – Bruce Lee, Kal Pen,  Monty Python, Don Cheadle. Hollywood is a melting pot. IF you work hard and get yourself “out there” to audition, and win good (meaning any) roles,  It really doesn’t matter what your nationality is, if you work your talent!
Work your social media and your contacts.  Get an agent.  Always Audition.  Luck favors the prepared!
 

Break a leg! (Laudatory actors salutation)

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