When Once-Big Stars Get Tiny Roles

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I really liked Hope Springs, but I was a little shocked to see two former leading ladies in teeny-weeny parts.

If you've seen Mimi Rogers in the trailer, you've seen pretty much her entire role (Carol, the Neighbor).

Add a couple more lines and that's the whole thing!

Mimi was brilliant in 1991's The Rapture, a searing drama about religious fanaticism, interestingly enough.

And she did well in other movies too.

So what's with the cameo?

Is this what happens when you leave Scientology?

Also in Hope Springs, Elisabeth Shue has one tiny scene as Karen the Bartender.

She says something about red wine, then asks people who haven't had sex to raise their hands, then comps Meryl's wine.

And that's it!

The one still that I could find with Elisabeth in it (above) doesn't even show her face!

Of course maybe there were scenes that were cut, but whatever the case, it just reads as "Oscar nominee who was big in the '90s is now reduced to don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-them parts."

Fortunately, Shue has what seems to be a way bigger role in an upcoming Jennifer Lawrence film.

But I hate to see what they'll be giving Jennifer Lawrence to do in 20 years.

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17 comments
Lurker
Lurker

Forget Scientology. Isnt there another religious/ethnic group that has a much bigger hold on Hollywood?

jonhendry
jonhendry

Shue's got a day job on CSI.

williamHK
williamHK

so sick of Meryl Streep, has she ever received a bad review?  So many sucky movies "Mama Mia", "Devil Wears Prada", "Julia & Julia," this one. 

exackerly
exackerly

Don't assume that these stars agreed to do such tiny roles. A lot of times the original script gives them at least one good scene, but then it ends up on the cutting room floor.

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

This happened to the beyond-wonderful Barbara Harris, too.

 

A brilliant star in Broadway and movies, the last thing I remember seeing her in was maybe five minutes of the film "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

jackson30
jackson30 topcommenter

"The Saint" was probably the movie that hurt Shue's career the most. But you're right, I saw Hope Springs and thought "There were probably other scenes where Meryl goes back to the bar, that were cut."

Timmee
Timmee

But Meryl's STILL a star. She's preceded and outlasted them all.

bethesda
bethesda topcommenter

So sad the way Hollywood treats women.

blissbaby
blissbaby

 @jonhendry  I know but Musto's talking about the way Hollywood movies treat women.

jackson30
jackson30 topcommenter

 @SouthernDave Agreed re the wonderfulness of Barbara Harris's talent, but that's kind of a different story because she suffered a breakdown on Broadway--supposedly while onstage--and was notoriously hard to work with. Too sensitive for the biz, I think. She was even fired from the Bette Midler "Gypsy" in what would have been a comeback role.

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

 @SouthernDave OMG!!! I love Barbara Harris!  Nashville is my fave movie of all time...Barbara was a "minor" character in that film (but riveting) that looms large at the end of the flick!

 

[side note]  I met "Barbara Jean" at the then "dyke-side"of Stonewall, the restaurant.part.. way back, and "convinced" her to sing "He's Got a Tape Deck In His Tractor"!

 

I was the unapologetic fan.... Heavenly!!!

williamHK
williamHK

 @Timmee

 but for the last decade she's made terrible movies. . .who actually wanted to sit through "Iron Lady?"  And she's mousy looking and boring, no sex appeal.  She needs to go away.  As Kate Hepburn said: "When I watch her I can see the acting wheels turning, click, click!"

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