Take the money and run, part two

Posted by · 3:59 pm · April 13th, 2009

Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las VegasJust a few days after I bemoaned the fact that an actor of Jackie Earle Haley’s calibre must resort to headlining a retread of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” comes even more depressing news.

Almost fifteen years after collecting an Oscar nomination for a performance that most actresses would find to be career-making, poor Elisabeth Shue is reduced to starring in Alexandre Aja’s remake of “Piranha.” In 3-D, mind you.

Shue’s career trajectory, post-“Leaving Las Vegas,” has long been a mystery to me: beautiful, well-liked ingenue with a decent commercial track record finally gets a chance to show her serious dramatic chops, is duly recognised for her efforts, and then … nothing, save the obligatory Woody Allen ensemble slot, some window-dressing in a few flop action flicks, and now the chance to work with the creative force behind “Switchblade Romance” and “The Hills Have Eyes.” (The remake, of course.) Lucky lady.

Somebody stop the madness. Or the remakes. Whichever comes first.

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  • 1 4-13-2009 at 4:19 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I prefer the remakes to stop first. At least madness can give us good films every now and then. Just look at David Lynch.

    As for Shue…*sigh*…man, what DID happen to her? She didn’t run into alcohol or drug problems or any personal turmoil (at least according to Wikipedia) after her Oscar nomination, nor did she do anything stupid like try to buy a town or anything, so her career should have exploded post-Leaving Las Vegas.

  • 2 4-13-2009 at 4:30 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Guys did no one see Hide and Seek, now that should have won her the oscar that year, hands down.

    (More Jokes)

  • 3 4-13-2009 at 6:07 pm

    Aaron said...

    Poor Elisabeth. Although she is in the new Thomas Haden Church movie…Don McKay (sp?) or something like that, which actually looks pretty interesting…maybe she won’t fall into the utter pits of movie remake hell…

  • 4 4-13-2009 at 6:08 pm

    Ben said...

    It seems like she has more of an excuse than JEH, who is “hot” right now. I suspect she doesn’t have many roles coming her way (and that’s a shame).

  • 5 4-13-2009 at 7:08 pm

    Billyboy said...

    I actually felt sorry for her when I watched the Hamlet 2 trailer:

    “And reintroducing Elizabeth Shue as…

    Elizabeth Shue.”

    What a shame, indeed.

  • 6 4-13-2009 at 7:25 pm

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    I’ve always like Shue and must admit I was surprised to read her being cast here.


  • 7 4-13-2009 at 8:53 pm

    brian said...

    She is so wonderful and so beautiful in Leaving Las Vegas…it doesn’t make sense.

  • 8 4-13-2009 at 11:36 pm

    Glenn said...

    It really is baffling. And then you look at her “Leaving Las Vegas” co-star Nicolas Cage who seems to be TRYING to ruin his career. So sad.

  • 9 4-14-2009 at 9:32 am

    The World said...

    she peaked in Adventures in Babysitting, it was downhill after that!

  • 10 4-14-2009 at 10:44 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    She’s an actress — there’s always a career double standard. It’s the men who have no excuse because there are great parts for men in all sort of quality productions.

  • 11 4-14-2009 at 2:36 pm

    BerkeleyGirl said...

    Shue’s suffering because she chose to have a life. After Leaving Las Vegas, she finished her degree at Harvard. Since then, she married director/producer Davis Guggenheim and had kids. Not exactly the career track Hollywood embraces, regardless of talent.