Upon hearing this news from CinemaBlend that Meg Ryan is cast along with John Lithgow in a Crash-eque drama, it dawned on me how long I haven’t seen her in ages. The last movie I saw her in was Kate & Leopold which was nearly a decade ago! I did see her in the trailer of a dark comedy Serious Moonlight, but I guess nobody saw that (the movie’s total worldwide gross was a paltry $138,696 according to Box Office Mojo). The trailer was so dismal it made me cringe, I mean, didn’t Timothy Hutton won an Oscar?? And what’s with Ryan’s hair that looked like a replica of Jennifer Aniston’s, super straight and super shiny. Even in the poster and dvd cover, they hardly showed her face… people could easily mistake it for an Aniston rom-com, not sure if that’s intentional?
In any case, unlike Julia Roberts, Diane Lane or Sandra Bullock who somehow could still open a movie, looks like Ryan’s acting career has officially gone kaput. That’s too bad, I kind of like her. Not the best actress in her generation by any means but her movies were entertaining, to me anyway. When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail… LOVE ’em. She was the rom-com queen when rom-com was still enjoyable and quite poignant.
She’s obviously not the only once-famous actress who’ve seemed to have *disappeared* from Hollywood from the past decade. I reckon there is generally a much shorter shelf life for female performers than than the male counterpart, but is that really the only reason? I mean look at someone like 65-year-old Helen Mirren who’s so ubiquitous lately with no sign of slowing down. I don’t know why some actresses are still prolific and others seems as if they struggle to find even a single decent project. And we’re talking about those who’ve had considerable success both commercially as well as critically, a few even won major awards in the past. Here are just a few name that came to mind:
- Rene Russo (Lethal Weapon 3 & 4, The Line of Fire, Ransom, Thomas Crown Affair)
- Madeleine Stowe (The Last of the Mohicans, Twelve Monkeys)
- Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, Sabrina)
- Sean Young (Blade Runner, No Way Out)
- Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business, The Hand That Rock the Craddle)
- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
- Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets, What Women Want)
- Jeanne Tripplehorn (Basic Instinct, The Firm, Mickey Blue Eyes)
- Elisabeth Shue (Cocktail, Leaving Last Vegas)
Anyway, those are just the ones I can think on the top of my head, the list goes on. I don’t really have a theory to offer about this topic, so perhaps you can offer one? And while we’re at it, which female actress was your favorite from the 80s & 90s that you wish would make a *comeback*?