10 Actors Who Are Considered Legends With Just One Movie

10 Actors Who Are Considered Legends With Just One Movie

Sometimes it takes years for actors to get that reputation of being good and sometimes it just takes one role to be remembered.

A lot of times, directors make strange casting calls, but once you watch the movies, you realize that it was completely logical. Maybe the director saw something in the actor that fitted the character and it worked out perfectly that it was anticipated. Some of these actors go on and make it better and better for their career and for some, it is just that one role that they are remembered for. Here is a list of 10 actors who were a one-hit wonder. 

1. Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love


Seeing Adam Sandler playing the same sort of role has become boring a long time ago. As an adult, most of Sandler's movies are just sad. They are not funny, his performance is sub-par, and he makes lousy stereotypical jokes. But, his movie, 'Punch Drunk Love' was the only one that is regarded to be a good one. He stars alongside late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and he does it well and this movie makes use of how Sandler performs anger. 

2. Marlon Wayans in Requiem for a Dream


The Wayan brothers are mostly known to be associated with cheap laughs in the late 1990s and early 2000s, like the Scary Movie franchise. But, you will be surprised to know that Marlon Wayans starred in 'Requiem for a Dream'. It was a strange casting choice, but he pulled it off amazingly. Even it was a little strange to see him in a serious role, he pulled it off quite well. But, the main question here is why did he choose to act in this film? Maybe he was trying to prove something to himself or his family, or maybe because he wanted to play something different. But, whatever the reason is, he is still remembered for his role. 

3. Stephen Baldwin in The Usual Suspects 


Baldwin almost vanished after the release of 'The Usual Suspects' and it almost seems like, after this movie, he decided that acting is not for him anymore. After his role in 'The Usual Suspects', he chose roles like Barney Rubble in 'The Flintstones' in Viva Rock Vegas. Recently, it was also revealed that Stephen and his brother Alec haven’t spoken to each other since the 2016 US election. 

4. Jessica Alba in Sin City


Her entire career is almost made up of really terrible movies, except for Sin City. Director Robert Rodriguez also seems like he has a habit of casting actors on the decline in his films too. Apart from 'Sin City', she does not have any credible role to her profile and since then, she hasn't really made anything even half-decent. 

5. Steven Segal in Under Seige


It is hard to believe that Steven Segal delivered a decent movie? Well, it's true and that film is Under Siege and it was also a pretty big commercial success. Apart from this movie, all other movies of Segal are very much similar. There were some points in his career where it looked like he might break out of his movies, but, 'Under the Seige' was the only movie that was really good and worth watching. 

6. Brandon Lee in The Crow


If Brandon Lee was still alive to this day, he would be a superstar for sure. But sadly, the son of legendary Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee was only able to deliver one movie and he, unfortunately, died on the set while filming it. His death immortalized the movie and gave him a cult status, very much similar to Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'. Also, there is the supposed Lee family curse. A lot of people believe that Bruce Lee, who died at the age of 32, was cursed and it got passed down to Brandon when he died.

7. Mila Kunis in Black Swan


Mila Kunis has played most of her life in front of our tv and cinema screens, and she has only one good film to her name. In her 20-year-old career, her performance in 'Black Swan' is only worth remembering. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, it is one of the most brilliant movies of all time. This movie allowed Kunis to reach another level in her acting career, and even though she has starred in many movies with a big budget they’re not particularly great. 

8. Hayden Christensen in Shattered Glass


Christensen is mostly remembered for portraying Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of The Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and he will always be memorialized for this role. It was most probably a dream come for him when he was told that he was going to play the role of Anakin in the Star Wars franchise, but unfortunately, he might have tried a little harder as audiences not only disliked the films, they disliked his performance and his career kind of tanked after that. But, he has really given a beautiful performance in a truly great film called 'Shattered Glass' where he played the role of Stephen Glass well with many praising his performance.

9. Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD


The funniest thing about Jean-Claude Van Damme is that in his best film, he plays himself. In the same movie, he goes on to say this monologue where he breaks the fourth wall about his life and his bad films. This movie is actually pretty entertaining and shows that Van Damme actually is quite reflexive and it is an interesting way to combine biographical filmmaking with action with a dash of the documentary. In this movie, Van Damme showed that he is aware of his own merit as an actor and is not deluded that he is some kind of megastar. 

10. Jaden Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness


Jaden Smith is the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has only starred and shined in one performance and that is in The Pursuit of Happyness when he was just five years old. After this, he hasn't played any role as such that was popular or brilliant. But Jaden is still quite young though and being the son of Will Smith kind of makes him a royalty. So there still could be a chance that we will see Jaden Smith in some movies in the future. 

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