Jeremy Renner is shooting Mission Impossibe and will be doing about ten thousand other movies this year. He is the man of the hour and considering he was a virtual nobody for about a decade, it’s amazing how Hollywood has just embraced him. He has been nominated for an Oscar twice and is even throwing his own Oscar parties.
There are many others stars in Hollywood that are like Renner. They spend years playing small bits in the hopes that someday they’d get their chance. Most never get their chance no matter how deserving they may be.
Those who get their chance, make sure they create a huge impact, their stregnth of their legacy seems as strong as the ones who spent four decades of great work.
10. Jeremy Renner
Before his Oscar-nominated performance in Hurt Locker, Renner was already respected as an actor for his many critically acclaimed anti-hero roles in S.W.A.T and The Assassination of Jesse James but he never had the mainstream recognition.
That changed when Director Kathryn Bigelow wanted unknowns for her movies. She watched Renner in Dahmer, a film about notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and called him to audition. He nailed it.
To prepare for the film, Renner spent a week living and training at Fort Irwin, a U.S. military reservation in the Mojave Desert in California. He was taught to use C4 explosives, learned how to render safe improvised explosive devices, and how to wear a bomb suit.
The rest, as they say, is history.
9. Jon Hamm
Don Draper is someone we love to hate and hate to love but we do both anyway because he is everything we want to be – rich, handsome, smart, handsome, rich. Did I say rich?
It’s hard to imagine that for much of the mid-1990s, Hamm lived in Los Angeles as a struggling actor appearing in small parts in multiple television series, including Providence, The Division, What About Brian and Related. In 2000 he made his feature film debut in Clint Eastwood’s space adventure, Space Cowboys.
Now, it’s hard to imagine Amercian TV without the Don.
8. Seth Meyer
Seth is not exactly old but not exactly young either.
Like Adam Sandler and many other great comedians, he started with Saturday Night Live as a writer. For four years now, he has been headwriting it. For more than a year now, he is also the anchor of its news parody segment Weekend Update. If his performance on the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner was any indication, he is bound to follow the same track as his older “brother” like Adam Sandler.
We shall be waiting.
7. Jane Lynch
Sue Sylvester in the Fox musical-comedy series Glee for which she has won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award but she has been active in acting since 1981. That is almost 20 years of struggling to get roles that could justify her abilities.
6. Matthew Morrison
Morrison plays the role of the hottest teacher in American Television – Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee.
He started acting in 1999 but found success only in theater. Morrison’s career began when he made his musical theatre debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose, followed by a revival of The Rocky Horror Show in 2002. However, his big break came when he landed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of John Waters’ Hairspray. After performing in the role for some time, he started working in television, guest-starring on shows such as Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami and Hack. He also had small roles in films such as Marci X, Primary Colors, Music and Lyrics and Simply Funk. He followed up by performing the role of Sir Harry in the ABC-TV production of Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett.
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