For many actors, they tend to parlay success on the stage and in theater (like on Broadway, for example) into a rather successful career on screen. Take Lin-Manuel Miranda for example. After his successful play, In the Heights, and his phenomenon of a musical, Hamilton, Miranda contributed the music to Disney’s 2016 film, Moana, and will star in the much anticipated sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.
While this is a fairly common pattern for the success of actors, the opposite is also successful in many cases. A great many movie stars and television icons have had success on the stage. But unfortunately for some, the transition to being in beloved films to being on the stage is not always so simple. Below are a couple actors who fared poorly in this transition.
In 2015, Bruce Willis flatly delivered lines read through an earpiece while he took on the role of Paul Sheldon in an adaptation of Misery. The legendary Al Pacino received scathing reviews for his performance in China Doll in 2015.
The star of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was panned for her turn as Holly Golightly in 2013’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And finally, in 2006’s Three Days of Rain, Julia Roberts acted opposite Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd, but it was those two who received the glowing reviews, with many feeling Roberts’s performance was not at all comfortable.
Hopefully, this problem will not plague one of Broadway’s most hotly anticipated upcoming productions, which is written by the brilliant mind of Steve Martin, of Three Amigos and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles fame. Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key will be making their Broadway debuts and hopefully, they will fare better than the celebrities listed above who would kindly be described as people who bombed when they first got on stage.