Breakout Roles in Movies

For many well-known actors and actresses, there is the one part in a movie that made them stars.  It could happen to them on the first movie they make or many years down the line.  In this article, I will talk about a few of those celebs’ roles that propelled them into stardom.

Julia Roberts: Julia started acting in 1987.  Her first movie was in “Satisfaction” with Justine Bateman and Liam Nesson in 1988.  Roberts played the loose bassist Daryle.  It would be another two years until Julia Roberts would capture everyone’s hearts as the hooker Vivian Ward in “Pretty Woman”.

Will Smith: Before he was the king of the box office, Will Smith was known as “The Fresh Prince”.  In 1985, Jeff Townes and Will Smith formed the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.  They became known for such singles as “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime”.  Will started his acting career in 1990 as lead in the NBC sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  The show lasted for six years and after it came to a close, Smith decided to pursue a movie career.  His first two movie roles cemented a promising career but it was “Independence Day” , which was released in the summer of 1996, that made Smith a star.

Cameron Diaz: At the age of 22, Diaz landed her first role in a motion picture as Tina Carlyle in the 1994 hit movie “The Mask” with Jim Carrey.  Cameron would go on to act in five more movies before she became a household name.  In 1997, Diaz co-starred along side of Julia Roberts in the comedy hit “My Best Friend’s Wedding” as the sweet, naive Kimberly Wallace.  It was the role that struck gold for Cameron because of her comedic timing which led to her first leading role as the title character in “There’s Something About Mary”.

Great Scenes in Comic Book Movies

Update:  Unfortunately the first four videos I chose for this post have embedding disabled and searched for other ones just like them but ended up with the same results.


With Green Lantern coming to theatres on Friday, I thought an article on great scenes from comic book movies would appropriate.  First up is the museum scene from Batman (1989). 

This scene is great because it is the classic hero saving the damsel in distress scene.  Right when Vicki is cornered by the Joker, Batman crashes down and saves her, but what really makes this a classic is the Joker’s line “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”.

The next scene is from The Mask starring Jim Carey.

How can you not love this part of the movie?  Jim Carey was born to play this role.  The movie was an enjoyable comic romp.  Little piece of trivia: The Mask was the first movie that Cameron Diaz was in but it wasn’t until My Best Friend’s Wedding that she became widely known.

The next scene is from Batman Returns.

This scene has always been a favorite of mine because of the intensity that Michelle Pfeiffer brings to Selina’s transformation.  Selina is woman who has been pushed too far (literally) and now she is ready to exact her revenge.  The drama of Michelle’s acting is matched with Danny Elfman’s haunting theme “Selina Transforms”.

The next scene is from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

This scene is, in my opinion, one of the best of this movie because of how it sets up Scott’s battle with Todd.  As soon as Scott realizes that Ramona dated Todd, you can sense the tension that Scott is feeling seeing his ex and Ramona’s ex on the same stage.

This part from Men in Black always makes me laugh.  The logic behind Jay shooting little Tiffany is hilarious.  Will Smith delivers these lines with such a brilliant quality.

Even though X-Men:  The Last Stand was a stinker, it gave us two things in one scene that fans of the X-Men comic have been waiting for: the Wolverine/ Colossus fastball special and Wolverine taking down a sentinel.