The movie stars who went straight to video
It’s not just faded 80s action stars clogging up the bargain bin of your local garage. Inexplicably, A-list actors occasionally find themselves going straight-to-DVD.
Take Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Self-proclaimed ‘franchise Viagra’, he’s revitalised the ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Fast and Furious’ series’ and is now Hollywood’s biggest action star. Yet his latest movie ‘Empire State’ skipped cinemas completely.
It happens more often than you’d think, to stars with a huge fanbase, massive commercial appeal and even Oscars on the mantelpiece. But how?
Let’s have a look in that bargain bin…
The Rock gives a less than solid performance (Credit: Lionsgate)
The pitch: Two childhood friends plan an armored car heist and one New York cop doesn’t like it.
The star power: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - arguably the biggest action star around and owner of the most democratic elbow in sports. Liam Hemsworth - the hunk of the ‘Hunger Games’ and younger brother to Thor himself.
The route to video: Producers didn’t seem to know their audience, and ended up without one. Maybe the Rock fans and the Hemsworth-ites cancelled each other out? Action just shouldn’t be pretty, right?
Channing realises what he's done (Credit: Rex)
The Son Of No One (2011)
The pitch: A rookie cop is assigned to work the neighborhood he grew up in.
The star power: A pre ‘Magic Mike’ but equally lady-luring Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta and in-the-running-for greatest actor of our time Al Pacino.
The route to video: A disastrous screening at the Sundance Film Festival, walkouts and all, sealed ‘The Son Of No One’s’ fate. Apparently just one person clapped. Awkward.
Off-putting... Grown-up Anne Hathaway (Credit: Rex)
The pitch: Two rich girls go exploring LA’s Latino underground, which turns out to be a bad idea.