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Initial post: 17 Apr 2013 16:31:48 BDT
So, we're all familiar with the musical concept of the one hit wonder - an artist who appears, has one well known song, then disappears into obscurity to live off the royalties. Like Carl Douglas, for example, or like everyone hoped Psy would be until he released a follow-up to Gangnam Style

Anyway - are there any filmic equivalents? Actors or directors who made it big with their first film then disappeared off the radar? You know, like we all now wish M Night Shyamalan would have been?

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 18:58:45 BDT
Tony Kaye only ever directed American History X and Charles Laughton only ever directed Night of the Hunter I think.

Posted on 18 Apr 2013 08:57:05 BDT
Thats quite tricky? ....George Lazenby is one of the only ones I can think off.

Posted on 18 Apr 2013 09:27:25 BDT
The main ones I could think of were Richard Kelly (I know he directed a couple of things post-Donnie Darko, but nothing that could be described as a 'hit') and Nia Vardalos (wrote and starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding then was never heard of again). I'm sure there were some Hitchcock leading ladies who were so traumatised by the experience that they never acted again as well

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 04:01:01 BDT
mister joe says:
Tony Kaye has made other stuff including an abortion doc Lake Of Fire and i am sure he had a film out this year.Richard Kelly,i mean just because a film is not a "hit" doesn't mean it ceases to exist,totally stupid point.Southland Tales was awful,liked The Box though.This question has racked my brain!
What about the dude who directed Howard The Duck?
Tron guy made Slipstream....Ahhh what about Jaws 3 dude?Return To Oz director?

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 04:04:44 BDT
mister joe says:
That bird from Dirty Dancing seemingly vanished,Brad Davies never really captilised on Midnight Express.Great performance in that movie but he sort of destroyed his career with wild behaviour.In terms of hollywood suicide his role in Querelle epitomises it.
Shame really,died of aids in 90s.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2013 07:59:12 BDT
After Dirty Dancing Jennifer Grey had a nose job and her promising career went splat. She got parts in the 80s because she looked a little different but after her surgery she was interchangeable with dozens of other actresses.

Posted on 21 Apr 2013 11:06:55 BDT
You could almost put Mark Hamill in this category, I know he has done some voice over acting etc but he pretty much only been Luke Skywalker !

People say its because of a bad accident he had, but he made 2 Star Wars movies after it.

Posted on 22 Apr 2013 10:10:46 BDT
I can't recall having seen young Marshall Mathers from 8 Mile in anything else since?

Posted on 22 Apr 2013 10:40:13 BDT
C. S. McLean says:

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013 11:02:30 BDT
Ha ha did "8 Mile" remind anybody else of Karate Kid, but with Rap instead of Karate?

Posted on 22 Apr 2013 23:45:09 BDT
mister joe says:
And?Karate Kid was better.

Posted on 22 Apr 2013 23:45:58 BDT
mister joe says:
Lassie has been in loads.Well not the same dog.Obviously.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 07:57:16 BDT
Wayne says:
"And?Karate Kid was better."

F..king attitude with every post. Seriously take a Valium mr joe and chill the f..k out.

Anyway, chesney hawkes. The distinction of not only having a one hit wonder in the pop world but also in the film world. The film that 'the one and only' song came from was Buddy's song.

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 09:17:31 BDT
Great shout Wayne

Brandon Lee? I know he didn't do much after The Crow, not sure about before...

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 11:01:00 BDT
Wayne says:
Can't call Brandon lee a one hit wonder, he did a few films before the crow which were reasonably well known for martial arts films. Two that stand out are showdown in little Tokyo with dolph lundgren. Great film, loads of action and good chemistry between the two stars. Also rapid fire, good little film.

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 11:03:28 BDT
Wayne says:
You could arguably add George Lucas to the one hit wonder list. Apart from Star Wars what else has he really done. Howard the duck, lol. American graffiti is about the only other film I know he directed of worth. He never directed Indiana jones or willow which he was involved in.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 11:20:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2013 11:21:34 BDT
I wouldnt say you could call Brandon Lee a one hit wonder either, after the amazing film that was the Crow he would of gone on to be hugh imo and would of had loads of roles offered him, sadly death got in the way.

That and Rapid Fire was mint !

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 11:21:01 BDT
Didn't he do Labyrinth ?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 12:30:15 BDT
Wayne says:
Nope, jim Henson directed labyrinth.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 13:01:40 BDT
it was something to do with Lucas tho wasnt it ? he must of produced it then ?

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 13:42:12 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
The directors of the Blair Witch Project. Neither seems to have done anything other than straight to dvd movies since.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 13:51:12 BDT
Wayne says:
I don't think he did have anything to do with labyrinth, could be wrong. The more I think of it the more I keep think he produced the dark crystal. Similar puppet think to labyrinth. I'll check IMDB.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 14:03:31 BDT
I had just had a quick look, he was executive producer on it, so probably just made the tea.

I remember seeing the Lucas film logo before the film thats why his name rang a bell and i thought he had something to do with it.

BTW I loved Howard the Duck as a kid !!!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 14:04:57 BDT
Good shout Paul, its shame they seemed clever chaps !
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