The Travolta Comeback – it’s what every former A-lister pines for when their agent’s phone stops ringing.
John Travolta himself has had at least two such comebacks, and Mickey Rourke may be in the middle of his first.
But what are the chances that Meg Ryan … or any other 40-plus actress … can swing such a feat?
It’s not pretty.
Ryan is a good example of what happens to too many older actresses. Sure, you’ll always have the exceptions – Meryl Streep and Judi Dench come to mind. But only Streep remains red-hot, commercially speaking, at the ripe age of 59.
Ryan, the ’90s rom-com princess, could command big paychecks. Romantic comedies are where actresses shine, both commercially and in the hearts and minds of movie goers.
Just think back to Goldie Hawn and Doris Day before her.
Today, Ryan is otten seen in direct to video fare (“The Deal,” “My Mom’s New Boyfriend”). She still looks beautiful even if she may have dabbled in some plastic surgery. And her figure remains to die for.
But she’d need Quentin Tarantino to stage an entire film around her to give her career that ol’ A-list juice.
Then you have Rourke, an actor who seemingly spent the last decade burning every bridge in sight. And his face is a Jackson Pollock painting of age, boxing losses and who knows what.
But he came thisclose to beating out Sean Penn for the Best Actor Oscar over the weekend and is in talks to star in “Iron Man 2.”
He’ll be the toast of town again, at least for a while, and have a crack at some scripts he may have never seen as little as a year ago.
As for Ryan, she’ll keep on working, like her female peers, but with the knowlege that her days on the A-list are likely over.