Six Actors who did not get the Fame They Probably Deserve

Six Actors who did not get the Fame They Probably Deserve

You may happily enjoy their appearance whenever their faces pop up on the big screen, but these actors have not gotten the fame that they probably deserve. Having proven their acting prowess in one or two noteworthy films, the limelight gradually moved away from them, as they were either shifted to the background or became a part of multi-casting films.

Here are six actors who are not as famous as they should be, yet at some point in time got into the public eye for their performances.


1. Audrey Tautou

It seems that after the success of The Da Vinci Code in 2006, Audrey Tautou has not appeared in any similar Hollywood blockbuster. Her acting skills are confined more to French cinema.

In 2001 there was Amelie, which gained her huge acclaim for being original. The film was loved by the audience. Then there were Pot Luck (2004) and Priceless (2006), for which she obtained mixed responses, as well as A Very Long Engagement, wherein she was just a part of a multi-national cast. No one can deny the charm that she adds to the screen for every project, however difficult it might be.


2. Christina Ulloa

This California-born actress bagged good roles in the films Black, Military Husband, 247 degrees F, Holiday Road and the latest The Wedding Invitation which is yet to be released. All of these films are unique in characterization and Christina Ulloa did her best job in them. Although she did not get much notice on the big screen, she is a popular face in a number of television series like Bones, Greek, Californication, Charmed, Dark Blue, and more.

3. Sam Rockwell

When The Seven Psychopaths was released in 2012, it did not receive much positive response. It was indeed a good film and one more reason to watch it was the rocking performance of Sam Rockwell as the obsessive and unhinged, yet likable and friendly Billy. He also did a good amount of impressive acting in Moon, The Way Way Back, and The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford.


4. Emile Hirsch

This actor of Into the Wild fame that was released in 2007 has not been a part of anything so popular and well-accepted since then. In spite of his commendable acting as Christopher McCandless in this film, Emile Hirsch has to date not been able to bag any other meaty role although he has appeared in The Motel Life and Prince Avalanche. However, anybody who remembers Into the Wild will definitely agree that Hirsch deserves more.

5. Christine Adams

London-born Christine Adams is a film and television actress. Since the beginning of the 2000s, she has acted in a number of British and American television series and films. Her career includes movies like Eye of the Dolphin, Batman Begins, Submerged, Tron: Legacy, Willows, and more, which received mixed reviews and brought her average amounts of recognition, though there’s no question about her acting skills. She also has had a lot of television series in her kitty including Doctor Who, My Family, Casualty, and Love Soup, amongst others as well as the unsuccessful Americana.


6. Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy is an occasional face in action blockbusters, but nevertheless he is much loved in Inception as Robert Fischer and in the Batman series as Dr. Jonathan Crane. If you have seen his movies you will surely agree that behind his strange blue eyes is concealed some real acting skill. In the film Sunshine, which unfortunately went unnoticed, Murphy perfectly played the role of the scared, yet responsible scientist.

 Above is a list of celebrities who were excellent in their performances but were not able to get the fame they deserved over an extended period of time.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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