The Magnificent Comeback of Jackie Earle Haley


Hollywood history is loaded with a bunch of comeback stories, tales of actors who reached the height of fame only to fade away and then recapture the spotlight again in one more burst of glory. None is more endearing to me than the recent success of Jackie Earle Haley. Today, I read on Ain't It Cool News that Haley will likely play the role of Sinestro (the eventual super-baddie) in the big screen version of DC Entertainment's eagerly awaited superhero franchise Green Lantern.

I think it's great casting, another terrific role in a string of fantastic performances by the versatile character actor. Haley made a splash as a kid in the 1970s with the popular Bad News Bears movies and a number of cult-favorite features including Damnation Alley, Breaking Away, and Losin' It in 1983. Then, he disappeared. Of course, actors don't really disappear. He kept working but was pretty much forgotten by the mainstream. Then he captured people's attention again with a stellar performance in Little Children which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

He's been going full steam ahead since then, playing Rorschach in Watchmen, Freddy Krueger in the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Guerrero in the new television series Human Target. He also has a role in Martin Scorsese's new thriller Shutter Island.

The guy is an inspiration. I can't wait to see what character he brings to life next.

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