Whether due to misbehavior, poor choices, or general overexposure, actors can sometimes fall out of favor with movie-going audiences. But that doesn’t mean we hate them; we just need a little break. When it’s time to return, a badass comeback is in order, and these are some of the best.
10. Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
This Hollywood heartthrob disappeared into a world of drugs, boxing, and bad plastic surgery for far too long. He returned to us tougher, weirder, and far more badass.
9. Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man
Iron Man not only introduced the world to an ever-growing cinematic Marvel universe, it also returned Robert Downey Jr. to the spotlight, cleaned up and more vibrant than ever.
8. John Travolta – Pulp Fiction
We can thank Quentin Tarantino for Travolta’s big comeback. It remains unclear who we’ll be thanking for his next one. Whoever it is better show up soon.