Actors due for a comeback

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Even the best actors and actresses have down periods.

Whether the reason is a burnout, a break or a drug-fueled nervous breakdown, some actors just need some time out of the limelight.

From the honorable professionals to the hot messes, we review some actors who need a comeback, and rate

their chances.

Lindsay Lohan

There was a time when Lindsay Lohan was Hollywood’s “It” girl.

She was known for being in the classic, “The Parent Trap,” and the hilarious “Mean Girls.”

She was cute, funny, talented and charming.

She had it all going for her.

These days she’s known for mainly being a hot mess, being dropped from multiple projects, keeping the tabloids in business and making occasional visits to her second

home – prison.

Does she still have talent? Maybe. Will anyone work with her? Probably not. She’s as toxic as Chernobyl, and is generally considered to be nothing but

tabloid fodder.

Chances: Low Cuba Gooding Jr.

It’s rare that an Oscar winner faces a decline so steep that they intentionally take crappy roles just for a paycheck.

Just to give you an idea of how bad it is for Gooding Jr., he went from winning an Oscar in “Jerry Maguire” to “Daddy Day Camp.” Yes that “Daddy Day Camp.” Now, he’s stuck to doing straight to DVD films.

Although Gooding has undoubtedly fallen off the plateau of popularity, he has the talent and pedigree to make his star shine once again.

Chances: High Charlie Sheen

There was a time when Sheen was on top of the world.

He was the highest paid actor on television, making $2 million an episode from his role as Charlie Harper in televisions’ highest rated

sitcom, “Two and a Half Men.”

However, that all changed when Sheen decided that he would rather do cocaine in hotel rooms rather than go

to work.

It’s hard to feel bad for Sheen because even after all this, he still was offered his job back.

Still, he decided to become a national joke rather

than be a professional.

Furthermore, Ashton Kutcher has not fared well as a replacement on “Two and a Half Men, and the ratings are dropping alarmingly fast.

Sheen has pitched a new sitcom, “Anger Management,” which is based on the movie. So, his comeback to television is pretty much assured. However, it is unlikely that he will ever reach the same level of success that he did on “Two and a Half Men.”

Chances: High Carrie Ann Moss

Don’t Hollywood screenwriters usually throw scripts at

unbelievably hot women?

Of course they do. They don’t even usually have to have any actual talent (I’m looking at you, Megan Fox).

Therefore, you’d think a beautiful woman with actual talent would be able to find work.

However, Moss hasn’t been relevant since her starring role in the “Matrix” Trilogy, except for roles in independent films.

We need to see a kick-butt female whose name isn’t

Angelina Jolie.

Though Moss is gorgeous, she still does have a recognizable name, Hollywood is oversaturated with hotter, younger women (Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, etc.), leaving little job prospects for women like Moss.

Chance: Medium Elijah Wood

Wood has definitely cooled off since the mammoth “Lord of the Rings” finale.

He’s stayed out of the limelight, mainly doing small-budget independent films, and doing voice-overs in

animated movies.

Although he’s not been in the media as much, it’s been mostly by choice, after being burnt out by the

“Lord of the Rings,” franchise.

Wood broke through on television this year with the successful, though bizarre, “Wilfred.”

The show did well enough on FX to be renewed for a

second season.

However, his true return to fame will surely come as he reprises his role as Frodo Baggins in the “LOTR” prequel, “The Hobbit.”

Due to the success of “LOTR,” “The Hobbit” is pretty much a lock to gross over $800 million, guaranteeing Wood a return to prominence.

Chance: It’s Practically Guaranteed.

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