Whatever happened to Leelee Sobieski's career?

Leelee_lI like to think I’m a relatively astute entertainment junkie. I try and pay attention to "the haps" in the showbiz world. (After all, that’s what they pay me for.)

So how did I miss Leelee Sobieski’s career downward spiral to second billing in an Uwe Boll flick? That’s right, she’s in this weekend’s In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (pictured), which will — if it follows suit with every other Boll movie — be on the short list for worst film of the year.

There was a time when she held promise, when she was working with directors like Stanley Kubrick (in Eyes Wide Shut) and James Ivory (in A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries) and sharing the screen with actors like Catherine Deneuve, Peter O’Toole, and Donald Sutherland. Hell, she was in the good Joan of Arc project (okay, her TV miniseries wasn’t great, but it was better than The Messenger).

What happened? Who knows. She’s a pretty girl, for sure, and she’sgot talent, even though that’s not necessarily a requirement. Herchoices weren’t any worse than anyone else’s — who knew that a NeilLaBute movie could end up as bad as The Wicker Man did? A few smaller movies went straight to DVD, others never got the indie bump they were hoping for.

You’d never think this could be a problem in Hollywood, but maybethere were just one too many slightly frosty-looking blondes roamingaround, with Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, even Claire Danes all faringbetter.

What do you think? Why wasn’t she a bigger star… and how did her career come to crappy sword-and-sorcery flicks?

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  • Stephanie T.

    It went down once she agreed to do The Wicker Man. That movie is so bad, it’s funny. It is even funnier on HBO Latino!

  • Jared

    On Leelee:
    Evan Rachel Wood happened. I can never tell them apart without a conscious effort to separate them. Am I alone on this?
    While we’re on the subject of this movie, how about asking the same question of Ray Liotta, Burt Reynolds, John Rhys-Davies, Ron Perlman and yes, even Statham. Is this like the largest number of respectable actors slumming it down?

  • LuuLuu

    This hoe is homely and semi-talented. Um, yeah, her work in ‘Joy Ride’ and ‘The Glass House’ really blew me away. She is esentially the poor man’s Helen Hunt. She needs press of any kind to get a decent role, even if that means getting DUI or getting pregnant.

  • hghg

    I saw her in very nice movie called ‘Heavens Fall’ and “Walk All Over Me’ isn’t bad either…..
    Cheers

  • Jane

    “The Elder Son” is quite wicked little movie.

  • T-Rex

    First ask yourself what happened to Helen Hunt. Hunt’s the only reason LeeLee ever got work. Once Hunt’s career dried up, Leelee was cooked.

  • bill

    prob got paid 1,000,000.00
    would you do a boll film for that?
    who wouldnt really?
    Leelee is hot and talented.
    15 year olds will love the film relax. smoke a joint and give her an opening week end if you are so concerned

  • leeleefan

    Leelee Sobieski can bounce back from anything because she is the most talented young actress out there. There is something about her eyes that captivates.

  • leeleefan

    Leelee Sobieski can bounce back from anything because she is the most talented young actress out there. There is something about her eyes that captivates.

  • TL

    She read a poem on the Tonight Show is what happened.

  • Nix

    John Rhys-Davies does anything. It’s how he runs his career. Do any script they’ll pay you for, don’t be the one to argue about quality.
    Luuluu is on to something, though on the flipside: maybe she doesn’t want a big famous career? At least not right now? The price of celebrity being way too high for all but the insane or the stupid these days.

  • jojo

    Because we don’t even want the Helen Hunt we’ve got, let alone a young monotone version.

  • jojo

    Because we don’t even want the Helen Hunt we’ve got, let alone a young monotone version.

  • Adrian

    I always thought she would make the perfect Esther Greenwood/Sylvia Plath in a film adaption of THE BELL JAR. Shame that one is already in the works with Julia Stiles (blech) in the role.

  • Toonces

    She made a bunch of movies in 2001 that tanked; her moment as the new rising It Girl after her turn as Joan of Arc largely faded by 2002 after it became apparent that she was not much of a box office draw. Even one of the few Leelee sites at the time (the “iconophile” site) more or less declared her a box office corpse.

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