10 B-List Actors Who Should Be A-Listers

The Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle I Don’t Know How She Does It, in which Ms. Jessica Parker plays a woman has both children and a career OMG HOW DOES SHE DO IT, is out this week on DVD, giving you another opportunity to not see it. But the most confusing aspect of IDKHSDI (besides the fact that it exists) is its supporting cast, which is just full of people we like: Christina Hendricks, Seth Meyers, Jane Curtin, Busy Phillips, Kelsey Grammer, Greg Kinnear… and Pierce Brosnan. Wait, what? What’s Pierce Brosnan doing filling a supporting role in a warmed-over Sex in the City retread? He was JAMES FRICKING BOND, for God’s sake.

Brosnan is but one of many actors who either used to be A-list or should be, yet have inexplicably fallen to B-list status. Sometimes it’s voluntary; some actors choose to concentrate on smaller, supporting roles, or to focus on stage work and the like. But more often than not, a couple of unfortunate moves can create a narrative as to what kind of an actor someone is — what they can do, both qualitatively and financially — and that becomes the common wisdom. It’s a crap shoot. After the jump, we’ll take a look at ten actors who aren’t getting the kind of work they deserve.

Pierce Brosnan

Not to beat a dead horse here, but seriously: from 007 to I Don’t Know How She Does It? More importantly, there’s more to Brosnan than Bond; his Thomas Crown Affair remake, sandwiched in the middle of his four Bond efforts, was a thoroughly entertaining caper picture, while his post-007 filmography has included some really first-rate work. The Matador, for example, was a criminally undervalued comedy with a disarming poignant streak, and his proto-Blair turn in The Ghost Writer was complicated and fascinating. His leading work these days is mostly concentrated on the indie market (its gain), but surely Hollywood can come up with better ways to utilize the suave Irishman than Mamma Mia and Remember Me.