A young Hollywood cribsheet
With so many pledges keen to join Hollywood’s version of the Greek system, you can’t size up all the BMOCs without a crib sheet. Yet if we surveyed every hopeful, you’d finish reading this next semester. Herein, an abridged guide to rushees with an inside shot at brotherhood.
Started in ’83 with Risky Business and grinned his way to the $25 million club. New Kubrick flick shows artistic integrity.
Alongside whippersnappers Damon and DiCaprio, could seem so 1994. But an attractive and still potent 1994.
He doesn’t have a prefab megahit this summer, but he’ll no doubt lasso a Will-ing audience with 1999’s Wild, Wild West.
Lacks opening-weekend clout, but great turns like his Donnie Brasco agent bring him enormous casting cachet.
The new guard
Has it all: looks, talent, East Coast smarts. Globally seen Oscar writing win positions him as future overseas demigod.
The second half of 1998’s high-profile ”Who’s cuter?” debate. Armageddon could be gateway to universal acceptance.
An uber-heartthrob and preoccupation of Hollywood players and females under 40. Right now he can float anything.
In the wings
River’s little brother is more brooding but just as talented. Role in Nic Cage thriller 8 Millimeter may boost his measure.
His Ice Storm turn just scratched the surface. Even younger than Affleck and Damon, he’s got time on his side.
The I Know What You Did star isn’t a Hollywood secret anymore. Will his dance card be full after Studio 54?
Want pedigree for your flick? Sign this Yale grad, who shuns the limelight. Teams with Damon in gambling pic Rounders.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Still kidded for ebullient Oscar speech, but skills are undeniable. Stars in Instinct as Anthony Hopkins’ psychiatrist.
Picture Perfect gave him leading-man chops. Now Jerry Maguire‘s sharky agent gives voice to Paulie‘s talking parrot.
May be sharpest comic of the ’90s. Signed to partner (and romance Danny Glover’s daughter) in Lethal Weapon franchise.
George of the Jungle‘s body beautiful. His brawn meets Frankenstein‘s brain in Gods and Monsters.
The TV guys
Honed film (SubUrbia) and TV (Friends) resume before Spielberg tapped him for Private Ryan. Next: Mod Squad.
James Van Der Beek
Landed in Dawson’s Creek and started teen riptide. Already in the swim with summer movie Varsity Blues.
Before Sunrise and Gattaca did okay; Newton Boys bombed. Maybe Snow Falling on Cedars will be his breakout role.
Vet of Newton Boys misfire still milking Scream fame. Got role Damon considered in Ang Lee’s Ride With the Devil.