TV - Movies
Why Hollywood
Won't Cast
Hilary Swank
By age 30 Hilary Swank had already won two Oscars for “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby” and faced considerable backlash for her second as there was a growing feeling that she was excessively rewarded. Her early Oscar success, however, meant there was nowhere else to go but down.
Oscar Gold
The strange thing about Swank's two Oscar wins is that they were both lightning-in-a-bottle moments in her career. The problem is, outside of those two movies, she never really did anything that warranted that level of acclaim, and as a result, Swank became a difficult actress to place in Hollywood.
Lightning in A Bottle
One of the roughest patches in her career came in 2009 when she starred in the Amelia Earhart biopic “Amelia,” which was in every sense of the word a disaster. Reviews were terrible, earning a 20 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, and box office returns were even worse.
In 2011, Hilary Swank traveled to Chechnya to attend controversial leader Ramzan Kadyrov's birthday celebration. The visit was problematic for Swank on account of the stark contrast between the strong advocacy of social issues in many of her films and Kadyrov's alleged civil rights violations.
There's more to life than red carpets and million-dollar movies and Swank has spent the last few years checking off her bucket list. According to the Independent, Swank has been “visiting and working in orphanages in India, helping to set up schools in Ethiopia and launching her own charity, called Hilaroo.”
Bucket List