Last year Liam Hemsworth landed a top spot on our 25 Crushable Guys under 25 list. This year he didn’t even rank. And as a rabid celebrity enthusiast, you’re probably wondering what happened there. How did a man with so much potential and promise fall so fast and so far on a list that the industry calls “the only list that matters.” Which industry you may ask, that’s neither here nor there right now. This article’s devoted to Liam Hemsworth and not to the industry that’s currently showering us with accolades, trophies and assorted pastries.
When we awarded Liam Hemsworth spot #3 last year, we believed him to be on the cusp of making it big. Not only did he have The Hunger Games coming up, but he also had THREE other movies: Love and Honor, Paranoia and Empire State. With his wonderfully attractive Australian accent and his even more wonderfully attractive face, we assumed that all three of those movies would go on to become a Blockbuster hit. However none of them went on to be a hit, or even a flop. They all bombed. Love and Honor got a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, Paranoia got a 4% on Rotten Tomatoes and tragically Empire State got a no percent because it went straight to DVD. STRAIGHT TO DVD! That’s the equivalent of Crushable getting turned into a Xanga overnight. Which, for those of you who might have just time traveled here from 2003, is really bad. Sure he has Cut Bank lined up for 2014, but he’s the biggest star in that movie, so do with that information what you want.
And yes, he has Catching Fire and the Mockingjays coming out, but the fact that he can’t carry a movie alone is a problem. Just look at Jennifer Lawrence. She’s a multi-tasking miracle so it’s probably not fair to compare. But in between The Hunger Games
and Catching Fire, she won an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, acted in American Hustle and started filming X-Men: Days of Future Past. While the success of American Hustle is still up in the air, it’s already getting lots of Oscar buzz. And X-Men is pretty much a guaranteed hit.
Or, to push acting analysis even closer to home, look at Josh Hutcherson. While his downtime in between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire isn’t anywhere near as full as Jen’s, he’s still earned A-List status by being an all-around awesome guy. I know that “all-around awesome” is a tad (okay, a lot) subjective, but he really does seem to be a quality celeb. He’s not only actively involved with Straight But Not Narrow, but he’s also come out on the record as saying that his sexuality isn’t a big deal. Which, in itself is a big deal. Every celebrity has the choice to make a difference in the world and Josh Hutcherson is taking advantage of that and making it happen.
Liam Hemsworth on the other hand hasn’t used his new powers for good. He’s instead spent the year getting engaged and then un-engaged to Miley Cyrus. While I do think she was a completely different person when they met, it does make you do a double take when you think about how long they were together. It’s hard to imagine that he’s as normal as he comes off in interviews when you see how abnormally Miley behaves. Sure he broke up with her for a reason, but I think their relationship most definitely hurt his career. Part of being a movie star is being able to act, the other part is knowing how to play the game. I’m sad to say that Liam Hemsworth doesn’t seem to be all that great at either.
That won’t stop me from crushing on him or thinking of him exclusively as Gale after Catching Fire premieres in a few weeks. It just means that he doesn’t get a spot on the list this year.