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Skills To Pay The Bills: Ten Middle-Aged Stars Who Launched Fresh Action Careers
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Liam Neeson’s career was hardly on the skids before Taken, but he’d largely settled into wise old mentor roles. In 2008, however, he was reborn as Bryan Mills, battering his way to huge box office and a new career as Action Dad. It was a surprise result for a movie that Neeson was confident would go straight to video. Others have followed the path – John Travolta in From Paris With Love; Kevin Costner in 3 Days To Kill; Nicolas Cage in mostly everything – but other fading A-listers who tried their hand at action have not been so lucky. For every breakout late-life action star, there’s another plodding away on low budget, straight-to-video shoot-‘em-ups. Here are ten cases in point.

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CUBA GOODING JR.

Who's he? Oscar-winning co-star of Jerry Maguire
Below-the-radar outing: The Hit List (2011)
Director: William Kaufman
Co-stars: Cole Hauser, Jonathan LaPaglia

Plot: Cuba Gooding Jr. as a hobbyist hit man who elicits a kill list from down-on-his-luck drunkard Hauser. When Hauser realises the people from his impromptu roster are actually dying, he has a fight on his hands to stop the madness.

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Hardwired (2009)
Cuba Gooding Jr. is a bereaved husband with brain-damage and a chip in his frontal cortex that constantly shows adverts until he either buys the product, or he goes insane.
Co-stars: Michael Ironside, Lance Henriksen and Val Kilmer (more from him later).

Sacrifice (2011)
Cuba Gooding Jr. is a tough undercover policeman who must protect a five-year-old girl.
Co-stars: Kim Coates and Christian Slater (more from him later).

The Devil's Tomb(2009)
Cuba Gooding Jr. is the leader of a group of elite soldiers sent in to a haunted archeological dig to rescue Ron Perlman.
Co-stars: Ray Winstone, Ron Perlman.

Wrong Turn At Tahoe (2009)
Cuba Gooding Jr. is a debt collector who gets on the wrong side of a group of drug dealers.
Co-stars: Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Keitel.

ACTION STAR BELIEVABILITY RATING 6/10
Make your own "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" joke because, frankly, it's beneath us.

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