10 Actors Who Would Benefit from Being in ‘True Detective’

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Underrated Stars Who Need 'True Detective'
Underrated Stars Who Need 'True Detective'
HBO
After spending seven episodes tracking down the Yellow King in 'True Detective', Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's stars have never shone brighter. HBO's latest sensation has not only given its two stars a huge boost in popularity, it has also provided a showcase for their acting skills. Here are 10 actors that could benefit from appearing in a future season of the show.
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Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
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The 'Friends' star has had trouble launching a serious acting career since the classic sitcom ended all those years ago, but she’s shown some serious potential in films like the indie dramedy 'The Good Girl.' We’d love to see what the actress could do with the caliber of writing seen in 'True Detective.'
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Jack Black
Jack Black
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Did everyone see 'Bernie?' Jack Black almost singlehandedly lifted the Richard Linklater film to the stratosphere with an Oscar worthy performance. The comedian is just oozing with untapped dramatic talent. Jack Black in on the cusp of having a breakout year, and soon enough, we'll all be bragging that we were the first to notice how good Jack Black really is.
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Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
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You might have thought Chris Tucker just ceased to exist after filming 'Rush Hour 3,' but anyone that watched 'Silver Linings Playbook' will tell you that not only is the 'Friday' star alive and well, he was actually surprisingly good in a film stuffed with Oscar contenders. Maybe it’s time Chris Tucker found a bigger claim to fame than a trio of Brett Ratner movies.
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Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen
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Yeah, yeah, we know. He "ruined" 'Star Wars'... But we'd make the case that George Lucas should get the brunt of the blame for Anakin Skywalker's mopey reimagining. The truth is, all of the actors in the prequels suffered in underwritten roles, and Hayden is just an easy target. Outside of 'Star Wars,' Christensen has proven to be a decent actor, and could do justice to 'True Detective.'
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Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
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Diaz has been languishing in dumb comedies for a while, but the actress has the potential to really be great. She proved to be one of the best and most provocative parts of 'The Counselor' and a role in 'True Detective' would continue to showcase her talents.
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Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
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Ryan Reynolds is a perennial B-lister that seems permanently poised to move into the Hollywood big leagues, but so far it has proven to be a leap too far. Reynolds has gone from appearing in disappointing Blockbusters to disappointing independent films, but the actor is usually the best part of his failed films. He’s put in impressive dramatic work in films like 'Buried' and 'Adventureland,' he just needs the right sort of role to catapult his career.
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Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser
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Fraser is the de-facto Indiana Jones to a generation of kids thanks to the 'Mummy' franchise, so it would be interesting to see what the actor could do in a role in 'True Detective.' Anything would be better than making 'The Mummy 4.'
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Halle Berry
Halle Berry
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Sure, Berry won an Oscar for 'Monsters Ball,' but that moment at the peak of Hollywood glory already feels like a lifetime ago. Berry’s career has been on a steady decline ever since, and a comeback is certainly in order. Since TV has become the promised land for languishing movie stars, 'True Detective' could really turn her career around.
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Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
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Butler has made a career out of playing hulking, no-nonsense action stars. The actor brings such a fierce intensity to all of his roles, we could easily see him among the ranks of angry men that inhabit the world of Nic Pizzolatto's 'True Detective.'
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Zac Efron
Zac Efron
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Efron is way more than just a pretty face. The actor has barrels full of charm and potential, but shedding his Disney star persona has proved difficult. What better way to prove he’s bigger than 'High School Musical' than a role in HBO’s moody detective drama?

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