The star-making turn in the Oscar-winning film played to his considerable strengths. But his subsequent choices have often revealed the challenges character actors face trying to be movie stars
That acclaimed 1989 film has cast a long shadow across the rest of the actor-director's career. Did he betray his early promise? Or do we expect too much from boy wonders?
In era-defining films like ‘Heathers’ and ‘Pump Up the Volume,’ he represented rebellious, youthful disillusionment. But his offscreen behavior complicated fans’ feelings about his devilish performances