When Adrien Brody gave Halle Berry that infamous kiss onstage at the 2002 Academy Awards, he may have caught her Oscar curse. Since then the surprise lead-actor winner for "The Pianist" has failed to find the right role to contend again, just as Berry went from her landmark 2001 lead actress win for "Monster's Ball" to taking home a Razzie as "Catwoman."
Now comes word that Brody has signed on for the lead role in the reboot of the sci-fi flick "Predator." This remake of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle is to be produced by Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City") and helmed by Nimrod Antal ("Control"). Brody is to play the leader of a gang of mercenaries who face off against aliens in "Predators." As Variety reports, "Brody and his Paradigm reps lobbied hard for the role."
Though this action franchise may boost Brody's box-office appeal, it is unlikely to return him to major awards competition. Although Sigourney Weaver landed a 1986 lead actress Oscar nod for her work as the ripped Ripley in "Aliens," fighting ferocious creatures doesn't usually get the attention of the academy (unless you count the battle between the Burtons in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?").
Since becoming the youngest lead actor winner at age 29, Brody has headlined a series of serious films that have fared less than well with the critics. As per the review roundups at MetaCritic, Brody's body of work includes leading roles in The Jacket" (a score of 44 out of 100 for the film), "Hollywoodland" (62), "The Darjeeling Limited" (67), "Cadillac Records" (65) and "The Brothers Bloom" (55).
Only with his appearance in another big budget remake, "King Kong" (81), has Brody come close to matching the critical success of "The Pianist" (85). But even with Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings") at the helm, that 2005 version of the 1933 classic contended for only four technical Oscars, winning for sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.
Correction: An earlier version of this item credited producer Robert Rodriguez rather than Nimrod Antal as the director of "Predators."
Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Predator." Credit: 20th Century Fox