It's hard to sit in the middle of your career and discuss what the best decisions you ever made were. This kind of self-reflection is best suited for the very end, when you're looking back, thinking about your life and how each decision may have altered it. Yet, people don't necessarily want to read about the stars of yesteryear. We want to know about the household names of today. What are their regrets? What are they grateful for? Well, it's the latter that we're looking at today, and their answers can be hard to come by. Working actors don't want to necessarily say that one role or one decision is better than all the others. Most actors, whether they're contractually bound or not, wish to speak kindly about all their roles. Even still, there are always some actors who don't mind being honest about their decisions. For some, it's not hard to see what decisions had the positive impacts on their careers.
Whether it's choosing to do a role that isn't necessarily a guaranteed success, taking an opportunity to try something they had never done before, or simply making a life decision that greatly benefitted their careers, the choices on this list made these stars very successful, very rich or both. For many of the actors on this list, their careers weren't necessarily going the way they had hoped and one decision changed it all. Some of these decisions were easy to make, but that shouldn't alter how we view them. After all, many actors have gone against the grain with seemingly easy decisions before, so we shouldn't take anything for granted. So let's check it out: 15 stars confess the best decisions of their careers.
15 John Travolta – Pulp Fiction
14 Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
13 Jon Favreau – Casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
12 Jack Nicolson – Batman
11 Dennis Hopper – Blue Velvet
10 Matthew McConaughey – Time Off and The Lincoln Lawyer
9 Liam Neeson – Taken
8 Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump
7 Ben Affleck – Switch to Directing
6 Neil Patrick Harris – Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
5 Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
4 Chris Evans – Captain America
3 Kaley Cuoco – Boob Job
2 Milly Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
1 Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
When Peter Dinklage was first asked to take on the part of Tyrion in Game of Thrones, he was hesitant. He was hesitant because of how the fantasy genre typically portrays dwarves. He was told this wouldn’t be the case, so he investigated the opportunity further. It's largely because of these morals and his steadfast feelings about playing the typical "dwarf" characters on film and TV that Dinklage was sought out in the first place. His decision to stay true to himself has led him to become one of the most celebrated actors on television today. "I feel really lucky, although I hate that word — 'lucky,'" Dinklage said. "It cheapens a lot of hard work. ... I don't think I felt myself lucky back then, doing plays for $50 and trying to be true to myself as an artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun… I won't say I'm lucky," he said, "I'm fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me."
Sources: Cinemablend; IMDB; NYDailynews.com
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