Originally Posted by daryl zero
Pacino, DeNiro, and Nicholson are all pretty smart guys and yet are doing this. Must be the money.
More like the quality of roles available. Actors, especially female actors, as they age become faced with the lack of quality roles being offered and keeping their name and face out there. Becoming involved in a "mediocre" project becomes necessary in Hollywood so people (producers/directors) know you're still around. Even large names like Pacino. And back in, say the late 70's or early 80's even, series films were not as popular. So when an opportunity like Iron Man or Pirates of the Caribbean come along that have a virtual built in three-qual platform actors jump on it because they likely won't get the opportunity again.
Of course there is a trade off in this, I believe, because instead of an actor exercising his/her craft and demonstrating the ability to play a range of characters, they "lose it" so to speak, no differently than an athlete that stops playing. The industry has kind of caused this IMO.