What The Hell Happened To ... Cuba Gooding Jr.?
Show him the money.
A Brief Return to Drama
Following the back-to-back disappointments of Judgment Night and Lightning Jack, Cuba Gooding Jr. returned to his strength: dramatic roles. Director Wolfgang Petersen, who'd met Gooding in an elevator at the premiere of Boyz N the Hood, cast him in the sci-fi thriller Outbreak; the film opened at the height of Ebola-mania and became a modest success.
The very next week, he turned in a supporting role in the drama Losing Isaiah, although critics were underwhelmed. Luckily for Gooding's career Tomatometer, his next project, HBO's The Tuskegee Airmen, proved successful; the moving story of the famed all-black fighter squadron won one Emmy and parlayed its initial cable TV debut into a limited theatrical release. At 83 percent, it was also his first fresh film since A Few Good Men.
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