The Breakout Role Podcast
Tom Hanks - Mazes and Monsters

Tom Hanks - Mazes and Monsters

May 24, 2020

The Breakout Role Podcast returns!

Join Luke and Jess as they look at the first lead role of Tom Hanks in the D&D moral panic parable, Mazes and Monsters! Why does a tabletop RPG cause young Tom to lose his mind? Why didn't we watch Bosom Buddies instead? The answers to these questions and more can be found in #TomHanksBreakout!

Winona Ryder - Beetlejuice

Winona Ryder - Beetlejuice

November 11, 2019

In the latest episode of the Breakout Role Podcast, Luke and Jess are joined by their first ever guest star, Luke's girlfriend Grace Tiernan, to watch Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, and have a good chat about young Winona Ryder's #WinonaRyderBreakout.

During a long career in Hollywood, Winona Ryder has braved bullying, media scrutiny, Hollywood hypocrisy and more, and come through a difficult period in her career to find acclaim on Netflix's Stranger Things. As a teenager, Winona was thrust into the spotlight playing goth girl Lydia in Burton's ghoulish comedy. But was Beetlejuice a breakout or a fakeout for Winona? Listen in as Luke, Jess and Grace find out!

Featuring episode artwork by the artist @aaaacidwitch on Instagram

 

Salma Hayek - Desperado

Salma Hayek - Desperado

October 20, 2019

In the latest episode of the Breakout Role Podcast, Luke and Jess watch Robert Rodriguez' follow-up to El Mariachi, Desperado, featuring the first starring role in Hollywood for Salma Hayek! #SalmaHayekBreakout

In her time in America, Salma Hayek has overcome stereotypes and stood up to sexism in the industry. From her turn in Desperado onwards, her chemistry with other actors and her ability to bring characters alive stood out. Was this a breakout or a fakeout for Salma? Listen in as Luke and Jess find out!

 

Episode artwork by Sweet Acid Witch (@aaaacidwitch on Instragram)

Intro Music '8 Ounces of Bounce' by SLVS 

Nicole Kidman - BMX Bandits

Nicole Kidman - BMX Bandits

August 25, 2019

In the latest episode of the Breakout Role Podcast, Luke and Jess watch 1983's BMX Bandits, the first starring role of Nicole Kidman! #NicoleKidmanBreakout

 

Just 16 at the time this extended bicycle advert was made, Nicole vies for screentime against the stilted comedic stylings of the BMX Bandits, Goose and PJ. Was this a breakout or a fakeout for Nicole Kidman? Listen in and find out!

Nicolas Cage - Valley Girl

Nicolas Cage - Valley Girl

July 19, 2019

Introducing...The Breakout Role Podcast!

Cinema-mad siblings Jess and Luke play judge, jury and executioner as they look back at the breakout, first leading roles of Hollywood Icons. From stunning debuts to the secrets actors thought long since buried, they decide were these first stabs at stardom worthy of a breakout, or were they more of a fakeout?

In the first official episode of The Breakout Role Podcast, it's #NicCageBreakout, taking in Nicolas Cage's debut in the 1983 teen romcom, Valley Girl!