While Jackie Earle Haley's first stint in Hollywood wasn't followed by a crazy, tumultuous life of drugs and tabloids, it wasn't particularly shnazzy either. There's not much that can humble a star more than following fame in The Bad News Bears and one of my most-watched films of the 80's, Breaking Away, with stints that included pizza delivery. I'm sure he didn't think he'd make his way back to Hollywood and get an Oscar nomination almost straight-away. Last September, Scott suspected that we'd be seeing a lot more of Mr. Haley, and that definitely seems to be the case.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he is continuing his impressive return with 3 more, quite varied, features. First, he gets a bit of his sporting past with Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro, the basketball comedy that also stars Maura Tierney, Woody Harrelson and André Benjamin. In the film, he'll be a fan and winner of a basketball-throwing contest. He's topping that role with a part as an abusive husband/angry father in the big-named ensemble piece Winged Creatures with Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Forest Whitaker and Guy Pearce. Then, to continue to change things up, Haley will take a spot in the Buddy Bolden biopic, Bolden!, where he will play a corrupt judge involved in brothels and harsh Battles Royale.

While all of this official word slides in, there are also rumors floating around that he might take a role in the upcoming Zack Snyder film, Watchmen. That's right, it seems that the buzz right now names both Haley and Simon Pegg as possible actors to take on the role of Rorschach -- who happens to be the main character. If the Bad News alum nabs this as well, I have a feeling he won't ever be delivering pizzas again.
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