Originally Posted by 757690
Why aren't Tony award winners movie stars?
Big difference between TV acting, Movie acting, and Theater acting.
Movies stars are just that, stars. They are all personality and looks. The TV stars you mentioned get plenty of work in movies, as character actors. They aren't leading men/women. They are more talent and less Q factor. Being a movies star is all about Q factor. Just look at Channing Tatum and Megan Fox.
(Hamm is the exception, and that's because he's not that good of a dramatic actor. He'll even admit that. He's great at Don Draper, because it's such a well written role, and he's a natural for it.)
757690 makes some good points, but really it's all about the money. Cranston is a TV star (and I do believe his clout will follow him out of the show), but most blockbusters will not take a risk on him, and certainly not pre-BB. Conversely, most movie stars aren't used to signing on for a years-long gig that is much lower paid than what they're used to. TV is a huge grind. Movies take over your life completely for a month or two twice, during filming and promotion. TV takes over your life a little less completely, but for years.
Hollywood also tends to pigeonhole actors into "TV" or "movie" actors, though that's changing with the shift to quality television. There are talented movie stars who are starting to shift to TV...Laura Linney, William H Macy, etc. Those two examples that come to me right away are, not coincidentally, theater actors as well, which means they are used to working long stretches for less money. Who else, Anna Paquin? Zooey Deschanel.
There's not really a huge difference between movie and TV acting at this point but there is between those two and theater. Theater is hands-down the most actor-driven of all of them, obviously; every night is fresh and in the actors' hands. Thus arguably the most difficult as well. Theater actors make no money though. You can get more money on a couple of days on set, for a couple of lines, than an entire run of any play except the very top small-cast Broadway shows (and even those don't pay much).