Maxwell Caulfield could also be a cult legend for his function in “Empire Records,” however his throngs of followers on social media got here after he fought by way of heartbreak in his early profession.

The 61-year-old actor recalled to Page Six what it was prefer to be arrange for stardom at an early age when he was solid within the result in the sequel to “Grease” — solely to briefly sink into oblivion when the film tanked.

“It was, psychologically, quite a kick in the pants,” he mentioned.

The bitter style of watching 1982’s “Grease 2” fail was made even worse by seeing his co-star, a then-little-known actress named Michelle Pfeiffer, head on to stardom, he mentioned.


“And of course, Michelle rose like a Phoenix, right? Did ‘Scarface,’ and that so that made it even, frankly, a little harder to swallow,” he recalled.

Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in ‘Grease 2.’

Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in ‘Grease 2.’
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“But you know, listen, every actor has his and her own path. She has gone on to multiple Oscar nominations and the rest of it … She delivers and she defines Hollywood beauty…You can’t begrudge them their success. But as I said, simultaneously, it makes it that much tougher to see, that you’ve been benched. And it took a long wait time to come back.”

Caulfield says that “I really couldn’t get arrested for about a year” however slowly started to rebuild his profession by way of television motion pictures, a task on the “Dynasty” spinoff, “The Colbys,” which ran from 1986 to 1987.

Eventually, he would discover a measure of the success he was searching for along with his function as growing older music idol Rex Manning in 1995’s “Empire Records.”

The film has develop into such a cult hit that each April 8 an unofficial Rex Manning Day is noticed by throngs of followers on Twitter.

The celebration of the movie causes Caulfield equal quantities of bewilderment and bemusement.

Maxwell Caulfield in publicity portrait for the film 'Grease 2', 1982. 

Maxwell Caulfield in publicity portrait for the movie ‘Grease 2’, 1982. 
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“It goes mental,” he mentioned. “I literally have to put out like a statement because I can’t possibly respond to the sort of floodgates that open. My Twitter account normally is just sort of dormant and then suddenly it goes bonkers. And I want to like everything everybody says. So what I tend to do is I put something out that’s meant to appease the masses.”

Most not too long ago, the actor shot an episode of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” and is hoping that the prolific producer “gets around to telling the Jeffery Epstein story (and) he considers me (for) Prince Andrew.”

He says he met the now notorious royal at a reception in Los Angeles and explains that earlier than the occasion he had seen the Prince on the native information doing a tour of the Warner Brothers movie studio and “doing what royals do, you know, sort of looking and asking questions and sort of smiling and pointing.”

When they met, Caulfield admits that he might have been a “little crass” by commenting to Andrew: “You did a wonderful job of feigning interest at Warner Brothers. He said, ‘We don’t.’ And that was the end of my conversation with that.”