But when the comedian left
That didn't quite happen. After landing a few roles on-screen, Fallon's movie career fizzled.
In his first major post-"SNL" role, Fallon played New York cop Andrew Washburn in "Taxi," co-starring Queen Latifah and Gisele Bündchen.
He told the Los Angeles Times in 2005 that he took the role shortly after leaving the show.
"I thought if I leave and don't have a movie, I won't have anything to motivate me," he said. "I still think the idea of Queen Latifah and me chasing those women as they rob banks is pretty funny. Even if the movie didn't do so well."
The film, released in October 2004, grossed $36,611,066, according to Rentrak.
In "Fever Pitch," based on a book by
Fallon even dabbled in animated films. In 2006, he was the voice behind Dylan in "Doogal," which follows a mutt on a mission to save the world. The G-rated movie, also voiced by
"Factory Girl," a 2006 drama about the rise and fall of New York socialite Edie Sedgwick, was also not as well received. Fallon plays a promoter in the movie, which starred Sienna Miller as Sedgwick. The film, which a Times review said "disappoints as both biography and drama," grossed only $1,675,241.
Fallon returned to television with his
During his time as host, he also appeared in the box office disappointments