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10 Most Typecast Actors in Hollywood

Some actors are admired and respected for their ability to portray wildly different type of characters in a compelling and realistic manner. On the other end of the spectrum, there are many actors who seem to play the same variation of a character over and over again and have essentially become associated with it for better and for worse.

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newn4gguy3502d ago

Adam Sandler in Reign Over Me.
Jason Statham in Snatch.

I'm sorry...but this is bad journalism.

Castor3502d ago

So what they had one or two "different" roles out of the dozens on their resume and they are not typecast?

Cat3502d ago

They can break out (Carrey in Eternal Sunshine is mentioned below), but when it comes down to it when casting has those roles in mind they are abbreviating the character description to "The Adam Sandler", or similar.

darklordzor3502d ago

True, and overall Sandler does stick to that one type of role, but a few people on here don't. Jim Carrey hasn't really played a role like that in a very long time. He's broken out of that type-casting in several instances. It's been many years, and many movies since he's played a role as such.

newn4gguy3502d ago

This guy was saying neither of them had the talent to break out though.

luke12345673502d ago

Gotta agree with "Newn4gguy" - well, to a degree.

However, for me this list has NO credibility if it does not include Danny Trejo...the man has made a living out of type-casting.

Think on next time.

Castor3502d ago

Danny Trejo, great pick!

darklordzor3502d ago (Edited 3502d ago )

Yes, Danny Trejo would be an excellent addition to the typecast list...Also surprised there's no Rob Schnieder on here.

For that matter, why no Jack Black?

darklordzor3502d ago

Jim Carrey - The Truman Show, 23, The Majestic, Eternal Sunshine...have we not seen any of those?

Nic Cage - Matchstick Men, Adaptation, The Weather Man, World Trade Center...any of those ring any bells?

Sure there are some actors on this list that have been typecast (Michael Cera for sure), but on the whole I don't think this was thought out all the way. Sure some of them have appeared in a few similar roles, but there is plenty of diversity in their portfolio.

artrexler3502d ago

The majority of these actors like doing the roles they do. That's why they do them. I think Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler, although very comical in their films, have done some really great work in more serious roles (Reign Over Me, Eternal Sunshine). They are great actors who just prefer to make people laugh and are good at it.

I think Michael Cera even grew as an actor in "Scott Pilgrim." He actually showed some range in his acting. Before I thought he never really showed any real emotion. But he definitely has a long way to go. We were introduced to Zooey in "Almost Famous" and she was great. She didn't have a big role but now I appreciate it even more after seeing her more recent movies.

Cat3502d ago

Have to agree, guess it comes down to whether or not you like the role. I can't stand the Nick Cage types, so that's never any good for me, and while Jim Carrey's brand of comedy doesn't do anything for me I loved him in Eternal Sunshine.

But yeah, when you're making a movie and you think, "We need someone to do the Michael Cera/Zooey Deschanel thing", who else would you get but Cera or Deschanel? (yes, I love Zooey Deschanel)

darklordzor3502d ago

Scott Pilgrim was a very great film and Michael Cera was perfect for that role. You're right though, he did step out a little and showed some very good acting chops in that film. I think Youth in Revolt showed quite a bit of it as well.