50 Most Specific Examples Of Movie Typecasting

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Vince Vaughn

The Typecasting: The smart-talking, sexually voracious, wiseass best friend of a more straight-laced co-star.

Examples: Swingers, Made, Old School, Wedding Crashers, Couples Retreat

Strangest Specific Detail: His friendly advice almost always consists of some permutation of, "get out there and get some ass".

Alec Baldwin

The Typecasting: Snarling, gravel-voiced hardass. Emphasis on the voice.

Examples: The Hunt For Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Shadow, The Aviator, The Edge

Strangest Specific Detail: Never has a man's voice cast such a long shadow over his career. And in movies, a gravely voice equates to a supreme capacity to intimidate.

Hugh Grant

The Typecasting: Fish out of water English gent, incapable of striking up a relationship with a woman without landing himself in a series of "hilarious" misadventures.

Examples: Sirens, Four Weddings And A Funeral, The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, Nine Months, Notting Hill, Mickey Blue Eyes, Love Actually

Strangest Specific Detail: The character is often willing to endure all manner of humiliations for remarkably irritating women. Andie McDowell, Jeanne Tripplehorn… we're looking at you.

Lea Thompson

The Typecasting: One half of an uncomfortably sexual '80s sci-fi relationship, usually involving somebody grossly inappropriate.

Examples:
Back To The Future, Howard The Duck

Strangest Specific Detail: Lea's a gorgeous, likeable character in both films. Why then is she paired with her on-screen son and a freakish humanoid duck? Bizarre.

Ellen Page

The Typecasting: Precocious teenager who just can't seem to fit in, possibly on account of a sarcastic streak a mile wide.

Examples: Juno, Whip It, Smart People

Strangest Specific Detail:
Despite being presented as an achingly hip representative of today's yoof, Page's characters never seem to have many mates. Too precocious, probably.

Katherine Heigl

The Typecasting: Successful career woman whose high maintenance personality thwarts her love life.

Examples: Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth, 27 Dresses, Life As We Know It

Strangest Specific Detail: None of her characters seem to have much in the way of self esteem. Odd, considering their beauty and career success.

Will Smith

The Typecasting: Non-threatening, wise-cracking law-enforcer / action hero… with attitude! Wicky wicky wa wa.

Examples:
Bad Boys, Independence Day, Wild Wild West, Men In Black, I Robot

Strangest Specific Detail:
Playing even the baddest of badasses with uniformly cuddly charm.

Julia Roberts

The Typecasting: An iron-willed, go-get-em female role model who demonstrates her inner vulnerability by indulging in at least one bout of silent weeping.

Examples: Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, Mona Lisa Smile

Strangest Specific Detail: It's the fact that Julia's tears fall short of all-out bawling, in order to demonstrate just how much each one is costing her. Those are "hidden depths" right there.

Brian Cox

The Typecasting: Embittered single parent, driven to distraction by terrifyingly "gifted" offspring.

Examples: X-Men 2, The Ring

Strangest Specific Detail: His wife will have committed suicide on account of her child's freakish ability to place images in people's heads.

Jared Leto

The Typecasting: The guy who gets seven shades of shit knocked out of him, ether physically or metaphorically.

Examples: Fight Club, Requiem For A Dream, Lord Of War

Strangest Specific Detail:
There's something about Leto's model good looks that directors seem to love tearing strips off. When he takes his punishment, he really takes it hard!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.
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