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6th Mar '17 4:10:04 PM nombretomado
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* TheMarxBrothers played virtually the exact same characters in all of their movies. Despite the fact that their respective characters were essentially identical in all of their films, in each film the characters have different names, jobs, and backstories. Even so, to the audience they're still always Groucho, Chico and Harpo...and sometimes Zeppo. (They were billed as themselves in ''Monkey Business''.)

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* TheMarxBrothers Creator/TheMarxBrothers played virtually the exact same characters in all of their movies. Despite the fact that their respective characters were essentially identical in all of their films, in each film the characters have different names, jobs, and backstories. Even so, to the audience they're still always Groucho, Chico and Harpo...and sometimes Zeppo. (They were billed as themselves in ''Monkey Business''.)
4th Mar '17 10:37:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* Creator/JohnWayne was famous for "playing himself" in almost all of his films. His personality was so larger than life that his characters were ultimately just different names for the same man in different circumstances. Wayne himself admitted as much, though he did at least find his role as Ethan Edwards in ''TheSearchers'' so unique that he named his son after the character. When Wayne tried to branch out too far, such as by [[WTHCastingAgency playing Genghis Khan]] in ''The Conqueror'', the results were predictably disastrous (although filming near the Nevada Test Site and getting dusted with radioactive fallout certainly didn't help).

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* Creator/JohnWayne was famous for "playing himself" in almost all of his films. His personality was so larger than life that his characters were ultimately just different names for the same man in different circumstances. Wayne himself admitted as much, though he did at least find his role as Ethan Edwards in ''TheSearchers'' ''Film/TheSearchers'' so unique that he named his son after the character. When Wayne tried to branch out too far, such as by [[WTHCastingAgency playing Genghis Khan]] in ''The Conqueror'', ''Film/TheConqueror'', the results were predictably disastrous (although filming near the Nevada Test Site and getting dusted with radioactive fallout certainly didn't help).



* Creator/ClintEastwood's roles in westerns are always seen as simply the "Clint Eastwood Gunfighter" character. Beginning with his role as "The ManWithNoName" in the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' with Creator/SergioLeone, any future western with Eastwood would undoubtedly be seen as that character in a different setting, regardless of any actual backstories. The character has even come out of retirement twice, once after having become a priest in ''PaleRider'' and once after having settled down as a farmer in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''. However, Eastwood has gone on record as saying that as far as he's concerned, William Munny from ''Unforgiven'' ''is'' the Man With No Name, and that it's the end of his story.

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* Creator/ClintEastwood's roles in westerns are always seen as simply the "Clint Eastwood Gunfighter" character. Beginning with his role as "The ManWithNoName" in the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' with Creator/SergioLeone, any future western with Eastwood would undoubtedly be seen as that character in a different setting, regardless of any actual backstories. The character has even come out of retirement twice, once after having become a priest in ''PaleRider'' ''Film/PaleRider'' and once after having settled down as a farmer in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''. However, Eastwood has gone on record as saying that as far as he's concerned, William Munny from ''Unforgiven'' ''is'' the Man With No Name, and that it's the end of his story.



* Edward G. Robinson did the same.

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* Edward G. Robinson Creator/EdwardGRobinson did the same.



-->'''Don Cheadle:''' His name is Lee, goddamn it!

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-->'''Don Cheadle:''' -->'''Creator/DonCheadle:''' His name is Lee, goddamn it!



* TommyLeeJones always plays basically the same character in all of his movies. Namely, Tommy Lee Jones. Now he's very '''good''' at playing Tommy Lee Jones, but in general its always the same guy with maybe one minor twist here and there (ie. an alcoholic in ''Film/RulesOfEngagement'')
** Oddly, Josh Brolin is also very good at playing Tommy Lee Jones, but that is what made that performance so impressive.

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* TommyLeeJones Creator/TommyLeeJones always plays basically the same character in all of his movies. Namely, Tommy Lee Jones. Now he's very '''good''' at playing Tommy Lee Jones, but in general its always the same guy with maybe one minor twist here and there (ie. an alcoholic in ''Film/RulesOfEngagement'')
** Oddly, Josh Brolin Creator/JoshBrolin is also very good at playing Tommy Lee Jones, but that is what made that performance so impressive.



** David Spade, ''especially'' in works like ''Film/JoeDirt'' and ''Series/JustShootMe''. You might as well just replace on the cast-list "Finch" with "AsHimself".

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** David Spade, Creator/DavidSpade, ''especially'' in works like ''Film/JoeDirt'' and ''Series/JustShootMe''. You might as well just replace on the cast-list "Finch" with "AsHimself".



* KeanuReeves. "Whoa, dude." Also inverted: for some time he apparently worried that his tombstone was inevitably going to read "Here Lies [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Ted]]." Then there was ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* NathanFillion. As the quote on his page says, "Nathan Fillion always seem to play Nathan Fillion. And frankly I'm okay with that."

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* KeanuReeves.Creator/KeanuReeves. "Whoa, dude." Also inverted: for some time he apparently worried that his tombstone was inevitably going to read "Here Lies [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Ted]]." Then there was ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* NathanFillion.Creator/NathanFillion. As the quote on his page says, "Nathan Fillion always seem to play Nathan Fillion. And frankly I'm okay with that."



** For British players, this also applies to Wheatley. Try to hear his voice without picturing Creator/StephenMerchant. Bonus points if you start expecting Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais or [[{{Series/Extras}} Barry from Eastenders]] to turn up, as Merchant's voice almost sounds strange without them.

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** For British players, this also applies to Wheatley. Try to hear his voice without picturing Creator/StephenMerchant. Bonus points if you start expecting Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais Creator/RickyGervais or [[{{Series/Extras}} Barry from Eastenders]] to turn up, as Merchant's voice almost sounds strange without them.



** This also sums up his first major, and usually best-regarded, film role, AlienAmongUs Thomas Jerome Newton in ''TheManWhoFellToEarth''. In the retrospective book ''David Bowie Is'', critic Mark Kermode reflects the popular opinion in arguing that Bowie is perfect as Newton because he doesn't have to stretch to play an unearthly being. (Film director Nicholas Roeg tapped him for the role after seeing the documentary profile ''Cracked Actor''.)

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** This also sums up his first major, and usually best-regarded, film role, AlienAmongUs Thomas Jerome Newton in ''TheManWhoFellToEarth''. ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth''. In the retrospective book ''David Bowie Is'', critic Mark Kermode Creator/MarkKermode reflects the popular opinion in arguing that Bowie is perfect as Newton because he doesn't have to stretch to play an unearthly being. (Film director Nicholas Roeg tapped him for the role after seeing the documentary profile ''Cracked Actor''.)



*** Oddly Joseph-Gordon Levitt [[Film/{{Looper}} also plays a pretty decent Bruce Willis]]... who knew.

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*** Oddly Joseph-Gordon Levitt Creator/JosephGordonLevitt [[Film/{{Looper}} also plays a pretty decent Bruce Willis]]... who knew.



** Eddie Murphy in Delirious observed that it was easier to get Elvis to sing than act. "Lemonade...That cool refreshing drink."

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** Eddie Murphy Creator/EddieMurphy in Delirious ''Delirious'' observed that it was easier to get Elvis to sing than act. "Lemonade...That cool refreshing drink."



* Mary Pickford is one of the earliest examples of this. She was known as America's Sweetheart - and had an iconic image of long ringlets and angelic dresses. Many famous {{Ingenue}}s were played by her - such as {{Literature/Pollyanna}}, [[Literature/ALittlePrincess Sara Crewe]], {{Literature/Cinderella}}, {{Theatre/MadameButterfly}}. As such she was one of the first examples of ContractualPurity. Even when she appeared AsHerself in World War I propaganda films, she still portrayed a squeaky-clean cutie version of herself. When she finally played against type in an adult role - at the age of ''37'' in the film ''Coquette'' - there was outrage. She retired from films not long afterwards.

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* Mary Pickford Creator/MaryPickford is one of the earliest examples of this. She was known as America's Sweetheart - and had an iconic image of long ringlets and angelic dresses. Many famous {{Ingenue}}s were played by her - such as {{Literature/Pollyanna}}, [[Literature/ALittlePrincess Sara Crewe]], {{Literature/Cinderella}}, {{Theatre/MadameButterfly}}. As such she was one of the first examples of ContractualPurity. Even when she appeared AsHerself in World War I propaganda films, she still portrayed a squeaky-clean cutie version of herself. When she finally played against type in an adult role - at the age of ''37'' in the film ''Coquette'' - there was outrage. She retired from films not long afterwards.



* Creator/JuliaRoberts tends to be TypeCast in a narrow range of roles, in which she is so consistently a LoveItOrHateIt personality that "Julia Roberts movie" is almost a genre. Like TomCruise, she seems to have crossed some event horizon into whatever is beyond acting. She is the entity called Julia Roberts. Sometimes this entity makes a film. The advertising posters will declare Julia Roberts to be in a film. The public will base their decision on whether or not to see this film solely on this fact...eerie. Roberts may be moving toward aversion in TheNewTens. Her performance in ''Film/{{Closer}}'' was well-received and she was considered the least of the four leads. It may help that she is now "too old" to be the ingenue (by Hollywood standards). Over-exposure and formulaic movies during the '90s and early '00s kept her TypeCast, but that may be ending.

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* Creator/JuliaRoberts tends to be TypeCast in a narrow range of roles, in which she is so consistently a LoveItOrHateIt personality that "Julia Roberts movie" is almost a genre. Like TomCruise, Creator/TomCruise, she seems to have crossed some event horizon into whatever is beyond acting. She is the entity called Julia Roberts. Sometimes this entity makes a film. The advertising posters will declare Julia Roberts to be in a film. The public will base their decision on whether or not to see this film solely on this fact...eerie. Roberts may be moving toward aversion in TheNewTens. Her performance in ''Film/{{Closer}}'' was well-received and she was considered the least of the four leads. It may help that she is now "too old" to be the ingenue (by Hollywood standards). Over-exposure and formulaic movies during the '90s and early '00s kept her TypeCast, but that may be ending.



* Speaking of child stars, ShirleyTemple is always a [[CheerfulChild Cheerful]] HeartwarmingOrphan who sings and dances. Four of her characters were actually [[TheDanza named "Shirley"]]. Like Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, Shirley Temple has passed the event horizon into the realm beyond acting. The real Shirley Temple went on to do some grown-up roles which no one remembers, retired from acting, become a diplomat, and finally died in 2014 at the age of eighty-five. But the pop culture entity of Shirley Temple is forever locked in time to her twee 1930s child self. Shirley herself did not like this even as a small child. She wanted to play some of her roles differently, putting more ActionGirl and SpoiledBrat stuff into her characters; her mother backed her up on this, but the studio wouldn't allow it.

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* Speaking of child stars, ShirleyTemple Creator/ShirleyTemple is always a [[CheerfulChild Cheerful]] HeartwarmingOrphan who sings and dances. Four of her characters were actually [[TheDanza named "Shirley"]]. Like Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, Shirley Temple has passed the event horizon into the realm beyond acting. The real Shirley Temple went on to do some grown-up roles which no one remembers, retired from acting, become a diplomat, and finally died in 2014 at the age of eighty-five. But the pop culture entity of Shirley Temple is forever locked in time to her twee 1930s child self. Shirley herself did not like this even as a small child. She wanted to play some of her roles differently, putting more ActionGirl and SpoiledBrat stuff into her characters; her mother backed her up on this, but the studio wouldn't allow it.



* Jessica Biel tends to experience this, and general reaction whenever she stars in something is "oh, there's Justin Timberlake's wife". Her infamous topless photo shoot at age seventeen, and her biggest hit being the remake of ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' pretty much solidified her image as a sexy ActionGirl. The roles where she does go against type - ''Film/TheIllusionist'' and ''Film/EasyVirtue'' - were well received but not what you'd call hits. Because of this she felt she was a shoe-in for the role of Catwoman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.

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* Jessica Biel Creator/JessicaBiel tends to experience this, and general reaction whenever she stars in something is "oh, there's Justin Timberlake's wife". Her infamous topless photo shoot at age seventeen, and her biggest hit being the remake of ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' pretty much solidified her image as a sexy ActionGirl. The roles where she does go against type - ''Film/TheIllusionist'' and ''Film/EasyVirtue'' - were well received but not what you'd call hits. Because of this she felt she was a shoe-in for the role of Catwoman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
27th Feb '17 3:27:34 AM erforce
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* Jessica Biel tends to experience this, and general reaction whenever she stars in something is "oh, there's Justin Timberlake's wife". Her infamous topless photo shoot at age seventeen, and her biggest hit being the remake of ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' pretty much solidified her image as a sexy ActionGirl. The roles where she does go against type - ''Film/TheIllusionist'' and ''Film/EasyVirtue'' - were well received but not what you'd call hits. Because of this she felt she was a shoe-in for the role of Catwoman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.

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* Jessica Biel tends to experience this, and general reaction whenever she stars in something is "oh, there's Justin Timberlake's wife". Her infamous topless photo shoot at age seventeen, and her biggest hit being the remake of ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' pretty much solidified her image as a sexy ActionGirl. The roles where she does go against type - ''Film/TheIllusionist'' and ''Film/EasyVirtue'' - were well received but not what you'd call hits. Because of this she felt she was a shoe-in for the role of Catwoman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
26th Feb '17 10:36:47 AM nombretomado
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* HumphreyBogart was an extremely popular actor who played characters with very similar personalities, encouraging this trope.

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* HumphreyBogart Creator/HumphreyBogart was an extremely popular actor who played characters with very similar personalities, encouraging this trope.
31st Jan '17 9:04:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/ParisHilton, to such a degree that "See Paris Hilton being gruesomely murdered!" was the [[DancingBear unique selling point]] for ''Film/HouseOfWax2005''. The album of John Ottman's score for the film calls the cue for that scene "Paris Gets It" - even though Miss Hilton's character is called Paige. [[RepoTheGeneticOpera You can also see her face fall off!]]

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* Creator/ParisHilton, to such a degree that "See Paris Hilton being gruesomely murdered!" was the [[DancingBear unique selling point]] for ''Film/HouseOfWax2005''. The album of John Ottman's score for the film calls the cue for that scene "Paris Gets It" - even though Miss Hilton's character is called Paige. [[RepoTheGeneticOpera [[Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera You can also see her face fall off!]]
30th Dec '16 10:10:58 PM nombretomado
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* DwayneJohnson, aka The Rock. Most of his on-screen characters are just toned down versions of The Rock character. [[Film/TheMummyReturns The Scorpion King]] is the lone exception though, around the time he got his own movie, he was a bit more in line with The Rock.

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* DwayneJohnson, Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, aka The Rock. Most of his on-screen characters are just toned down versions of The Rock character. [[Film/TheMummyReturns The Scorpion King]] is the lone exception though, around the time he got his own movie, he was a bit more in line with The Rock.
28th Dec '16 2:44:34 PM rjd1922
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* Creator/HarrisonFord, thanks to having ''two'' iconic [[Franchise/StarWars film]] [[Franchise/IndianaJones roles]]. Although those roles are big and famous enough to override it; in those he's Han Solo and Indiana Jones. In anything else, he's Creator/HarrisonFord. The poster for ''Film/AirForceOne'' actually says "HARRISON FORD is [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent the President of the United States of America]]."
->“[[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/starsandstories/8243909/Harrison-Ford-interview-for-Morning-Glory.html It doesn’t interest me to be Harrison Ford.]] It interests me to be [[Film/MorningGlory Mike Pomeroy]] and Franchise/IndianaJones and Literature/JackRyan."

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* Creator/HarrisonFord, thanks to having ''two'' iconic [[Franchise/StarWars film]] [[Franchise/IndianaJones roles]]. Although those roles are big and famous enough to override it; in those he's Han Solo and Indiana Jones. In anything else, he's Creator/HarrisonFord.Harrison Ford. The poster for ''Film/AirForceOne'' actually says "HARRISON FORD is [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent the President of the United States of America]]."
->“[[http://www.-->“[[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/starsandstories/8243909/Harrison-Ford-interview-for-Morning-Glory.html It doesn’t interest me to be Harrison Ford.]] It interests me to be [[Film/MorningGlory Mike Pomeroy]] and Franchise/IndianaJones and Literature/JackRyan."
27th Dec '16 4:25:28 AM wrestlingdog909
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** And don't forget [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Liam Neeson is literally]] a GoodCopBadCop.
26th Dec '16 3:44:06 PM nombretomado
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* BrianBlessed: Completely and utterly embraces this trope, absolutely revels in his reputation as a BoisterousBruiser in spite of the fact he is [[HeReallyCanAct perfectly capable of "proper" acting]] if he feels like it (see ''Series/IClaudius'' for proof).

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* BrianBlessed: Creator/BrianBlessed: Completely and utterly embraces this trope, absolutely revels in his reputation as a BoisterousBruiser in spite of the fact he is [[HeReallyCanAct perfectly capable of "proper" acting]] if he feels like it (see ''Series/IClaudius'' for proof).
20th Dec '16 1:01:49 PM igordebraga
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* Creator/BelaLugosi was typecast as a horror villain, and especially as {{Dracula}}. Later, he would try to break type by auditioning for other roles, but inevitably got second billing or no contracts at all. Upon his return to America, Lugosi was interviewed for television, and revealed his ambition to play more comedy. Independent producer Jack Broder took Lugosi at his word, casting him in a jungle-themed comedy that even had Lugosi's name on its title: BelaLugosiMeetsABrooklynGorilla. It did not work.

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* Creator/BelaLugosi was typecast as a horror villain, and especially as {{Dracula}}. Later, he would try to break type by auditioning for other roles, but inevitably got second billing or no contracts at all. Upon his return to America, Lugosi was interviewed for television, and revealed his ambition to play more comedy. Independent producer Jack Broder took Lugosi at his word, casting him in a jungle-themed comedy that even had Lugosi's name on its title: BelaLugosiMeetsABrooklynGorilla.''BelaLugosiMeetsABrooklynGorilla''. It did not work.



** And Deadpool.

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** And Deadpool.Film/{{Deadpool}}.



*** Oddly Joseph-Gordon Levitt also plays a pretty decent Bruce Willis... who knew.

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*** Oddly Joseph-Gordon Levitt [[Film/{{Looper}} also plays a pretty decent Bruce Willis...Willis]]... who knew.



* Creator/CharlieSheen seems to play himself (or a toned-down version) in his more recent TV series such as Series/TwoAndAHalfMen and Series/AngerManagement. He appears as TheDanza and is almost AdamWesting.

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* Creator/CharlieSheen seems to play himself (or a toned-down version) in his more recent TV series such as Series/TwoAndAHalfMen ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' and Series/AngerManagement.''Series/AngerManagement''. He appears as TheDanza and is almost AdamWesting.



* Creator/GlennClose doubled down on this one. In the early and mid-1980s, she was nominated for three Oscars playing nurturing, vaguely maternal women (''Film/TheNatural'', ''Film/TheBigChill'' and ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp''). Then, she took the ''Film/FatalAttraction'' part and [[PlayingAgainstType completely U-turned]], getting another Oscar nom as a murderously unhinged mistress. She couldn't get out of ''that'' stereotype for a while, ultimately playing Cruella de Vil in the live-action ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', until her recent Oscar nomination for a woman posing as a man.
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