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16th Jun '17 10:38:22 PM nombretomado
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* 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''.

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* Creator/KeanuReeves. "Whoa, dude." Also inverted: for some time he apparently worried that his tombstone was inevitably going to read "Here Lies [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure [[Film/BillAndTed Ted]]." Then there was ''Film/TheMatrix''.
16th Jun '17 12:41:48 PM FGHIK
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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade British professor]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].

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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade British history professor]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].
16th Jun '17 12:40:24 PM FGHIK
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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].

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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade British professor]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].
7th Jun '17 3:08:36 AM jormis29
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** And ''{{Bewitched}}'' where he did a near perfect Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur impersonation.

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** And ''{{Bewitched}}'' ''Film/{{Bewitched}}'' where he did a near perfect Paul Lynde Creator/PaulLynde as Uncle Arthur impersonation.
23rd May '17 9:16:51 AM TheCuza
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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he always had his signature Scottish brogue. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].

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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery. Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he always had his signature Scottish brogue.[[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].



* Creator/AdamWest, who finally [[AdamWesting embraced it]] and plays "Adam West, the lunatic who never got past ''Series/{{Batman}}''".

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* Creator/AdamWest, who finally used to be [[IAmNotSpock the other trope]], until he embraced it and now primarily plays parodies of himself, [[AdamWesting embraced it]] and plays "Adam West, naming a new trope in the lunatic who never got past ''Series/{{Batman}}''".process]].
30th Apr '17 9:20:50 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/DakotaFanning is always Dakota Fanning. TomCruise being in this trope as well had a weird effect on ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. Essentially, the central characters are Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and [[IAmNotSpock Robbie]]. And while everyone else in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is in IAmNotSpock mode, Jane might just as well be named Evil Dakota Fanning.

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* Creator/DakotaFanning is always Dakota Fanning. TomCruise Creator/TomCruise being in this trope as well had a weird effect on ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. Essentially, the central characters are Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and [[IAmNotSpock Robbie]]. And while everyone else in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is in IAmNotSpock mode, Jane might just as well be named Evil Dakota Fanning.
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.
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