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21st Jan '17 12:23:39 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* EmmaWatson has done or is doing this no less than twice: as Sam in ''ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'', and as VillainProtagonist Nicki in Sofia Coppola's ''The Bling Ring''. She also portrays an AxCrazy version of herself in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.

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* EmmaWatson EmmaWatson, known for intelligent roles such as Belle in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'', has done or is doing this no less than twice: as ManicPixieDreamGirl Sam in ''ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'', and as brainless VillainProtagonist Nicki in Sofia Coppola's ''The Bling Ring''. She also portrays an AxCrazy AxCrazy, sailor-mouthed ("''I'M NOT '''FUCKING AROUND!!!'''''") version of herself in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.
15th Jan '17 5:03:39 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Creator/PeterFonda, known for his wholesome image in America, plays the murderous, soulless Frank.



** ''Jagged Edge'', in which Glenn Close defends him on a charge of savagely murdering his wife, although her investigator Robert Loggia is convinced he's guilty. [[spoiler: He's acquitted, but it turns out he did do it - and in the climax tries (and fails) to kill ''her''.]]

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** ''Jagged Edge'', ''Film/JaggedEdge'', in which Glenn Close Creator/GlennClose defends him on a charge of savagely murdering his wife, although her investigator Robert Loggia is convinced he's guilty. [[spoiler: He's acquitted, but it turns out he did do it - and in the climax tries (and fails) to kill ''her''.]]



* Cary Elwes did this when cast as the villain in ''Film/EllaEnchanted'', especially after being the hero of ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' and ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.

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* Cary Elwes Creator/CaryElwes did this when cast as the villain in ''Film/EllaEnchanted'', especially after being the hero of ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' and ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.



*** That wasn't even the only time, he was also a charmingly gay theatre director in ''Frasier'' who was in love with the title character himself. "Is there anything this man ''can't'' do?"

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*** That wasn't even the only time, he was also a charmingly gay theatre director in ''Frasier'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' who was in love with the title character himself. "Is there anything this man ''can't'' do?"



* A Depression-era movie of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' cast Jimmy Cagney as Bottom.

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** Depp is known for playing [[LargeHam hammish]] and [[CloudCuckoolander eccentric]] characters, especially in the last decade. In ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', he's assuming one of his most subdued and realistic roles to date. Too subdued. Borderline [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL-9000]] subdued.
* A Depression-era movie of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' cast Jimmy Cagney Creator/JamesCagney as Bottom.



** In ''Anatomy of a Murder'', he plays a lawyer, who is likable enough, but there is an unsettling scene where he meets his client in jail, tells him that he has no defense other than insanity, and then leaves him alone to think about "how crazy he was."

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** In ''Anatomy of a Murder'', ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'', he plays a lawyer, who is likable likeable enough, but there is an unsettling scene where he meets his client in jail, tells him that he has no defense other than insanity, and then leaves him alone to think about "how crazy he was."



* Creator/CaryGrant as the villain in Hitchcock's ''Suspicion''. Or Grant, known for roles in romantic comedies, being cast also by Hitchcock in espionage thrillers like ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' and ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''.
* Karen in ''From Here to Eternity'' is a brokenhearted unfaithful wife with relationship issues who engages in a rather torrid embrace on a beach. She's played by Deborah Kerr of ''The King and I'' and ''An Affair to Remember''.

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* Creator/CaryGrant as the villain in Hitchcock's ''Suspicion''.''Film/{{Suspicion}}''. Or Grant, known for roles in romantic comedies, being cast also by Hitchcock in espionage thrillers like ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' and ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''.
* Karen in ''From Here to Eternity'' ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' is a brokenhearted unfaithful wife with relationship issues who engages in a rather torrid embrace on a beach. She's played by Deborah Kerr Creator/DeborahKerr of ''The King ''Film/TheKingAndI'' and I'' and ''An Affair to Remember''.''Film/AnAffairToRemember''.



* Richard Briers playing the evil master of Lonsdale College in ''Series/InspectorMorse''.



* Tony Curtis became famous with heroic roles. In ''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess'', he played a skeevy press agent.

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* Tony Curtis Creator/TonyCurtis became famous with heroic roles. In ''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess'', he played a skeevy press agent.



** He also had a notorious reputation for starring in comedies, which didn't stop him from having a major supporting role in Stanley Kubrick's ''Spartacus''.

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** He also had a notorious reputation for starring in comedies, which didn't stop him from having a major supporting role in Stanley Kubrick's ''Spartacus''.Creator/StanleyKubrick's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.



* Between ''Swingers'' and ''Made'', Creator/VinceVaughn dabbled in dramatic works such as ''Film/TheCell'' and villainous creepy roles such as the evil stepfather in ''Domestic Disturbance'' and the role of Norman Bates himself in the 1998 Gus Van Sant remake of ''Psycho''. During the phase, Creator/RogerEbert once said of Vaughn, "[He] plays a creep better than just about anybody else."

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* Between ''Swingers'' ''Film/{{Swingers}}'' and ''Made'', Creator/VinceVaughn dabbled in dramatic works such as ''Film/TheCell'' and villainous creepy roles such as the evil stepfather in ''Domestic Disturbance'' and the role of Norman Bates himself in the 1998 Gus Van Sant remake of ''Psycho''. During the phase, Creator/RogerEbert once said of Vaughn, "[He] plays a creep better than just about anybody else."



* Armand Assante in ''Film/FatalInstinct''. Normally he plays serious, even grim characters. In this comedy spoof he played his role absolutely straight and was ''hilarious''. He had already tried out a somewhat goofy role in ''Belizaire The Cajun'', where he is the title character - a Cajun folk healer and (sometime) womanizer in 1850s Louisiana. Although the film is primarily serious, the character of Belizaire is [[BewareTheSillyOnes something of a joker but ends up being the hero of the film - and the cause of death for the villain]].

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* Armand Assante Creator/ArmandAssante in ''Film/FatalInstinct''. Normally he plays serious, even grim characters. In this comedy spoof he played his role absolutely straight and was ''hilarious''. He had already tried out a somewhat goofy role in ''Belizaire The Cajun'', where he is the title character - a Cajun folk healer and (sometime) womanizer in 1850s Louisiana. Although the film is primarily serious, the character of Belizaire is [[BewareTheSillyOnes something of a joker but ends up being the hero of the film - and the cause of death for the villain]].



* Creator/JohnCandy did a few serious roles, like the sleazy lawyer Dean Andrews in ''JFK''. Even his role in "Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles" can be seen as this, as the role of Del Griffith has much more dramatic heft than anything else he had done up to that point.

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* Creator/JohnCandy did a few serious roles, like the sleazy lawyer Dean Andrews in ''JFK''. ''Film/{{JFK}}''. Even his role in "Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles" ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' can be seen as this, as the role of Del Griffith has much more dramatic heft than anything else he had done up to that point.



* While he's never come out and given this as the exact reason, Creator/ChristopherLee has gone on the record as saying that one of the few regrets he has about his career was turning down the role of Dr. Loomis. Probably because it would help him shake off the villainous reputation he's picked up (mostly for his endless ''{{Dracula}}'' movies and ''Film/TheWickerMan'', and revived by ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''). Lee gets to play a character with a sensitive side in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', and in the biopic ''Jinnah'' (where he plays Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan) but... that's really about it. Although, he's a flat-out good guy in ''TheDevilRidesOut'' and ''[[Film/TheHowling Howling II]]''.

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* While he's he never come came out and given gave this as the exact reason, Creator/ChristopherLee has gone on the record as saying that one of the few regrets he has about his career was turning down the role of Dr. Loomis. Probably because it would help him shake off the villainous reputation he's picked up (mostly for his endless ''{{Dracula}}'' movies and ''Film/TheWickerMan'', and revived by ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''). Lee gets to play a character with a sensitive side in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', and in the biopic ''Jinnah'' (where he plays Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan) but... that's really about it. Although, he's a flat-out good guy in ''TheDevilRidesOut'' and ''[[Film/TheHowling Howling II]]''.



* GregoryPeck, known for playing noble and dignified characters (such as [[Film/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]]), had a few villains on his resume.

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* GregoryPeck, Creator/GregoryPeck, known for playing noble and dignified characters (such as [[Film/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]]), had a few villains on his resume.



** In one of his last movies, Old Gringo, he plays, in the words of co-star Creator/JaneFonda, a "complete son of a bitch."



* Sir Alec Guinness in an over-the-top comedy role as the [[TheButlerDidIt blind butler]] in ''Film/MurderByDeath'' would surprise anyone only familiar with his work in the epics of Creator/DavidLean and/or the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. But in fact, he was once best known as one of England's great comic actors, with such highlights as his epic eight roles in the black comedy ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets'' (from kindly vicar to insolent old woman) and the gang leader in the original version of ''Film/TheLadykillers''.

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* Sir Alec Guinness Creator/AlecGuinness in an over-the-top comedy role as the [[TheButlerDidIt blind butler]] in ''Film/MurderByDeath'' would surprise anyone only familiar with his work in the epics of Creator/DavidLean and/or the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. But in fact, he was once best known as one of England's great comic actors, with such highlights as his epic eight roles in the black comedy ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets'' (from kindly vicar to insolent old woman) and the gang leader in the original version of ''Film/TheLadykillers''.



* Before his iconic role as Private Detective Sam Spade in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon (1941)'', HumphreyBogart had mainly been playing either psychotic or cowardly villains. Casting him as a romantic lead character in ''Film/{{Casablanca}} (1942)'' was also considered an unusual choice by studio excecs. (An incredulous Jack Warner: "Who'd want to kiss Bogart?" Creator/IngridBergman: "I would!")

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* Before his iconic role as Private Detective Sam Spade in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon (1941)'', HumphreyBogart Creator/HumphreyBogart had mainly been playing either psychotic or cowardly villains. Casting him as a romantic lead character in ''Film/{{Casablanca}} (1942)'' was also considered an unusual choice by studio excecs. (An incredulous Jack Warner: "Who'd want to kiss Bogart?" Creator/IngridBergman: "I would!")



** Eric Bana, who got his start in Australia as a comedian and went on to play hunky hero types in Hollywood, plays [[BigBad Nero]].

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** Eric Bana, Creator/EricBana, who got his start in Australia as a comedian and went on to play hunky hero types in Hollywood, plays [[BigBad Nero]].



** John Cho, best known as one half of ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', plays badass action Sulu.
** Karl Urban, probably best known as Éomer from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', as TheMcCoy.

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** John Cho, Creator/JohnCho, best known as one half of ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', plays badass action Sulu.
** Karl Urban, Creator/KarlUrban, probably best known as Éomer from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', as TheMcCoy.



* Jamie Foxx surprised some people by playing a nerdy taxi driver in ''Film/{{Collateral}}'', though he played several weasely characters in his earlier career.

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* Jamie Foxx Creator/JamieFoxx surprised some people by playing a nerdy taxi driver in ''Film/{{Collateral}}'', though he played several weasely characters in his earlier career.



* TomCruise has a fairly tight niche playing powerful, self-confident men with varying levels of JerkAss. He surprised some audiences by playing a straight villain in ''Film/{{Collateral}}'', though he had already played a villain in ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire''. Cruise's role as the fat villain Les Grossman in ''Film/TropicThunder'' also surprised people, as it was a rare venture into comedy. Also, there's his role in ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'', which, depending how you see him, could be seen as a form of AdamWesting.

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* TomCruise Creator/TomCruise has a fairly tight niche playing powerful, self-confident men with varying levels of JerkAss. He surprised some audiences by playing a straight villain in ''Film/{{Collateral}}'', though he had already played a villain in ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire''. Cruise's role as the fat villain Les Grossman in ''Film/TropicThunder'' also surprised people, as it was a rare venture into comedy. Also, there's his role in ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'', which, depending how you see him, could be seen as a form of AdamWesting.



* Creator/JohnnyDepp is known for playing [[LargeHam hammish]] and [[CloudCuckoolander eccentric]] characters, especially in the last decade. In ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', he's assuming one of his most subdued and realistic roles to date. Too subdued. Borderline [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL-9000]] subdued.



** Likewise Jason Lee tends to be loud foul-mouthed ManChild characters. In ''Heartbreakers'' he's the OnlySaneMan.
** And a three-fer for ''Heartbreakers''. Jennifer Love Hewitt tends to play wholesome characters or else an InnocentFanserviceGirl. She's a straight up MsFanservice in the film - also doubling as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Gregory Peck will most likely always be associated with Atticus Finch until the end of time. Yet in one of his last movies, Old Gringo, he plays, in the words of co-star Jane Fonda, a "complete son of a bitch."
* Kurtwood Smith got his start playing villainous jerkasses like Clarence Boddicker in the original ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Yet he also played the Federation President in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.

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** Likewise Jason Lee Creator/JasonLee tends to be loud foul-mouthed ManChild characters. In ''Heartbreakers'' he's the OnlySaneMan.
** And a three-fer for ''Heartbreakers''. Jennifer Love Hewitt Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt tends to play wholesome characters or else an InnocentFanserviceGirl. She's a straight up MsFanservice in the film - also doubling as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Gregory Peck will most likely always be associated with Atticus Finch until the end of time. Yet in one of his last movies, Old Gringo, he plays, in the words of co-star Jane Fonda, a "complete son of a bitch."
* Kurtwood Smith
Creator/KurtwoodSmith got his start playing villainous jerkasses like Clarence Boddicker in the original ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Yet he also played the Federation President in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.
14th Jan '17 8:11:33 AM DustSnitch
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* Action icon/sex symbol Creator/SeanConnery is best known for playing {{badass}} characters with a lot of grit to them. In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', however, he plays Indiana's father as a bumbling, somewhat aloof, academic pacifist who survives with creativity rather than action skills. Interestingly, he got named "sexiest man alive" the same year ''Last Crusade'' was released.

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* Action icon/sex symbol Creator/SeanConnery is best known for playing {{badass}} badass characters with a lot of grit to them. In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', however, he plays Indiana's father as a bumbling, somewhat aloof, academic pacifist who survives with creativity rather than action skills. Interestingly, he got named "sexiest man alive" the same year ''Last Crusade'' was released.



* Speaking of Gary Oldman, he and Creator/TimRoth were {{typecast|ing}} as some of the all-time toughest villains and {{badass}}es of TheNineties, but played totally against type as the title characters of ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', where Oldman is an innocent ManChild and Roth is a neurotic paranoiac.

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* Speaking of Gary Oldman, he and Creator/TimRoth were {{typecast|ing}} as some of the all-time toughest villains and {{badass}}es badasses of TheNineties, but played totally against type as the title characters of ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', where Oldman is an innocent ManChild and Roth is a neurotic paranoiac.



** John Cho, best known as one half of ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', plays {{badass}} action Sulu.

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** John Cho, best known as one half of ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', plays {{badass}} badass action Sulu.



* Creator/WillSmith who always plays the {{Badass}} in action films plays [[TheDitz a complete moron]] in ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''.

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* Creator/WillSmith who always plays the {{Badass}} badass in action films plays [[TheDitz a complete moron]] in ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''.
13th Jan '17 9:56:57 PM Doug86
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* For those who know Richard Attenborough as [[Film/JurassicPark John Hammond]], [[Film/MiracleOn34thStreet Kris Kringle]] or from heroic military roles like ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', consider that his StarMakingRole came as vicious gangster Pinkie Brown in ''Film/BrightonRock''. Or his portrayal of real-life serial killer John Reginald Christie in ''10 Rillington Place''.

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* For those who know Richard Attenborough as [[Film/JurassicPark John Hammond]], [[Film/MiracleOn34thStreet [[Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet Kris Kringle]] or from heroic military roles like ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', consider that his StarMakingRole came as vicious gangster Pinkie Brown in ''Film/BrightonRock''. Or his portrayal of real-life serial killer John Reginald Christie in ''10 Rillington Place''.
24th Dec '16 2:39:32 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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** ''Suspense'' was good at casting actors (most of whom were known for comedy) against type. For instance, Jim and Marion Jordan, better known as Fibber McGee and Molly, played a couple held hostage by a killer in the episode "The Killer In The Backseat". On top of that, show runner Elliot Lewis was otherwise known as a comedic actor- best known for playing Frankie Remley on the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.

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** ''Suspense'' was good at casting actors (most of whom were known for comedy) against type. For instance, Jim and Marion Jordan, better known as Fibber McGee [=McGee=] and Molly, played a couple held hostage by a killer in the episode "The Killer In The Backseat". On top of that, show runner Elliot Lewis was otherwise known as a comedic actor- best known for playing Frankie Remley on the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.
24th Nov '16 1:15:55 PM MikeK
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** After ''Nightmare'', Englund would occasionally be cast in horror movies that had him play non-villainous roles. For instance, in ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'' his character is a heroic {{Expy}} of [[{{Halloween1978}} Dr. Samuel Loomis]] who is trying to stop the title killer, while in ''{{Film/Wishmaster}}'' he's a friendly (if overly materialistic) collector of antique art.

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** After ''Nightmare'', Englund would occasionally be cast in horror movies that had him play non-villainous roles. For instance, in ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'' his character is a heroic {{Expy}} of [[{{Halloween1978}} [[{{Film/Halloween1978}} Dr. Samuel Loomis]] who is trying to stop the title killer, while in ''{{Film/Wishmaster}}'' he's a friendly (if overly materialistic) collector of antique art.
24th Nov '16 1:14:19 PM MikeK
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** After ''Nightmare'', Englund would occasionally be cast in horror movies that had him play non-villainous roles. For instance, in ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'' his character is a heroic {{Expy}} of [[{{Halloween1978}} Dr. Samuel Loomis]] who is trying to stop the title killer, while in ''{{Film/Wishmaster}}'' he's a friendly (if overly materialistic) collector of antique art.
14th Nov '16 1:51:19 PM Nathanoraptor
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** Scarlett has been through at least ''two'' type changes. Initially, she played NiceGirl heroines in films such as ''Film/LostInTranslation''. Then, starting with ''Film/ThePrestige'', she started playing duplicitous, untrustworthy or outright villainous characters. It's getting to the point where playing a NiceGirl heroine - like Kelly Foster in ''We Bought A Zoo'' - '''is''' PlayingAgainstType for her.)
13th Nov '16 11:19:58 PM jormis29
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* Creator/AshtonKutcher as an action hero in ''Film/{{Killers}}''. It was still a comedic role. He played it straight in ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' and ''The Guardian''.

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* Creator/AshtonKutcher as an action hero in ''Film/{{Killers}}''. It was still a comedic role. He played it straight in ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' and ''The Guardian''.''Film/TheGuardian''.
6th Nov '16 7:24:26 PM ultimomant
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* Jesse Eisenberg who plays an {{Adorkable}} BadassBookworm had play the TooDumbToLive IdiotHero in ''Film/ThirtyMinutesOrLess''. He plays that type of character again in ''Film/AmericaUltra''.

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* Jesse Eisenberg who plays an {{Adorkable}} BadassBookworm had play the TooDumbToLive IdiotHero in ''Film/ThirtyMinutesOrLess''. He plays that type of character again in ''Film/AmericaUltra''.''Film/AmericanUltra''.
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