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14th Jul '17 10:47:35 PM SunGuyThe3rd
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** His role in ''The Foreigner'' also looks to be a significant departure for him. Jackie Chan is still playing the hero, sure, but his character is spurred into action when a terrorist attack claims the life of his daughter. Don't expect much AmusingInjuries going in.
13th Jul '17 10:39:00 PM DrOO7
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* Creator/HarrisonFord spends most of ''What Lies Beneath'' as Michelle Pfeiffer's concerned husband[[spoiler:, until we discover he murdered the young girl whose ghost haunts Pfeiffer]].

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* Creator/HarrisonFord spends most of ''What Lies Beneath'' ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath'' as Michelle Pfeiffer's concerned husband[[spoiler:, until we discover he murdered the young girl whose ghost haunts Pfeiffer]].



* A year after playing a sexually voracious DepravedBisexual in ''Film/BasicInstinct'', Creator/SharonStone played a very sexually repressed woman in ''Film/{{Sliver}}''. She went from someone who proudly didn't wear underwear to someone who had to be coaxed into removing her panties. Still a year later, she played the even more repressed wife of an architect in the film ''Intersection''.

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* A year after playing a sexually voracious DepravedBisexual in ''Film/BasicInstinct'', Creator/SharonStone played a very sexually repressed woman DamselInDistress in ''Film/{{Sliver}}''. She went from someone who proudly didn't wear underwear to someone who had to be coaxed into removing her panties. Still a year later, she played the even more repressed IceQueen[=/=]StepfordSmiler wife of an architect in the film ''Intersection''.''Intersection''. She specifically asked for the role of the wife rather than the mistress to get away from the image set forth by the ''Film/BasicInstinct'' role.
12th Jul '17 11:03:28 PM jormis29
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** There's also his breakthrough role in ''Film/{{Marty}}''. Before then, Borgnine was typecast as a sneering villain in flicks like ''Literature/FromHereToEternity'' and ''VeraCruz''. Afterwards, Borgnine's roles became much more diverse.

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** There's also his breakthrough role in ''Film/{{Marty}}''. Before then, Borgnine was typecast as a sneering villain in flicks like ''Literature/FromHereToEternity'' ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' and ''VeraCruz''.''Film/VeraCruz''. Afterwards, Borgnine's roles became much more diverse.
24th Jun '17 6:02:12 AM Piterpicher
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* Creator/MichaelCaine often played characters of the LovableRogue[=/=]FirstPersonSmartass type when younger, making his cold-blooded SociopathicHero in ''Film/GetCarter'' fairly out of character. His character in ''{{Zulu}}'' is also against type, seeing as he is an OfficerAndAGentleman, whereas Caine usually played lower class Cockney characters. Caine averted playing against type as Alfred the butler in Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' trilogy by ''making'' it his type, keeping his Cockney accent. Then again, he's a butler with an interesting past.

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* Creator/MichaelCaine often played characters of the LovableRogue[=/=]FirstPersonSmartass type when younger, making his cold-blooded SociopathicHero in ''Film/GetCarter'' fairly out of character. His character in ''{{Zulu}}'' ''Film/{{Zulu}}'' is also against type, seeing as he is an OfficerAndAGentleman, whereas Caine usually played lower class Cockney characters. Caine averted playing against type as Alfred the butler in Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' trilogy by ''making'' it his type, keeping his Cockney accent. Then again, he's a butler with an interesting past.
20th Jun '17 11:20:10 AM erforce
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* While he never came out and 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]]''.
** There's also Lee as a gentlemanly gunsmith in "Hannie Caulder", as an ultimately heroic businessman in "Airport '77", as an American businessman with a (non-villainous) secret in "Serial", as an elderly, sympathetic psychiatrist in "Triage"; as duplicitous good guy Mycroft Holmes in ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'', and a rare friendly alien in ''{{Space 1999}}''.

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* While he never came out and 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}}'' ''[[Film/HammerHorror Dracula]]'' movies and ''Film/TheWickerMan'', ''[[Film/TheWickerMan1973 The Wicker Man]]'', 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]]''.
** There's also Lee as a gentlemanly gunsmith in "Hannie Caulder", ''Hannie Caulder'', as an ultimately heroic businessman in "Airport '77", ''Airport '77'', as an American businessman with a (non-villainous) secret in "Serial", ''Serial'', as an elderly, sympathetic psychiatrist in "Triage"; ''Triage''; as duplicitous good guy Mycroft Holmes in ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'', and a rare friendly alien in ''{{Space ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.



* Creator/PeterCushing, also considered for the role of Dr. Loomis in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'', would not have been against type, as he was best known for playing Dr. Van Helsing in the Film/HammerHorror ''{{Dracula}}'' movies, starting with ''Film/HorrorOfDracula''. However, he played an extremely evil version of the title character in Hammer's ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}'' movies, starting with ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' (with the exception of the ironically named ''Evil of Frankenstein'', where he's the hero). And 21st Century audiences might know him best for [[Film/ANewHope blowing up Alderaan]].

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* Creator/PeterCushing, also considered for the role of Dr. Loomis in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'', would not have been against type, as he was best known for playing Dr. Van Helsing in the Film/HammerHorror ''{{Dracula}}'' ''Dracula'' movies, starting with ''Film/HorrorOfDracula''. However, he played an extremely evil version of the title character in Hammer's ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}'' movies, starting with ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' (with the exception of the ironically named ''Evil of Frankenstein'', where he's the hero). And 21st Century audiences might know him best for [[Film/ANewHope blowing up Alderaan]].
10th Jun '17 6:02:04 PM Robotech_Master
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* In ''Film/UnfaithfullyYours'', Rudy Vallee, one of the most famous crooners of Hollywood's golden age, plays the conductor main character's brother-in-law—who hates music.
8th Jun '17 7:07:43 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' features a few intentional invocations of the trope. Schlubby comic Jon Lovitz plays a murderous corrupt cop. Comedienne Cheri Oteri plays an anarchist.

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* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' features a few intentional invocations of the trope. Schlubby comic Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz plays a murderous corrupt cop. Comedienne Cheri Oteri plays an anarchist.
7th Jun '17 8:28:41 PM jormis29
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* Between ''Film/{{Swingers}}'' and ''Made'', Creator/VinceVaughn dabbled in dramatic works such as ''Film/TheCell'' and villainous creepy roles such as the evil stepfather in ''Film/DomesticDisturbance'' 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 ''Film/{{Swingers}}'' and ''Made'', ''Film/{{Made}}'', Creator/VinceVaughn dabbled in dramatic works such as ''Film/TheCell'' and villainous creepy roles such as the evil stepfather in ''Film/DomesticDisturbance'' 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."
7th Jun '17 8:27:35 PM jormis29
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* Between ''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."

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* Between ''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'' ''Film/DomesticDisturbance'' 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."
26th May '17 1:19:25 PM fearlessnikki
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** In ''{{Film/Cake 2014}}'' she plays a depressed chronic pain sufferer who has hallucinations about her dead friend.



* Karen in ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' is a brokenhearted unfaithful wife with relationship issues who engages in a rather torrid embrace on a beach. She's played by Creator/DeborahKerr of ''Film/TheKingAndI'' and ''Film/AnAffairToRemember''.
** In that same movie, the prostitute girlfriend of Montgomery Clift who ends up delusional is played by none other than Donna Reed. Yes, [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife that Donna Reed]].

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* Karen in ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' is a brokenhearted unfaithful wife with relationship issues Invoked by the director of ''Film/FromHereToEternity'', who engages in a rather torrid embrace on a beach. She's played by Creator/DeborahKerr of ''Film/TheKingAndI'' and ''Film/AnAffairToRemember''.
** In that same movie,
deliberately cast the two female leads against type:
** The bitter
prostitute girlfriend of Montgomery Clift who ends up delusional (though the Hays Code insists she's a nightclub hostess) Lorene (real name Alma) is played by none other than Donna Reed. Yes, [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife that Donna Reed]].Reed - who was best known for wholesome GirlNextDoor roles, her most famous one being George Bailey's saintly wife in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
** Karen Holmes, the depressed officer's wife who has multiple affairs with his soldiers, is played by Creator/DeborahKerr. She had spent her first years in Hollywood playing {{English Rose}}s in {{Costume Drama}}s such as ''Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda'', ''Film/BlackNarcissus'', ''Film/YoungBess'', ''Literature/QuoVadis'' etc. She took the role precisely to shake up her image.



* Creator/BradleyCooper, best known for nice guy roles like Will Tippin from ''Series/{{Alias}}'', plays one of the most despicable {{Romantic False Lead}}s in romantic comedy history in ''Film/WeddingCrashers''. It seems like he's decided that it's his new type. He didn't exactly play sympathetic characters in ''Film/HesJustNotThatIntoYou'' or ''Film/TheHangover'' either. And to top it off, he also plays the obsessive, borderline-psychotic protagonist in ''Film/TheMidnightMeatTrain''.

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* Creator/BradleyCooper, best known for nice guy roles like Will Tippin from ''Series/{{Alias}}'', plays one of the most despicable {{Romantic False Lead}}s in romantic comedy history in ''Film/WeddingCrashers''. He jokes that he got the part because the director had never seen ''Alias''. It seems like he's decided that it's his new type. He didn't exactly play sympathetic characters in ''Film/HesJustNotThatIntoYou'' or ''Film/TheHangover'' either. And to top it off, he also plays the obsessive, borderline-psychotic protagonist in ''Film/TheMidnightMeatTrain''.



* ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'' casts Olivia de Havilland - known for playing TheIngenue and heroic good girls as the BitchInSheepsClothing who tries to drive her cousin to insanity by {{Gaslighting}} her.



* Glenn Close, the go-to actress for {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, [[AmbitionIsEvil power hungry]] female tyrants, {{Manipulative Bastard}}s and heartless villainesses in general, plays the 'nice girl' in ''TheNatural'', as well as Mona Simpson in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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* Glenn Close, the go-to actress for {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, [[AmbitionIsEvil power hungry]] female tyrants, {{Manipulative Bastard}}s and heartless villainesses in general, plays the 'nice girl' in ''TheNatural'', as well as Mona Simpson in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. She's also the ReasonableAuthorityFigure in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
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