History PlayingAgainstType / FilmActing

15th Apr '18 8:28:26 PM SunGuyThe3rd
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** His role in ''Film/{{The Foreigner|2017}}'' 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.

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** His role in ''Film/{{The Foreigner|2017}}'' is 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.
15th Apr '18 6:25:54 AM hipsterelephant
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* Josh Peck did this in ''The Wackness''. In an earlier role ''Film/MeanCreek'' he played a cruel, foul mouthed bully; before this he was usually the comic relief.

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* Josh Peck did this in ''The Wackness''.''Film/TheWackness''. In an earlier role ''Film/MeanCreek'' he played a cruel, foul mouthed bully; before this he was usually the comic relief.
6th Apr '18 6:08:25 AM jormis29
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* Pretty much the career of Anthony Perkins. Prior to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' he was known for playing sensitive young men and was an almost teen idol. After ''Psycho'', him ''not'' playing a creepy psychopath was considered him playing against type.

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* Pretty much the career of Anthony Perkins.Creator/AnthonyPerkins. Prior to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' he was known for playing sensitive young men and was an almost teen idol. After ''Psycho'', him ''not'' playing a creepy psychopath was considered him playing against type.
29th Mar '18 4:32:04 PM MBG159
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** In perhaps a stroke of luck for the man, his very last onscreen role was a RoleReprisal as Saruman in ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'' - as in, prior to Saruman's FaceHeelTurn. The "making of" documentary dedicates a good chunk to him explaining just how passionate he was about selling Saruman as a good guy.
26th Mar '18 6:33:26 PM Snet1939
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* ''CloudAtlas'': You could make arguments for a lot of parts actors play in the movie. Seeing Tom Hanks playing characters as sleazy, or downright villainous, as [[{{Slimeball}} the Hotel Manager]], [[DeadlyDoctor Dr. Henry Goose]] and [[AxCrazy Dermot Hoggins]] is a delightful surprise. Hugh Grant plays both a CorruptCorporateExecutive and a ''[[ImAHumanitarian cannibal tribesman]]''.
17th Mar '18 9:31:32 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'', Creator/SallyField, who's known for playing sweet, motherly characters, plays Honest Abe's bitter, controlling and highly unstable wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. This isn't Field's first time bucking typecasting. She followed ''Film/{{Gidget}}'' and ''The Flying Nun'' with the shockingly dark and horrifying ''Sybil'', which won her an Emmy, then followed the lighthearted ''SmokeyAndTheBandit'' with the gritty and dramatic ''Norma Rae'', which won her her first Oscar. Basically, Sally Field has made a career out of playing against type.

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* In ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'', Creator/SallyField, who's known for playing sweet, motherly characters, plays Honest Abe's bitter, controlling and highly unstable wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. This isn't Field's first time bucking typecasting. She followed ''Film/{{Gidget}}'' and ''The Flying Nun'' with the shockingly dark and horrifying ''Sybil'', which won her an Emmy, then followed the lighthearted ''SmokeyAndTheBandit'' ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' with the gritty and dramatic ''Norma Rae'', which won her her first Oscar. Basically, Sally Field has made a career out of playing against type.
11th Mar '18 5:34:50 PM Malady
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* Creator/EmmaWatson, known for her roles as intellectual feminists 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 ''Film/TheBlingRing''. She also portrays an AxCrazy, sailor-mouthed ("''I'M NOT '''FUCKING AROUND!!!'''''") version of herself in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.

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* Creator/EmmaWatson, known for her roles as intellectual feminists such as Belle in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'', has done or is doing this no less than twice: as ManicPixieDreamGirl Sam in ''ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'', ''Film/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'', and as brainless VillainProtagonist Nicki in Sofia Coppola's ''Film/TheBlingRing''. She also portrays an AxCrazy, sailor-mouthed ("''I'M NOT '''FUCKING AROUND!!!'''''") version of herself in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.
7th Mar '18 9:36:19 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Creator/JetLi, known for playing the heroic badass in many a martial-arts action flick, played the ruthless triad crimelord Wah Sing Ku in ''Film/LethalWeapon4''. This was his first major American role.
** Li has said himself that he enjoys playing the villain, and has done it more times than you'd think: see ''Film/TheOne'' (although here [[ActingForTwo he also plays the hero]]), ''Film/{{War}}'', ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor''.
*** Also subverted in ''War'', as [[spoiler:he turns out to be the hero, and Creator/JasonStatham's character is TheMole]].

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* Creator/JetLi, Creator/JetLi
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known for playing the heroic badass in many a martial-arts action flick, has played the ruthless triad crimelord Wah Sing Ku villains in ''Film/LethalWeapon4''. This was ''Film/LethalWeapon4'', ''Film/TheOne'', ''Film/{{War}}'' and ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'', though his first major American role.
** Li has said himself that he enjoys playing the villain, and has done it more times than you'd think: see ''Film/TheOne'' (although here [[ActingForTwo he also plays the hero]]), ''Film/{{War}}'', ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor''.
*** Also subverted in ''War'', as [[spoiler:he turns out to be the hero, and Creator/JasonStatham's character is TheMole]].
villainous roles are sometimes subverted.



* Creator/PaulRudd does this as Cactus/Bill in ''Film/{{Mute}}''. He usually plays comedic goofballs, and at first, it looks like he might be playing a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who performs surgery for the mob to make money to raise his daughter, and that he might help the main character out by helping him find his missing girlfriend. Then it turns out that [[spoiler:said girlfriend is the mother of Cactus's daughter, and he killed her so that he could keep her take her to the U.S. with him, so he's been the antagonist all along]].

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* Creator/PaulRudd does this as Cactus/Bill in ''Film/{{Mute}}''. He usually plays comedic goofballs, and at first, it looks like he might be playing a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who performs surgery for the mob to make money to raise his daughter, and that he might help the main character out by helping him find his missing girlfriend. Then it turns out that [[spoiler:said [[spoiler:the girlfriend is the mother of Cactus's daughter, and he killed her so that he could keep her take her to the U.S. with him, so he's been the antagonist all along]].
26th Feb '18 11:41:29 PM lalalei2001
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** ''Film/AChristmasCarol2009'' does a great job of highlighting both Carrey's comedic and dramatic strong points. Carrey takes Scrooge very seriously, and it doesn't come off as a caricature. Scrooge comes off as Dickens intended: a stingy curmudgeon.

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** ''Film/AChristmasCarol2009'' ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol2009'' does a great job of highlighting both Carrey's comedic and dramatic strong points. Carrey takes Scrooge very seriously, and it doesn't come off as a caricature. Scrooge comes off as Dickens intended: a stingy curmudgeon.
25th Feb '18 2:36:16 PM Siren_Spell_Book
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* Creator/JackBlack is famously known for playing an obnoxious loud mouth in over the top comedies but in Bernie (2011) who plays s kind Christian funeral director who sings gospel music and is beloved all in his small Texas town [[spoiler:despite killing someone]].
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