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14th Mar '17 4:59:07 PM DrOO7
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* Creator/MarkHarmon has built his career on playing honorable men--[[Series/StElsewhere doctors]], [[Series/{{NCIS}}law enforcement officers]]--but gave such an absolutely bone-chilling performance as SerialKiller Ted Bundy in the 1986 miniseries ''The Deliberate Stranger'' that he freaked ''himself'' out.
---> "The Bundy role. . .was a stretch. I was glad to leave it behind me."

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* Creator/MarkHarmon has built his career on playing honorable men--[[Series/StElsewhere doctors]], [[Series/{{NCIS}}law [[Series/{{NCIS}} law enforcement officers]]--but gave such an absolutely bone-chilling terrifying performance as SerialKiller Ted Bundy in the 1986 miniseries ''The Deliberate Stranger'' that he freaked ''himself'' out.
---> "The Bundy role. . .was a stretch. I was glad to leave when I could put it behind me."



** Some critics have lauded both performances as his finest work.

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** Some critics have lauded one or the other or both performances as his finest work.
11th Mar '17 5:07:14 PM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''Series/TheGoodWife'' starred MirandaCosgrove as a washed-up teen singer on trial for a DUI and attempted murder.

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* One episode of ''Series/TheGoodWife'' starred MirandaCosgrove Creator/MirandaCosgrove as a washed-up teen singer on trial for a DUI and attempted murder.
4th Mar '17 6:30:39 PM DrOO7
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The ''Series/FamilyTies'' dad himself, Michael Gross, playing a man so desperate for a woman's love that he murdered her brother-in-law (she had confided to him that she was afraid he was molesting her niece).

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** The ''Series/FamilyTies'' dad himself, Michael Gross, playing a man so desperate for a woman's love that he murdered her brother-in-law (she had confided to him that she was afraid he was molesting her niece).
4th Mar '17 6:29:23 PM DrOO7
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** The ''Series/FamilyTies'' dad himself, Michael Gross, playing a man who murdered his wife and another random woman. The former because she discovered his infidelities, the latter because he wanted the detectives to think a SerialKiller was at work.



** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as a "Ma Barker" type gangleader in another. ** Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson!

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** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as a "Ma Barker" type gangleader in another.
** Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson!



The ''Series/FamilyTies'' dad himself, Michael Gross, playing a man so desperate for a woman's love that he murdered her brother-in-law (she had confided to him that she was afraid he was molesting her niece).



*** Between ''BSG'' and Series/LawAndOrderUK he was Martin Klar, a [[EvilBrit corrupt arms dealer]] who briefly became Echo's abusive husband on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''.

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*** Between ''BSG'' and Series/LawAndOrderUK ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' he was Martin Klar, a [[EvilBrit corrupt arms dealer]] who briefly became Echo's abusive husband on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''.
20th Feb '17 5:11:27 PM nombretomado
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* Whatever you might think about Creator/HaydenPanettiere playing Amanda Knox in ''Film/AmandaKnoxMurderOnTrialInItaly'' - and there were [[BritishNewspapers some who definitely disapproved]] not only of her casting but of the film being made in the first place - you can't deny that it's a change of pace, to put it mildly. Then there's her playing a damaged AlphaBitch of a country singer on ''{{Series/Nashville}}'', resulting in plenty of [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]] reactions.

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* Whatever you might think about Creator/HaydenPanettiere playing Amanda Knox in ''Film/AmandaKnoxMurderOnTrialInItaly'' - and there were [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers some who definitely disapproved]] not only of her casting but of the film being made in the first place - you can't deny that it's a change of pace, to put it mildly. Then there's her playing a damaged AlphaBitch of a country singer on ''{{Series/Nashville}}'', resulting in plenty of [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]] reactions.
19th Feb '17 5:04:40 PM DrOO7
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** Some critics have lauded both performances as his finest work.
18th Feb '17 8:20:42 AM DrOO7
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* Creator/MarkHarmon has built his career on playing honorable men--doctors, law enforcement officers--but gave such an absolutely bone-chilling performance as SerialKiller Ted Bundy in the 1986 miniseries ''The Deliberate Stranger'' that he freaked ''himself'' out.

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* Creator/MarkHarmon has built his career on playing honorable men--doctors, law men--[[Series/StElsewhere doctors]], [[Series/{{NCIS}}law enforcement officers--but officers]]--but gave such an absolutely bone-chilling performance as SerialKiller Ted Bundy in the 1986 miniseries ''The Deliberate Stranger'' that he freaked ''himself'' out.out.
---> "The Bundy role. . .was a stretch. I was glad to leave it behind me."
16th Feb '17 10:04:59 AM DrOO7
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* Speaking of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise, Fred Savage isn't the only one doing that trick. If we go to SVU, Melissa Joan Hart played a teacher raped by her student and [[AdamWesting Jerry Lewis]] played [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Detective John Munch's]] mentally impaired uncle Andy. And in the original, Chevy Chase played an anti-Semitic ManipulativeBastard who made his son kill a Jewish woman he had a grudge against.
** Dean Cain. To see Superman playing a serial rapist...Brrrr.
*** Scott Peterson.
*** Also Creator/StephenColbert as the killer in an episode of L&O: Criminal Intent, as well as Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as a "Ma Barker" type gangleader, and Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson! Even Julia Roberts got to play a killer in ''Series/LawAndOrder'' once (she took the part because she was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time). The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise is arguably the best place for established "good guy" actors to show that they can play villains.

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* Speaking of the The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise, franchise is arguably the best place for established "good guy" actors to show that they can play villains. Fred Savage isn't the only one doing that trick. If we go to SVU, Melissa Joan Hart played a teacher raped by her student and [[AdamWesting Jerry Lewis]] played [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Detective John Munch's]] mentally impaired uncle Andy. And in the original, trick:
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'':
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Chevy Chase played an anti-Semitic ManipulativeBastard who made his son kill a Jewish woman he had a grudge against.
** Even America's Sweetheart Julia Roberts got to play a killer once (she took the part because she was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time).
** The original Playing Against Type actor that ''Series/LawAndOrder'' exhibited: The late, great Jerry Orbach. Originally a Musical Theatre star, he was then-best known for playing sleazy {{Amoral Attorney}}s (so like [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} Billy Flynn]], a role he originated); In fact, he even played a defense lawyer on L&O before they recast him. Turning him into a jaded, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] LawfulNeutral detective was an unexpected masterstroke, and he stayed attached to the show until his untimely death.
*** Orbach had played a very similar character to Briscoe in the 1981 film ''Film/PrinceOfTheCity''. Right before L&O, he played a sinister Mob type in ''Crimes And Misdemeanors''.
** The most recent one: Creator/AnthonyAnderson's Kevin Bernard. Last longest role was as Antwon Mitchell on ''Series/TheShield''.
*** Mitchell was also very much against type for Anderson, prior to that, he was known as the go-to BlackBestFriend or PluckyComicRelief.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit:
** Melissa Joan Hart played a teacher raped by her student
** [[AdamWesting Jerry Lewis]] played [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Detective John Munch's]] mentally impaired uncle Andy.
** Dean Cain. To see Superman playing a serial rapist...Brrrr.
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Brrrr. Speaking of whom, there's his role as wife-killer Scott Peterson.
*** Also Creator/StephenColbert as the killer in an episode of L&O: Criminal Intent, as well as Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as a "Ma Barker" type gangleader, and Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson! Even Julia Roberts got to play a killer in ''Series/LawAndOrder'' once (she took the part because she was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time). The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise is arguably the best place for established "good guy" actors to show that they can play villains.
Peterson.



*** Creator/{{Dakota|Fanning}} (Elle's older sister) played an abused child with an entirely different twist in ''{{Series/CSI}}'': [[spoiler: she was the product of [[ParentalIncest incestuous rape]], and her mother/"sister" had the rest of the family killed when her father in both senses of the word turned his attention to her.]]
*** In the same vein, notoriously sweet, good-girl actress Hilary Duff (best known as Series/LizzieMcGuire, and for being as nice IRL as she is in most of her roles) played a neglectful, hard-partying teen mother in an episode of SVU.
*** On Criminal Intent, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris played a serial killer who ''ate'' part of his victims.

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*** Creator/{{Dakota|Fanning}} (Elle's older sister) played an abused child with an entirely different twist in ''{{Series/CSI}}'': [[spoiler: she was the product of [[ParentalIncest incestuous rape]], and her mother/"sister" had the rest of the family killed when her father in both senses of the word turned his attention to her.]]
***
** In the same vein, notoriously sweet, good-girl actress Hilary Duff (best known as Series/LizzieMcGuire, and for being as nice IRL as she is in most of her roles) played a neglectful, hard-partying teen mother in an episode of SVU.
*** On Criminal Intent, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris played
one episode.
** Martin Short, known for his goofy comic roles, plays a psychic trying to help the police solve
a serial killer rape and murder case. [[spoiler: Turns out he was the serial rapist and murderer all along, who ''ate'' part of his victims.targeted virgin women. "Best sex I ever had..."]]



** The original Playing Against Type actor that ''Series/LawAndOrder'' exhibited: The late, great Jerry Orbach. Originally a Musical Theatre star, he was then-best known for playing sleazy {{Amoral Attorney}}s (so like [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} Billy Flynn]], a role he originated); In fact, he even played a defense lawyer on L&O before they recast him. Turning him into a jaded, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] LawfulNeutral detective was an unexpected masterstroke, and he stayed attached to the show until his untimely death.
*** Orbach had played a very similar character to Briscoe in the 1981 film ''Film/PrinceOfTheCity''. Right before L&O, he played a sinister Mob type in ''Crimes And Misdemeanors''.
** A currently active one: Creator/AnthonyAnderson's Kevin Bernard. Last longest role was as Antwon Mitchell on ''Series/TheShield''.
*** Mitchell was also very much against type for Anderson, prior to that, he was known as the go-to BlackBestFriend or PluckyComicRelief.



** Martin Short, known for his goofy comic roles, plays a psychic trying to help the police solve a serial rape and murder case. [[spoiler: Turns out he was the serial rapist and murderer all along, who targeted virgin women. "Best sex I ever had..."]]
** Across the pond, comedic actor and game show host Bradley Walsh was thoroughly impressive as Briscoe's [[Series/LawAndOrderUK UK]] {{Expy}} Ronnie Brooks.
** Meanwhile, Creator/JamieBamber's first TV appearance after leaving Series/LawAndOrderUK was as the criminal of the week (or rather one of them) on an episode of Series/CSIMiami. Although he was far less monstrous than most of the bad guys this show has dealt with, it was still unnerving to see him pick up a golf club and bash some poor girl's head in, then try to blame it on his partner, smugly declaring that reasonable doubt as to who was guilty would easily get him acquitted. Especially after years of seeing him play varying versions of {{Nice Guy}}s, the most recent of which was a heroic by-the-book cop. Other examples include his role of Martin Klar, a [[EvilBrit corrupt arms dealer]] who briefly became Echo's abusive husband on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'', and his part as an [[EvilBrit uber-sleazy]] photographer on ''Series/MajorCrimes'' who was such a {{Jerkass}} (among other things, he actually witnessed the murder that was being investigated but didn't call the cops as it would have revealed that he'd been spying on the victim) that the team was downright disappointed that he was innocent of the primary crime--and equally pleased and smug when they managed to nail him for manslaughter (for basically setting in motion the events that led to the incident). His most recent example as the titular ''John Doe: Vigilante'' actually subverts this, as while the man is a SerialKiller, his victims are AssholeVictims--child abusers/molesters, rapists, abusive husbands/boyfriends.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'':
** Martin Short, known for his goofy comic roles, plays a psychic trying to help Creator/StephenColbert as the police solve killer in one episode.
** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as a "Ma Barker" type gangleader in another. ** Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson!
** Creator/NeilPatrickHarris played
a serial rape and murder case. killer who ''ate'' part of his victims.
** Creator/{{Dakota|Fanning}} (Elle's older sister) played an abused child with an entirely different twist in ''{{Series/CSI}}'':
[[spoiler: Turns out he she was the serial rapist product of [[ParentalIncest incestuous rape]], and murderer all along, who targeted virgin women. "Best sex I ever had..."]]
her mother/"sister" had the rest of the family killed when her father in both senses of the word turned his attention to her.]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'':
** Across the pond, comedic actor and game show host Bradley Walsh was thoroughly impressive as Briscoe's [[Series/LawAndOrderUK UK]] {{Expy}} Ronnie Brooks.
** Meanwhile, The majority of Creator/JamieBamber's first TV appearance after leaving (who played DS Matt Devlin) roles have been varying versions of [[NiceGuy Nice Guys]], but he has a handful of these moments too, all very effective:
*** Between ''BSG'' and
Series/LawAndOrderUK he was Martin Klar, a [[EvilBrit corrupt arms dealer]] who briefly became Echo's abusive husband on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''.
*** His first role after leaving ''LOUK''
as the criminal of the week (or rather one of them) on an episode of Series/CSIMiami. Although he was far less monstrous than most of the bad guys this show has dealt with, it was still unnerving to see him pick up a golf club and bash some poor girl's head in, then try to blame it on his partner, smugly declaring that reasonable doubt as to who was guilty would easily get him acquitted. Especially after years of seeing him play varying versions of {{Nice Guy}}s, the most recent of which was a heroic by-the-book cop. Other examples include his role of Martin Klar, a [[EvilBrit corrupt arms dealer]] who briefly became Echo's abusive husband on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'', and his part as
*** He played
an [[EvilBrit uber-sleazy]] photographer on ''Series/MajorCrimes'' who was such a {{Jerkass}} (among other things, he actually witnessed the murder that was being investigated but didn't call the cops as it would have revealed that he'd been [[ThePeepingTom spying on the victim) victim)]] that the team was downright disappointed that he was innocent of the primary crime--and equally pleased and smug when they managed to nail him for manslaughter (for basically setting in motion the events that led to the incident). incident).
***
His most recent example as the titular ''John Doe: Vigilante'' actually subverts this, as while the man is a SerialKiller, his victims are AssholeVictims--child abusers/molesters, rapists, abusive husbands/boyfriends.
14th Feb '17 3:48:40 PM Vir
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* Kevin Whately, better known as Sergeant (later [[{{Series/Lewis}} Inspector]]) Lewis on ''Series/InspectorMorse'', took a break from the role in 2013. A year later, he played a [[DirtyCop joyfully corrupt]] ex-copper [=McGhee=] on ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently''. In fact, he plugged both of the male leads with a rifle --in a John Woo church shootout-- before he finally bit the dust. This occurs in the finale episode "Gently Into the Cathedral".

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* Kevin Whately, better known as Sergeant (later [[{{Series/Lewis}} [[Series/{{Lewis}} Inspector]]) Lewis on ''Series/InspectorMorse'', took a break from the role in 2013. A year later, he played a [[DirtyCop joyfully corrupt]] ex-copper [=McGhee=] on ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently''. In fact, he plugged both of the male leads with a rifle --in a John Woo church shootout-- before he finally bit the dust. This occurs in the finale episode "Gently Into the Cathedral".



** Jamie Chung typically plays an AsianAirhead. Her version of {{Disney/Mulan}} is TheStoic and a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]].

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** Jamie Chung typically plays an AsianAirhead. Her version of {{Disney/Mulan}} Disney/{{Mulan}} is TheStoic and a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]].



* In WorkingDogProductions' ''Series/{{Frontline}}'', Rob Sitch played the dimwitted host of the titular ShowWithinAShow. In ''Series/TheHollowmen'', he played an ObstructiveBureaucrat who was no genius either. He breaks the pattern in ''[[Series/{{Utopia2014}} Utopia]]'', in which he is the OnlySaneMan while ''everyone else'' (besides Only Sane Woman Nat) is either an ObstructiveBureaucrat or an idiot - or both.

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* In WorkingDogProductions' ''Series/{{Frontline}}'', Rob Sitch played the dimwitted host of the titular ShowWithinAShow. In ''Series/TheHollowmen'', he played an ObstructiveBureaucrat who was no genius either. He breaks the pattern in ''[[Series/{{Utopia2014}} ''[[Series/Utopia2014 Utopia]]'', in which he is the OnlySaneMan while ''everyone else'' (besides Only Sane Woman Nat) is either an ObstructiveBureaucrat or an idiot - or both.


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* Calum Worthy played the [[TheDitz Ditzy]] Dez on ''Series/AustinAndAlly'', then the cunning and antagonistic Victor on ''Series/{{Bizaardvark}}''.
21st Dec '16 2:43:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* AtsukoTanaka is mostly a seiyuu known for her deep voice, which goes along great with professional {{Badass}} ladies with no-nonsense personality (eg: [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Major Motoko Kusanagi]]). Her deep alluring voice is also sometimes used for villainess roles. But, in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', she voiced the penguin-sensei Michelle Peng, who, while a professional in her own way, is very peppy and has a very high-pitched voice, you REALLY won't recognize her right off bat.

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* AtsukoTanaka is mostly a seiyuu known for her deep voice, which goes along great with professional {{Badass}} badass ladies with no-nonsense personality (eg: [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Major Motoko Kusanagi]]). Her deep alluring voice is also sometimes used for villainess roles. But, in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', she voiced the penguin-sensei Michelle Peng, who, while a professional in her own way, is very peppy and has a very high-pitched voice, you REALLY won't recognize her right off bat.



* Christopher B. Duncan: BlackAndNerdy UpperClassTwit on the ''Series/TheJamieFoxxShow'', {{Badass}} [[ConsummateProfessional Comsumate]] ProfessionalKiller of Series/VeronicaMars [[spoiler:who calmly disposes the BigBad]].

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* Christopher B. Duncan: BlackAndNerdy UpperClassTwit on the ''Series/TheJamieFoxxShow'', {{Badass}} [[ConsummateProfessional Comsumate]] ProfessionalKiller of Series/VeronicaMars [[spoiler:who calmly disposes the BigBad]].
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