History PlayingAgainstType / LiveActionTV

20th Nov '17 12:25:29 AM Siempie
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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' Creator/DavidTennant plays the psychotic [[MindRape Mind Rapist]] and ''actual'' rapist Kilgrave. However, before taking the role of Kilgrave, Tennant rose to popularity by his role as the {{Adorkable}} MotorMouth Tenth Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho''.

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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' Creator/DavidTennant plays the psychotic stalker, [[MindRape Mind Rapist]] and ''actual'' rapist Kilgrave. However, before taking the role of Kilgrave, Tennant rose to popularity by his role as the {{Adorkable}} MotorMouth Tenth Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho''.
20th Nov '17 12:19:20 AM Siempie
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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' Creator/DavidTennant plays the psychotic [[MindRape Mind Rapist]] and ''actual'' rapist Kilgrave. However, before taking the role of Kilgrave, Tennant rose to popularity by his role as the {{Adorkable}} MotorMouth Tenth Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** The contrast is especially striking, since Tennant plays both Kilgrave and the Doctor very similarly. They both speak with the same Estuary accent[[note]] Tennant's natural accent is Scottish [[/note]] and Kilgrave uses the same drawn-out "Well..." as the Doctor does. The scene where Kilgrave first meets Jessica is 99% the Doctor. The only part which isn't is how he dismisses the girls he's with.
6th Nov '17 8:00:26 PM DrOO7
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** The majority of Creator/JamieBamber's (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:

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** The majority of Creator/JamieBamber's (who Inverted with Creator/JamieBamber, who played DS a NiceGuy rather than a villain--DS Matt Devlin) Devlin. In fact, most of his roles have been varying versions of [[NiceGuy Nice Guys]], but he has a handful of these moments too, all very effective:



*** 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.

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*** His first role after leaving ''LOUK'' as was 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.
6th Nov '17 7:56:31 PM DrOO7
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** 15 years later, he gave an equally scary performance as another infamous murderer--[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Capano Thomas Capano]] in the 2001 miniseries ''And Never Let Her Go''.
** Despite the fact that he's built his career on playing honorable men such as [[Series/ChicagoHope doctors]] and [[Series/{{NCIS}} law enforcement officers]], many critics have lauded one or the other or both performances as his finest work, with one even calling him "all evil" in the Capano role.

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** 15 years later, he gave an equally scary performance as another infamous murderer--[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Capano Thomas Capano]] in the 2001 miniseries ''And Never Let Her Go''.
Go''. A review flat-out described him as "all evil".
** Despite In fact, many critics have lauded one or the fact other or both performances as his finest work, with one citing the irony that he's "someone who's built his career on playing honorable men such as [[Series/ChicagoHope doctors]] and [[Series/{{NCIS}} law enforcement officers]], many critics have lauded one or the other or both performances as his finest work, with one even calling him "all evil" in the Capano role.officers]] is apparently most at home playing amoral sociopaths."
2nd Nov '17 7:45:35 PM DrOO7
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** Despite the fact that he's has built his career on playing honorable men such as [[Series/ChicagoHope doctors]], and [[Series/{{NCIS}} law enforcement officers]], many critics have lauded one or the other or both performances as his finest work, with one even calling him "all evil" in the Capano role.

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** Despite the fact that he's has built his career on playing honorable men such as [[Series/ChicagoHope doctors]], doctors]] and [[Series/{{NCIS}} law enforcement officers]], many critics have lauded one or the other or both performances as his finest work, with one even calling him "all evil" in the Capano role.
2nd Nov '17 7:44:28 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 terrifying performance as SerialKiller Ted Bundy in the 1986 miniseries ''The Deliberate Stranger'' that he freaked ''himself'' out.

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* At the height of his ''Series/StElsewhere'' fame, Creator/MarkHarmon has built his career on playing honorable men--[[Series/StElsewhere doctors]], [[Series/{{NCIS}} law enforcement officers]]--but gave such an absolutely a terrifying performance as SerialKiller Ted Bundy in the 1986 miniseries ''The Deliberate Stranger'' that he freaked ''himself'' out.out. It earned him a Golden Globe nomination.



** Some critics have lauded one or the other or both performances as his finest work, with one even calling him "all evil" in the Capano role.

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** Some Despite the fact that he's has built his career on playing honorable men such as [[Series/ChicagoHope doctors]], and [[Series/{{NCIS}} law enforcement officers]], many critics have lauded one or the other or both performances as his finest work, with one even calling him "all evil" in the Capano role.
18th Oct '17 4:13:14 AM ClintEastwood
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** Oz from ''Buffy'' was played by SethGreen, and wasn't the PluckyComicRelief?

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** Oz from ''Buffy'' was played by SethGreen, Creator/SethGreen, and wasn't the PluckyComicRelief?



** GinaTorres went from playing heroic, [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan-snarking]] [[TheLancer Zoe]] on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to playing villainous DarkMessiah Jasmine on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Creator/AdamBaldwin went from playing dim-bulb mercenary Jayne on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to playing BigBad ManipulativeBastard Marcus Hamilton on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. And Alan Tudyk goes from the sweet, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Pilot]] Wash in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to [[spoiler: the remorseless serial-killer Alpha]] in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.

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** GinaTorres Creator/GinaTorres went from playing heroic, [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan-snarking]] [[TheLancer Zoe]] on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to playing villainous DarkMessiah Jasmine on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Creator/AdamBaldwin went from playing dim-bulb mercenary Jayne on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to playing BigBad ManipulativeBastard Marcus Hamilton on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. And Alan Tudyk goes from the sweet, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Pilot]] Wash in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to [[spoiler: the remorseless serial-killer Alpha]] in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' did this wonderfully with Dean Stockwell as Brother Cavil.

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' did this wonderfully with Dean Stockwell Creator/DeanStockwell as Brother Cavil.



** 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).

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** Chevy Chase Creator/ChevyChase played an anti-Semitic ManipulativeBastard who made his son kill a Jewish woman he had a grudge against.
** Even America's Sweetheart Julia Roberts Creator/JuliaRoberts got to play a killer once (she took the part because she was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time).



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit:

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** Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson!

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** Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson! UsefulNotes/CharlesManson!



* Christopher [=McDonald=] who always plays smarmy, Jerkass characters showed up in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', in a row everyone expected to be a smarmy, Jerkass self interested Senator as quite a few politicians have been before him in the franchise. Then he turns out to be smart and noble and ends up performing a HeroicSacrifice to save the crew.

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* Christopher [=McDonald=] Creator/ChristopherMcDonald who always plays smarmy, Jerkass characters showed up in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', in a row everyone expected to be a smarmy, Jerkass self interested Senator as quite a few politicians have been before him in the franchise. Then he turns out to be smart and noble and ends up performing a HeroicSacrifice to save the crew.



* Phil Silvers, famous for playing fast-talking swindlers, appears in an episode of ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' as a Jewish retiree scraping by on his pension in a decaying neighborhood. He's a thousand miles away from Sergeant Bilko and also completely convincing.

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* Phil Silvers, Creator/PhilSilvers, famous for playing fast-talking swindlers, appears in an episode of ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' as a Jewish retiree scraping by on his pension in a decaying neighborhood. He's a thousand miles away from Sergeant Bilko and also completely convincing.



** Bug Hall, best known for his portrayal of Alfalfa in the 1994 LittleRascals movie, played a schizophrenic serial killer who is haunted by the images of his friends who perished in a fire he accidentally started.

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** Bug Hall, best known for his portrayal of Alfalfa in the 1994 LittleRascals [[Film/TheLittleRascals Little Rascals]] movie, played a schizophrenic serial killer who is haunted by the images of his friends who perished in a fire he accidentally started.



* Prior to ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', John Lithgow mostly played serious villains.

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* Prior to ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', John Lithgow Creator/JohnLithgow mostly played serious villains.



* Done to a large extent in ''Series/{{Roots}}'', which largely cast actors known for positive, wholesome roles as its nastier characters, including Robert Reed, Ralph Waite, Lorne Greene, Burl Ives, Sandy Duncan, and Chuck Conners. It also went the other way by casting Ed Asner, best known as the gruff, surly Lou Grant on ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', as a slave ship captain who is conflicted and tortured about his trade.

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* Done to a large extent in ''Series/{{Roots}}'', ''Series/Roots1977'', which largely cast actors known for positive, wholesome roles as its nastier characters, including Robert Reed, Ralph Waite, Lorne Greene, Burl Ives, Sandy Duncan, and Chuck Conners. It also went the other way by casting Ed Asner, Creator/EdAsner, best known as the gruff, surly Lou Grant on ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', as a slave ship captain who is conflicted and tortured about his trade.
15th Oct '17 1:37:13 PM nombretomado
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* Kaley Cuoco frequently plays quirky sitcom characters - [[DumbBlonde Bridget]] in ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', [[OnlySaneMan Penny]] in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', [[LovableAlphaBitch Brandy]] in ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers''. In the eighth season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' her character Billie starts out seeming like her typical type - then [[DarkAndTroubledPast we learn the truth]] and [[CerebusSyndrome things really change]].

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* Kaley Cuoco frequently plays quirky sitcom characters - [[DumbBlonde Bridget]] in ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', [[OnlySaneMan Penny]] in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', [[LovableAlphaBitch Brandy]] in ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers''.''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers''. In the eighth season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' her character Billie starts out seeming like her typical type - then [[DarkAndTroubledPast we learn the truth]] and [[CerebusSyndrome things really change]].
8th Oct '17 9:21:50 AM nombretomado
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** Perhaps not so surprising to see him in a sinister role if you've seen him in ''BlueVelvet''.

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** Perhaps not so surprising to see him in a sinister role if you've seen him in ''BlueVelvet''.''Film/BlueVelvet''.
24th Sep '17 5:41:46 PM nombretomado
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* Rik Mayall, known in the UK for his insane and violent roles in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', as well as ''TheComicStripPresents'' and other similar shows, did a non-comedic and largely straight performance as a police detective in an episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', the first acting role he took after a serious head injury. He is also the narrator of a children's show called Jellikins / Jellabies, which is a show aimed at '''2-6 year olds'''.

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* Rik Mayall, known in the UK for his insane and violent roles in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', as well as ''TheComicStripPresents'' ''Series/TheComicStripPresents'' and other similar shows, did a non-comedic and largely straight performance as a police detective in an episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', the first acting role he took after a serious head injury. He is also the narrator of a children's show called Jellikins / Jellabies, which is a show aimed at '''2-6 year olds'''.
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