History PlayingAgainstType / LiveActionTV

24th Jul '16 4:09:22 PM DrOO7
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** Comedic actor and game show host Bradley Walsh was thoroughly impressive as Briscoe's [[Series/LawAndOrderUK UK]] {{Expy}} Ronnie Brooks.
** 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.
*** Even before starting on LawAndOrderUK, he played a corrupt arms dealer who briefly became Echo's abusive husband on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''.
** His most recent example of this is his turn 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).

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** Comedic Across the pond, comedic actor and game show host Bradley Walsh was thoroughly impressive as Briscoe's [[Series/LawAndOrderUK UK]] {{Expy}} Ronnie Brooks.
** JamieBamber's 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. \n*** Even before starting on LawAndOrderUK, he played Other examples include his role of Martin Klar, a [[EvilBrit corrupt arms dealer dealer]] who briefly became Echo's abusive husband on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''.
** His most recent example of this is
''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'', and his turn 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).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.
20th Jul '16 9:31:55 PM bombadil211
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* Creator/RowanAtkinson is primarily known for his rubber-faced comic roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/MrBean''. In 2016, he took on the role of Jules Maigret, a serious and soft-spoken French detective who hunts down murderers in 1950's Paris.

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* Creator/RowanAtkinson is primarily known for his rubber-faced comic roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/MrBean''. In 2016, he took on the role of [[Series/{{Maigret}} Jules Maigret, Maigret]], a serious and soft-spoken French detective who hunts down murderers in 1950's Paris.
20th Jul '16 9:15:51 PM bombadil211
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* Creator/RowanAtkinson is primarily known for his rubber-faced comic roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/MrBean''. In 2016, he took on the role of Jules Maigret, a serious and soft-spoken French detective who hunts down murderers in 1950's Paris.
12th Jul '16 9:14:08 PM Gravidef
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* One of the most famous examples of this trope might have come about when Nichelle Nichols, an African-American woman, played against ''her entire race and gender.'' Specifically, Nichols was cast as Lt. Uhura on ''Series/StarTrek.'' Uhura was the fourth-most powerful person on the ''Enterprise,'' a valued member of the ship's command team, and even kissed the (white) William Shatner--TV's first kiss between a white and black couple--in a landmark episode. At the time (the mid-to-late 1960's), black women played one type of role on television--servants, often [[SassyBlackWoman sassy.]] By playing Uhura, Nichols shattered every perception of what African-American women could be. Her influence even spilled over into the real world--Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, named Nichols as one of the reasons she entered the space program, and none other that ''Martin Luther King Jr.'' personally praised Nichols for her work and urged her to stay on the show when she considered leaving, saying "You are playing a role that is not about your color! This role could be played by anyone--this is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blonde or a pointed ear green person could take this role!"

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* One of the most famous examples of this trope might have come about when Nichelle Nichols, Creator/NichelleNichols, an African-American woman, played against ''her entire race and gender.'' Specifically, Nichols was cast as Lt. Uhura on ''Series/StarTrek.'' Uhura was the fourth-most powerful person on the ''Enterprise,'' a valued member of the ship's command team, and even kissed the (white) William Shatner--TV's first kiss between a white and black couple--in a landmark episode. At the time (the mid-to-late 1960's), black women played one type of role on television--servants, often [[SassyBlackWoman sassy.]] By playing Uhura, Nichols shattered every perception of what African-American women could be. Her influence even spilled over into the real world--Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, named Nichols as one of the reasons she entered the space program, and none other that ''Martin Luther King Jr.'' personally praised Nichols for her work and urged her to stay on the show when she considered leaving, saying "You are playing a role that is not about your color! This role could be played by anyone--this is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blonde or a pointed ear green person could take this role!"
12th Jul '16 9:10:07 PM Gravidef
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* One of the most famous examples of this trope might have come about when Nichelle Nichols, an African-American woman, played against ''her entire race and gender.'' Specifically, Nichols was cast as Lt. Uhura on ''Series/StarTrek.'' Uhura was the fourth-most powerful person on the ''Enterprise,'' a valued member of the ship's command team, and even kissed the (white) William Shatner--TV's first kiss between a white and black couple--in a landmark episode. At the time (the mid-to-late 1960's), black women played one type of role on television--servants, often [[SassyBlackWoman sassy.]] Nichols shattered every perception of what African-American women could be. In fact, none other that ''Martin Luther King Jr.'' personally praised Nichols for her work and urged her to stay on the show when she considered leaving, saying "You are playing a role that is not about your color! This role could be played by anyone--this is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blond or a pointed ear green person could take this role!"''
** Whoopi Goldberg (mentioned above) specifically cites seeing Nichols playing Uhura as one of the landmark moments of her childhood; after watching an episode, she ran to her mother and cried "Momma! There's a black lady on TV and she ain't no maid!" Decades later, Goldberg, by then known for her comic talents, requested that the creators of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' find a role for her, even offering to play a janitor if it meant honoring Nichols. The producers instead came up with Guinan, the wise and mysterious bartender on the ''Enterprise'' who was even able to stand up to Q.

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* One of the most famous examples of this trope might have come about when Nichelle Nichols, an African-American woman, played against ''her entire race and gender.'' Specifically, Nichols was cast as Lt. Uhura on ''Series/StarTrek.'' Uhura was the fourth-most powerful person on the ''Enterprise,'' a valued member of the ship's command team, and even kissed the (white) William Shatner--TV's first kiss between a white and black couple--in a landmark episode. At the time (the mid-to-late 1960's), black women played one type of role on television--servants, often [[SassyBlackWoman sassy.]] By playing Uhura, Nichols shattered every perception of what African-American women could be. In fact, Her influence even spilled over into the real world--Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, named Nichols as one of the reasons she entered the space program, and none other that ''Martin Luther King Jr.'' personally praised Nichols for her work and urged her to stay on the show when she considered leaving, saying "You are playing a role that is not about your color! This role could be played by anyone--this is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blond blonde or a pointed ear green person could take this role!"''
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** Whoopi Goldberg (mentioned above) specifically cites seeing Nichols playing Uhura as one of the landmark moments of her childhood; after watching an episode, she ran to her mother and cried "Momma! There's a black lady on TV and she ain't no maid!" Decades later, Goldberg, by then known for her comic talents, requested that the creators of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' find a role for her, even offering to play a janitor if it meant honoring Nichols. The producers instead came up with Guinan, the wise and mysterious bartender on the ''Enterprise'' who was even able to stand up to Q.Q, a nigh-omnipotent RealityWarper.



** Dwight Schultz as the timid engineer Barclay, a few years after playing the clinically insane "Howling Mad" Murdock on ''Series/TheATeam''.

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** The ''Star Trek'' universe ([[{{Pun}} tee hee]]) also has Dwight Schultz as the timid engineer Barclay, a few years after playing the clinically insane "Howling Mad" Murdock on ''Series/TheATeam''.


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* In the mid-90's, Peter Boyle was best known as the gruff, crass JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank Barone on ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond.'' Audiences were shocked, then, when he was chosen to play the title character in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles.'' While there's definitely a bit of Frank (specifically the jerkiness) in the part, Clyde is also far more multilayered and complex--he's a genuinely psychic individual [[BlessedWithSuck cursed with the power]] to [[ISeeDeadPeople foretell how people will die]]. Boyle plays the role with a surprising mix of humor, pain, and vulnerability (he even kills himself at the end of the episode), and his turn as Clyde is often praised as the best guest star in one of the best episodes of the series.
12th Jul '16 8:55:58 PM Gravidef
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* Whoopi Goldberg, mentioned above, also played against her own sassy black woman stereotype when she played the immortal free-spirited bartender Guinan on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* Speaking of TNG, you owe it to yourself to watch the episode of ''Extras'' with Patrick Stewart. He's got some wonderful ideas for a screenplay.
* Martin Luther King convinced Nichelle Nichols not to leave Star Trek as Uhura for a better career by telling her that she was currently the most important black actor on TV. Because her character was the only one for which a black actor had been cast against type. ''"You are playing a role that is not about your color! This role could be played by anyone? This is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blond or a pointed ear green person could take this role!"''
* And Dwight Schultz as the timid engineer Barclay, a few years after playing the clinically insane "Howling Mad" Murdock on ''Series/TheATeam''.

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* Whoopi Goldberg, mentioned above, also One of the most famous examples of this trope might have come about when Nichelle Nichols, an African-American woman, played against her own sassy ''her entire race and gender.'' Specifically, Nichols was cast as Lt. Uhura on ''Series/StarTrek.'' Uhura was the fourth-most powerful person on the ''Enterprise,'' a valued member of the ship's command team, and even kissed the (white) William Shatner--TV's first kiss between a white and black woman stereotype when she couple--in a landmark episode. At the time (the mid-to-late 1960's), black women played the immortal free-spirited bartender Guinan one type of role on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* Speaking
television--servants, often [[SassyBlackWoman sassy.]] Nichols shattered every perception of TNG, you owe it to yourself to watch the episode of ''Extras'' with Patrick Stewart. He's got some wonderful ideas for a screenplay.
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what African-American women could be. In fact, none other that ''Martin Luther King convinced Nichelle Jr.'' personally praised Nichols not to leave Star Trek as Uhura for a better career by telling her that work and urged her to stay on the show when she was currently the most important black actor on TV. Because her character was the only one for which a black actor had been cast against type. ''"You considered leaving, saying "You are playing a role that is not about your color! This role could be played by anyone? This anyone--this is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blond or a pointed ear green person could take this role!"''
* And ** Whoopi Goldberg (mentioned above) specifically cites seeing Nichols playing Uhura as one of the landmark moments of her childhood; after watching an episode, she ran to her mother and cried "Momma! There's a black lady on TV and she ain't no maid!" Decades later, Goldberg, by then known for her comic talents, requested that the creators of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' find a role for her, even offering to play a janitor if it meant honoring Nichols. The producers instead came up with Guinan, the wise and mysterious bartender on the ''Enterprise'' who was even able to stand up to Q.
** Speaking of TNG, you owe it to yourself to watch the episode of ''Extras'' with Patrick Stewart. He's got some wonderful ideas for a screenplay.
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Dwight Schultz as the timid engineer Barclay, a few years after playing the clinically insane "Howling Mad" Murdock on ''Series/TheATeam''.
7th Jul '16 5:56:10 AM Morgenthaler
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** Plus, many were surprised to see him play the fatherly TheObiWan Sheriff Corbin in Series/SleepyHollow.

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** Plus, many were surprised to see him play the fatherly TheObiWan Sheriff Corbin in Series/SleepyHollow.
4th Jul '16 1:06:52 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' loved this trope. It was an infamously dark mashup of GothicHorror and PoliceProcedural that was best known for artful and visually striking arrangements of mutilated human corpses, for managing to make FoodPorn out of [[ImAHumanitarian a cannibal's dinner]] in almost every episode...and for managing to snag several well-known comedians as {{guest star}}s. Creator/EddieIzzard, Molly Shannon and Dan Fogler all appear in the first season, playing one-off or recurring roles as demented {{serial killer}}s and/or unlucky victims. As dark as the show may be, one gets the sense that those actors are all [[AwesomeDearBoy having the time of their lives]] getting to be scary for once.

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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' loved this trope. It was an infamously dark mashup of GothicHorror and PoliceProcedural that was best known for artful and visually striking arrangements of mutilated human corpses, for managing to make FoodPorn out of [[ImAHumanitarian a cannibal's dinner]] in almost every episode...and for managing to snag several well-known comedians as {{guest star}}s. Creator/EddieIzzard, Molly Shannon and Dan Fogler all appear in the first season, playing one-off or recurring roles as demented {{serial killer}}s and/or unlucky victims. [[note]] Creator/PattonOswalt was also offered a role, but he declined.[[/note]] As dark as the show may be, one gets the sense that those actors are all [[AwesomeDearBoy having the time of their lives]] getting to be scary for once.
25th Jun '16 3:55:17 PM nombretomado
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* Dianne Wiest, more usually known as the sweet, motherly type (for just a few among many examples, consider: the preacher John Lithgow's wife in ''Theatre/{{Footloose}}'', the mother in ''Film/TheLostBoys'', and conservative senator Gene Hackman's wife in ''Film/TheBirdcage''), instead gets to appear as the wonderfully menacing, insane, and monstrous Evil Queen in ''TheTenthKingdom''. As she put it herself in the behind-the-scenes featurette, "It's quite delicious really. I get to kill anybody who gets in my way, so you'd better stay away from me. Otherwise you might end up dead."

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* Dianne Wiest, more usually known as the sweet, motherly type (for just a few among many examples, consider: the preacher John Lithgow's wife in ''Theatre/{{Footloose}}'', the mother in ''Film/TheLostBoys'', and conservative senator Gene Hackman's wife in ''Film/TheBirdcage''), instead gets to appear as the wonderfully menacing, insane, and monstrous Evil Queen in ''TheTenthKingdom''.''Series/TheTenthKingdom''. As she put it herself in the behind-the-scenes featurette, "It's quite delicious really. I get to kill anybody who gets in my way, so you'd better stay away from me. Otherwise you might end up dead."
24th Jun '16 9:42:28 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' loved this trope. It was an infamously dark mashup of GothicHorror and PoliceProcedural that was best known for artful and visually striking arrangements of mutilated human corpses, for managing to make FoodPorn out of [[ImAHumanitarian a cannibal's dinner]] in almost every episode...and for managing to snag several well-known comedians as {{guest star}}s. Creator/EddieIzzard, Molly Shannon and Dan Fogler all appear in the first season, playing one-off or recurring roles as demented {{serial killer}}s and/or unlucky victims. As dark as the show may be, one gets the sense that those actors are all [[AwesomeDearBoy having the time of their lives]] getting to be scary for once.
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