Quotes: Type Casting

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You couldn't give that picture away. People wouldn't except Judy in that part. They wouldn't accept me with a mustache.
Gene Kelly on his biggest bomb, The Pirate (1948)

...It has the two key qualities of a Nic Cage action film: number one, all the dialogue is either whispered or screamed; and of course number two, everything in the movie is on fire.

David Warner: Who else was in that cast..?
Malcolm Mcdowell: Which one?
Warner: Hamlet. Do tell, who was in it?
McDowell: Well, Estelle Kohler...
Warner: No no no, I meant another guy. Well-known Star Trek guy.
McDowell: (pretends to think) Oh, you mean, uh, Bill Shatner? ...Oh! Yes! Old Baldy! He was what, 23? He was playing old men even then.
Time After Time panel, DragonCon 2013

Well, I don't play heroes obviously. I never played the guy who gets the girl. It might be interesting to do a part where I was a father in a functional family.

Everyone has their thing they have to get around. With me, it's like okay, how can I make this upper class bad guy in the 19th century different and interesting?
Rufus Sewell on his "cravat" roles

I’ve played some romantic [parts], someone who gets the girl without having to choke them once in a while; I wouldn’t mind doing that more.
Ray Liotta

I'm very, very fortunate to be able to find some sort of niche, but I'm looking at scripts now, and the only prerequisite I have is no cop roles... An actor can be anybody, but once you find a niche for yourself it becomes difficult to break out, difficult to convince people that I'm also capable of playing a husband or a lawyer or a postman or a priest or a family man or a nice guy without a cop attitude.
Dennis Franz

Conan: What is it about Zachary Quinto that says 'serial killer'?
Quinto: My strong brows?

I keep getting cast as the asshole in everything. I promise I'm a nice guy.
Dave Franco

James Franco is more than just a pretty face. He puts an absurd amount of dedication into his roles, which you might not realize, since you've probably only seen him gettin' high and giggling with Seth Rogen, or gettin' high and trying to kill Spider-Man (we just naturally assume all of his characters are perpetually blazed).

For years Ray Walston was the Actor Hollywood Producers hired to play The Little Grouchy Guy That The Audience Was Supposed To Like. Any God Damn fool can play The Little Grouchy Guy That The Audience Will Think Is An Asshole —- just look at Joe Pesci or Clint Howard. But when you were making a Movie with A Little Grouchy Guy That The Audience Was Supposed To Like, Ray Walson was The Man For The Job!

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Van Cleef's face, in close-up, has the lean, hardened, embittered expression of a man who has either (a been pursuing his lonely vengeance across the plains of the West for thirty years, or (b realizes he will be making spaghetti Westerns for the rest of his life. The two looks are nearly indiscernible.
Roger Ebert, Death Rides A Horse (1969)

First, Clint Eastwood played the living embodiment of badassery, a role he had mastered mostly in the 70s and 80s. Eventually he moved on to phase two, being a director, before finally, in 1992, coming to the third and most interesting act of his career, playing washed up and retired badasses in movies he directs himself.

Ronnie Cox, whom you may remember from Beverly Hills Cop, RoboCop, Cop Rock, Beverly Hills Cop II, and his most famous work Cop Cop Part Cop: Still Copping.

The teacher, Connie, approaches the gangplank and meets perennial asshole character actor Peter Richman! You may remember him from such movies as Agent for H.A.R.M. and Bonanza: The Next Generation! He's a big TV actor who usually plays smarmy loathsome upper-crust dickheads who want Banacek DEAD. In this movie he's playing Mr. Comeuppance, the film's biggest douchebag we desperately want to see get sodomized with a machete. Good casting, actually.

So Bruce Willis plays a burned out wise cracking cop who doesn’t play by the rules. That sounds like another well known Bruce Willis movie. Tears of the Sun anyone?
Miles Antwiler on Striking Distance (1993)

Once it’s been established that (Malcolm) McDowell is significantly villainous – which could’ve been done easier by just having him turn to the camera and list his previous credits...
Chris Sims on Tank Girl

I feel like Ashley Judd fights back” is also the way you could describe the plot of 97% of the movies on Ashley Judd’s IMDB page.
DListed, "Ashley Judd Is Pressing Charges Against Trolls Who Came For Her On Twitter"

Anne Hathaway is every high school drama student I’ve ever met mashed into one person. She probably does vocal warmups before she lets out an orgasm wail and if Lea Michele wasn’t already the real-life Rachel Berry, I’d say Anne Hathaway is the real-life Rachel Berry. So yodeling on Broadway is her destiny! ...My Fair Lady is one of the ultimate makeover musicals and Anne is pretty much the queen of makeovers in movies. It’s not an Anne Hathaway project unless bitch gets a makeover in it.

(Samuel L.) Jackson's strength as an actor is not playing someone who's reserved and wise. It's playing Bad Mother Fuckers. ...Most times he'll be wearing a black leather jacket and he'll probably be, like, a cop or a special agent. Y'know, something that allows him to beat people and scream at them. Jackson's really best when he's screaming.

Jay: Liam Neeson stars in five revenge films a year. He's always out to avenge his daughter.
Mike: Those aren't movies.
Jay: Is that just— His life?
Mike: The films that come out about Liam Neeson, it's called an "ongoing biography series."
Half in the Bag, "2014 Movie Catch-Up"

Some people get typecast as smartasses, or valley girls, or sassy grandmas. Norm MacDonald seems to be pingeonholed as a taking dog. Granted, 99% of those are awful Dr. Dolittle sequels, but that's still a really niche subgenre to be wedged into. The other 1% is Vampire Dog.
Obscurus Lupa on Vampire Dog

Hi, Tom Cruise. I don't hate you like a lot of people I know do. Your primary modes of "intense focus" and "big laughter" work for the roles you get, and I'm all for your support of sci-fi.

But seriously, don't make it so obvious that you insist on riding a motorcycle in every movie, no matter how germane to the plot it is. And once you've done one movie in which multiple clones of you get killed, maybe following it with one where you die again and again isn't quite so interesting as it might otherwise be. I know you have weird beliefs about souls, but they don't have to be manifest in every single project.

Eva Green has been getting more and more femme fatale roles lately... She is, in an incredible coincidence, scheduled to play another seductive villainess in another way-late sequel to another adaption of a Frank Miller comic that also made heavy use of green screen backgrounds and an unreal, color-filtered look. Talk about oddly-specific typecasting.

Despite attacking with the fury of a beginner tango class, [David] Carradine was typecast as a martial artist and went on to film hundreds of clumsy slow motion kung fu battles. He fought Chuck Norris, James Remar, Rick Springfield, Al Leong ... he even had his own cardio karate workout video where you could stand and breathe your way to Shaolin fitness.

I think there's a slightly more comprehensible reason for (Richard E.) Grant phoning in his performance. Cornell has written the Doctor as Withnail. I was going to say I'm surprised he doesn't have the Doctor go on about the finest wines known to humanity, but then I realised he does. Twice. (I'm not saying that the Doctor as Withnail doesn't work.)

Why does Leland Orser always play unbalanced characters? He was a psychopathic hologram in Star Trek: Voyager (albeit a pretty creepy one) and a serial killer in The Bone Collector and a traumatized pilot in Saving Private Ryan. He’s up there with Brad Dourif for playing an asylum full of loonies.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Fire Walker"

Chris: Going into this episode, I was dreading seeing Erica Durance and Teri Hatcher face off in an ACTING! contest — I figured that junk would go down like Aliens Vs Predator: no matter who wins, we lose — but I actually thought they both did pretty well, considering.
David: Teri Hatcher was never that shitty of an actress, she’s just been in badly written roles, really. It’s the curse of getting known for a single role on network television.
ComicsAlliance on Smallville ("Abandoned")

It’s a sign of just how good it was that for a show that got pretty dismal ratings and was eventually cancelled, most of the cast were immediately plundered for bigger things. Most notably, Michael Cera taking his Cinema vérité Rainman persona mainstream and becoming Hollywood’s mumbling king of awkwardness, while Will Arnett and his prickish GOB ticks have become almost as ubiquitous as Will Ferrell, and gladly so. It’s no coincidence that to a man, they’ve become type-cast into playing big screen versions of their AD roles, but that’s more of an admission by Hollywood’s supposed creatives that they wish they’d been able to create such fresh characters for themselves, and have to make do with transposing them directly into their worlds. On the other side of the coin, the Ray Romanos and the whatever that guy’s name is from Will and Grace haven’t exactly been lighting up the big screen recently, so maybe quality does out in the end after all.

Who says Michael Cera plays the same role in every movie? That's absurd! In Super Bad he played a mild mannered teenager looking for love, in Juno he played— uh, okay, well in Scott Pilgrim— in Youth in Revolt— uh, okay, uh... Oh! Year One, he played a mild mannered caveman looking for love. See? totally different!