Quotes / Typecasting

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

...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.

"Because Dean Norris plays a cop in everything he's fucking in!"
Steven Michael Quezada answering 'Jack' 's question whether Hank is a cop or not, Breaking Bad bloopers, Ozymandias


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)

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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!

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.

Ronny 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 doesnít play by the rules. That sounds like another well known Bruce Willis movie. Tears of the Sun anyone?

Once itís been established that (Malcolm) McDowell is significantly villainous Ė which couldíve been done easier by just having him turn to the camera and list his previous credits...
Chris Sims on Tank Girl

My Fair Lady is one of the ultimate makeover musicals and Anne Hathaway is pretty much the queen of makeovers in movies. Itís not an Anne Hathaway project unless bitch gets a makeover in it.

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.

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.)

Heís up there with Brad Dourif for playing an asylum full of loonies.
Joe Ford on Leland Orser

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(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 talking 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

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!

    Real Life 

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)

They pumped me 'til the well went dry. My image came out of Warner Bros. and it was one that was on its way out. I think I'm a little deeper than the roles I was given to play.
Troy Donahue

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

Better to be typecast than never cast.

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

Iíve played some romantic [parts], someone who gets the girl without having to choke them once in a while; I wouldnít mind doing that more.
Ray Liotta

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

My nose was to blame; it was the reason I kept getting cast as the Heavy. So I went to a plastic surgeon...the nose job didn't help. From then on I played bad guys with smaller noses.
Joe Pantoliano, Asylum

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

"With a face like this, there aren't a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I've gotta face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it's always a racist cop, or a trigger-happy cop or a crooked cop - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts."

My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth.