Yuri Lowenthal is a good actor, maybe he doesn't have the greatest range, but hell, he gives his roles a lot of emotion, depth and character to some pretty dull roles coughSasukecough. This makes his typecasting especially painful, he deserves more then being cast as just another Kid Hero
. Don't get me wrong, I loved Simon
and I believe he's great as the Noble Demon Washui
and will look forward to seeing him do more acting like that.
I guess this trend comes from executives seeing Yuri Lowenthal, take a look at his resume and think, "Kid Hero
, maybe The Lancer
." And go with that. I'm sure he enjoys it, and I don't think he should have to change from his bread and butter, but if we saw some variance from not only him, but a lot more really good actors out there. I want to see more of Steve Blum
as comic relief or other non badasses, he's great at it. Or maybe a Travis Willingham
role that isn't Tall Dark And Handsome
and whose Authority Equals Asskicking
, he does that very well, but I'm sure he can different things equally good. Its a dissonance, you have actors like Luci Christian
, who can do a lot very well, or the slightly less varied Vic Mignogna
, who are slightly more well known then these other actors, yet they're given a veritable cornucopia or characters while others are handed the same model with a different color.
Hopefully this is a thing of the past as we now have actors like J Michael Tatum
, who's done nearly everything, and Johnny Yong Bosch
, who has broken free from The Messiah
and moved towards the Magnificent Bastard
. I hope this trend continues.