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* Many people don't even know that Music/DavidBowie's character's name in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' is supposed to be Jareth, not "David Bowie".
** This also sums up his first major, and usually best-regarded, film role, AlienAmongUs Thomas Jerome Newton in ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth''. In the retrospective book ''David Bowie Is'', critic Creator/MarkKermode reflects the popular opinion in arguing that Bowie is perfect as Newton because he doesn't have to stretch to play an unearthly being. (Film director Nicholas Roeg tapped him for the role after seeing the documentary profile ''Cracked Actor''.)
** Averted in ''Film/ThePrestige'', where Bowie's nuanced performance as Nikola Tesla prevents the audience from being taken out of the film simply due to his presence on screen.


For an actor's career, this can be a double-edged sword. If people like the actor, they'll stay loyal to him and see his movies regardless of what they're about. On the other hand, if audiences turn against the actor, they won't be able to appreciate his work no matter how good the material is. And if they really want to be taken seriously and play ''{{Hamlet}}'', it's a real (but not impossible) obstacle to overcome.

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For an actor's career, this can be a double-edged sword. If people like the actor, they'll stay loyal to him and see his movies regardless of what they're about. On the other hand, if audiences turn against the actor, they won't be able to appreciate his work no matter how good the material is. And if they really want to be taken seriously and play ''{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', it's a real (but not impossible) obstacle to overcome.


* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade history professor]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]''[[note]]"I'm not Spanish, I'm Egyptian!"[[/note]], or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].

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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a Lithuanian submarine captain in the Soviet Navy]], an [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade American history professor]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]''[[note]]"I'm not Spanish, I'm Egyptian!"[[/note]], or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].


** And ''{{Foxcatcher}}'', where he played a mentally-ill millionaire and [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct got himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor]].

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** And ''{{Foxcatcher}}'', ''Film/{{Foxcatcher}}'', where he played a mentally-ill millionaire and [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct got himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor]].


* Creator/JackNicholson is always Jack Nicholson, whether he's [[Film/TheWitchesOfEastwick Satan]], [[Film/{{Batman}} the Joker]], or [[Film/TheShining a psychotic writer]]. With the notable exceptions of Charley Partanna in ''Film/PrizzisHonor'' (Remember? He's stupid), Jack Gittes the detective in ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', and a [[Film/AboutSchmidt retired insurance salesman]].

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* Creator/JackNicholson is always Jack Nicholson, whether he's [[Film/TheWitchesOfEastwick Satan]], [[Film/{{Batman}} [[Film/Batman1989 the Joker]], or [[Film/TheShining a psychotic writer]]. With the notable exceptions of Charley Partanna in ''Film/PrizzisHonor'' (Remember? He's stupid), Jack Gittes the detective in ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', and a [[Film/AboutSchmidt retired insurance salesman]].


** And ''{{Foxcatcher}}'', where he played a mentally-ill millionaire and [[HeReallyCanAct got himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor]].

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** And ''{{Foxcatcher}}'', where he played a mentally-ill millionaire and [[HeReallyCanAct [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct got himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor]].



** Creator/JesseEisenberg seemed slated for the same fate but escaped it due to a combination of GenreSavvy and HeReallyCanAct. That doesn't stop people from confusing Cera and Eisenberg, however.
* Creator/BrianBlessed: Completely and utterly embraces this trope, absolutely revels in his reputation as a BoisterousBruiser in spite of the fact he is [[HeReallyCanAct perfectly capable of "proper" acting]] if he feels like it (see ''Series/IClaudius'' for proof).

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** Creator/JesseEisenberg seemed slated for the same fate but escaped it due to a combination of GenreSavvy and HeReallyCanAct.SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct. That doesn't stop people from confusing Cera and Eisenberg, however.
* Creator/BrianBlessed: Completely and utterly embraces this trope, absolutely revels in his reputation as a BoisterousBruiser in spite of the fact he is [[HeReallyCanAct [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct perfectly capable of "proper" acting]] if he feels like it (see ''Series/IClaudius'' for proof).



* Music/ElvisPresley, similarly to Music/EltonJohn, is primarily known as a musician, and pretty much was playing "Elvis" no matter what the role. It didn't help that most of his films were formulaic "Elvis musicals" as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had contracted him to play, and much to Elvis' eventual frustration, he rarely got to break away from the formula (though films like ''Love Me Tender'' and ''Flaming Star'' showed he had [[HeReallyCanAct potential as an actor]].)

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* Music/ElvisPresley, similarly to Music/EltonJohn, is primarily known as a musician, and pretty much was playing "Elvis" no matter what the role. It didn't help that most of his films were formulaic "Elvis musicals" as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had contracted him to play, and much to Elvis' eventual frustration, he rarely got to break away from the formula (though films like ''Love Me Tender'' and ''Flaming Star'' showed he had [[HeReallyCanAct [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct potential as an actor]].)



* Creator/MaryTylerMoore was so closely identified with Laura Petrie that, when she got [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow her own show]], the network nixed the show's original idea to have Mary Richards be recently divorced since the audience would think she had left Dick. It took until ''Film/OrdinaryPeople'' for her [[HeReallyCanAct to establish herself as a dramatic actress]] playing [[EvilMatriarch a cold, emotionally repressed mother]] in a troubled family.

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* Creator/MaryTylerMoore was so closely identified with Laura Petrie that, when she got [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow her own show]], the network nixed the show's original idea to have Mary Richards be recently divorced since the audience would think she had left Dick. It took until ''Film/OrdinaryPeople'' for her [[HeReallyCanAct [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct to establish herself as a dramatic actress]] playing [[EvilMatriarch a cold, emotionally repressed mother]] in a troubled family.


* Creator/KateHudson is essentially seen as herself in most of her films. She's almost always an {{Adorkable}} EveryoneLovesBlondes who's LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces. Even her most iconic role in ''Film/AlmostFamous'' is an example of this. The exception seems to be the horror movie ''Film/TheSkeletonKey'', where she played a hospice nurse. It sparked SheReallyCanAct reactions.

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* Creator/KateHudson is essentially seen as herself in most of her films. She's almost always an {{Adorkable}} EveryoneLovesBlondes who's LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces. Even her most iconic role in ''Film/AlmostFamous'' is an example of this. The exception seems to be the horror movie ''Film/TheSkeletonKey'', where she played a hospice nurse. It sparked SheReallyCanAct SugarWiki/SheReallyCanAct reactions.


* Somewhere along the way Creator/TomCruise both stopped aging and stopped disappearing into his roles. This may or may not be related to his perennial fondness for playing an [[ActionHero]] who uncovers [[TheConspiracy various secrets and plots]] (not that there's much to disappear into in most cases.)

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* Somewhere along the way Creator/TomCruise both stopped aging and stopped disappearing into his roles. This may or may not be related to his perennial fondness for playing an [[ActionHero]] [[ActionHero action hero]] who uncovers [[TheConspiracy various secrets and plots]] (not that there's much to disappear into in most cases.)

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* Somewhere along the way Creator/TomCruise both stopped aging and stopped disappearing into his roles. This may or may not be related to his perennial fondness for playing an [[ActionHero]] who uncovers [[TheConspiracy various secrets and plots]] (not that there's much to disappear into in most cases.)

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** The Website/{{Cracked}} article "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-people-mistakenly-think-are-automatically-hilarious/ 4 Things People Mistakenly Think Are Automatically Hilarious]]" discusses this trope at length while discussing the tendency for reviews to attempt to add cheap comedy by simply referring to a character by their actor's name or the name of a character that actor is more famous for, noting how when this sort of thing is done ''right'', it's done to point out this trope. It goes on to speak on Arnold specifically, and how basically every role of his was "here's Arnold if he were an ''<insert movie-worthy occupation>''", ending by noting that saying something like "here's the scene in ''Junior'' where Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to give birth" isn't a forced joke formula, that's actually what the scene comes across as.


* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade history professor]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].

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* Creator/SeanConnery is always Sean Connery, mostly due to him NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. It doesn't matter if he's playing James Bond, [[Film/TheUntouchables an Irish cop in prohibition-era Chicago]], [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober a Russian]], a [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade history professor]], a freaking ''[[Film/{{Highlander}} Spaniard]]'', Spaniard]]''[[note]]"I'm not Spanish, I'm Egyptian!"[[/note]], or even someone who was evidently as American as apple pie, he [[FunetikAksent shtill hash that shignature Shcottish brogue]]. Most other Bond actors were not so lucky, succumbing to [[IAmNotSpock the opposite trope]].


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** Also, [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Liam Neeson is your dad.]]


* Like Creator/PatrickStewart, Creator/LeVarBurton zig-zags between this trope and IAmNotSpock. Although widely known as Geordi, he's also prominent for hosting ''Series/ReadingRainbow'' and starring in ''Series/{{Roots}}''.

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* Like Creator/PatrickStewart, Creator/LeVarBurton zig-zags between this trope and IAmNotSpock. Although widely known as Geordi, he's also prominent for hosting ''Series/ReadingRainbow'' and starring in ''Series/{{Roots}}''.''Series/{{Roots|1977}}''.


** Averted in ''Film/ThePrestige'', where Bowie's nuanced performance as Nikola Tesla prevents the audience from being taken out of the film simply due to his presence.

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** Averted in ''Film/ThePrestige'', where Bowie's nuanced performance as Nikola Tesla prevents the audience from being taken out of the film simply due to his presence.presence on screen.

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** Averted in ''Film/ThePrestige'', where Bowie's nuanced performance as Nikola Tesla prevents the audience from being taken out of the film simply due to his presence.


* Sir Creator/IanMcKellen is known as the distinguished classical British actor, no matter what he does. He only just escaped [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Gandalf]] (or, to a lesser extent "I Am Not Magneto" in ''{{Film/XMen}}'') by being so darn respectable and having a Sir on the front of his name. The likes of ''Film/AptPupil'' prove he can transcend the "Look, It's Sir Ian [=McKellen=]" effect.

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* Sir Creator/IanMcKellen is known as the distinguished classical British actor, no matter what he does. He only just escaped [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Gandalf]] (or, to a lesser extent "I Am Not Magneto" in ''{{Film/XMen}}'') ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'') by being so darn respectable and having a Sir on the front of his name. The likes of ''Film/AptPupil'' prove he can transcend the "Look, It's Sir Ian [=McKellen=]" effect.

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