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Reddit user u/pretendstoknow recently asked, "What actor is the opposite of typecast, that is they play a completely different role every time?"
Here are the top-voted actors:
1."Christian Bale. Newsies to American Psycho to The Prestige to The Fighter to A Midsummer Night's Dream to The Machinist, and so on."
2."Toni Collette. I can't even recognize her from one film to the next."
3."Bryan Cranston. Rewatching Malcolm in the Middle right now and that man has some serious comedic chops."
4."Vivica A. Fox. She nails every role she has. She can do action, comedy, romance, drama, tragedy, farce, sexy, goofy, and intense. Just using her facial expressions she can tell a whole story. In terms of versatility and range, I can't think of anything she can't do well."
5."Andy Serkis. I've taking note of him since he was Gollum. He gets around and hides his face more often than you might think!"
6."Cate Blanchett. She absolutely chewed the scenery as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok."
7."Kathy Bates. Titanic, Misery, Fried Green Tomatoes, About Schmidt, Annie, Fred Claus, Midnight in Paris, American Horror Story, and The Office."
8."Brian Tyree Henry from Atlanta, Eternals, Spiderman: Across The Spider-Verse, Child's Play, Bullet Train, and Causeway."
9."Tilda Swinton. She's a chameleon."
10."Oscar Isaac. Dude feels like he’s always playing a different character. In Moon Knight, he plays three different characters alone and displays some of the most impressive acting I’ve ever seen."
11."Margo Martindale. She's in everything from Cocaine Bear, to Dexter, to BoJack Horseman, and most recently, Your Honor."
12."Willem Dafoe. That man has serious range."
13."Meryl Streep. She is an incredible chameleon, and disappears into every role she takes on. One of the most gifted actors of her generation."
14."John Lithgow. From terrifying villains in Richochet, Cliffhanger, and Dexter, to goofy lovable alien in 3rd Rock from the Sun."
15."Elizabeth Banks. Even when she does play similar characters she manages to make it two wholly different things, and not just because the material is different, that’s her just doing something new each time. As the funny weird presenter in Pitch Perfect, then the funny weird presenter in The Hunger Games, theoretically two sides of the same type of character and both brilliantly acted, but WHOLLY distinct, and not merely because one is a straight comedy and the other more of a drama."
16."Karl Urban. He’s got such a distinctive look, but he blends into every role so seamlessly that it takes me a while to realize it’s him."
17."Helena Bonham Carter. She was more recently Queen Elizabeth’s sister in The Crown. She also played Mrs. Bucket in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. She’s quite motherly and sweet. Very different than Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise. She was also in The King’s Speech as opposed to The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. I guess they all are kinda quirky roles. But she does all these characters very well."
18."I feel like David Tennant has pretty great range. He's been all over the place in genres."
19."Believe it or not, Mads Mikkelsen. He takes on mostly comedic roles in Denmark. He goes from funny to scary so quickly."
20."Gary Oldman. I have watched him in movies many times only to realize much later that it was him. The man is part chameleon."
21."Daniel Day-Lewis. The Oscar committee doesn’t even have to convene in any year that DDL has any role, in any movie, anywhere. Legendary character portrayal of Lincoln, I need to rewatch it soon."
Now it's your turn! Who's an actor that transforms from role to role? Comment below!
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