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Old 08-23-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm sure there is a better term than "out-of-type" for well-known actors (not charater actors) who take parts that are unlike the types of characters they typically play (example: a leading man type in every movie who plays a grungy psychopath in a drama) but I can't think of the correct term. For example, I loved these movies: Tom Hanks (bad guy) in Road To Perdition and Tom Cruise (bad guy) in Collateral more than I like them in their typical parts. Perhaps my all time favorite out-of-type movie role is Brad Pitt in Kalifornia where he plays white trash (in a serious role) and is almost physically unrecognizable as Brad Pitt.

What are your favorite actor leaps from their traditional roles?
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I can only come up with two:

Denzel Washington in "Training Day."
Humphrey Bogart in "The African Queen."

This is a TV series, but:

Michael Chiklis in "The Shield." I had only seen him in "The Commish," and to me, he was a totally different person in The Shield. What a holy terror!

I found myself wracking my brain over "What actor can I think of that consistently played a particular role, but went in an opposite direction in such a such film?"

I was thinking Meryl Streep or Jack Nicholson or Johnny Depp until I realized that, in my opinion, they were never stereotyped into certain roles to begin with. During their careers, portraying different personality types has been their norm. I'll have to give it more thought.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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I'm sure there is a better term than "out-of-type" for well-known actors (not charater actors) who take parts that are unlike the types of characters they typically play (example: a leading man type in every movie who plays a grungy psychopath in a drama) but I can't think of the correct term. For example, I loved these movies: Tom Hanks (bad guy) in Road To Perdition and Tom Cruise (bad guy) in Collateral more than I like them in their typical parts. Perhaps my all time favorite out-of-type movie role is Brad Pitt in Kalifornia where he plays white trash (in a serious role) and is almost physically unrecognizable as Brad Pitt.

What are your favorite actor leaps from their traditional roles?
Drat. You already named several of my favorites.
Cruise gained a lot of respect from me after I saw Collateral.
Of course, there is his wacky role in Tropic Thunder, as well--he did a good job. I think he likes a challenge.

How about James Franco as the stoner in Pineapple Express? He was brilliant. But isn't he usually more serious and intense?

Robert DeNiro as the gay pirate in Stardust. You could tell how much fun he was having. Kind of a break from his usual urban tough guy mode.

Will Smith was sort of an anti-hero in Hancock--rather atypical.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I remember all the hubbub Glen Close got for playing against type in Fatal Attraction.

George Carlin playing the gay neighbor in Prince of Tides.

Sam Jackson as a rare instrument dealer & thief in The Red Violin.

Those are off the top of my head.
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:58 PM
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Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia (which I liked) and in that awful movie with Roseanne (Death Becomes Her, I think it's called).
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Old 08-23-2008, 02:05 PM
 
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George Carlin playing the gay neighbor in Prince of Tides.
heh
Or George Carlin as Mr. Conductor in Shining Time Station.

Mary Tyler Moore was nominated for an Oscar for being a horrid, bitter mom in Ordinary People.
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Old 08-23-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Cairo - Egypt
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George clooney in syriana appeared differently.
He looked very fat , put on weight on purpuse for the rule as a CIA agent in the middle east , he learned to speak arabic and farci in the movie . He was so far of love stories and women . and also nicole kidman in her movie( the hours )

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Old 08-23-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is a hoot in Twins and Kindergarten Cop two Ivan Reitman films (Ghostbusters).

Gene Hackman as the blind hermit in Young Frankenstein. Originally uncredited, many don't know that's him

Didn't Christopher Walken and Jerry Orbach get their start as song and dance men on the stage?
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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Ummm, Robin Williams anyone??
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy (1982) .
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