Actors should typecast themselves
I was watching the movie “The International” on the flight on my way to Taiwan. It’s a decent movie with an interesting and intelligent plot. Unfortunately, the casting of Clive Owen kinda spoilt it for me. Now, don’t get me wrong. Clive Owen is a decent actor by any standard but that’s about as good [...]
I was watching the movie “The International” on the flight on my way to Taiwan. It’s a decent movie with an interesting and intelligent plot. Unfortunately, the casting of Clive Owen kinda spoilt it for me.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Clive Owen is a decent actor by any standard but that’s about as good as he is at the moment. However, his selection of vastly contradicting roles in such an early stage of his career somehow makes him feel a little ingenuine. It’s just hard trusting the character he plays in the International when he’s done something like Shoot’em up just a couple of years ago.
Am I saying that being diverse is bad? No. But I do feel that at an early stage of your career, you should somewhat typecast yourself so the audience knows what to expect when they see you in a movie. I know that I can expect something funny if I go see a Ben Stiller movie or something dramatic with Hilary Swank present.
Once you have established yourself in a genre, it is then when an actor should start experimenting. I agree that it can become extremely hard to break away from the shadow you’ve dug yourself into but that is what separates good actors from great actors. Take Jim Carey for instance. He made me laugh like no one else but when he started turning towards more serious roles, he just disappeared. It’s a bit of a shame as I still think that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the most incredible movies but he just couldn’t shake his funny man image off.
Actors that have handled their transition superbly become the Robert De Neros or Jack Nicholsons of the box office. They can slip into any skin and come out on top. Even Meryl Streep surprised me with Mama Mia and Tom Cruise with Tropic Thunder. Their roles were such a breath of fresh air that it made me respect them all over again.
We do have an anomaly every now and then where a young actor can fit into so many different roles with ease that it makes you wonder weather they’re for real or not. I find Anne Hathaway to be one such actor. She can move from comedy to tragedy without much effort. She is my current favourite, replacing Angelina Jolie who stole my heart as Lara Croft.
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