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    Actors you think have broken the curse of the typecast.

    Some never will and tried like William Shatner and Henry Winkler.
    Well maybe Winkler a little bit. I can't think of any right now, but put in your thoughts and it might get the juices flowing. Well possibly Michael McKean.
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    At the top of my list is Ben Stiller. After playing that nursing home worker in Happy Gilmore I thought he'd never break out. Boy, Zoolander really proved me wrong!



    Seriously I think Harrison Ford is the main one. At the beginning of his career (OK, not counting American Graffiti and other stuff before SW) he had to contend with being Han Solo and Indy but he's been successful in other action flicks, romances, and some mild comedies. What did the other people from Indy and SW go on to do that built up their careers? Other than John Ryhs-Davies I can't think of one who really broke out on their own.

    I guess you can say Patrick Stewart to some degree. He's had other parts that were nothing like Cap'n JLP, i.e., Christmas Carol.
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    Patrick Stewart doesn't do that for me. I still think JLP when I watch X-Men.
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    Robin Williams has recently escaped from his comedic side with recent films as One Hour Photo and Insomnia. I thought he was great in these films and would like to see him in more serious films .

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    Originally posted by scruffziller
    Patrick Stewart doesn't do that for me. I still think JLP when I watch X-Men.
    But at least he doesn't say 'engage' everytime he starts up his wheelchair.
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    Well, Scifi fans seem to be so fanatical about actors being the characters that they portray, but only when they are relatively unknown before their scifi role. Fox Mulder...I mean Duchovny is a prime example of this. He was in (non-scifi movies) Kalifornia, Return to me, Playing God and one of the Beethoven movie, but I will never be able to see him as anthing other then Mulder. Gillian Anderson is not as bad because she was in a really good movie called Playing By Heart which has a huge cast of well known actors. I actually believed her character in that.

    Ben Browder from Farscape is another one that I could probably never see as any other character then Crichton.
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    Originally posted by Mandalorian Candidat
    But at least he doesn't say 'engage' everytime he starts up his wheelchair.
    YEA!!!!
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    I think that Harrison Ford still has the same roles. He frequently is playing the reluctant hero or the quite romantic. Only a few times he hasn't done these things. I truly enjoy them though.

    I completely agree on Robin Williams. He was incredible in One Hour Photo. Creepy! Haven't seen Insomnia yet though.

    I think that Jim Carey has broken out of the mold. It's interesting because he is a great physical comedian. He does good work in those roles ie. Grinch, The Mask, etc. But if you haven't seen the Majestic, I really liked this one. He does good work and is able to go back and do the physical comedy.

    Don't forget the daddy of breaking the mold....Tom Hanks. Watch the earlier stuff (Turner and Hooch, Dragnet, Big) and it makes you wonder how he ever got good roles, much less Oscars.

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    Robin Williams by far. One Hour Photo and Insomnia rocked.


    Jim Carrey maybe? He did try some serious stuff. Didn't much care for it.

    As for Patrick Stewart, he was born to be Prof. X. Who else looks like him without makeup.

    Tom Hanks was another one. All he did was comedies. Bosum Buddies was great, but Cast Away was a role far from dressing like a woman.
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    Jeri Ryan is a good example. Not as well known as Harrison Ford or Tom Hanks, but certainly came from no where got a huge fan following as Seven of Nine (what big breasted chick in a body suit wouldn't be the queen of all Trekies?). She is now a major character on the acclamed Boston Public in wich her character is certainly nothing like Seven. Actors always like a challenge, but they also want to show they can do different things.

    Think of this. Ralph Fines was The Tooth Farey/ The Red Dragon serial killer in Red Dragon. Just weeks after he gave his disturbing performance of a horrible killer he was a nice noble charming millionair in Maid in Manhaton. Couldn't think of a more opposite role for him to play, to make sure he doesn't get pigon holed into some scarey killer. I mean the dude from Lambs (Buffalo Bill) wasn't in another movie for years. Everyone always saw the crazy killer with his **** between his legs. Gross!! Who'd want him in another movie? He was in The Fast and the Furious, but only as a small part.
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