Article on Typecast Actors

There are quite a few of these. Some more painfully typecast than others, Meg Ryan springs to mind. She is best known and best liked for her role in romantic comedies. Less liked and known for her roles in the genre of drama. Two films that can be used as an example here, In the Land of Women and Against the Ropes. In both, her acting was of a high standard, but the character was not someone in love. Hence the poor reviews. Restoration is another, but that film was also less of a hit, because another lightly typecast actor portrayed the main role. And that time, he was not always portraying yet another cocky young man. That is of course, Robert Downey Jr, and the other films he's played against type, are Charlie Bartlett and maybe The Soloist.

One of those might have been just as successful as Iron Man or Sherlock Holmes, but somehow, I doubt it.

This brings me to three young actors, who have recently finished filming the last of eight movies, part of one of the biggest franchises to date. This process, took around eleven years of their lives and as can be expected, has left quite a gaping hole and the never ending question, of "What now?" They have of course, been in smaller movies, in between. Emma Watson was in Ballet Shoes, a TV film, Daniel Radcliffe was in My Boy Jack, also a TV film and Rupert Grint has been in a couple of films that went to the big screen, Cherry Bomb and Driving Lessons.

But I wonder, how long it will take, before they asked to audition for films, that are made by people who are not in any way shape or form, connected to the magical world of Harry Potter? Or when, when typed up in a review or talked about, will they be known as being in a film that wasn't the series that they started with, back when they were 10?


  1. The following quotes come from one movie, the main character is portrayed by another typecast actor. His main genre is that of comedy and almost every film, where he had dramatic role, has been given the dirty treatment by film critics. Quite sad, really.

    "[After being shot] Mask: Hold me closer, Ed, its getting dark. [Cough, cough] Tell Auntie Em to let Old Yeller out. [Cough cough] Tell Tiny Tim I won't be coming home this Christmas. [cough, cough] Tell Scarlett I do give a damn. [Coughs in Orlando's face, raspberries, then farts] Pardon me. [He dies, the Peanut Gallery appears and applauds while The Mask is handed an acting award] Thank you, you love me, you really love me!"
    "Stanley Ipkiss: [imitating Dr. Neuman] That's correct, Wendy. We all wear masks, metaphorically speaking."


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