Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Typecasting is a word that's thrown around the Hollywood industry quite often. It's defined as "the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character, one or more particular roles, or characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups." Many people try to claim it's not a real thing. They say it's just a stigma we place on actors who we don't want to see in certain movies. Well, typecasting isn't what we decide to think or believe, it's just something we have to accept to be a fact of acting life.

Think about it. Could you ever take a movie seriously if The Rock ever played a role like, I don't know, a tooth fairy? The ten actors in the video are some of the best examples for typecasting. With maybe one or two exceptions, none of them could ever be taken seriously in any other type of role. On of my personal favorite examples of typecasting I've recently seen has actually been discussed in a couple of my earlier posts. Charlie Day is an actor who's known for playing narrow-minded dimwits in productions such as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Horrible Bosses. In his most recent project, Pacific Rim, he plays an incredibly intelligent scientist who manages to find a solution to an invasion of monsters from a different universe. Yeah, I laughed, too. It's absurd to even think about.

This wasn't supposed to be a particularly long post. Typecasting is a simple concept that people just don't often think about. Are there some actors who are able to escape the confines of typecasting and who go on to broaden there résumé? Yes. But many, many actors are often stuck in the same kind of role for the majority of their film careers.

1 comment:

Canon Brownell said...

I agree that typecasting is a very real thing but personally I think your examples are a little off. The Rock playing the Tooth Fairy was done BECAUSE of the irony. The movie was a comedy (although not exactly funny), but the point is that they casted him as that role for the comedic effect. That also wasn't his first family movie... example: Race to Witch Mountain and The Game Plan.

Yes, Charlie Day made his break with It's Always Sunny, but I actually enjoyed him in Pacific Rim and I think he pulled off the nerdy scientist pretty well. It also provided for some great comic relief. Without that character the movie could have been even worse then you suggest.

Typecasting is very real but I highly enjoy it when they break those stereotypes.