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20 Most Specific Examples Of Movie Typecasting

30 May 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou


Typecasting is the most convenient way for directors and casting directors to cast an actor. When 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. Congratulations, you’ve got the role!

For actors, typecasting is either a bless or a curse, it all depends on the film genre. If you are Jackie Chan or Adam Sandler, you would love to be typecast. If you are an actor who’s not popular in a particular genre, you definitely want to avoid being typecast, it will easily narrow the choices.

Here are 20 most specific examples of movie typecasting, you don’t think of another actor’s name when you read these roles.


20. Glenn Morshower


The Typecasting: Inscrutable government lackey. Can broadly be described as “shadowy”.

Examples: 24, Alias, The X Files, Transformers, The Crazies, The Men Who Stare At Goats, CSI, Good Night And Good Luck

Strangest Specific Detail: In any one film, Morshower will deliver at least fifty per cent of his dialogue while touching an official-looking earpiece.


19. Tom Cruise


The Typecasting: The cocky show-off who eventually learns to dampen his ego for the sake of true love.

Examples: Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Days Of Thunder, Vanilla Sky

Strangest Specific Detail: Their lives always seem pretty sorted before the personality change. Why try harder?


18. Jon Favreau


The Typecasting: Bumbling, good-natured, everyman buddy to a Marvel superhero.

Examples: Daredevil, Iron Man, Iron Man 2

Strangest Specific Detail: Said buddy must have a ludicrously daft moniker. Foggy, meet Happy Hogan


17. Mary Steenburgen


The Typecasting: The irritable beau of a time travelling lothario.

Examples: Time After Time, Back To The Future Part 3

Strangest Specific Detail: When both characters discover their respective boyfriends are time travellers, they react in the exact same way, pitching a fit before eventually coming around to the notion. You could be watching the same film…

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  • Teddy Casimir

    “Destined for an early grave” I died lol.