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Yardbarker's 25 Films Where Actors Brilliantly Played Against Type

"There are plenty of actors who get routinely typecast as the comic relief, a romantic love interest, an action hero, or a villain. And once they get locked into a certain kind of role, it becomes harder to break out with each new project. Eventually, some actors choose to shed their stereotypes, while directors choose to take a chance on letting the thespians reinvent themselves. This is what is commonly referred to as casting/playing "against the type" or "against type." It has happened numerous times in every genre, however, unless it had a profound impact on the actor's career, we tried to avoid using comedies, as funny films often attempt to place notoriously serious actors in comedic roles just for laughs. Here are 25 brilliant times actors played against the type." - yardbarker.com
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Jimmy Stewart - "Vertigo" (1958)
Jimmy Stewart - "Vertigo" (1958)
2
Henry Fonda - "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)
Henry Fonda - "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)
3
Tony Curtis - "The Boston Strangler" (1968)
Tony Curtis - "The Boston Strangler" (1968)
4
Michael Keaton - "Batman" (1989)
Michael Keaton - "Batman" (1989)
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5
Leslie Nielsen - "Airplane!" (1980)
Leslie Nielsen - "Airplane!" (1980)
6
George Clooney - "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996)
George Clooney - "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996)
7
Cameron Diaz - "Being John Malkovich" (1999)
Cameron Diaz - "Being John Malkovich" (1999)
8
Harrison Ford - "What Lies Beneath" (2000)
Harrison Ford - "What Lies Beneath" (2000)
9
Samuel L. Jackson - "Unbreakable" (2000)
Samuel L. Jackson - "Unbreakable" (2000)
10
Sir Ben Kingsley - "Sexy Beast" (2000)
Sir Ben Kingsley - "Sexy Beast" (2000)
11
Adam Sandler - "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002)
Adam Sandler - "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002)
12
Jack Nicholson - "About Schmidt" (2002)
Jack Nicholson - "About Schmidt" (2002)
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13
Matt Damon - "The Bourne Identity" (2002)
Matt Damon - "The Bourne Identity" (2002)
14
Robin Williams - "One Hour Photo" (2002)
Robin Williams - "One Hour Photo" (2002)
15
Tom Hanks - "Road to Perdition" (2002)
Tom Hanks - "Road to Perdition" (2002)
16
Charlize Theron - "Monster" (2003)
Charlize Theron - "Monster" (2003)
17
Jim Carrey - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
Jim Carrey - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
18
Heath Ledger - "The Dark Knight" (2008)
Heath Ledger - "The Dark Knight" (2008)
19
Tom Cruise - "Collateral" (2004)
Tom Cruise - "Collateral" (2004)
20
Elijah Wood - "Sin City" (2005)
Elijah Wood - "Sin City" (2005)
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21
Jack Black - "King Kong" (2005)
Jack Black - "King Kong" (2005)
22
Albert Brooks - "Drive" (2011)
Albert Brooks - "Drive" (2011)
23
Liam Neeson - "Taken" (2008)
Liam Neeson - "Taken" (2008)
24
Emma Watson - "The Bling Ring" (2013)
Emma Watson - "The Bling Ring" (2013)
25
Steve Carell - "Foxcatcher" (2014)
Steve Carell - "Foxcatcher" (2014)
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