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Old 05-05-08, 06:17 PM
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Tom Cruise always plays Tom Cruise. Name an actor who doesn't always play himself.

Jack Nicholson is always Jack Nicholson in his movies.

Tom Cruise is always plays Tom Cruise in his movies.

Julia Roberts always plays a version of herself.



Name an actor who doesn't do this - someone who always disappears like a chameleon in the role they're playing.

Example:

Gary Oldman. You never know it's Gary Oldman. It's rather Commisioner Gordon, Beethoven, or Lee Harvey Oswald.
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Originally Posted by movieguru
huh???????????
Kind of how Sam Jackson is always Sam Jackson.. Anthon Hopkins is Anthony Hopkins.. just a, different variation.
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Johnny Depp is an example of an actor who doesn't always play himself.
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Vincent D'Onofrio is a chameleon. Dude played Gomer Pyle in Full Metal Jacket and Thor from Adventures In Babysitting in the same year.
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Even though I like them both, it feels like Ed Norton and Kevin Spacey are just themselves in most of their movies.

Daniel Day Lewis is a pretty awesome one that doesn't. Russell Crowe is varied enough for me to come off as different in his roles.
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Clint Howard.

Al Pacino.
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Heath Ledger, but you know, dead and such.

Daniel Day Lewis is a master of it, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is getting pretty good at changing.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Even though I like them both, it feels like Ed Norton and Kevin Spacey are just themselves in most of their movies.


You're right about Kevin Spacey. He usually plays intimidating, smooth-talking, creepy guys.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Even though I like them both, it feels like Ed Norton
Primal Fear.
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This thread shouldn't be taken seriously.
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Originally Posted by Timber
Primal Fear.
And thinking about it, American History X so I guess I was wrong.

But lately, even in Incredible Hulk or Illusionist he seems fairly plain.
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Burt Reynolds in the 70s and 80s. he was Mr. Chameleon.
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Best underrated actors who can play different nationalities:
- Cliff Curtis
- Ciaran Hinds
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
And thinking about it, American History X so I guess I was wrong.

But lately, even in Incredible Hulk or Illusionist he seems fairly plain.
Early Norton would count. Past 5 years or so Norton has been phoning it in.
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Originally Posted by jeffkjoe
You're right about Kevin Spacey. He usually plays intimidating, smooth-talking, creepy guys.
Just like Spacey in real life.
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Viggo Mortinson. That certainly wasn't Aragon the great in History of Violence and Eastern Promises.
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I think it's more of an issue of said actor being so popular, that no matter what role they take, you think of them as themselves. Take for example, Johnny Depp. He brings every role to life, but at the same time , you never have the illusion that it simply isn't Depp.
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It's more fun to name actors that do play themselves. Like Robert Downey Jr.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
This thread shouldn't be taken seriously.
I disagree.

This thread is right on and so are most of the comments.

Gary Oldman was the first person I thought of. He has a wide a varied range of skills and pulls off many different types of roles.

Tom Cruise, well he is just the same bitter angry person he appears to be in real life, except that is all he brings to his work.

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