Alan Rickman, best known as the morally dubious Severus Snape in "Harry Potter," was a prime candidate to go on this list. From his cool drawl to his solemn manner, everyone wants him to play a cold, intimidating character.
The pervert in "Sweeney Todd," to the troubled Brit in "Snow Cake," no one else covers the stiff U.K. anti-hero (or full-blown villain) like him. Has anyone (save perhaps "Love Actually) seen Alan Rickman play a character who was in the least open-hearted or extroverted? Seriously.
Maybe he oughta just stop working with Edgar Wright. First he played the titular character's pot-head, couch-potato best friend in "Shaun of the Dead." After that, he reteamed with he and Simon Pegg (Shaun) for the willfully incoherent action spoof "Hot Fuzz."
Directer Julien Jarrold must of liked the trend Wright had set that Frost played to a T, because shortly after he played a homophobe in "Kinky Boots" who doesn't figure out a considerably masculine cross-dresser's gender until he sits ON HIS LAP.
Sure, he's funny, but after these three I'm a little worried that it will be difficult to envision Nick actually possessing brains. He doesn't need to go drama exactly (like Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler...) he just ought to play a role with an IQ higher than 80.
Slimy? Icky? There to use talent to draw comedic relief at his expense? Back off, people- Ewen's taken. He was so vivid as a sexually aggressive creep who shows up at a family tragedy in "Death at a Funeral," I physically wanted someone to punch him.
He had a short but funny cameo in "Mister Foe," as a snarky co-worker who talked so big about a 'sexual experience' so vigorously and improbably it could not be true. I think I saw him in "The Lost Room," actually... I read it on Imdb, I think?
I'm positive I saw that show, but being that he never caught my eye until "Death at a Funeral" (sexually aggressive leering creeps are memorable I guess.) Was he the weird guy who'd teleport people on a country road and tell them they were dead? Does anyone know?
I have not yet seen "Julien Donkey-Boy" (though it's on the queue,) but I'd have LOVED to hear Harmony Korine's exact words when he selected him for the part.
Harmony- "I saw you in "Trainspotting," and I thought- you should visit the U.S., you make a great Paranoid Schizophrenic who's sleeping with his sister. It's our first American Dogma 95. Wanna try it?"
Ewen- "I'm so glad you thought I'd make an ideal Julien. 'Gummo' was... *cough* interesting. I'd be happy to. Sounds like a fun role."
Whether microwaving people alive, pushing siblings of castle roofs, or terrifying the public through a series of satanic hoaxes, Mark Strong seems to have the baddie role going for him.
It may not be coincidence that two of his nastiest roles ("Stardust" and the ultra-violent superhero comedy "Kick-Ass") were done by the same directer, but of what I've watched the guy in, it seems to be a common theme.
Maybe he's just got one of those dodgy faces that make everyone turn around and think 'bad guy!' everywhere he goes. If he's enjoying it, I bid good luck and perhaps one slightly diversified role.
If you watch British films at all, chances are you've seen Leo at least once. If you haven't seen him play the manic, heavily medicated, and childlike (not to say 'charmingly innocent') anti-hero of Simon Rumley's "The Living and the Dead," he's got enough roles to notice without really noticing.
Romantic reject in "Becoming Jane?" Simpering rapist who hid in the closet in "28 Days Later?" Charles Darwin in "The Fall?" (his best movie, in my opinion.) He was awkward and clueless in "Two men Went To War (the character, not the actor,)"
And no directer has had the mercy to free him from this role- if someone wants eccentric, slimy, dorky, psychotic, inept or just plain weird, Leo's got work. On the up side, he can make practically any character somewhat likable if grating, except 28, where I waited for him to be zombie food.
Look for Hamish in "Alice in Wonderland" (have you seen it? I have...) Yup. The snooty, nose-wiping aristocrat who is absolutely (positively) NOT going to get Alice.
Large nose, horrible hairpiece... that's him. Tim Burton could have at LEAST had the respect to keep him in normal hair, even Simon Rumley did!
Hey, it's Leo's dad! Sort of? Maybe? Nah... Okay, I've only seen Roger two times, but he's effectively got a very strict role going.
In "The Living & the Dead," he played Leo's father, who was under some massive stress- caring for his manically schizoid son, keeping meds under control, losing his house, and trying to reassure his sick wife everything would be okay.
In the "Goblet of Fire" (best and most complex Harry Potter film,) he also had a son who wasn't going to pass mental health records. Barty Jr. ALSO licked his lips constantly (reminiscent of Bill's scene where he carefully jabbed needles into his arm,) also showed aggression towards his mum, and had disturbing tics.
Roger must of done pretty good, because he looked in both films like he's just had a big-time ass-kicking. Looking at old pictures, he always seemed to have a tired face... he was meant to play Lord Donald Brocklebank.
Amy's always cast as positive and warm, so is that a good thing? She can make almost every character likable (Giselle was really pushing it-) Her only character I hate was Polly Purebred, and maybe that was the dog actor's fault.
She oughta branch from sweet (like "Junebug" and "Enchanted.") Adam's next role- a psychopathic femme fatale running amok with sharp implements. That should get the naysayers off her back.
This is the absolute best example of 'blame the actor-' every Timothy Spall movie I've seen was great- but yet he gets more than one star lower than Megan Fox! Why?
If people would let him play someone other than a sleazebag, he'd diversify! It's like sticking a chicken (sorry for the comparison) in a box smaller then it is and saying 'he's no good, he can't dance.'
I was happy to see he actually played a likable character- we have Tim Burton to thank for this, I mean he voiced a CGI dog, but it was still pretty cool. I think I kinda liked Stephan Fry as the Cheshire Cat better,but all the same, he did nicely. I didn't even recognize him.
"We need a good character actor. He should be icky, and slimy... I mean I'm talking a real love-to-hate."
"Whoa, hold on, Crispin Glover's cell's on hold."
After playing Marty McFly's spineless dad, Crispin moved on to the morturary-working weirdo friend in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," and the eye-patch-donning crony in the newly Burtonized "Alice in Wonderland."
Last I heard, he's making experimental films starring people with Down's- I'm personally sympathetic to them being that it's hard for a person with a handicap to find a job.
These films entail (not my own wards, I know you can't use the dreaded 'R' ward any longer, even with an ed 'retard sex and mollusk torture.' Indie filmmaking can hold nonsense pretentious scenes if they have substance- but I'm not sure this does.
I can't watch it cause it's not available on Netflix, and I don't approve of animal cruelty- if anyone can tell me, were these staged? Someone asked this precise question on Imdb, to which they were answered, "who cares?" I care.
Well some folks in the movies get a tad predictable- with funerals, time travel, down the rabbit hole, and the Special Olympics on crack, he shouldn't fall victim to this.
Okay... Alan Arkin wasn't too typecast back in the day, when they gave him roles in "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" and "Wait Until Dark." He was versatile then. But then Little Miss Sunshine came out, he won an award, and things got bland.
I'll give him credit, he's never made a bad movie (that I've seen.) But now everyone wants him to play the 'crotchety old guy with a secret good side.' He was quite funny in "Marley & Me" and he played off Owen well, but "Sunshine Cleaning..." he seems to be reprising "Little Miss Sunshine" without the cocaine.
Yes, yes, "Little Miss Sunshine" got a lot of indie acclaim. But Alan should move on, right? He did dead-pan again in "Get Smart," then completely got stuck in the regular role. There's even the 'beloved grandchild' (either Olive or Oscar) in both his "Sun" films
If the performers you're watching are one note and wearily predictable, don't necessarily place the blame on them. Directors share a lot of responsibility for fueling talent with diversity.
You may note I have never been a fan of criticizing actor's looks- I think most people who b**ch about these people being unpleasant to look upon (as if it's their shame for appearing on screen imperfect)are morbidly obese and balding.
But some of these people, being awkward or unusual-looking, can't get out of dorkfish roles as hard as they try. I will add an extra tag for a certain films that are their best- they may be liberated from the dull casting, or it might just be a really good movie.