For Hollywood actors, one of the greatest concerns can be the possibility of being typecast as a certain character. There have been many instances in which an actor becomes so well known for a particular role or certain characteristics that it becomes almost impossible to find work playing different parts. It’s the reason some actors take less money to show their chops in independent film or hold out for other roles, sometimes without positive results.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that all actors reject the idea of being typecast — some actors embrace it and in some cases have made careers of it. Here are seven actors who have been widely typecast as a specific character over the course of their careers.
1. Michael Cera
When it comes to the role of “awkward but lovable geek,” Michael Cera’s name almost inevitably follows. After rising to prominence in the television series Arrested Development in the role of George Michael Bluth, Cera would later star in Superbad, Juno, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Year One, each of which had Cera playing more or less the same character that had earned him fame.
Unfortunately for Cera, the type of role that got him famous would eventually backfire. Not only did the actor continue to find himself being asked to perform similar roles, but moviegoers eventually got tired of the Cera type entirely, leading to a huge decline in the actor’s box office draw. In recent years, Cera has made significant pushes into independent cinema, likely in an attempt to shed his previous typecasting.