Question of the week: Actors whose famous role you can’t shake

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I just reviewed The Judge this weekend and I mentioned how RDJ is playing yet another variety of Tony Stark. He’s always the smartest guy in the room, and always have an arsenal of snarky remarks he can just throw at you at the best opportunity. I’m not just talking about the recent roles he does after Iron Man, but even when I saw Zodiac I still can’t get past his Stark persona. There’s always a hint of that self-assured swagger that’s borderline cocky but somehow still lovable, which is something an actor either has or doesn’t, it’s not something they can teach even at Juilliard or RADA. You know what though, I’m tired of his schtick. As Sati said in her astute comment, his cockiness seems to translate off-screen now that it’s getting on my nerves. No matter how lovable a character, an actor’s job is to be able to pull off a variety of roles convincingly, to make a conscious effort to *disappear* into whatever role they do. I think the bigger/more famous the character is, the more responsibility said actor has to shake that off.

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Now obviously RDJ isn’t the only actor with this kind of predicament, where somehow they can’t escape their most famous role. I think Johnny Depp can’t seem to shake off his Jack Sparrow image either. I’m not saying RDJ or Depp aren’t capable actors because they are, but perhaps their schtick just sticks in the mind longer than others. On the contrary, someone like like say, Christian Bale doesn’t always remind me of Bruce Wayne when he’s playing other roles post-Batman and I don’t get hang up on Maximus in Gladiator whenever I see Russell Crowe on screen.

I guess I’m just curious if anybody else feel the same, whether it’s RDJ or another actor.


So which actor(s) whose famous role you can’t shake? Or perhaps the question should be, actors who can’t shake their most famous role 🙂

Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Iron Man 2

Ok, now with the Oscars behind us, bring on the Summer blockbusters! It’s no coincidence that the brand new Iron Man 2 trailer’s released right after the Sunday telecast on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE.

I was kind of meh about the first trailer that’s more Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash-centered, but this new one looks awesome! I especially dig that last scene with the briefcase-turned-Iron-suit thing-y, major ass-kickin’ cool! Speaking of cool, Robert Downey Jr. is back as the über billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, giving Chris Bale’s Bruce Wayne a run for his money.

The story picks up exactly where the first Iron Man left off, with the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, the genius engineer, along with his secretary Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and personal pilot/confidant James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) must forge new alliances — and confront powerful enemies. We’ve got three new villains this time, with the fierce Russian weapons-maker Whiplash as the ringleader, Sam Rockwell as Stark’s industrialist rival Justin Hammer, and Scarlett Johansson as the mysterious Black Widow (another Russian character).

Emily & the comic's Black Widow

In case you didn’t know, there were some casting switcheroos that went on, with the obvious one being Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as Rhodey a.k.a. War Machine (I personally prefer Howard in this role, but whatever), and Johansson replacing the originally cast Emily Blunt as Black Widow. Blunt expressed her disappointment over losing the role in this Filmonic article, oh well, she’s not the only one, I’d rather see her than Scarlet any day! The British actress would be a much better fit (physically and otherwise), plus she’s just a much better actress IMO.

In any case, who cares about the rest of the cast, the real star is always RDJ. He fits his character like a glove, or his metal suit I should say, which looks even sleeker now. The scene with a troop of Iron Man clones suddenly popping up everywhere kind of reminds me of Transformers though, I can’t tell which is which with all those metals clanging! But even with all the off-the-charts action, we’ve also got some witty dialog that I dig about this movie. Suffice to say the trailer gets me psyched to see all the fun flix that comes in every Summer, Oscar be darned, just bring on the action!

What about you, readers? Are you as psyched about this one as I am?