It can be a great accomplishment when an actor plays a role so well that fans often can’t see beyond that one character. Then there are celebs who seem to always take on the same type of role. We take a look at nine of the biggest typecast in Hollywood…
1. Jenifer Lewis
Jenifer Lewis has played the mother (or auntie) of darn near every black celeb in all of Hollywood. Case in point: Think Like a Man, Girlfriends, The Brothers, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, What’s Love Got to Do With It, The Cookout, etc. You get the drift.
2. Angela Bassett
If you need someone to play the role of an iconic black female figure, call Ang. She has movies like Notorious, The Rosa Parks Story, Malcolm X, The Jacksons: An American Dream, and of course What’s Love Got to Do With It under her belt.
3. Morris Chestnut
Not that we’re complaining, but after Ricky got shot, Morris is almost always the suave brother with the good job in his onscreen roles. Think Like a Man, Two Can Play That Game, The Brothers, The Best Man, etc.
4. Meagan Good
She may have waited until she and her preacher husband were married before they had sex, but Megan often portrays a different type of lady in her roles. Examples: Think Like a Man (initially), The Game, Waist Deep, etc.
5. Samuel L. Jackson
Yeah, we get it. Samuel is a bad mutha***shut your mouth. But can’t they give the brother some less in-your-face roles? How about a librarian? Or a mime? Now THAT would be a sight to see.
6. Will Smith
Even big Hollywood names aren’t safe from the typecast. Will is often the “safe” Black guy cop/authority figure: Men in Black I, II, and III; I, Robot; Independence Day, Bad Boys I and II.
7. Jackie Chan
Need a martial arts aficionado? If he’s not already in production for a film where he’s playing one, call Jackie Chan. Rush Hour I, II, and III, Robin B-Hood, Shanghai Noon, Jackie Chan’s First Strike…we could go on…
8. Johnny Depp
Or maybe you need a strange, almost mythical character? Johnny is your man with films like Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, III, IV, and V; Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, and obviously Edward Scissorhands.
9. Kimberly Elise
The actress seems to find herself in roles where the character is tragically down on her luck until some force comes in and she’s renewed…or not. Check her out in For Colored Girls, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Girlfriends, John Q, and Set It Off.
Regina Hall for being highly educated in real-life, but always portraying some hood rat on the silver screen.
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