These actors who broke typecasting have one thing in common - they were willing to take an incredible career risk in order to avoid being branded as one thing for life.
Play a Disney princess a few times, and the world is going to only see you as a Disney princess - which is why Anne Hathaway went after gritty and controversial dramas to deny a permanent "Hathaway archetype."
Typecasting has ruined so many potentially great careers. Just ask the cast of Gilligan's Island or The Brady Bunch how difficult it was for them to find work when their respective series ended. TV fans simply could not see many of those actors playing a different type of character. Just try to imagine Bob Denver (Gilligan) as an anti-hero, hard-drinking detective type. Can you picture Michael Lookinland (Bobby Brady) as a deranged villain?
Perhaps those actors could have played those types of roles. But they never got the chance because they were so resolutely identified with very specific character traits. Which actor took the biggest risk to break typecasting? Who defied their original screen persona? Who just couldn't break type?
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