People Share The Actors & Actresses They Love That Only Seem To Play Themselves

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Vote up the adored actors who mastered playing themselves.

"Which actor seems to only play themselves?" - u/fullfrontalfluidity

Over on Reddit, people are sharing their favorite actors who are amazing at playing themselves...and only themselves. Be it Ryan Reynolds and his ability to bring Deadpool to most movies or Vin Diesel's talent to play Vin Diesel, here are a few beloved Hollywood actors who made a name for themselves by playing themselves. 

  • 1
    130 VOTES
    Danny Trejo
    Photo: Machete Kills / Open Road Films

    From Redditor u/Kickerz101:

    One example where I wouldn't want it any other way.

    Even in video games, he is still just cool Danny Trejo.

    From Redditor u/BillyBobBarkerJrJr:

    Also, he doesn't look like a guy I'd want to tell to act differently.

    From Redditor u/DjehutyCatfish:

    Sometimes you just need a Danny Trejo in your project.


    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, Echo Park, California
  • Michelle Rodriguez
    Photo: The Fast and the Furious 9 / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Phartlee:

    Michelle Rodriguez has never played anything other than tough girl Michelle Rodriguez.

    From Redditor u/Capt_Hawkeye_Pierce:

    I can't remember where I heard this I've heard her referred to as "angry tank top."

    From Redditor u/ExileEden:

    She did an interview one tome where someone asks her if she's upset being typecast into that role and her reply was something along the lines of, "idc because I'm good at it, besides I know what I'm capable of doing and if other actors have issues with the roles they're getting because they fell into this stigma then just go do a few indie movies and prove that you have range. Me? I just don't care."


    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Bexar County, Texas, USA
  • 3
    143 VOTES
    Jason Statham
    Photo: Pinterest

    From Redditor u/HumanWithResources:

    Jason Statham. Flashy, angry British dude who drives cars and fights blokes.



    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England
  • 4
    119 VOTES
    Ryan Reynolds
    Photo: Deadpool / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/Galaxy_Ranger_Bob:

    Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool in every single movie he's ever been in.

    Except for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I have no idea who he is playing in that movie, but it is not Deadpool.

    From Redditor u/AngloKiwi:

    Deadpool is just Van Wilder with super powers.

    From Redditor u/spaghetti_vacation:

    This. My head canon is that every Ryan Reynolds film is just Van Wilder post-college getting into deeper and deeper shenanigans.


    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 5
    67 VOTES
    Vinnie Jones
    Photo: Law & Order: Organized Crime / NBC

    From Redditor u/auniquefunnyusername:

    For his whole career, Vinnie Jones has always played a tough British mobster guy.

    This year on Law & Order: Organized Crime, he's been able to show his true dynamic range by playing a tough Albanian mobster guy.

    From Redditor u/Other-Bed:

    He’s one those people who you think has done 5, maybe 8, films but in really has done about 2,800. Is everyone outside of the U.K. generally aware that he was a footballer?


    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Watford, United Kingdom
  • 6
    133 VOTES
    Jason Momoa
    Photo: Dune / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/virtulis:

    He played a very convincing Jason Momoa in Dune!


    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA