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(Huffington Post)   Fifteen actors who can't escape the role that made them famous. Poor Jason Alexander   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 213
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2013-03-08 09:12:21 AM  
You mean Duckman?
 
2013-03-08 09:32:11 AM  
Some of these are good examples, but Elijah Wood has definitely had a career since LOTR, and he was pretty famous before that.
 
2013-03-08 09:36:40 AM  
 
2013-03-08 09:38:03 AM  
I've never thought of Alicia Silverstone as being locked into the role she played on Clueless. She did other stuff before that and after.
 
2013-03-08 09:40:18 AM  
It's a pretty meh list.

I know a lot of people who refer to Mark Hamill as the Joker before they call him Luke Skywalker. He's had a pretty successful voice-over career.

Elijah Wood. Nah, he's done enough other things to make it off that list.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-08 09:43:04 AM  
Alicia Silverstone will always be the jailbait 14 year old next door from The Crush to me. She was probably actually 16 during filming.
 
2013-03-08 09:50:33 AM  
I think it's a bit premature to say that Daniel Radcliffe can't escape Harry Potter.  Elijah Wood may always be known as Frodo, but he has been able to keep working in a variety of roles.  Robert Pattinson was pretty good in Cosmopolis (and I haven't seen any Twilight films)
 
2013-03-08 09:51:27 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: It's a pretty meh list.

I know a lot of people who refer to Mark Hamill as the Joker before they call him Luke Skywalker. He's had a pretty successful voice-over career.

Elijah Wood. Nah, he's done enough other things to make it off that list.



I would say the same for John Stamos or James Van Der Beek. I think TFA is confusing "best known for" with "can't escape".
Mark Paul Gosselaar and Jaleel White, on the other hand...they totally belong on that list. (because you still want to call them Zack and Urkel instead of their real names)
 
2013-03-08 10:14:19 AM  

ZAZ: Alicia Silverstone will always be the jailbait 14 year old next door from The Crush to me. She was probably actually 16 during filming.


This.
 
2013-03-08 10:16:52 AM  
Topher Grace will always be Eric Forman.
 
2013-03-08 10:26:19 AM  

slayer199: Elijah Wood may always be known as Frodo, but he has been able to keep working in a variety of roles.


He was creepy as hell in Sin City.
 
2013-03-08 10:27:06 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: He's had a pretty successful voice-over career.


This, and its a damn shame he hung up his Joker hat

And I know I am going to be oddball out, but I've always had a weird thing for Heather Matarazzo
 
2013-03-08 10:27:22 AM  

slayer199: I think it's a bit premature to say that Daniel Radcliffe can't escape Harry Potter.  Elijah Wood may always be known as Frodo, but he has been able to keep working in a variety of roles.  Robert Pattinson was pretty good in Cosmopolis (and I haven't seen any Twilight films)


I can't wait to see him in Horns.
 
2013-03-08 10:27:27 AM  
They lead with Dawson, but don't include the pie farker?
 
2013-03-08 10:27:28 AM  
Elijah Wood was a star far before he became the lead for LOTR
 
2013-03-08 10:28:07 AM  
Whar Stiffler, whar?
 
2013-03-08 10:28:15 AM  

ZAZ: Alicia Silverstone will always be the jailbait 14 year old next door from The Crush to me. She was probably actually 16 during filming.


It was the Aerosmith videos that did it for me.
 
2013-03-08 10:29:36 AM  
I never watched Dawson's Creek so James Van Der Beek has always been that guy from Rules of Attraction for me.

And are you telling me that his performance in "Dunston Checks In" didn't help Jason Alexander escape the George typecasting?
 
2013-03-08 10:29:52 AM  

mahuika: Some of these are good examples, but Elijah Wood has definitely had a career since LOTR, and he was pretty famous before that.


Was about to say this.  The role of Frodo has not defined his career at all.  I would also say that Mark Hamill has had a very good career since Star Wars outside of acting which he seems to like better.
 
2013-03-08 10:30:18 AM  

Psycoholic_Slag: It was the Aerosmith videos that did it for me.


I love that video, Stephen Dorf was in that as well.

I'll always remember him as that kid from The Gate
 
2013-03-08 10:32:27 AM  
What about the opposite phenomenon? I never see Jack Nicholson or Tom Cruise as the character they are playing, only as themselves.
 
2013-03-08 10:33:10 AM  
Radcliff is trying like hell to escape it, while others made a career of their one role.  And I still like Elijah's work since LotR.

Mischa can't escape here divaness.  I'd say bilson can't escape her role from the OC.
 
2013-03-08 10:34:42 AM  

PanicMan: You mean Duckman?


You mean Richard Here's chum in Pretty Woman?
 
2013-03-08 10:35:03 AM  

PanicMan: You mean Duckman?


My first thought.

+1 to you Sir.
 
2013-03-08 10:35:55 AM  
Sorry, But I have to say the list is wrong in my eyes for a few reasons:

Mark Hamill is not just Luke Skywalker but the best damn Joker ever!
Elijah Wood is Sigma from Red Vs Blue amoung other things.
 
2013-03-08 10:37:23 AM  

cman: Elijah Wood was a star far before he became the lead for LOTR


I remember him first from "North", nfc what that's about at this point though.
 
2013-03-08 10:37:59 AM  

kid_icarus: AnotherBluesStringer: It's a pretty meh list.

I know a lot of people who refer to Mark Hamill as the Joker before they call him Luke Skywalker. He's had a pretty successful voice-over career.

Elijah Wood. Nah, he's done enough other things to make it off that list.


I would say the same for John Stamos or James Van Der Beek. I think TFA is confusing "best known for" with "can't escape".
Mark Paul Gosselaar and Jaleel White, on the other hand...they totally belong on that list. (because you still want to call them Zack and Urkel instead of their real names)


I agree with that. Seems to me that John Stamos and James Van Der Beek are best known for being themselves nowadays. Much like Christopher Walken, he's pretty much a caricature of himself. He's the creepy guys who speaks with odd inflections. John Stamos is the hunk. Van Der Beek is...well whatever.
 
2013-03-08 10:38:22 AM  
Peter Falk was always proud to be typecast as Columbo. The role have him money, a nice house, time to pursue painting, and fans who adored him.

Pity Vincent Price, who started as leading man material. Still, he was a trooper, and did some interesting bits for cooking shows, and even did ads for Sears for creating an art collection.

List missing ensign chekov.
 
2013-03-08 10:39:00 AM  
Jon Heder has had a reasonable career since Napoleon Dynamite.
 
2013-03-08 10:39:05 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-08 10:39:14 AM  
...Poor Jason Alexander

Famous actor problems.
/just think of the many actors who never made it at all
 
2013-03-08 10:40:16 AM  

yves0010: Elijah Wood is Sigma from Red Vs Blue amoung other things.


Wait, Elijah Wood is in RvB? Wait, what's a Sigma? Has it really been that long since I watched that series? Do they actually have plots beyond Red vs. Blue now?
 
2013-03-08 10:41:34 AM  
I don't feel bad for Alexander or that Harry Potter kid.  They both made a crazy fortune playing those roles.
 
2013-03-08 10:41:45 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Whar Stiffler, whar?


You need to see Goon.
 
2013-03-08 10:42:13 AM  
This list fails for several reason, but one of the biggest is these stars are all YOUNG! Give some these folks 5-10 years. Pattison just wrapped the Twilight series, what, 1 to 2 years ago? If Pattinson is still getting offered vampire roles when he is 40, then one could say he has been typecast. It took Sean Connery a while to "escape" from James Bond, but I'd say he has had a successful career since leaving 007 behind.
 
2013-03-08 10:42:19 AM  
I notice that all of those people have a lot more money than I have.
 
2013-03-08 10:43:06 AM  
Jason Alexander seems to be a good sport about this.  His twitter feed regularly includes both popular and obscure Seinfeld & George Costanza references.
 
2013-03-08 10:44:35 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Van Der Beek is...well whatever

bald
 
mhd
2013-03-08 10:45:03 AM  

Fano: List missing ensign chekov.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-08 10:47:04 AM  
Porn stars?
 
2013-03-08 10:47:45 AM  
www.iphotoscrap.com

yup, poor thing locked into the clueless role...
/hot
//rawr
///slashies!
 
2013-03-08 10:49:52 AM  
They had me until Elijah Wood.  Wilfred is amazing and he was great in Sin City.  He is becoming more than just Frodo!

/North was awesome.
 
2013-03-08 10:51:47 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: kid_icarus: AnotherBluesStringer: It's a pretty meh list.

I know a lot of people who refer to Mark Hamill as the Joker before they call him Luke Skywalker. He's had a pretty successful voice-over career.

Elijah Wood. Nah, he's done enough other things to make it off that list.


I would say the same for John Stamos or James Van Der Beek. I think TFA is confusing "best known for" with "can't escape".
Mark Paul Gosselaar and Jaleel White, on the other hand...they totally belong on that list. (because you still want to call them Zack and Urkel instead of their real names)

I agree with that. Seems to me that John Stamos and James Van Der Beek are best known for being themselves nowadays. Much like Christopher Walken, he's pretty much a caricature of himself. He's the creepy guys who speaks with odd inflections. John Stamos is the hunk. Van Der Beek is...well whatever.


cdn.crushable.com
 
2013-03-08 10:52:16 AM  

TheLopper: Zarquon's Flat Tire: Whar Stiffler, whar?

You need to see Goon.


That was may favorite sports movie of last year, and probably in my top 5 total for last year. Excellent movie and highly underrated.
 
2013-03-08 10:52:17 AM  
Mark Hamill will always be Donald Swan to me.
 
2013-03-08 10:52:36 AM  

Fano: Peter Falk was always proud to be typecast as Columbo. The role have him money, a nice house, time to pursue painting, and fans who adored him.

Pity Vincent Price, who started as leading man material. Still, he was a trooper, and did some interesting bits for cooking shows, and even did ads for Sears for creating an art collection.

List missing ensign chekov.


You forgot Gary "Radar O'Riley" Burghoff
 
2013-03-08 10:57:42 AM  
Count me in the "List fails" crowd.

A lot of those guys are too young to be considered 'typecaste' already and some of them have done a good job of breaking out of their old show persona's into something else.

Out of the 15 actors listed, only 5 actually meet the criteria.
 
2013-03-08 10:58:07 AM  
I think Radcliffe will break out of Harry Potter, he's way too funny and entertaining not to. Example. Of course, I could see him taking the Muniz route and retiring to become a racecar driver or something with his ridiculous fortune.

Van Der Beek did a pretty good Sean Bateman. Not that Ellis characters require a lot of range, but I wasn't thinking "Dawson" when I saw him.
 
2013-03-08 11:00:29 AM  

Tremolo: I think Radcliffe will break out of Harry Potter, he's way too funny and entertaining not to. Example. Of course, I could see him taking the Muniz route and retiring to become a racecar driver or something with his ridiculous fortune.


Oh the kid is great. I think the main difference between the HP series and the Twilight series was you could tell all the kids on HP had a great time and enjoyed every second of it. And he's also a funny little farker too.

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2013-03-08 11:02:53 AM  
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