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24 Fantastic Actors Who Are Constantly Typecast By Hollywood

"Literally cannot tell her movies apart."

Recently we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors are known for playing the same character in everything they're in. Here are some of the best suggestions:

1. Tom Cruise

Paramount Pictures

"He is so easily number one. He's played Tom Cruise in every movie he's ever made. He's the best bartender, the best pool player, the best fighter pilot, the best spy, the best race car driver. He's been doing the same thing for over 30 years!"


"Maybe early in his career it was different, but in the last 20 years he’s just been the high octane action star jumping off buildings and blowing shit up. And he’s always so hyper-masculine like he’s got something to prove!"


2. Jennifer Aniston

Warner Bros. Pictures

"She usually plays very 'Rachel-esque' characters in almost all the movies she acts in – a woman who ends up falling in love with a guy she doesn't really like. She's a wonderful talent, so I don't mind, but she's the person I thought of immediately!"


3. Dwayne Johnson

Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures

"Our man the rock always seems to play the adventurous, headstrong leader with a caring side in every movie. Great man, albeit the same man over and over."


"It’s like his character’s name changes and so does the scenery, but it’s basically the same movie lol."


4. Will Ferrell

Dreamworks/Everett / Rex Features

"An overgrown man baby in every single movie he's ever been in. His characters are completely interchangeable and unimaginative."


"Usually sexist, mean, and insulting to others – Elf excluded."


5. Melissa McCarthy

Universal Pictures

"She’s always the bumbling character – loveable and goofy, sometimes gross, tries too hard to be sexual, and always uses physical comedy."


"Literally cannot tell her movies apart."


6. Johnny Depp (and Helena Bonham Carter)

Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures

"If either of them is in a movie, you already know the plot, the character they’re going to play, and how it will end."


"Johnny goddamn Depp has played some variation of Jack Sparrow in every role since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. I feel like I would enjoy Tim Burton movies a lot more if I knew they weren't going to have different iterations of the same character every single time."


7. Danny Trejo

20th Century Fox/Sony Pictures Releasing International

"He’s always the badass machete killer guy."


8. Emma Roberts


"I feel like she is a straight bitch in everything I've seen her in."


9. Keira Knightley

United International Pictures

"She's always the female lead in any historical drama – and she is really good in all of them!"


10. Jason Statham

Millennium Films/Summit Premiere

"He always seems to play the same very British, no nonsense, slightly humorous, gut-punching, action-junkie spy man. Even when he plays bad guys, it’s very similar to his good guy characters (*cough* Fast and the Furious *cough*)."


"He's always that jilted dude in a dark turtleneck sweater/black suit that needs to save the day."


11. Katherine Heigl

20th Century Fox

"Always a baker and an overachiever, and initially hates the guy she ends up with."


12. Loretta Devine


"She's always the black grandma who dies in the end!"


"If she is in a movie, you just know she finna die 😂💀."


13. Hugh Grant

Universal Pictures

"Hugh played pretty much the same vaguely charming, intelligent, British bloke with very little moral compass in every film he was in for years. Two Weeks Notice? Bridget Jones? Love, Actually?"


14. Aubrey Plaza

FilmDistrict/Big Beach

"Always a dark creepy weirdo, but that’s why we love her!"


"I think she just plays herself in everything – she’s awesome though."


15. Adam Sandler

Sony Pictures Releasing

"Adam always plays the same quick-witted sarcastic person, let's be honest."


16. Leslie Mann

20th Century Fox

"She almost always plays the sweet, naive love interest. I love her and she really owns that role, but she does play it a lot."


17. Kevin Hart

Warner Bros. Pictures

"He's always the short obnoxious guy who needs the big strong guy to help him out and show him the way. The dynamic is just old now."


18. Noah Centineo


"Always the hot, adorable nerd/jock that everyone has a crush on."


19. Michelle Rodriguez

Universal Pictures

"She always plays the badass tough girl who isn’t taking any of your shit and could probably beat you up."


"Always the lowkey sexy badass. It’s fine because she is one, but come on give her a deeper plot!"


20. Robert Sheehan


"He always portrays a goofy/drug addict/anarchist character."


21. Rebel Wilson

Warner Bros. Pictures/Netflix

"Forever typecast as the best friend – a funny, wild, chubby girl with a heart of gold."


"Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, The Hustle, How To Be Single – all just Fat Amy in different places."


22. Ben Platt


"He always plays the anxious, awkward character. Normally, I'd have no issue with it, but when he was cast as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, he even changed Cunningham to fit the character type he's used to playing."


23. Robert Downey Jr

Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

"This is gonna hurt some feelings, but RDJ. He's more or less the same in every movie from Iron Man to The Judge. Don't get me wrong, I love him, but he's the same."


"Always an overly-confident, snarky dude."


24. Michael Cera

Kerry Hayes/Universal Pictures

"I'm sorry, but he is the same guy in every single movie and TV show he's in."


Note: Some entries were edited for length and/or clarity.

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