Typecasting is nothing new in Hollywood; it's not very surprising, seeing as some actors just look and act like the cliched roles they attract. This phenomenon explains why Meg Ryan has never taken a role as a transvestite vampire, and Meatloaf has never been the object of affection in a romantic comedy.
But amazingly, some people seem to perform uncannily similar roles over and over, like Groundhog Day, but with less appealing actors. Causality loop, strange coincidence or extreme lack of range? You make the call.
#7. Olga Kurylenko's Sexual Advances Are Constantly Spurned by Video Game Characters
Nika Boronina in 2007's Hitman
Natasha Sax in 2008's Max Payne
Nika and Natasha attempt to seduce the title character in a film adaptation of a popular, violent video game. Though he is interested in her tattoo, he brutally shoots her down (figuratively speaking).
Who would want to remove a sweet Turtleneck like this?
Erstwhile hit man Agent 47 is commanded to kill a sexy Russian named Nika, who he's told witnessed a recent assassination he committed. Upon meeting her, he figures out she couldn't have been present at the shooting, and decides to protect her. Nika tries her damnedest to seduce Agent 47 by showing off how good she looks in only panties, but he only seems interested in finding out about her tattoo. Finally, she decides to get aggressive and parades around him wearing almost nothing but a tiny red dress.
What does she get for her effort? A hypodermic needle to the neck!
Not the prick she was hoping for.
Max Payne meets the sexy Russian Natasha at a party while investigating his family's murder. Natasha tries to put some moves on Max wearing a tiny red dress. He's interested in learning more about her tattoo, so he invites her back to his apartment. Natasha decides to turn up the seduction by showing off how good she looks in only panties. And what does she get for her effort? A rude expulsion from Marky Mark and the Angry Teeth!
At least he's not fighting killer plants.
She got off a lot easier, right? Wrong! Immediately after being kicked out, Natasha is killed by what appear to be the bats from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Batman's been breeding with the Cylon Raiders.
The men in Olga Kurylenko movies are insane and/or blind. Or gay. Or all three.
#6. Cameron Bright Has Magic Blood
Leech in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand
Six in 2006's (the same damn year!) Ultraviolet
Both Leech and Six cause massive fighting because a cure for super powers could be engineered from their blood.
X-Men: The Last Stand:
A cure has been found for the ever-growing mutant problem. In a highly secure government lab, the source of the cure is revealed to be Leech: a young mutant boy wearing a white outfit.
One of the less popular X-Men Halloween costumes.
Liking their mutant powers just the way they are, Magneto and his followers try to destroy the boy and his dirty, dirty anti-mutant blood, but the X-Men step in to stop them, whisking Leech away from the danger of a high security government facility and into the safety of a massive war zone between magical mutants with fatal super powers.
In an incredibly hard to watch, understand or even look at, future, a new fatal virus, hemoglophagia, is turning people into superpowered vampire-like creatures called hemophages. Infected Violet (Milla Jovavich), wearing at least 10 percent more clothes this go-around, infiltrates a highly secure government lab to destroy a weapon designed to wipe out the hemophages, only to find out the weapon is actually a young boy, Six, who is immediately given a white outfit.
Cancel the casting call! This kid from the X-Men set should work just fine.
Violet finds out Six is actually a clone of the evil Vice Cardinal Ferdinand Daxus who is infected with antigens that target hemophages. In a move completely different from the exact plot of X-Men 3, Milla believes a cure can be made from Six's blood, and decides to grab him and drag him out of harm's way via a violent and dangerous escape.
In addition to looking like the kind of kid whose blood might have special properties worth fighting over, Bright, apparently, also has that undeniable Xeroxed look about him. In 2004's Godsend, he plays Adam, an eight-year-old boy who dies in an accident and is then cloned by Robert De Niro. He loses the white outfit this time, but retains the otherworldly blank stare.
Let's hope lil' Mr. Bright doesn't have a rare and desperately needed blood type, because you can bet he'll never voluntarily give blood the rest of his life for fear of major CG carnage.
#5. Alan Arkin's Albuquerque Grandpa Character Tells It Like It Is
Edwin Hoover in 2006's Little Miss Sunshine
Joe Lorkowski in 2008's Sunshine Cleaning
They live with one of their children in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and, with the rest of their family, are trying to improve their unhappy lives with a plan that involves a shitty old van. Eventually they have heart-to-hearts to their young grandchild, telling them to never be afraid to be themselves, no matter what other people may tell them, in films that aren't nearly as cheerful as you might expect from a movie with "Sunshine" in the title.
Little Miss Sunshine:
When Edwin Hoover's granddaughter, Olive, qualifies for the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant in California, the whole family piles in a VW Microbus to get there in time. Olive's dysfunctional family begins to take its toll on her, but Grandpa is there to give her self-confidence and false hope.
Then he dies of a heroin overdose.
Feeling sunny yet?
Joe Lorkowski's daughter, Rose, is barely making ends meet with her housecleaning job, but after hearing that big bucks could be made, she decides to buy an old van and open "Sunshine Cleaning," her own unlicensed crime scene cleaning company, because that's what people in real life just do. Meanwhile, Joe's grandson is having trouble in school and needs a self-confidence boost from Grandpa.
More of the same...
If you live in New Mexico and have a wise grandpa, get ready for some quirky wisdom, and possibly a funeral.
#4. Edward Norton Has a Violent Alter Ego He Can't Control
The Narrator (AKA: Jack), in 1999's Fight Club
Bruce Banner, in 2008's The Incredible Hulk
[SPOILER ALERT FOR THE THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN FIGHT CLUB] They have split personalities that cause destruction on a massive scale, neither of whom are played by Norton.
Jack's habits of living alone, travelling constantly and not sleeping are beginning to make his life miserable. The IKEA furniture didn't help much, either. As a coping mechanism, his mind creates a split personality, Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt), a muscular badass who enjoys creating chaos.
The break room at The Gap headquarters.
Jack winds up in strained relationship with a pale brunette, Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter from every Tim Burton movie ever). She ends up in harm's way when Tyler's followers come after Jack for trying to stop Tyler's destruction. In the end, Jack figures out how to take control of Tyler with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Plan B if the Unisom doesn't kick in.
The Incredible Hulk:
After exposure to Gamma radiation, Bruce Banner is forced to keep traveling constantly because of his rampaging split personality, the Hulk.
The Hulk learns the iPad doesn't support Flash.
The Hulk is a green, ridiculously muscled badass who can't help but create chaos when Bruce gets angry. All of this seriously strains Bruce's relationship with his pale brunette girlfriend, Betty Ross, who ends up in harm's way when the army comes after him to try to stop the Hulk's destruction. Eventually, in the end, he figures out how to take control of the Hulk with meditation.
This probably would have solved Fight Club, too.
Edward Norton also played Aaron Stampler in 1996's Primal Fear, who had a fake split personality who killed an archbishop. Also, he had additional personas in Death to Smoochy, as Smoochy, and The Score, as a mentally challenged janitor.
If Edward Norton is in your house and your favorite vase gets broken, don't expect him to fess up to it anytime soon.