The Top Ten Actors Who Only Have One Character
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Words: Luke Ryan
Not that there’s anything wrong with this, mind – some of the most successful actors in Hollywood only have one character. But it’s still reassuring to know that one’s total inability to play anyone except oneself isn’t a serious impediment to a long and storied career in showbiz. Now, who needs a bookish, weedy, non-threatening guy for their upcoming blockbuster?
[Disclaimer: I actually really like a lot of the people on this list, so let’s not read too much harsh judgment into proceedings...]
10. Tracey Morgan
There’s a theory about comedians not being able to act as anyone except themselves. Tracy Morgan is probably a good case study. It’s hard to know whether he actually realises when there is or isn’t a camera on him.
9. Nicolas Cage
A man with two settings: yeah, whatever; and HOLY FUCKING SHITCICLES HERE COMES NIC CAGE.
8. Phillip Seymour Hoffman
I'm not questioning that Philip Seymour Hoffman isn't one of the best – if not the best – actor in Hollywood right now, but pretty much every character he plays falls into the corner of humanity known as "beleaguered".
7. William H. Macy
AKA We want Philip Seymour Hoffman, but more beleaguered and less expensive.
6. Keira Knightley
Just point her towards the camera and tell her to pout.
5. Bill Murray
I’m not really sure why they insist on giving his characters names any more, because they’re all basically Bill Murray.
4. Steve Buscemi
Buscemi is like the acting equivalent of an onomatopoeia, a strange-looking guy made to play strange roles that are all strange in a vaguely similar way. Who also gets killed in almost in almost every film he’s in.
3. Michael Cera
Whose recent career is just giving us an insight into what happened to George Michael when he grew up.
2. Christopher Walken
There’s a reason why 50% of the world’s population have a “Christopher Walken impression” that they bring out after the fourth drink.
1. Keanu Reeves
Oh, Keanu. That voice is just unchangeable, isn’t it? Here he is in Dracula, a film set in the 19th century, in which he plays Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.