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Typecasting is a double-edged sword. For some, nailing down a type can be a great way to get consistent acting work. Consider Tony Hale, who thanks to his role as Buster in Arrested Development has become a go-to guy for when a lovable weirdo needs casting. Or think of William Fichtner whose facial features read as shifty somehow, leading to lots of villain roles, like the heart-eating Butch Cavendish in The Lone Ranger or the cold-hearted industrialist John Carlyle in Elysium. The other side of this typecasting coin though is that people—from directors to casting agents and the general public—may never be able to see you as anything other than your major breakthrough character. This is the problem that both of the vids—above and below—present through two very different roles.
Actress Katie Featherston broke through in a major way in 2007, portraying Katie in the independent movie Paranormal Activity. Playing on the found footage genre, the horror movie about demonic possession became the most profitable film of all time with a budget of $15,000 and a total gross of $193 million. Numbers this insanely good of course led to sequels, and Featherston has since appeared in Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4. And sure, Paranormal Activity 5 is coming up, and she’ll likely play a part in it. But at some point she’s going to need to get some other role, right? The Funny Or Die video plays with the concept of how hard it may be for Featherston to break out of horror by taking it one step further, having a casting director literally believe she is the Katie from the film. Lucky for Featherston, this funny vid might help break her out of her horror niche on its own.
Next up is an even funnier vid starring Dante Basco, who for a generation of movie fans will always, always be Rufio from Hook.
This sketch from The Younger Statesman was tipped by The Mary Sue, and the only thing it’s missing—by my count—is the Rufio chant. While Basco hasn’t had any live-action roles better known than the one he played in 1991, he has enjoyed a thriving voice acting career on various video games and shows like American Dragon: Jake Long, Zevo-3, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and its inspired spinoff The Legend of Korra. He’s also expanding into producing, writing, and poetry. You can keep up with him and ask him “anything” on his Tumblr.