The Jeff Effect
The perils of typecasting:
Part of what I think of as a great feat acting is the ability of disappear into a role. I find it continually amazing how little things can manipulate one into thinking someone is likable, attractive or creepy, but some people, despite seeming to do everything right in transforming into a different character stubbornly remind me of one character.→
Case in point: Richard Coyle
. I've never seen him play anything like his character Jeff in Coupling ever again, but goddammit if I can ever not think, "It's Jeff!" every time I see him.
Outside of stars and people who always play the same kind of character, this isn't usually a problem, and it's always fun when someone uses this to their benefit, like Chris Pratt, I'm just wondering why this is. Is it because he never looks very different, even if he sounds, moves and dresses different? Could it be solved with a mustache and a dye job?
Does anyone else have this problem with a particular actor? I know almost every one calls Ted Levine Buffalo Bill, but that's like a term of affection instead of the fact they think of him only as that character, like calling Tim Curry Dr. Frank-N-Furter or Milla Jovovich Leeloo. It's also distinct from always seeing Angelina Jolie or John Malkovich as themselves putting on a show, but they always usually look like themselves as well.