The charming male lead, the cunning chaebol, or the funny friend are all differing roles that many actors excel in. They are frequently cast in the same roles on screen due to typecasting. Some actors, though, showcase brand-new talents. The audience may be pleasantly surprised by how well they can play disparate roles. These actors have maintained their filmographies’ interest for a wide audience by playing a variety of different roles.
For instance, Emma Stone frequently plays funny, cute girls, but in the same-named film, she played Cruella, a cunning villain. Her character received a lot of positive feedback from critics and moviegoers, garnering her a lot of attention. The actress also demonstrated why it’s critical for actors to play a variety of roles because it pushes them to the very edge of their acting chops.
#1 Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne in “Batman” (1989) and Beetlejuice in “Beetlejuice” (1988)
Michael Keaton played the title character in the movie, and his portrayal of Beetlejuice, a trickster, and mischievous ghost, set the actor on the path to leading differing roles and critical acclaim. After “Beetlejuice,” the actor took on a number of leading roles before teaming up with Burton once more for Batman, in which he portrayed Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, a Gotham City superhero.
#2 Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator in “The Terminator” (1984) and Conan in “Conan The Barbarian” (1982)
In the movie “Conan the Barbarian,” Arnold Schwarzenegger played the barbarian warrior Conan, who seeks retribution for the murder of his parents. He appeared in “The Terminator” two years later, playing a cyborg assassin.
#3 Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in “Rocky” (1976) and John Rambo in the “Rambo” franchise
Sylvester Stallone has no qualms about playing a differing role of characters. John Rambo, a veteran of the US Army Special Forces, stars in the “Rambo” series of action films, which Sylvester Stallone created. But in “Rocky,” he played the role of Rocky Balboa, an illiterate club fighter and debt collector who receives an unlikely opportunity to challenge Apollo Creed for the world heavyweight championship (Weathers).
#4 Krister Stewart as Bella Swan in the “Twilight” series and Joan Jett in “The Runaways” (2010)
The 2010 American biographical drama film “The Runaways” is about the same-named rock group from the 1970s. Kristen Stewart played rhythm guitarist and vocalist Joan Jett in the movie. Kister Stewart, however, became well-known because of the “Twilight” books. She played a 17-year-old woman who had a vampire as her true love.
#5 Dylan O’Brien as Thomas in “The Maze Runner” (2014) and Stiles Stilinski in “Teen Wolf” (2012)
Dylan O’Brien is at ease portraying the differing roles of characters. Stiles Stilinski, a central figure in the Teen Wolf series, was portrayed by Dylan O’Brien. When leading the way in solving many of Beacon Hills’ mysteries, Stiles Stilinski is hilarious, outspoken, and incredibly intelligent. In contrast to Stiles Stilinski’s portrayal of the character, Thomas in “The Maze Runner” is too impulsive to serve as a leader.
#6 Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich in “Erin Brockovich” (2000) and Vivian Ward in “Pretty Woman” (1990)
The role in “Pretty Woman” that made Julia Roberts famous around the world was Vivian Ward. Compared to the other women Edward has dated, the persona is vivacious, kind, and a breath of fresh air. She appeared in the movie “Erin Brockovich” in 2000, where she played a heroine without superpowers who instead had unflinching resolve and unwavering compassion.
#7 Rachel McAdams as Allie Hamilton in “The Notebook” (2004) and Regina George in “Mean Girls” (2004)
Numerous different women were portrayed by Rachel McAdams. In “Mean Girls,” she portrayed Regina George, who is regarded as the Queen Bee and the leader, but in “The Notebook,” the actress portraying Allie Hamilton transformed into a well-mannered, feisty character who never adhered to the rules her mother set forth for her romantic life.
#8 Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey” (2020)
The iconic figure played by Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn. Harley is a delightfully insane woman who loves bright colors, dons garish makeup, and has numerous tattoos covering most of her body in “Birds of Prey.” In “The Wolf of Wall Street,” we got to see a different side of the actress. Naomi, played by Margot Robbie, is one of the more endearing characters, in part due to her intelligence.
#9 Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014) and the Black Panther in “Black Panther” (2018)
Chadwick Boseman played the character James Brown in “Get on Up,” who is not entirely bad but is steadfast in his beliefs. Chadwick Boseman, on the other hand, developed into a warrior and Wakanda’s protector in “Black Panther.”
#10 Reese Witherspoon as June Carter in “Walk the Line” (2005) and Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” (2001)
Reese Witherspoon played the role of Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” an upbeat character who constantly sees the best in others and in herself. She embodied June Carter, a tough and tenacious woman, in 2005.
#11 Queen Latifah as The Wizard of Oz in “The Wiz Live” (2015) and Bessie Smith in “Bessie” (2015)
In “The Wize Live,” Queen Latifah took on the persona of a shady wizard with great power. Currently, the actress faces the difficult task of capturing the gritty and tough side of the iconic 1920s Blues performer in the “Bessie.”