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Typecast actors who should go out of their comfort zone

By SassyGrrrl   Friday, May 20, 2016   121,711   3,263   121
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There's no doubt that after an actor does well or finds his/her groove, s/he just keeps on playing the same role over and over again.  Sometimes it's not necessarily by choice - they might keep getting those offers for similar characters because they had done such great jobs.  Still, typecasting could be considered pretty much death for some actors. 


Check out the actors who may have just played the same role over and over again to the point we both love and are getting sick of it.


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Park Shin Hye


This was already mentioned before but Park Shin Hye, over the many, many years she has been active as an actress thus far, has barely pushed beyond her limits.  In the end, she always plays the role of a pitiable victim who is too nice to do anything about her circumstances. She gets helped out as the damsel in distress.  She might have been a bit tougher in 'Pinocchio,' but basically, she plays the nice, weak girl who cries a lot.  Don't get me wrong, she cries really well and beautifully, and she is playing a gangster-turned-doctor in her next drama, so she's definitely spreading her wings!  She's getting there, but for now, she's a prime example of a typecast actress. Think 'Stairways to Heaven,' 'You're Beautiful,' 'Flower Boy Next Door,' and 'Heirs.'


Kim Nam Gil


Since becoming a majorly well-known actor through his groundbreaking role in 'Queen Seon Duk,' he has… pretty much just stuck with that.  Kim Nam Gil frequently plays the angsty, tough, vengeful guy whom you're not sure if you can trust or love.  He's the epitome of the bad boy every girl fantasizes about at some point in their life, but it'd be nice to see him in other roles… Think 'Queen Seon Duk,' 'Bad Guy,' and 'Shark.'


Hwang Jung Eum


Hwang Jung Eum is known as the 'rom-com' queen for good reason; unfortunately, this limits her, although she's experimented with more melodramatic roles before.  In the end, she's most known for and most commonly does the role of an innocent and sweet girl who is very quirky, funny, and over-the-top.  She's tough and doesn't take shit, but she's also patient and doesn't get violent for no reason.  Think 'Incarnation of Money,' 'Full House 2,' 'She Was Pretty,' 'Kill Me, Heal Me,' and likely her upcoming role in 'Lucky Romance.'


Lee Seung Gi


Except for a drama like 'My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox,' Lee Seung Gi plays the rough and brusque guy - the cold and stoic one who has a lot of inner angst so doesn't have time for your tomfoolery… until he falls for your cute and quirky charms. Okay, we get it, Lee Seung Gi. You're a tough, cool guy, but it gets kind of old after a while.  Think 'Brilliant Legacy,' 'The Book of the House of Gu,' and 'You're Surrounded.'


Song Hye Kyo


Song Hye Kyo is another 'damsel in distress' typecast, most well known for her melodramas, which is a shame because she's shone in comedic roles too like 'Full House.'  Beautiful and pained, she is reserved and distant, drawing men to her with her mysterious aura and straight morals.  Although she appears tough, she's usually helpless.  Sometimes, all she really does is cry prettily and deliver lines… Think 'Autumn in my Heart,' 'All In,' 'That Winter the Wind Blows,' and even a bit in 'Descendants of the Sun.'


Seo Hyun Jin


She's just started making a name for herself as an actress, but you can already tell that she's getting comfortable in a mold.  She plays the cheery but bizarre woman whose antics are hard to predict.  Always invisible, easy to pity, and wallowing in self-pity, her character likes to daydream and be both reserved and bold at the same time.  Although her character can be endearing to some, she may want to try a different role next time to prove she has versatility.  She definitely has the acting chops for it!  Think 'Let's Eat 2' and 'Oh Hae Young Again.'


Lee Jun Ki


When you need a guy for an action historical piece, you know who to go to!  Lee Jun Ki is great at this, so I don't have as many qualms about it, but there is no denying that he does pretty much play the same character.  The guy who doesn't want to fight but he has to fight and so he does because he's a righteous, protective man who overcomes past hardships through revenge. He is best at this type of role and well-known for him, but maybe try something different, too? Think 'Iljimae,' 'Joseon Gunman,' and 'Scholar Who Walks the Night.'  His upcoming drama 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' might be the same, too.



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    shawolinspirit1 Sunday, May 22, 2016

    If an actor plays his role perfectly  giving it more than justice , i will not ask for more . most of these actors , even tho they are Typecast actos , they  perfetcly portray them , they make me feel satisfied .plus , hwang jung hum's role in SECRET was definitely different , exremely the opposite of her other roles .Song hyo kyo definitely was not playing a Cry baby female character , she played a straightforward and strong woman alwasy defending herself and standing for her right .( example with that arrogant co-worker of hers and the hospital director) .Actually a ROM-COM is definitely hard to play , its not easy to make pple laugh .

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    pinkhat Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Park Shin Hye acting always heart touching, why you can say she played the same  character in every drama? Do you really understand her dramas stories?

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    kristina303 Sunday, May 22, 2016

    soo truee, especially Jun Ki, he has the most typecast roles

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    teleri kristina303 Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Soooo not true - come on, examples proving exactly the opposite about Lee Jun Ki have been given - so EXPLAIN why you say this!!!!

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    kristina303 teleri Monday, May 23, 2016

    Let's count the 'different' roles he had. The typecast ones that allkpop described are: Scholar Who Walks The Night, Joseon Gunman, Two Weeks, Iljimae, Arang and The Magistrate, Time Between Dog And Wolf. And somekind of diffrent were only 'Hero' and 'My Girl' (I don't count 1 episode specials, guest roles or movies) So you see he has a really much typecast dramas.

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    jennkyube kristina303 Monday, May 23, 2016

    The only similarity between the Scholar, the Gunman, the Magistrate, and Arang is they're all Joseon characters. If you watch all of those dramas, the characters are VERY different. I'll pick the ones who are super obvious: the Magistrate and the Night Scholar. If you watched both dramas, this should be super obvious to you. The other roles have different characteristics too. Yes, he did modern dramas too, but you seem to forget to include "Two Weeks," which is very different than his role in "Hero" and "My Girl." I see how Lee Seung Gi is typecast, but Lee Joon Ki? Not even close.

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    teleri kristina303 Monday, May 23, 2016

    kristina303 - Different time periods, different characters, different genres, different TYPES of sageuks in fact. You are soooo wrong here. Time Between Dog & Wolf is not a sageuk at all BTW, nor is Two Weeks - & THAT is a suspence masterpiece totally different from ANYTHING else listed, historical or not! Sheesh.

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    kristina303 teleri Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    I'm not saying that he plays only saeguk roles, but that in almost every drama he plays that poor hero. I don't understand how you can't see the simalarities in those characters -_- even if you love Jun Ki (what I actually do too) you can't deny his typecasting.

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    teleri kristina303 Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Guess what - that really general description actually fits MOST KDrama second lead males. How silly! Do please explain how the nuanced depiction of his character in Two Weeks has ANY similarities to, say, his character in Joseon Gunman other than being a guy in trouble & (sometimes) on the run? or the vampire - I mean, he's a vampire - his character is fighting the bad vamps just like every other 'good' vampire ever... The Magistrate in Arang is again another completely different character - funny, ironic, tongue firmly in cheek - so much so that when I watched Iljimae (after Arang) I had no idea it was the same actor. Speaking of which, his character in Ilijimae was much more like Jung Il Woo's depiction (actually believe it's the other way around seeing as JIW's came later) than anything Lee Jun Ki had ever done. Then there's his character in My Girl - completely different than ANYTHING else - careless playboy. The closest role to that he's done is the Magistrate - but again, lots of differences. You are just completely wrong unless you consider every single young lead actor in South Korea to be typecast.

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    kristina303 teleri Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    well you're right, many kdramas has stereotypical male lead (as well as female lead) and so do Jun Ki's dramas. And speaking of my Girl and Hero, I said that these are the dramas where he doesn't play the typical poor hero. And the fact that he plays a Vampire or has some fluff scenes as Magistrate aren't important to me. When ypu look at the bigger picture, he is always someone who sayves the day. But he could've tried out more rom-com roles or slice of life, like Misaeng or Memory. Or I'd love to see him as a cute, funny but still inteleggend guy in a investigation team or so.

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    teleri kristina303 Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Ever see King & Clown? THAT was his breakout role & it was totally unlike any KDrama role. His or others. The point about the Vampire? He did NOT act like a 'typical' poor hero - he acted like a guy trying to deal w/being a vampire. Different. Kind of a cross between Angel & Spike, in fact. And in Arang & the Magistrate, I was NOT talking about 'fluff' scenes. I was talking his CHARACTER as a whole, who was irreverent and snarky - very different than his character in anything else I've seen him in. The real point here is that Lee Jun Ki, being an excellent actor, takes each role given him and turns it into a unique personality. I can tell if its a scene from Arang or Iljimae just by the way he acts (there IS a scene in Iljimae where he dresses up as a magistrate to infiltrate - he didn't act at ALL the same as he had in Arang in that scene - he MOVED differently). So even if the original CONCEPT might be similar (ie leading male in KDrama similar) Lee Jun Ki has the acting chops to make them different.

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    jennkyube kristina303 Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Of course he often plays a hero, that's basically what the main character is! Antagonist = evil dude, protagonist = hero. If you wanna see it from that perspective, then I guess almost EVERY Korean actors and actresses are typecast. That's too generalized. I'm not even LJK's fan, but I do happen to watch most of his dramas because I'm a fan of sageuk. I cannot agree with you when you generalize all main characters from sageuk to be some sort of hero wearing hanbok and that's it. They have different characters. Maybe you can't see it, but there are others who know that his portrayal in each of his sageuk project is completely different. Like I said, if you have watched "Arang and the Magistrate" and "Scholar Who Walks the Night" you can totally see the difference.. its that obvious.

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    1Amanda Sunday, May 22, 2016

    This SassyGrrrl writer have something against Song Hye Kyo!

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    Chow_C Sunday, May 22, 2016

    and I think this article writer have something against Song Hye Kyo (?)

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    Leila_ssss Sunday, May 22, 2016

    I think Park Shin Hye is a good actress it's just that people fit her into a mold. All of these actors have potential but let's be honest here, all of them are amazing, it's just the fact that the range of what you can act as in Korea is very limited. Most of the dramas now adays are focused on doctors. Of course the range of acting is going to be limited. They keep getting casted in the same type of rolls because of that small range. It's like America setting blonde girls as the dumb cheerleaders or the mean girls except in Korea (it sometimes happens in America too), once they get famous for a type of roll, it's like they're being forced to stay there.

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    Chow_C Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Hwang Jung Eum stared in Secret with JiSung before though, its not a rom-com. so at least she did go out from her comfort zone..

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    IsleOfElfs Chow_C Sunday, May 22, 2016

    That was the first drama I saw her in. I couldn't believe it when people started calling her a 'rom-com' queen. It's fairly obvious that her acting range goes far beyond that.

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    PearlPerla Sunday, May 22, 2016

    I think Park Shin Hye is so boring... It's the same character with a different story in every drama and when I get informed that she'll play a new one I'm not interested anymore

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    bangeryun94 Sunday, May 22, 2016

    I wouldn't have included Lee Jun Ki but everybody else is pretty much on the money

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    chirel Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Lol some of these are too accurate. Park Shin Hye and Hwang Jung Eum play the same characters all the time. I'd love to see them do something different but I'm afraid they won't be able to x.x

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