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  • Miles
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    I was thinking about this question after watching the trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. The whole time I couldn’t get out of my head the fact that it was Tom Hanks, which is making me worried to see the movie.

    Maybe an even better example of this is Matthew Broderick’s cameo in Manchester by the Sea. I felt so bad, but I just could not take him seriously in the role no matter how hard I tried, through no fault of his.

    So now I’m wondering, is it possible for actors to be “too famous” to keep acting, and if so, what are some other examples?

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    KLV
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    Streep, herself….

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    JGibson
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    I couldn’t really focus on “The Post” since everyone involved in that film was famous. There was THE meryl and tom hanks, and it was directed by THE steven spielberg, it was written by THE writers of spotlight, the score was done by THE john williams, all its supporting cast were up-and-coming actors featured in hot tv shows.
    There were just too much Oscar bait narrative distracting the story. All that to produce just a C- movie.

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    Jays
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    Sometimes yeah, to be honest. Or if you’re just more familiar with the actor/actress outside of film. But I also feel like no matter how famous an actor/actress gets, if they are genuinely talented they should be able to create a character that should set them apart from their real life persona. Whether that’s through their voice, mannerisms, hair style/color, etc. I had the same problem with Hanks in that trailer too, but that could also be because I’m not familiar with Rogers.

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    Pollo crudo
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    This happens to me when I watch a Marvel actor in a serious movie.

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    kellis
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    I don’t know about actors to stop acting because of it (it really just depends on the role/performance), but Streep is the epitome of being too famous in Big Little Lies. She was great, but all I could think of was that this is Meryl Streep acting as a grandmother. The role needed another actress. Hanks is also probably too famous for Rogers and vice versa. Rogers is so embedded in a ton of Americans’ childhood that it’s hard to see anyone in the role, and Hanks being as famous as he is doesn’t help. I couldn’t take him seriously in the trailer just because it was like Hanks was playing Hanks, and doesn’t really resemble or capture Rogers’ essence. Rylance would’ve been a perfect fit.

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    BICTH
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    whenever I think that I just watch a jlo movie and bath myself in all of her camp-tacular glory

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    Atypical
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    Absolutely! Tom Cruise and Will Smith are already there. Julia Roberts at one point in her heyday. Leonardo DiCaprio came super-close to that in “Once Upon a Time…” It’s probably the reason Tom Hanks has had to wait so many years for his next Oscar nomination. He’ll need to go completely against type next time, if that’s possible. I’m iffy about Mr. Rogers unless the reviews are in and the reviews are undeniable.

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    Mr. Tintin
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    I’m going to get hate, but Samuel L. Jackson fits the bill to an extent.

    Emmys 2019: I stan Amy Adams, Mahershala Ali, and Jason Bateman.

    Oscars 2020: I stan Robert Downey, Jr., Alan Silvestri, Willem Dafoe, and Dean Deblois.

    Emmys 2020: I stan David Harbour

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    Well Tom Hanks not actually trying isnt a good example. For this I think of someone like Madonna or Justin TImberlake or Beyonce. They will always have that persona first over any character they are playing.

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    In the UK, we have this odd tradition of whenever any of our pop stars (usually boy / girl band members and X Factor contestants) career becomes washed up they end up in a soap.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    In the UK, we have this odd tradition of whenever any of our pop stars (usually boy / girl band members and X Factor contestants) career becomes washed up they end up in a soap.

    Pretty much “an odd tradition” everywhere.

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    Thatcher, Prime Minister of GoldDerby
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    Darlings, I don’t think so. If the actor/actress is good has to be capable of inhabiting a character.

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    Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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    Pulp
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    I don’t ever have this problem if the performance is good. Also, Matthew Broderick was in Manchester by the Sea?

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    Lady Gaga is famous all around the globe. When I watched American Horror Story: Hotel, I could not take her seriously because all I could think of was Lady Gaga. However while watching A Star is Born, I completely forgot that it was Lady Gaga on screen. So like everyone says, if an actor, even if they’re too famous, is good at what they’re doing then the audience will have no problem in seeing the character.

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