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The TFT Guide to... Avoiding Being Typecast

4 February 2007

Any successful actor runs the risk of being typecast, and so many make a conscious effort to appear in roles that challenge the public’s perception of them. This is precisely what Daniel ‘Harry Potter’ Radcliffe is currently doing, by appearing in Peter Schaffer’s ‘controversial’ play 'Equus', a jolly romp through psychiatry and horse mutilation. Harry Potter - sorry, Daniel Radcliffe - will appear in naked sex scenes, engaging in a spot of ‘hide the wand’ with someone off Holby City, and ejaculating on a horse. Yes, entertainment doesn’t get much better than this. But what other actors are trying to avoid being typecast?


1) Emma Thompson shakes off her middle-class, lovelorn spinster screen persona by appearing in Max Hardcore’s ‘All Anal Fisting Fuckfest Volume 3’.

2) Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) follows Daniel Radcliffe’s example by appearing in a remake of ‘Cannibal Holocaust’, taking on the challenging role of ‘Woman Impaled on Spike’.

3) A remake of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ provides a perfect opportunity for several British actors to shed their ‘Mr Nice Guy’ image. Alex’s gang of murderous droogs now consists of Ardal O’Hanlon, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Hugh Grant, with Alex played by David Jason, who popularises such phrases as ‘D’you want a tolchock in the yarbles, you plonkah?’ and ‘Horrorshow groodies! Perfick!’

4) Dawn French avoids being typecast as a fat funnygirl* by taking on the role of Mrs Robinson in ‘The Graduate’. Tragedy ensues as four people are crushed to death in a stampede for the exit during the nude scene.

5) Actress Leslie Ash takes time out from the relentless real-life tragedy that is her unfortunate life by having something good happen to her for once - she finds a quid in the street.

*Viewers of ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ may beg to differ with this description.

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