In 2019, we should be getting a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. In principle, this is a good thing. The blue blazer has been part of video game history since the early 90’s. However when Paramount got ahold of Sonic, you’d have thought it’d have translated fairly easily. There’s an already well established cast, a simple but fun protagonist and lots of reference artwork… But yet, it still went wrong, didn’t it?
Typecasting is a bit of a dirty word. Some actors are good at what they’re good at, that’s not a weakness, it’s a strength. I like actors that can display a bit of range, but excelling in one field is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s nice though, when actors demonstrate exactly what they can do when taken out of what we would assume to be their “comfort zone.” Amongst my favourite films are the ones that subvert my expectations of what an actor is capable of, and show me that despite their proficiency in one particular role that they also have the power to surprise.
Advanced Warning: This article goes dark fast and stays that way. The films in this article are mostly rated for adults, but they are also perfect examples of actors at the height of their talent. (more…)