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Thursday Movie Picks

Thursday Movie Picks: Child Actors Venturing Out of Typecasting

Thursday Movie Picks

Not going to lie, reading this typecasting theme for the first time gave me hives. It is a brilliant theme, don’t get me wrong, but it also expects some serious thinking. I had to ask Brittani for help because this typecasting thing was for some reason very difficult for me. Even now I’m not sure if I got it right.. it’s such a tricky and frustrating theme because it focuses on careers rather than movies. And frankly, most of the careers I follow from start to finish have been less about typecasting and more about being everything.

1. MILA KUNIS in BLACK SWAN (2010)

Alright, so I know this might be completely off the mark but hear me out. Up until Black Swan, I had seen Kunis in That 70’s Show and number of comedy movies. She also did some action movies but nothing like her role in Black Swan. Honestly, I don’t think she’s done anything like this afterwards either. For me, Kunis has and will probably be a teen actress from a comedy show that did that one eerie movie with Natalie Portman. Maybe she’ll venture out of her comfort zone again in the future but with Bad Moms success I doubt it will happen any time soon.

2. KIRSTEN DUNST in BRING IT ON (2000)

Yes, so again I have to venture into explaining my thought project. For me, the first movie I saw Dunst in was The Interview With the Vampire. It was her breakout role, dramatic, serious – heavy stuff. Well, (not her first time venturing out of typecasting but) Bring It On was the exact opposite. Sure, she had done a bit of family and comedy here and there before but Bring It On was a teen romance comedy. I’ve put her here because she could have done the serious route all throughout her career but by this point, I think she has done it all. If this doesn’t make sense, it’s okay, I still can’t make sense of this theme.

3. VANNESSA HUDGENS in SPRING BREAKERS (2012)

Last but not least in my attempt to deliver a third recommendation for this list is Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers. Honestly, I could pick any of the three better known names from said movie and they would all fit into this category. But Hudgens with her Disney High School Musical cred feels like the most fitted for this theme. I mean, to go from a jolly cheery nerdy high school teen into a bikini wearing criminal is a pretty long venture. I guess it’s a credit for Korine on making the very Disney cast do some very sketchy things. But still looking hot while wearing bikinis.


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6 Comments

  • Reply
    sati
    December 21, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Great call with Kunis! It’s really a shame she didn’t do more serious movies after Black Swan

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      MettelRay
      December 21, 2019 at 6:31 PM

      Yeah, it doesn’t make sense, she could make great serious movies.

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    Birgit
    December 26, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    I hate Black Swan but Kunis was good in this film. I like Kirsten Dunst but havenโ€™t seen your pick not the next one either

    • Reply
      MettelRay
      December 28, 2019 at 3:05 PM

      I get that… the last one is a wild ride. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Wandering through the Shelves
    December 26, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    I suppose I never saw Kirsten Dunst as being typecasted, she has always done a variety of roles even a child/teen actor. From family action (Jumanji), drama (The Virgin Suicides), horror (Interview with the Vampire) and she had also done other teen comedies before Bring It On like Strike, Dick and Drop Dead Gorgeous and the same year as Bring It On was Get Over It…she was like the teen actress then. I think she probably has done less comedies this decade than the previous ones.

    Mila Kunis, you’re right she’s known more for comedies. She did try though with that American Psycho sequel…that I think flopped back in the early 2000s. So Black Swan is the breakout from her typecasting.

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      MettelRay
      December 28, 2019 at 3:03 PM

      Yeah, I get that about Dunst.. I just found this theme to be very difficult for me. I just couldn’t really.. Radcliffe seemed a good way to go but he literally had just played one character for 8 movies and so how can that be typecasting.. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I think I never even tried to watch the America Psycho sequel….. or knew about it.

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