Typecast

“The trick [to avoiding being typecasted] is to plan wisely. I am very particular about what projects I choose to do. What people don’t see is the number of scripts that I get sent, with requests for me to play everything from an Indian spice merchant to a terrorist! If I decide that I am going to play an Indian character, I make sure that I am telling a different story from what I have done before.” – Dev Patel

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At The Atlantic, we believe it’s never been more important to take on established answers with tough questions. Here, Michael K. Williams, of The Wire and The Night Of, wrestles with one of his own: Is he being typecast?

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Stereotyped vs Nuanced Characters and Audience Perception

Writing with color receives many questions regarding the stereotypes Characters of Color and their story lines may possess.

There’s a difference between having a three-dimensional character with trait variance and flaws, versus one who walks the footsteps of a role people of their race/ethnicity are constantly put into. Let’s discuss this, as well as how sometimes, while there’s not much issue with the character, a biased audience will not allow the character to be dimensional.

But first: it’s crucial to consider the thinking behind your literary decisions.

Trace your Logic 

When it comes to the roles and traits you assign your characters, it’s important to ask yourself why you made them the way they are. This is especially true for your marginalized characters.

So you need an intimidating, scary character. What does intimidating look like on first brainstorm? Is it a Black man, large in size or presence? (aka a Scary Black Man) A Latino with trouble with the law? If so, why?

Really dig, even as it gets uncomfortable. You’ll likely find you’re conditioned to think of certain people in certain roles on the spot.

It’s a vicious cycle; we see a group of people represented a certain way in media, and in our own works depict them in the way we know. Whether you consciously believe it’s the truest depiction of them all or not, we’re conditioned to select them for these roles again and again. Actors of Color report on being told in auditions they’re not performing stereotypical enough and have been encouraged to act more “ethnic.” 

This ugly merry-go-round scarcely applies to (cis, straight) white people as they are allowed a multitude of roles in media. Well, then again, I do notice a funny trend of using white characters when stories need a leader, a hero, royalty, a love interest…

Today’s the day to break free from this preconditioned role-assigning.

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Thinking about the fact that we typecast Jughead as the reluctant to go to school functions kinda guy but then thinking about how excited he was to be invited to a dinner at his girlfriends house with their parents just shows how secretly desperate he is for normal high school experiences, he wanted to take his girlfriend to homecoming and slow dance with her and, hell, watch her cheer and go to pep rallies and write on the school paper - this guy got a ladder and climbed up to Betty’s bedroom window like some damn movie hero and it keeps getting snatched away from him and I’m not crying you are

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“I got to be the only girl in an all-boy fantasy, and it’s a great role for women. [Leia is] a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you’re going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me.”

Carrie Fisher with her co-stars Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, and Harrison Ford doing press before the Empire Strikes Back premiere in London.

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The Instagram post has been deleted but Xavier commented on it:

xavierwoodsphd Someone sent me your post @funnymanalexthomas I assume so that I could clear up the disgusting assumptions that you have made of me and my group, The New Day. What we are doing with our current position is the furthest thing from racist but I can see that you did not feel the need to figure out the why or the how before making an attempt to inflame your following to get a few extra likes for your ig. My brothers and I have done everything possible in our power to change the perspective of the way that African Americans have been viewed in the past by our industry (professional wrestling). There was a time where being black meant that you were either foreign, you were a dancer, or you were simply the big strong black guy. We used to be classified by the color of our skin and typecast in these roles without being given a clean slate to be what ever it is that we wanted to be….

xavierwoodsphd Which means that the idea of starting with a clean slate is something that we have to face from both ends. For example, as I stated, the industry of professional wrestling viewed us (black people) in a certain manner due to the color of our skin. And then you, a black comedian with a solid following and a voice sees one of our products, types lies about it, says we are “coonin”, and hastags “Blackface” without feeling the need to do any type of research on the why or how this has come into existence. In the entertainment industry we see blacks typecast in a villainous light playing gangsters, thugs, etc. But luckily its getting better. We wanted to do our part to help that change that so we did. We took an idea that was given to us to be overly charismatic positive preachers, essentially another stereotype which would have done nothing to help advance African Americans in our field.

xavierwoodsphd Eventually we spun the idea into something where we could simply be ourselves. My partners Kofi Kingston and Big E both have their college degrees. I myself have two degrees, a masters, and a nerd culture youtube channel that helps to empower kids with similar interest rather than bringing them down for enjoying things that aren’t in the mainstream. We express the idea that knowledge is power and that you can be literally whatever it is that you want to be. The three of us were clowned growing up because of our interest in video games and comic books. Growing up we weren’t ever “black” enough for a lot of people. But when really looking at it they meant that we didn’t fall into the black stereotypes that we as black people hate being classified into. This does nothing but internally tear us down as a race when we are supposed to be building each other up. The accoutrement that we have, unicorn horns and a trombone, have stories and reasons that we come to the ring with them. It has all been a part of our evolution.

xavierwoodsphd This cereal was our idea and we love cartoons so adding them into the mix was something we definitely wanted to do. The way that we look on the box is how we look like in real life. So to say we are “coonin” is extremely disrespectful to us, what we have accomplished and what we are currently trying to do. We broke a record for the longest reigning tag team champions that had been in tact for 20 plus years, we have changed the way that people approach stereotypes about black people in our industry for the better, we are empowering not just black children but all children to understand that you don’t have to fit the mold or be what other people see you as in order to be successful, we have inspired people and helped them get through loss and depression, we participate in anti bullying rallys, we meet amazing kids who are a part of the make-a-wish foundation, we are on the road 300 plus days a year in order to to bring joy and happiness to families across the world.

xavierwoodsphd So if that counts as “coonin” then I must have misunderstood the definition when my parents explained racially derogatory terms to me when I was a child. This post is not meant to degrade or throw shade. It is meant to inform and educate you and the people who follow you that assuming the worst and using racially derogatory language to describe others without knowing anything about them is never the right thing to do. I’m aware that there are people who will not agree with me on this and that is fine but I just urge them to find a more productive way to combat racism than being mad at few guys who are trying to combat it themselves. I wish you nothing but success in your travels and your career. I hope that this has opened your eyes.

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#kdramawomensweek: Day One: Least Typecast Fave: An actress you appreciate who manages to not get boxed into industry stereotypes (re: roles), someone who constantly surprises you. @undergroundkdrama

Kim Mi Kyung

She is an actress playing many different roles. Sometimes she is a loving mother, sometimes a chaebol aunt, and sometimes a hacker-ahjumma. And those dramas above are just the ones I watched, I know she has many other roles with different characters.

Confession time

To make the most of this unfortunate age of live action adaptations of cartoons I kinda want James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to team up again for a remake of the Road to El Dorado.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. flawlessly connects to the MCU, to Marvel Comics, to Agent Carter and Hydra -- which makes it the best superhero show on TV.

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No superhero show would be complete without a brilliant tech support team. On “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Jemma Simmons and Leopold Fitz provide that support as the dynamic duo “FitzSimmons.”

Their teamwork and friendship over the last four seasons has blossomed into a remarkable romance. They have been through thick and thin together: When Jemma was infected by the Chitauri helmet in Season 1, Fitz exposed himself to the infection to come up with the vaccine to save her. In Season 2, Jemma and Fitz’s relationship was painfully strained because of Fitz’s brain damage. In Season 3, when Jemma vanished into the Monolith and was sent to the exile planet Maveth, Fitz moved heaven and earth to find her and rescue her. Their friendship, their love for one another, their constant belief in one another is a powerful reminder that love can endure, even in the midst of harrowing conditions, like Hive, Hydra, and LMD takeovers. Their love on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is completely unmatched by any other superhero show that’s currently on television.


“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is the best superhero show on television because of its amazing cast. Each actor brings such depth, such emotion, and such intensity to his or her role. The casting is strengthened by its unmatched diversity. While most superhero shows feature one or two men or women from different ethnic or national backgrounds, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” continuously casts men and women of different ages, skin tones, and nationalities.

For instance, Clark Gregg is a Caucasian-American man who is well into his 50’s. Coulson is both super dad and super spy, and that’s not a role a 20-year-old could play. Ming-Na Wen is Chinese American, also in her 50’s. She could have been typecast as someone’s mother, instead “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” booked her as “The Cavalry,” the most feared woman in all of S.H.I.E.L.D. Chloe Bennet is also Chinese American and is in her 20s. Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain de Caestecker are both 29 and are both citizens of the United Kingdom. Henry Simmons is in his 40s and is African-American. Natalia Cordova-Buckley is a Mexican actress in her 30s. The diversity in age, ethnicity, and nationality sets this show apart from every other superhero show on television.

So I was looking up Sonic stuff on Wikipedia, and got to some voice actors. Now, Sally Acorn, this girl:

Is voiced by Kath Soucie, who also plays Nicole on the same Sonic show. But Kath Soucie also voices Vivi in World of Final Fantasy, this cute little fella:

But, to my further shock and amazement, she’s even voiced in a Disney film as a character I like. She plays Nick Wilde during the flashback to his younger years:

But APPARENTLY, she also does the voice for LOLA BUNNY IN SPACE JAM:

Basically, Kath Soucie seems to be typecast as either “cute” or “furry”. Voice actor stuff is wild.

Interviewer: Was Toby Stephens your first choice?

Jon Steinberg: Let me put it this way. From the moment we saw his audition he was our only choice. Toby Stephens is amazing. There were a couple of actors actually, where ahh…  I didn’t fully understand the character we had written until I saw their audition. Which is a weird thing to feel. We knew who they were. We knew what they were suppose to do. But there were just something missing. Then you watch an actor step into that role and suddenly it all makes sense. And Toby was one of them. We actually, when we sat out, we said, wouldn’t it be great if we could find a guy who’s kind of typecast as a villain, we haven’t seen much of him lately and he just kind of needed to grow into himself to become a star. And then Toby walked in. That’s just perfect. We’ll take it. And he’s just the nicest guy and a total pro.

Interviewer: Well, he comes from a, how shall I say this? A very royal background to a certain extant, so It’s not surprising.

Jon Steinberg: Toby Stephens is genetically engineered to be a star. He’s great. I love him.

Robert Levine:We needed Flint to be a lot of things that are kind of contradictory. We needed him to be a statsman, a visionary but we also needed him to be a little unhinged, to have that potential for violence, and we needed him to be funny, we needed him to be wounded and chamming and every time Toby picks up a scene, he delivers on that and surprises you..and, and I can’t wait for people to see the rest of the season because your understanding of him keeps growing with each episode.

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X - The writers of Black Sails talk about Toby Stephen as Captain Flint.

remember when i was writing typecast and ppl kept complaining that there was too much dean/lisa so i often held up my posting schedule to add more dean/lisa sex scenes into chapters, put off having dean and lisa break up for like seven chapters, made them super duper good friends after they broke up, then turned typecast into a series so i could write 20k words of dean/cas/lisa where dean and lisa both get pregnant with cas’ kids and they raise them together in a polyamorous relationship 

anyway nobody’s complained in the comments of my fics in a very long time