Actors Who Broke Their Own Mold And Switched Up Their Genres

For actors who get typecast, it’s difficult to stop “being known” for specific characters, such as the girl-next-door or the funny best friend. But some broke their own mold, killing it in roles people wouldn’t expect.

From Liam Neeson going from the drama of Schindler’s List to the don’t-mess-with-dad character in Taken and Matthew McConaughey dropping his rom-com expertise to win an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, here are some actors who totally changed their genre.

Elijah Wood Went From Frodo To The Anti-Frodo

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Even though he had some roles prior to Lord of the Rings, most people will most likely recognize Elijah Wood from his three-film performance as the ring-bearer Frodo Baggins. After Return of the King wrapped up in 2003, it’s safe to say Wood wanted people to see him as something other than a hobbit.

So, he did what any normal person would do. Wood took the idea of Frodo and did a complete shift, taking on roles that are best described as anti-Frodo. From creepy Patrick in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to the serial killer in Sin City, Wood did an admirable job breaking his typecast.