Finding that big role is every actor’s dream. But if the character becomes too distinctive and popular (Ross from Friends, George from Seinfeld, etc.), that dream can turn into a nightmare, seriously hindering job prospects in the future.
That said, some actors have successfully managed to shed old roles that all-but defined them early on to carve out new and exciting paths — so much so, in fact, you might even forget they played that memorable character back in the day.
Here are 11 of the most interesting cases of actors who managed to shed their most famous roles, and spark a whole new image.