After watching enough movies, it is becomes increasingly obvious that some actors and actresses do the same thing, or play the same role, in almost every movie. Even directors have trademarks they are known for, like Michael Bay and his sexy explosions and emphasis on America. Most directors are usually conscious of these little idiosyncrasies, so viewers go in expecting them. However, many actors and actresses also have them. Some may not even be aware of them, some are just pegged for it (especially when it comes the roles they play), and some of them may even do it on purpose. Many of them are quite noticeable, but some may be some real eye openers.
Leonardo DiCaprio Raises His Glass
This was kind of my personal big eye opener "Aha!" moment to actor trademarks. While watching the trailer for the upcoming Wolf of Wall Street, there is one moment where DiCaprio is raising his glass of wine on a yacht. Having just watched both The Great Gatsby and Django Unchained, I put the pieces together in my head. Then thinking back, it was also in Titanic and the Man in the Iron Mask. In fact, the only DiCaprio movies I couldn't recall seeing it in was The Beach and Inception, but I guess living the simple life on a hidden beach ran by Thai weed farmers or hopping through dreams doesn't afford much time to be all classy.
It is doubtful that DiCaprio means to do this in every movie, but the classy gentleman roles that he plays afford him the opportunity to do so. Perhaps it is just happenstance or perhaps he can't think of any more classy action to do as a gentleman.
Tom Hanks Makes Audiences Watch Him Pee
Tom Hanks, who has won multiple Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Academy Awards and dozens of other accolades, is considered one of the greatest actors of our generation. How did he do it? With pee. Where Leonardo DiCaprio's trademark is glass raising, Tom Hanks makes his mark on the world with urine. The obsession started in 1986 in The Money Pit, just when Tom Hanks was starting to get some bigger movies roles. The plumbing is on the fritz in the house so naturally Tom Hanks goes to take a leak off the front porch where he notices the statue is having "prostate problems", much like he would later have in the Green Mile (though actually that was a urinary tract infection). Tom Hank's pee obsession continues in Big, A League of Their Own (where he really seems to get into it), Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Castaway, The 'Burbs, Road to Perdition and Apollo 13.
With all these pee breaks, it is likely there are a few more movies he has done it in. Tom Hanks has pissed in the past, peed on World War II, peed for comedy, peed in the ocean, and whizzed all over the vastness of space. Some are quick little moments; some are painstakingly long and a little awkward. It is clearly our fascination with the expulsion of waste that has netted this guy so many awards.
Johnny Depp Has an Obsession With Hats
When is the last time you saw the top of Johnny Depp's head? Possibly never unless you seriously stalk some Depp themed celebrity gossip. Regardless, in his movies it has been quite a few years. He better watch that or people will begin to suspect that he has a big old bald spot on that noggin somewhere. However, it wouldn't really matter considering most of his roles demand he wear some sort of silly or creepy wig as of late. However, Depp's penchant for hats is not just a movie thing either. He seriously has a passion for them in real life as well. It makes one wonder if one of the questions he asks about a prospective movie is, "Does it have a hat in it for me?" I bet that is how he became such good friends with Tim Burton.
Regardless, Depp's hat fixation has been present on and off in his career but is becoming a more common thing. It started with Platoon, then popped up again in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Dead Man. It then made a big come back in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. More recently, Depp has worn hats in Alice in Wonderland (I imagine he salivated over the role of the Mad Hatter), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Rum Diary and The Lone Ranger. Perhaps Depp has some sort of insecurity that causes in him to only feel safe while wearing a hat. Regardless, he clearly leans towards more hat-centric characters and roles.
Sean Bean Dies...A lot
There are two things that an audience can go into watching a Sean Bean film--some great acting and he is probably going to die. At this point, it might be faster to list of the films that he has lived through. Bean has be sliced, shot, fallen over a cliff, hung, drown, killed himself, blown up, crushed, and killed in almost every way imaginable. In fact, there are now sites dedicated to his many deaths. Sean Bean sets himself up for many of these by being the character that audiences can sympathize with, making it devastating when he is killed.
Let's try to name all the films this prolific actor has been killed in:
Caravaggio, War Requiem, The Field, Lorna Doone, Tell Me You Love Me, Clarissa, Patriot Games, Goldeneye, Scarlett, Airborne, Essex Boys, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings, Don't Say A Word, Equilibrium, Henry VIII, The Island, Far North, Outlaw, The Hitcher, Red Riding, Ca$h, Death Race 2, Black Death, and Age of Heroes.
Of course there is his most remembered recent death in Game of Thrones, but we aren't counting television here. Regardless, Sean Bean escaped in a few movies like Troy, Ronin and Silent Hill but the amount of movies he died in makes for a pretty good movie marathon though it may take a few days.
There is also a female version of Sean Bean which is Michelle Rodriguez. Every single movie she plays a tough chick, and in almost all of the action ones, she dies with the exception of S.W.A.T. I'm not sure audiences would be comfortable seeing her as anything besides the tough chick, since she does it in such a likeable way. Which means she definitely has to die, every time.