Landing the role of a lifetime is probably a dream for every actor out there. No matter what other things you may do in your career, be they good or bad, people will always remember you for that one amazing performance you gave.
Let’s take a look at some actors that will always be linked to that one amazing role.
Anthony Hopkins – Hannibal Lecter
There isn’t a person in the world that wasn’t chilled by Anthony’s performance of the serial murderer Hannibal Lecter.
Renée Zellweger – Bridget Jones
I’ll be honest: I actually thought Renée Zellweger’s name was Bridget Jones for a little while. And I’m pretty sure that if I called her Bridget Jones now, everyone would know who I was talking about.
Wesley Snipes – Blade
No matter what Wesley has done since then, whenever people start talking about a new Blade movie or series, they ask for Wesley Snipes to reprise his role. He was such a great match for the Daywalker that it seems almost silly to not have him play Blade for the rest of his life.
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia
Even in death, she will always be our Princess.
Hugh Jackman – Wolverine
Let’s be honest: could you see anyone else playing Wolverine after how Hugh Jackman absolutely nailed the character and made it his own? Heck, Hugh Jackman was so good that we forgave him for not looking anything like the comic book character, physically speaking.
Audrey Tautou – Amelie
Despite her wonderful performance in the Da Vinci Code and other movies, we’ll always remember Audrey Tautou as Amélie.
Brendan Fraser – Rick O’Connell
Brendan’s done quite a few things in his acting career, but we’ll always remember him as “that guy from The Mummy”. And considering how he barely acted after those movies, he’s not exactly making it easy on us to forget.
Lucy Lawless – Xena
It’s been over two decades, but Lucy Lawless has never really shook off the Xena part. This despite her playing in shows like Spartacus, which were aimed at a completely different audience.
Macaulay Culkin – Kevin McCallister
Well, let’s be honest, apart from doing lots of booze and drugs, there really isn’t much to remember Macaulay Culkin for besides playing in Home Alone, so I guess this one could’ve turned out differently if Macaulay made different choices in life.
Sheryl Lee – Laura Palmer
Well, once you’ve played a popular character from Twin Peaks, you’re pretty much always going to be that popular character from Twin Peaks. That’s just the way it goes.
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter
Daniel has been going to great lengths to get rid of his Harry Potter image – even doing a nude part in a theatrical performance – but he’ll always be the Boy Who Lived.