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7 Hollywood’s Most Versatile Actors Who Can Play Anyone


You know how some actors and actresses are typecast as villains, or good guys, or henchmen? Well, the artists you’re about to see don’t have that problem, as they can play pretty much any role they’ve been given. Some, like Cate Blanchett and James McAvoy, have even nailed playing the opposite gender!


Without a doubt, these are the 7 most versatile actors and actresses Hollywood has to offer.



1. Cate Blanchett
This Australian actress has starred in a number of outstanding movies and is best known for her multidimensional characters. She is the ultimate chameleon! You may’ve seen her in hits like “The Lord of the Rings”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, “The Aviator”, “Indiana Jones”, “I’m Not There” (where she played Bob Dylan) and a lot more, including voice acting.



2. James McAvoy
All you need to do is watch “Split” to understand how talented James is. Playing a person with multiple personalities disorder takes a certain mindset that not every actor possesses. Have you seen him in “The Last King of Scotland”? He’s a gosh darn genius! Other smash hits of his are “X-Men: First Class”, “The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe”, “Glass”, “Atomic Blonde” and about a hundred more.

3. Tom Hanks
For over decades Tom Hanks has acquired a legendary status among the Hollywood actors, which allowed him to pick and choose any role he wanted. No two of his performances were alike! Here are some his most memorable movies: “Big”, “Forrest Gump”, “Castaway”, “Green Mile”, “Saving Private Ryan”, and many more.

4. Samuel L. Jackson
He can be an amazing hero, a badass villain, or a mother-loving hitman, if he wants to! Some filmmakers would even write a character to suit Jackson, and not the other way around. These are his most prominent roles: “Nick Fury” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Shaft”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Django Unchained”, and “Snakes on a Plane”, naturally.

5. Gary Oldman
Long time ago when I had no idea who Gary Oldman was, I also didn’t know that he was in most of my favorite movies, but so cleverly disguised that my feeble teen mind couldn’t comprehend all this glory. Movies like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “Léon: The Professional”, “The Fifth Element”, “The Dark Knight”, “Sid and Nancy”, “Darkest Hour” are incredible, and Gary Oldman looks so different in all these movies.

6. Leonardo DiCaprio
I feel like I don’t even need to say anything. DiCaprio is such an amazing actor that at this point it would be easier to count the role types he HASN’T done. But I won’t. Instead, let’s list all of his greatest hits: “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, “The Basketball Diaries”, “Titanic”, “The Beach”, “Catch Me if You Can”, “The Revenant”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, and of course, “Inception”.

7. Christian Bale
He’s thin, he’s fat, he’s a magician, he’s the Batman… Just like everyone else on this list, Christian Bale is a fantastic actor and has shown incredible commitment to his roles, both mental and physical. “American Psycho”, “The Dark Knight Trilogy’, “The Prestige”, “The Machinist”, and “The Empire of the Sun” are all considered to be modern classics.



If you would like to add some movies or actors to the list, feel free to do so in the comments!