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The idea of a female actor who usually plays virtuous or recognisably “good” roles on screen going bad for a movie role – whether lured by the higher pay off of nudity, or enticed by the added promise of awards – is nothing new, as we’ve already discussed in our run-down of Good Girls Gone Bad, but the same can’t necessarily be said for the other half of the gender divide.

Actors who play villains – or are born within the borders of the British Isles – seem to be typecast more than any other actor, largely because it takes a certain intangible something to make a truly memorable villain (like a snarling, upper-class British accent for instance,) and the effect of introducing a traditional villain to a heroic role can often be too jarring for the unfortunately limited mental capacity of some audiences.

The converse is also true – if you’re known for playing heroes, »

- Simon Gallagher

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