Originally Posted by CalHorn
I don't disagree, but that's a big reason why marquee actors who are willing and able to venture outside those roles and accept more challenging parts tend to stand out.
BTW, with Washington, it's not simply the roles he accepts -- it's the feeling of "sameness" in his performances that, IMO, keeps him from being a truly great actor. It seems to me that he tends to play the roles with the same style. I'd like to see him mix it up more.
They all act the same to you, racist!
Denzel to me is sorta like Ichiro; almost every year he's going to bat above .300, get 200+ hits, and beat out about a billion double play throws. He's remarkably good at what he does...and his machine-like productivity is kinda boring after a decade of it. It doesn't make him anything short of a great player, you're just used to it. He'll never be a transcendent player(at least stateside) like, say, Josh Hamilton is, but his remarkable consistency still qualifies as great. That's Denzel to me; always great, always powerful, and never takes a movie off(that I've seen). He's typecast, but he's typecast as pretty awesome.