Harry Potter. Ron Weasley. Frodo Baggins. Ross and Rachel. George Costanza. Kramer.
Some characters are so iconic that the actors and actresses who play them inadvertently strangle their careers – people just can’t see them in any other role.
The following 15 Reddit users gave their opinions on which celebrities they just can’t see as anything else besides that one perfect character, and their answers do not disappoint.
#15. Forever Mr. Bean.
“Rowan Atkinson – Old timers will remember him as Blackadder, for me he’s forever Mr. Bean.”
#14. Could not wrap my head around it.
“Maggie Wheeler as Janice. Could not wrap my head around her having a “normal” voice when she appeared on HIMYM as a realtor.”
#13. It’s been 32 years.
“It’s been 32 years since The Princess Bride and he has 49 new credits on his IMDb page, but every time I catch Mandy Patinkin in a movie or tv show… all I hear is…
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
#12. All I can see.
“Hugh Laurie as House. I knew him from Blackadder before House too, but now that is all I can see whenever I see him in something new.”
#11. The best characters.
“Michael Richards as Kramer. Also, Jason Alexander as George Costanza. Easily the best characters.”
#10. People just can’t see it.
“Rainne Wilson will always be Dwight Schrute
I actually feel bad for him because he’s such an amazing actor but it seems like most people just can’t see him as anyone other than Dwight.”
#9. Forever Ron Swanson.
“Nick Offerman is/was/will forever be Ron Swanson. I’ve watched his films, but he’s just Ron Swanson being polite, or Ron Swanson being goofy, etc.”
#8. My brain can’t go back.
“Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. I pictured Tyrion as a twisted little nasally dude when I read the books, until I saw Dinklage’s performance. Now my brain can’t go back.”
#7. Destined by fate.
“It seems like Robert Downey Jr’s entire career was destined by fate to lead him to the role of Tony Stark.”
#6. As a dead man.
“Jack Gleeson as Joffrey.
Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn.
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.
Sean Bean as a dead man.
EDIT: one thing I have to admit, after reading many of these replies, is that I have only seen Viggo Mortensen in LOTR and A Perfect Murder, a movie I watched in English class. This made me think that he’ll always remind me of Aragorn because I haven’t seen enough of his movies. Someone like Orlando Bloom, though, I’ve seen him in around 4 different titles, so I see him as an actor perfect for midieval/fantasy movies, so he doesn’t stick to me as Legolas, for example.
That sais, what movies starring Viggo Mortensen do y’all recommend?”
“Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum.”
#4. I only see Luke.
“Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Especially since he returned in the sequels, now any time I see him I only see Luke.
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope. I know she was on SNL and did a lot of other movies, but that role definitely stuck.”
#3. Threw me for a whole loop.
“H.Jon Benjamin as Archer. Bobs burgers threw me for a whole loop when i started it lol.”
#2. She should just pull out her wand.
“Emma Watson as Hermione. I remember watching Beauty and the Beast and constantly thinking that she should just pull out her wand and blast the beast.”
#1. Jake faking his way through it.
“Andy Samberg can only be Jake Perolta, anything else he shows up in is just Jake faking his way through it.”
Life is rough, right?