10. Vivica A. Fox:
Memorable credits include:Soul Food, Kill Bill, Two Can Play That Game, Set It Off, and a host of other chitin’ circuit flicks perfect for BET.
Always typecast as: Ghetto, street-smart home-girl with a sexy and sassy attitude!
She should “flip the script” as: An older, respectable church mother of the community with zero-sex appeal and a tendency to breakout into long, soul-stirring monologues. If Vivica ever wants Oscar gold, it’s time to hang up her hat as the deputy sheriff of “Cougar Town,” stop catering to the young “50 Cent” crowd and take on some 50-and-over kind of acting roles that doesn’t rely on soul-sista-swagga and saying anything that sounds like “Heyyyyyyy Gurrrrrl!”
9. Samuel L. Jackson:
Memorable credits include:Pulp Fiction, Snakes On a Plane, A Time To Kill, The Negotiator, Jungle Fever, Mo Better Blues, Shaft, the Star Wars trilogy, and about 5,000 others roles; NOBODY works more than Samuel L. Jackson! (He might be part Jamaican and Mexican on his mama’s side.)
Always typecast as: The LOUDEST and baddest mutha-@$*!%# in the room!
He should “flip the script” as: A subtle, more nuanced role of a humble, much-put-upon, old black man in the Jim Crow South. It is a travesty that Jackson doesn’t have an Oscar yet; I think the academy needs to see him as a broken character triumphing over trials and tribulations to see his depth as an actor. ... Or maybe they were just too scared to vote for him before!
8. Lucy Liu:
Memorable credits include:Charlie's Angels 1 and 2, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Mulan II, Chicago, Shanghai Noon, and several other flicks where she practices the ancient Chinese secret of …"Sly-Grin-Scowl.”
Always typecast as: Bad-ass Asian chick with a sexy but slightly psychotic glare.
She should “flip the script” as: Anything but an Asian woman, I suggest playing a white man OR even a black woman for a change. (It was good enough for Eddie Murphy, Tyler Perry and Martin Lawrence.) Liu has only slightly altered the character Ling she played on “Ally McBeal” into every part she’s done … as well as added some Kung-Fu fighting into her repertoire. Moving past her own ethnicity and on-screen sexuality would be good for Lucy, hell she could even do “The Tiger Woods” story, at least one third of the part wouldn’t be a stretch.
7. Jack Nicholson:
Memorable credits include:One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, Prizzi's Honor, A Few Good Men, Batman, and a plethora of other movie roles that will keep-on-a-coming — even if he’s wheelchair bound and on life support.
Always typecast as: Jack Nicholson
He should “flip the script” as: The valiant hero in a sci-fi flick willing to place his life over others for the greater good. Now I LOVE “wacky-jacky” and clearly he doesn’t need the money OR Oscars. He can keep sneering, face-muggin’ with the eyebrows and spittin’ out hilarious, cranky-old-man diatribes as long as Hollywood will let him; BUT it would be cool to see a change for once. Although I suspect that neither you nor I can handle the truth, … I mean the change.
6. Morris Chestnut:
Memorable credits include: Boyz n the Hood, The Best Man, The Brothers, Two Can Play That Game, Breakin' All the Rules, and pretty much anything with Gabrielle Union in it.
Always typecast as: Sexual-chocolate, man-candy.
He should “flip the script” as: A somewhat deformed and manipulative serial killer. I know playing a bad guy might seem like career suicide but it would give Chestnut a chance to evolve beyond the beefcake lover-man he plays in almost every movie; honestly I’ve seen kiddie pools that were deeper. Besides his fans are loyal, he could be Jack-The-Ripper and they’d still be dreaming of him chopping them up … *sigh* but with love.
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