Now don’t get me wrong, these actors are all sugar and spice and all things nice but there comes a time when the saturation point is reached. One problem is in the casting and another is with the release dates of these films. This includes pigeon-holing actors into the same roles every time and the release of movies with the same actors in a short space of time. Some perceptions it gives the audience are that the actors are taking any role and not caring about what they are, or the production companies are latching on to ‘trending actors’. This just makes people tune out.
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An example of such saturation is, while you are watching a film you get confused as to which movie you are actually watching because the actor’s role seems too similar to another role they have played recently. Saturation is also evident when you start looking past new releases with that actor in them because you have watched them too many times in the last year.. even the audience needs a break. This is known as ‘Fan Fatigue’ – the exhaustion you feel when too many films are released concurrently with your favorite actors in them.
After much deliberation, it is painful to say that some of the most over-used actors (predominantly due to repetitive roles) are as follows:
- Keira Knightley
- Vin Diesel
- Mark Wahlberg
- Jennifer Aniston
- Samuel L Jackson
- Ian McKellen
- Katherine Heigi
- Dwayne Johnson
- Jason Bateman
- Ryan Reynolds
- Sandra Bullock
There are very few actors who have the skills to bypass ‘fan fatigue’ and manage to captivate audiences time and time again. Some of those who can pull this off are Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sean Bean, Gary Oldman and Nicolas Cage. These are all the actors who simply have the ability to portray different characters in different films with any time delay between release dates, and I never get tired of them.
Have you experienced ‘fan fatigue’? Let me know who you think Hollywood is overworking!