When I began working on this post, I honestly thought I’d be hard-pressed to find even five Actors! that starred in multiple comic book film adaptations. What I found was quite a closed-circuit community of future Comic Con mainstays. I’ve opted to showcase the plethora of Actors! that have played in three (!) or more characters featured in paneled ink. The double-dippers are all after the jump.
- Chris Evans
Clearly the king, Chris Evans has been in
fantastic four comic adaptations: Fantastic Four, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Losers, and Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Ryan Reynolds
As Hannibal King, Ryan Reynolds did not belong in Blade: Trinity, even though King was in the Blade comic books. It’s just that Blade: Trinity didn’t need to be. Strike two came in the form of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Wade Wilson, the merc with the mouth, without a mouth?! And though the studios were underwhelmed by Green Lantern’s opening weekend box office performance, I didn’t think it was too bad. I guess you could say that it’s his first superhero film without a colon that didn’t suck ass.
- Michael Fassbender
Surprise, surprise, surprise. I didn’t realize Michael Fassbender wasn’t a comic book rookie in X-Men: First Class. He was also in 300 and Jonah Hex. Also, he was the guy that held up the wrong fingers in that underground bar in Inglourious Basterds. That scene still beats Magneto facing retired Nazis, but it’s not far off.
- Scarlett Johansson
It’s about time to get a lady on the list, and who better than the former Mrs. Reynolds. Prior to being in Iron Man 2, she was in Ghost World and The Spirit. Yes, both of those were comics.
- Bruce Willis
He’s played an aging cop in Sin City, a FBI agent in Surrogates, and a retired CIA agent in RED. I dare you to call him old.
- Morgan Freeman
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are fantastic, and he played his part well (everything after God is a cinch). I probably shouldn’t have included Sloan, his character in Wanted, because he wasn’t in the comic book, but eh. Oh yeah… he was also in RED.
- John Malkovich
You probably didn’t see Art School Confidential (neither did I), but it was a graphic novel. Actually, you probably didn’t see Jonah Hex either. RED, you probably seen. And not only on this list twice before.
- Tommy Lee Jones
I tried to forget Batman Forever, but as the title suggests, it’s forever in my head. Maybe I need one of those neuralizers, like in Men in Black 1 & 2, or perhaps some super-soldier serum, like in Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Michael Clarke Duncan
Daredevil, Sin City, and Green
Mile Lantern comprise Duncan’s resume. People complained about him playing The Kingpin before Daredevil came out; people complained about Daredevil after it came out.
- Brandon Routh
I thought Routh did a great job filling in Christopher Reeves’ iconic red boots, which sounds weird to say, but he did. He was a good choice. Too bad Superman Returns’ director, Bryan Singer, made some other strange decisions like giving Supes a kid and having him throw a Kryptonite island into space. So there won’t be a sequel to that version, but at least he wasn’t typecast. He was great as super-vegan Todd Ingram in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and even though Dylan Dog: Dead of Night was an Italian comic book, I still count it.
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan
You might not know Morgan by name, but you likely know him by gravelly voice (or when I’ve written about him before). He played a great psychotic hero in Watchmen, the cool as a cucumber leader in The Losers, and based upon the limited images online, a very small role (yup, he dies) in Jonah Hex, which again, I haven’t seen.
- Jaime King
The only other lady on the triples list, King could be King Chris Evans’ queen because she technically played two characters in one movie. She was Jade in Bulletproof Monk, twins Goldie and Wendy in Sin City, and Lorelei Rox in The Spirit.
This concludes this portion of the show, although I should hand out two special awards.
The Un-S.H.I.E.L.D.ed Eye Award goes to:
You see this guy everywhere… well, at least in the Marvel Studio produced films. He’s been in Iron Man 1 & 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor. He’s somehow in Captain America: The First Avenger, and he will definitely be in The Avengers next summer. He’s signed on to be in at least nine movies, giving him a decent list, but the
patch catch is this: he’s always Nick Fury. But I almost forgot… he was also in The Spirit as this guy that loves eight of everything:
(SIDENOTE: Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson appears in all the Marvel films too, but alas, he is not in any comic books.)
The Hitchcock Walk-On Award goes to:
- Stan Lee
(Who else would it have been?)
Twenty-two more double-dippers can be found by clicking here —->
- Carla Gugino – Sin City (Lucille) / Watchmen (Silk Spectre)
- Clancy Brown – Green Lantern (Parallax) / Cowboys & Aliens (Meacham)
- Eva Mendes – Ghost Rider (Roxanne Simpson) / The Spirit (Sand Saref)
- Geoffrey Rush – Mystery Men (Casanova Frankenstein) / Green Lantern (Tomar-Re)
- Halle Berry – Catwoman (Catwoman) / X-Men trilogy(Storm)
- Hugo Weaving – V for Vendetta (V) / Captain America: The First Avenger (Red Skull)
- Idris Elba – The Losers (Roque) / Thor (Heimdall) / soon to be in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
- James McAvoy – Wanted (Wesley Gibson) / X-Men: First Class (Professor X)
- Jennifer Connelly – The Rocketeer (Jenny Blake) / Hulk (Betty Ross)
- Jessica Alba – Sin City (Nancy Callahan) / Fantastic Four 1 & 2 (Invisible Woman)
- John Hurt – Hellboy 1 & 2 (Professor “Broom”) / V for Vendetta (Adam Sutler)
- Jon Favreau – Daredevil (Franklin “Foggy” Nelson) / Iron Man 1 & 2 (Happy Hogan)
- Mickey Rourke – Sin City (Marv) / Iron Man 2 (Whiplash)
- Natalie Portman – V for Vendetta (Evey Hammond) / Thor (Jane Foster)
- Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider (Ghost Rider) / Kick-Ass (Big Daddy)
- Paul Bettany – Iron Man 1 & 2 (J.A.R.V.I.S.) / Priest (Priest)
- Rebecca Romijn – X-Men trilogy (Mystique) / The Punisher (Joan)
- Ron Perlman – Blade II (Dieter Reinhardt) / Hellboy 1 & 2 (Hellboy)
- Sam Rockwell – Iron Man 2 (Justin Hammer) / Cowboys & Aliens (Doc)
- Terence Stamp – Superman 1 & 2 (Genreal Zod) / Elektra (Stick)
- Tommy Lee Jones – Batman Forever (Harvey “Two-Face” Dent) / Men In Black 1 & 2 (Kay)
- William Hurt – A History of Violence (Richie Cusack) / The Incredible Hulk (General “Thunderbolt” Ross)