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10 Actors Who Brilliantly Reinvented Themselves

The actors who switched it up and made it work.

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Being an actor is not an easy job. It takes years and years of work and unshakable passion to make a name for yourself, and even then many fail to hit the big leagues. Those who do make it find themselves having to deal with the trials that Hollywood puts in their way.

For many, being typecast, appearing in flop after flop, and being chained to the same genre film after film can begin to take its toll, and lead to the decision to cast aside their roots and branch out into entirely new roles.

Take Liam Neeson - a great dramatic actor in the earlier stages of his career, he has since emerged as a butt-kicking, box-office smashing action star. A risky move, to be sure - and not one that's always worked in his favour - but Neeson is nonetheless a perfect example of an actor trying something new in the later stages of their career.

The following list is concerned with other such actors. Whether they made a name for themselves starring in one particular genre, or simply outgrew their previous image, here are 10 actors who brilliantly reinvented themselves and ushered in an entirely new era of their careers.

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