Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos: DreamWorks/Netflix We've spent a lot of time this week talking about character actors — what defines them, how to recognize them, how and why they excel. But character actors don't always stay character actors forever. The chaos of fame is indeed a ladder — a series of them, actually — and with the exception of the select few A-listers who had stardom thrust upon them from the very beginning, the careers of actors and actresses must often travel a long and winding road to the top. For many character actors, they reach a point where they cease to buttress the story of the main attractions and become an attraction all to themselves. They either find a way to graduate to leading roles, or they become so famous in their own signature, scene-stealing parts that they cease to meet the character-actor criteria. The pathways by which character actors leap free of the gravity of their trappings are different and varied for each, but to get a better grasp on just how a character actor makes that leap, we've broken it down into six routes that even the bittiest of bit-part actors could take to advance up that ladder… Read full this story
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