One of the main differences between film acting and theater acting is that a film actor is typically around the age of the character they are playing. In the theater there is more wiggle room – costumes, wigs and stage make-up can transform a teenager into a small child (take Anniefor example) or a young adult to an older adult (or older cats, in the case of Cats). Film and television are not usually afforded this luxury, as it is much easier to see someone in a camera close-up than it is hundreds of feet away on a theater stage. So while an actor may be a few years older or younger than their on-screen counterpart, they tend to fall within a realistic age range for the character.
However, there are certain instances where actors were cast in roles that were much older than their role. If an actor is fair right for some, the instructor may be willing to overlook the age difference. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the actors below played characters with ages that were drastically different from their own — that’s how good they are at embodying their roles.
One scenario where this happens quite often is movies and TV set in high school. Often, casting directors will look for actors who are legal adults – 18 years of age and older. If the show takes place during the first year, the actor will already be three or four years older than their character. However, you may find that your favorite high school game is actually played by someone in their late 20s – or even 30s.
Here are 10 talented actors who were drastically different ages than their roles.