Types of Actors.

Types of Actors

The three actors I chose to discuss from the film The Great Gatsby are Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in this film. I believe he is a wild card. A wild card is an actor, usually a star, who is difficult to classify as one certain type, an actor who can play a wide variety of characters equally well without becoming typecast (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). I say this because DiCaprio plays his roles very well. He is difficult, for me, to classify him as just one certain type. This goes for all the films he plays in, and not just for this one.

In this clip, it is a scene where Nick meets Gatsby.

Tobey Maguire plays Nick Carraway. I believe Tobey Maguire could be classified as a character actor. A character actor is an actor who specializes in playing a wide variety of characters, most often supporting or minor roles rather than leading roles (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). I think he adapts so well to each of the roles he has held in various films. Here, Nick Carraway is telling us a story of how he met the Great Gatsby and his adventures that lead him to his alcoholism and depression.

Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan in this film. I think she is an interpreter actor. An interpreter actor is an actor that takes the material and puts their own stamp on it (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). Carey Mulligan does a fine job of portraying Daisy in this film. I think she fit the role very well.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Heffrey Brauer (2013). The Great Gatsby: I hope she’ll be a fool. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCxbZ8D7N1o

Kevvo Lightswift (2013). Nick Meets Gatsby. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBdoyPY1ELo

Markus Walter (2013). Nick Carraway Flashback Gatsby’s Past. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1uBuQfz9uI


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s