13 Oscar Winners in Summer Popcorn Movies
Natalie Portman in Thor
Playing: Jane Foster, an astrophysicist and love interest for the earthbound Norse thunder god
Oscar-winning Role: Nina Sayers, demented ballerina, in Black Swan (2010)
Typecasting Alert? Like Nina's White Swan in the Tchaikovsky ballet, Jane gets her feathers ruffled when a guy with magic powers shows up and wreaks havoc.
Anthony Hopkins in Thor
Playing: Odin, one-eyed king of the Norse gods and father of Thor
Oscar-winning Role: Hannibal Lecter, jailed serial killer with an unusual diet, in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Typecasting Alert? Lecter, like Odin, lives in a secluded place yet seems to be omnisciently aware of everything happening outside his little realm.
Penelope Cruz in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20)
Playing: Angelica, daughter of Blackbeard and a pirate herself
Oscar-winning Role: Maria Elena, tempestuous muse and artist, in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Typecasting Alert? Maria Elena is a woman of mystery who shares a troubled past with ex-husband Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem); Angelica is a woman of mystery who shares a troubled past with Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Of course, Depp and Cruz have a past, having played a troubled married couple caught up in the cocaine-smuggling racket, in Blow (2001).
Geoffrey Rush in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Playing: Barbossa, a scruffy, apparently unkillable pirate
Oscar-winning Role: David Helfgott, a scruffy and eccentric piano virtuoso, in Shine (1996)
Typecasting Alert? Helfgott rises above his dark past to become a celebrated concert performer; Barbossa rises above his buccaneer career to become an admiral in the British navy.
Angelina Jolie in Kung Fu Panda 2 (May 26)
Playing: Tigress, a no-nonsense martial arts warrior
Oscar-winning Role: Lisa Rowe, charismatic mental patient, in Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Typecasting Alert? Aren't all of Jolie's characters tigresses?
Michael Caine in Cars 2 (June 24)
Playing: Finn McMissile, a secret agent who's a vintage British sportscar
Oscar-winning Roles: Elliot, philandering husband, in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Dr. Wilbur Larch, lovable abortionist, in The Cider House Rules (1999).
Typecasting Alert? Finn has little in common with Caine's Academy Award-winning roles, but he sounds like old-school spy Harry Palmer (whom Caine played five times), or maybe Nigel Powers, only with wheels.
Tim Robbins in Green Lantern (June 17)
Playing: Senator Robert Hammond, disapproving dad of villain Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard)
Oscar-winning Role: Dave Boyle, child-molestation victim grown into a haunted adult, in Mystic River (2003)
Typecasting Alert? Someone's got some Oedipal issues.
Frances McDormand in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (July 1)
Playing: Marissa Faireborn, director of national intelligence
Oscar-winning Role: Marge Gunderson, cheerfully dogged small-town police chief, in Fargo (1996)
Typecasting Alert? Think of Marissa as Marge with fewer smiles and a lot more money and men at her disposal. If the Decepticons try to hide by turning themselves into woodchippers, she'll be your gal.
Kevin Spacey in Horrible Bosses (July 8)
Playing: Dave Harken, a workplace martinet so intolerable that employee Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) plots his murder.
Oscar-winning Roles: Verbal Kint, a low-level thug who's secretly an elusive crime lord, in The Usual Suspects (1995); Lester Burnham, job-quitting slacker, in American Beauty (1999).
Typecasting Alert? In Suspects, he's kind of the most horrible boss ever. In Beauty, a horrible boss inspires him to jettison his white-collar career. Plus, he played one of moviedom's most acidly funny horrible bosses, abusive Hollywood mogul Buddy Ackerman, in Swimming With Sharks (1994).
Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22)
Playing: Col Chester Phillips, overseer of Operation Rebirth, the science project that turns Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into super soldier Captain America
Oscar-winning Role: Samuel Gerard, implacable U.S. marshal, in The Fugitive (1993)
Typecasting Alert? Jones can do these gruff, impatient, order-barking, team-leading military types in his sleep.
Maggie Smith in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (July 15)
Playing: Hogwarts Headmistress Minerva McGonagall, professor of transfiguration
Oscar-winning Roles: Jean Brodie, a formidable teacher at a cloistered school, in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969); Diana Barrie, an Oscar-winning actress, in California Suite (1978)
Typecasting Alert? Like Miss Brodie, Prof. McGonagall relishes the opportunity to mold young minds. Out of the classroom, Miss Brodie was awfully catty, while Prof. McGonagall likes to turn herself into a tabby.
Jim Broadbent in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Playing: Hogwarts Professor Horace Slughorn, potions expert
Oscar-winning Role: John Bayley, author and caretaker of famous wife Iris Murdoch as she succumbs to Alzheimer's disease, in iris (2001)
Typecasting Alert? Slughorn is a bookish old man who enjoys being around famous people and has trouble summoning a crucial memory.
Emma Thompson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Playing: Sybill Trelawny, Hogwarts professor of divination
Oscar-winning Role: Margaret Schlegel Wilcox, mistress of an English country house, in Howards End (1992)
Typecasting Alert? In both movies, Thompson's quiet, cozy life in the English countryside is upended by the wanton recklessness of Helena Bonham Carter and some guy who can't hold a job.