27 Examples When One Role In A Movie Is Just Not Enough

Warwick Davis As Gringotts Head Goblin, Griphook (Voice), And Professor Flitwick In The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

Benedict Cumberbatch As Doctor Strange And Dormammu (Voice) In Doctor Strange (2016)

Michael J. Fox As Marty Mcfly And Marlene Mcfly In Back To The Future Part II (1989)

Eddie Murphy As Prince Akeem, Clarence, Randy Watson, And Saul In Coming To America (1988)

Eddie Murphy is known for being somewhat of a master of all trades when it comes to acting—besides Coming to America from 1988, he was also responsible for at least 2 roles in Bowfinger (1999), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Norbit (2007), Meet Dave (2008), as well as the man behind a whopping 7 roles in The Nutty Professor (1996) and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).

Also, Arsenio Hall is responsible for a number roles in Coming to America, including Semmi, Morris, and Reverend Brown.


Michael Palin As Sir Galahad The Pure, Dennis, Right Head, The Leader Of The Knights Who Say Ni!, And 5 Other Roles In Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

Ryan Reynolds As Deadpool And Juggernaut (Voice) In Deadpool 2 (2018)

Jeremy Bullock As Lieutenant Shekil And Boba Fett In Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Jason Isaacs As Mr. Darling And Captain Hook In Peter Pan (2003)

Hank Azaria As Kahmunrah, The Thinker, And Abraham Lincoln Statue In Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian (2009)

Peter Sellers As Dr. Strangelove, Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, And President Merkin Muffley In Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)

Peter Sellers is another actor who’s behind multiple roles in multiple films. Besides Dr. Strangelove, he’s acted in at least three roles in The Mouse That Roared (1959), Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974), and The Prisoner of Zenda (1979).

Doug Jones As Abe Sapien, Angel Of Death, And Chamberlain In Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)


Dick Van Dyke As Bert And Mr. Dawes Sr. In Mary Poppins (1964)

James Remar As Ace Speck And Butch Pooch In Django Unchained (2012)

Jonathan Hyde As Hunter Van Pelt And Sam Parrish In Jumanji (1995)

Tom Hanks As Dermot Hoggins, Isaac Sachs, Henry Goose, Zachry, And 2 Other Roles In Cloud Atlas (2012)

When it comes to Cloud Atlas, Tom Hanks is but one of many actors to take upon multiple roles I the film. Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jin Strurgess, Bae Doona, Ben Whishaw, and many others fill the shoes of at least 3 in-film characters. Sure, the movie is about the idea of how one soul can be drastically shaped as times passes, but you can’t but admire the amount of effort and creativity that has been put into this movie in general when it comes to casting.

Mike Myers As Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Goldmember, And Fat Bastard In Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002)

Ben Mendelsohn As Keller And Talos In Captain Marvel (2019)

Rusty Goffe As A Jawa, Kabe, And A Gonk Droid In Star Wars (1977)

Ralph Fiennes As Ignatz Sonnenschein, Adam Sors, And Ivan Sors In Sunshine (1999)

James Mcavoy As Dennis, Hedwig, Patricia, And 5 Other Roles In Split (2016)

This one’s a bit of an interesting entry in this list because it’s technically the same person both as an actor and a character, except that the character in the movie is said to have been diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities and a 24th is emerging. Only eight of them are acted out in the movie, and they truly show just how versatile McAvoy can really be if given a role. Or eight.

Jack Nicholson As Art Land And U.S. President James Dale In Mars Attacks! (1996)

Cheech Marin As A Border Guard, Carlos, And Chet Pussy In From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Paul Mcgann As Girard And Jussac In The Three Musketeers (1993)

Eugenio Derbez As Felipe And Felipe’s Grandmother In Jack And Jill (2011)

While it can be quite obvious that Adam Sandler here is doing a double role, but a lesser known fact that Felipe and his grandmother in the movie are actually portrayed by the same guy, Eugenio Derbez.

Bella Heathcote As Victoria Winters And Josette Du Pres In Dark Shadows (2012)

Bruce Boxleitner As Alan Bradley And Tron In Tron (1982)

Tron is one of those movies that has much of the cast performing multiple roles—the people and the visual representations of the programs they have written. Besides Boxleitner, Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes, Dan Shor, among others play at least two roles each.

George Lopez As Mr. Electricidad, Mr. Electric, And Tobor In The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl (2005)

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