Sandra Bullock Plays a Cop Again in 'The Heat,' and 7 Other Actors Who Always Have the Same Job

Sandra Bullock has been cast as a cop so many times (Miss Confidentiality, Murder By Numbers... ) that we wouldn't be surprised if the NYPD just handed her a badge. In her summer buddy-cop flick The Heat, Bullock once again straps on a gun and takes down the bad guys. But Bullock's not the only one who seems to play characters who are in the same line of work. Here is a guide to other actors who often play the same profession.

Sandra Bullock and others who took on the same job

Sandra Bullock has been cast as a cop so many times (Miss Confidentiality, Murder By Numbers... ) that we wouldn't be surprised if the NYPD just handed her a badge. In her summer buddy-cop flick The Heat, Bullock once again straps on a gun and takes down the bad guys. But Bullock's not the only one who seems to play characters who are in the same line of work. Here is a guide to other actors who often play the same profession.

Leonardo DiCaprio: A Con Artist

In this summer's The Great Gatsby, Leo took on the iconic role of Jay Gatsby, a man who pretended to be of the elite class in order to win back his true love. Before that, he played the famous con artist Frank Abagale in Catch Me If You Can. In Shutter Island, he also was playing someone he was not (though we'll stop there for fear of spoilers). And in this year's The Wolf of Wall Street he'll take on the role of Jordan Belfort, yet another man who built his life (and his fortune) on lies. Image: DreamWorks

Bruce Willis: A Law Enforcement Agent

Willis played off-duty cop John McClane in Die Hard, former black-ops CIA agent in Red, an aging police officer in Sin City, and a cop, in, well, Cop Out. It's actually challenging to find a role where Willis isn't locking up the bad guys. Image: 20th Century Fox

Leslie Mann: Wife and Mom

Leslie Mann played Paul Rudd's wife in Knocked Up and its spin-off, This is 40. Before that she played the wife and mom to Eric Bana's character in Funny People, Jason Bateman's wife in The Change-Up, and Matthew Perry's wife in 17 Again. Mann is great as the zany mom, but maybe we should be giving the gal something more to work with? Image: Universal

Angelina Jolie: Badass Secret Agent

Jolie kicked ass as a spy in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and went on to do the same in Wanted, Salt, and The Tourist. Plus, the charitable star kicks ass in real life too. Image: Universal

Lindsay Lohan: Aspiring Superstar

Lindsay Lohan's rock band wanted to make it big in Freaky Friday in 2003. In 2004, Lohan's character in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen believed she was destined to be a star. And in the trainwreck Liz & Dick, Lohan played Elizabeth Taylor as she worked her way up to stardom. Saddest thing is: Lohan plays an aspiring superstar in real life too. Image: Disney

Matthew McConaughey: Lawyer

McConaughey may be famous for his break-out as high-school-girl-loving David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, but the eternal bro has played a lawyer three separate times in A Time to Kill, Amistad, and The Lincoln Lawyer. Smart and muscular, alright, alright! Image: Lionsgate

Al Pacino: Gangster

There was a time when Al Pacino was rarely not playing a gangster. He starred as Tony Montana in Scarface and as Carlito Brigante in Carlito's Way. He was a member of the infamous Carleone family in The Godfather trilogy. Sadly, he also had an appearance as a gangster in the tragic flop that was Gigli. Bet he wishes he could have that film whacked. Image: Paramount