play the role

idiom

: to act the part of (a particular character) in a film, play, etc.
He often plays the role of the villain.
often used figuratively
He was playing the role of (the) gracious host.

Examples of play the role in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tatum stepped in to play the role of the launch director after actor Chris Evans, who had been first attached to the role. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2024 Edward Norton stepped in to play the role of Pete Seeger after a production delay led to Benedict Cumberbatch dropping out. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 The streamer has ordered six episodes of the series, with Ludwig set to play the role of Ish. Joe Otterson, Variety, 26 Mar. 2024 The purpose of red-teaming exercises is to play the role of the adversary (the red team) and find hidden vulnerabilities in the defenses of the blue team (the defenders) who then think creatively about how to fix the gaps. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2024 Twigs will play the role of Eric’s late fiancée, Shelly. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 McCormack will play the role of Jane Swire, wife of Dr. Jim Swire who will be played by Academy Award- and BAFTA-winning star Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, The Staircase). Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2024 Isabel Keating, the understudy for the role, will continue to play the role for performances through Feb. 11. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 Todaro recalls how her father, Italian opera singer Jose Todaro, used to play the role of Othello in black makeup. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 4 Feb. 2024

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“Play the role.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20the%20role. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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