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Poll Suggestion: Dramatic Performances by Comedic Actors

These actors have made a name for themselves by starring primarily in comedic roles. However, they have also shined for giving a stand-out dramatic performance. These transitions into drama showed us a new side to these talented actors. Their surprising turns into the genre were short-lived, albeit successful, showing us a dramatic side to them that we were previously unaware of.

So which of these dramatic performances were your favorite?

I will try to stay away from actors whom consistently showed promise in and eventually became known for performing well in both genres, like Jack Lemmon and Tom Hanks. This list will limit the choices to one performance per actor.




List: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls063237044/#1

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4 years ago

A few comments, here:

First of all, thanks for not including "The Truman Show" as I don't think there was anything dramatic in Carrey's performance, it was comedic with some serious moments like in many comedies actually.

Now, I'm not sure about some inclusions, I don't know about Emma Stone pre-"Help" career but wasn't that so early in her career that it's hard to say it was a 'breakthrough' dramatic performance. Besides, she was a rather positive and lighthearted character in the film, it's not like she had to play something emotionally heavy, seet what I mean?

Whoopi Goldberg's debut was "The Color Purple", not much of a transition, but maybe she was known for TV comedic roles, I don't know.

Forget about "Pearl Harbor", no one remembers any performance in terms of acting excellence especially when you have Dan Aykroyd's Oscar-nominated performance in "Driving Miss Daisy", the film is labeled as a comedy but there's nothing remotely comedic about it, and Aykroyd plays a rather straight character.

Peter Sellers is problematic here, I don't know if you consider his role as dramatic, but it's as dramatic as "Forrest Gump", and as funny, too. And "Being There" was listed in AFI's Top 100 Comedies. Same with Tucker, not only the film is labeled as a comedy (which I disagree, it's not even good a drama) but he was sort of a comedic relief. I hope I'm not being nitpicky but because I noticed you didn't just take the genre for granted, as dramatic as "Dead Poets Society" was, you didn't take this Robin Williams' performance, for reasons I'd understand.

Cloris Leachman is mostly remembered from her performances in Mel Brooks' movies but I may be wrong, was she in comedies before 1971 to call them transitions? Same with Marlon Wayans, it's all in the context of 2000, I don't know if "Requiem" came before "Scary Movie", but if anything, it seems like the guy transitioned from dramas to comedies.

7 or 8 performances ain't that bad, there's a little homework on this poll and I'm sure there are many other good inclusions

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3 years ago

Bumping for some more ideas (ElM, I have given your comments some thoughts as well)

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3 years ago

Bump

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3 years ago

My vote's for Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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6 months ago

Kyle, would you like to resurrect this one?

Looks like one of your images needs to be replaced.

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6 months ago

I watched .... Spotless Mind for the first time a few days ago and hated it, but my vote will go to Carrey on the strength of his performances in The Number 23  and The Majestic.

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5 months ago


I'm not sure Maya Rudolph should be there, at least for that title. Away We Go is a comedy (and a delicious one)

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Maya Rudolph should in fact not be in anything that implies quality acting.

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5 months ago

Sandler, Uncut Gems

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5 months ago

I love the idea behind this poll and the performances listed are good ones but several of these actors don't fit two parts of the intro:

"Their surprising turns into the genre were short-lived" (Among others, Steve Carrell, Bill Murray, and Jaime Fox's dramatic careers haven't been short-lived at all, nor was Robin Williams' career in drama.) 

"I will try to stay away from actors whom consistently showed promise in and eventually became known for performing well in both genres, like Jack Lemmon and Tom Hanks." (Steve Carrell, Murray, Fox, Emma Stone, Williams, and perhaps a few others, have definitely become known to consistently turn out very skilled performances in both genres.)

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