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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #161348

    Steve Carell looks like a probable Oscar nominee for “Foxcatcher,” and there’s also Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins” this year changing it up from comedy to drama. A lot of times comic actors finally get respect when they make the switch to drama.

    What other comic actors have become Oscar nominees or winners for dramatic roles, like Robin Williams in “Good Will Hunting,” Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls,” etc.

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    Sasha
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    One thing people do not know comedy is much harder than drama. It’s easy to make people cry but to make them laugh is so much harder. I respect much more comedic actors than dramatic ones. And it makes me sad that they do not get the respect they actually deserve.

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    ProfessorChaos
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    Mo’nique
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Jamie Foxx
    Bill Murray
    Jonah Hill
    Dan Akyroyd

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    Halo_Insider
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    One thing people do not know comedy is much harder than drama. It’s easy to make people cry but to make them laugh is so much harder. I respect much more comedic actors than dramatic ones. And it makes me sad that they do not get the respect they actually deserve.

    I feel like comic actors (or comedians, at least) are also typically able to fit into drama rather well due to the struggle that they tend to go through in their real life experiences (particularly when they bomb in front of a crowd). 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I had a similar post called “Comedic Actors Doing Dramatic Roles”. There are several awesome examples of great comedic actors (or actors who primarly do comedies) in roles that are most dramatic. He wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy was sensational.

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    circa 1993
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    The #1 example is Mo’Nique in “Precious”. Who ever expected that? Her performance was phenomenal.

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    Logan
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    Neil Patrick Harris is in Gone Girl. Jim Carrey probably just missed a few times. 

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I disagree when people say that comedy is “harder than drama”.  Whether something is hard is totally based on each individual.  Different actors fit in different genres for different reasons (mostly based on their look and natural personality).  Some actors have a look and demeanor that allows them to fit in perfectly on multi-cam sitcoms without even trying.  Some actors have the perfect look and demeanor for a television procedural drama without even trying, but comedy doesn’t come as naturally to them.  The thing that makes a comedian great is that comedic timing comes easy to them.  It’s naturally in their spirit or voice pattern.  Could you imagine Roseanne Barr in a serious drama?  No matter how dramatic it could get or how well she does, there would still be an element of humor in there because that’s just who she is.  I weigh the ability to do comedy and drama as equal skills that should be praised.

    I think a lot of comedians are very good at drama because they aren’t afraid of going to the extremes of emotions.  Comedians love to push the envelope and that means having to push yourself to a big emotion, whether that emotion is extreme happiness/silliness or extreme anger.  I always describe stand up comedians as “actors with strong opinions”.  What is stand up?  So many jokes are people laughing at their problems or other people’s problems, and a lot of times, those jokes come from a place of deep anger or hurt.  Laughing about something is how a lot of people get through things.  If you watch Mo’Nique’s stand up and watch her angry scenes in Precious, you’ll find they’re actually quite similar in speech, phrasing, and tone of voice.  All of the rage she has in her in Precious is seen in her stand up, but it’s just seen in a different setting. 

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    vinny
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    I feel like some comedians should stick to comedy but some excel in dramas. Besides the examples everyone mentioned, I always think of Don Rickles in Casino as a perfect example.

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    vinny
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    I had a similar post called “Comedic Actors Doing Dramatic Roles”. There are several awesome examples of great comedic actors (or actors who primarly do comedies) in roles that are most dramatic. He wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy was sensational.

    He was really good in Law and Order SVU as well.   

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    babypook
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    I had a similar post called “Comedic Actors Doing Dramatic Roles”. There are several awesome examples of great comedic actors (or actors who primarly do comedies) in roles that are most dramatic. He wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy was sensational.

    Yes I thought this thread looked familiar. And Jerry could do anything. Slapstick and high drama. Agreed about KoC, and also Wiseguy.

    I guess I’ll mention Jack Black. Jack might be perceived as making silly films, but his turn in Bernie will hopefully change his arc. Also, he’s terrific in Margot at the Wedding, starring with two women who generally knock it out of the park, and imo, he’s as good or better than both of them.

    The Holiday may be considered comedy, but here’s another film where imo, Jack is the very best thing in it. And let’s give a shout out for him in School of Rock shall we? Yes it’s “comedic”, but Jack is entirely awesome.

    Then there are actors like Jim Carrey who are more than capable of delivering in Dramas, and he has. But overall it looks as if his audience doesnt want to see him in such dramatic un-funny films.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    [quote=”tyman21″]I had a similar post called “Comedic Actors Doing Dramatic Roles”. There are several awesome examples of great comedic actors (or actors who primarly do comedies) in roles that are most dramatic. He wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy was sensational.

    Yes I thought this thread looked familiar. And Jerry could do anything. Slapstick and high drama. Agreed about KoC, and also Wiseguy.

    I guess I’ll mention Jack Black. Jack might be perceived as making silly films, but his turn in Bernie will hopefully change his arc. Also, he’s terrific in Margot at the Wedding, starring with two women who generally knock it out of the park, and imo, he’s as good or better than both of them.

    The Holiday may be considered comedy, but here’s another film where imo, Jack is the very best thing in it. And let’s give a shout out for him in School of Rock shall we? Yes it’s “comedic”, but Jack is entirely awesome.

    Then there are actors like Jim Carrey who are more than capable of delivering in Dramas, and he has. But overall it looks as if his audience doesnt want to see him in such dramatic un-funny films.

    [/quote]

    This is a little more obscure, but I am going to mention Jackie Chan. He has been in a lot of comedic action films, but what stood out to me was his performance in The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith. Oh my God, that scene with the car was incredible. He was making me cry. Everyone knows Chan as a great comedic actor, but dude is a great dramatic actor too. He just hasn’t had a lot of roles that shows it.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    What about Tom Hanks? He started out doing comedies, and of course, his first Oscar nomination was for Big, which is a great comedy. Then he has dramatic performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump and he gets 2 oscars. All of a sudden, he’s an A-list dramatic actor. I can’t think of a better example than that.

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    babypook
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    [quote=”babypook”]

    [quote=”tyman21″]I had a similar post called “Comedic Actors Doing Dramatic Roles”. There are several awesome examples of great comedic actors (or actors who primarly do comedies) in roles that are most dramatic. He wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy was sensational.

    Yes I thought this thread looked familiar. And Jerry could do anything. Slapstick and high drama. Agreed about KoC, and also Wiseguy.

    I guess I’ll mention Jack Black. Jack might be perceived as making silly films, but his turn in Bernie will hopefully change his arc. Also, he’s terrific in Margot at the Wedding, starring with two women who generally knock it out of the park, and imo, he’s as good or better than both of them.

    The Holiday may be considered comedy, but here’s another film where imo, Jack is the very best thing in it. And let’s give a shout out for him in School of Rock shall we? Yes it’s “comedic”, but Jack is entirely awesome.

    Then there are actors like Jim Carrey who are more than capable of delivering in Dramas, and he has. But overall it looks as if his audience doesnt want to see him in such dramatic un-funny films.

    [/quote]

    This is a little more obscure, but I am going to mention Jackie Chan. He has been in a lot of comedic action films, but what stood out to me was his performance in The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith. Oh my God, that scene with the car was incredible. He was making me cry. Everyone knows Chan as a great comedic actor, but dude is a great dramatic actor too. He just hasn’t had a lot of roles that shows it.[/quote]

    Nice mention. I adore Jackie. Btw have you seen the original with Pat Morita? There’s incredible poignancy with his heartbreaking perf.

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    Sasha
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    ^ And that’s why he’s nominated for it. 

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