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Old 10-10-09, 07:49 PM
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I was thinking with Vince Vaughn being pretty successful in comedies nowadays and how he was in a bizarre-o role like in Domestic Disturbance. Then it made me think on how Leslie Nielsen was a dramatic actor and switched to comedy years down the line.

Who else is like that? Maybe someone that was dramatic and went comedic or was comedic then went dramatic? I just know anytime I see Domestic Disturbance on TV now it's hard not to laugh as it is since Vince Vaughn isn't remotely believable as a psycho.
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Don't forget that Vince Vaughn also played Norman Bates in the 1998 remake of Psycho.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Twins/Kindergarten Cop/Jingle All The Way.

Vin Diesel in The Pacifier
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Dwayne Johnson tried to start as a tough guy persona, now doing kids things.
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Not quite movies ... but Bob Saget was a pretty foul comic when he landed the role on Full House ... most of America didn't know his background and accepted him as the "Mr Clean" father figure ... then he went back to dirty stand-up ... one of the funniest things I've ever seen was his cameo in "Half Baked" ... of course, I didn't know his background at the time (which made it even funnier) ...
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Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love.
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John C Reilley used to do almost exclusively dramas, now he seems to be in nothing but comedies these days
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Old 10-10-09, 08:34 PM
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John C Reilley used to do almost exclusively dramas, now he seems to be in nothing but comedies these days
He's another great example. Boogie Nights to Will Ferrell comedies is a pretty big change.
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Originally Posted by mcfly View Post
He's another great example. Boogie Nights to Will Ferrell comedies is a pretty big change.
Not exactly, his character is very comical in Boogie Nights. In fact, his character in Magnolia was pretty comical also. He did do some serious stuff, but using Boogie Nights as an example is a bit off.
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He went from being in funny movies to being on incredible lousy ones.
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Not exactly, his character is very comical in Boogie Nights. In fact, his character in Magnolia was pretty comical also. He did do some serious stuff, but using Boogie Nights as an example is a bit off.
I was being sarcastic.
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I would tend to disagree somewhat. His career has always been a mixture of comedy and dramatic work. His earlier dramatic work was usually with a comedic undercurrent to it, like The World According to Garp and Good Morning, Vietnam but it was there, interspersed with more straight comedy roles. His first straight dramatic role that I recall (Dead Poets Society) was still pretty early in his career.

It seemed like a lot of people were suddenly saying things like "Whoa, Robin Williams is a good dramatic actor! Who knew?" when Good Will Hunting came out. One had to be pretty oblivious of the man's film work prior to the late 90s when GWH came out to feel that way.
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Originally Posted by mcfly View Post
I was being sarcastic.
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I don't think I've even seen one movie this man has appeared in, but I've heard that Paul Rudd has been doing this lately.
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Originally Posted by jfoobar View Post
I would tend to disagree somewhat. His career has always been a mixture of comedy and dramatic work. His earlier dramatic work was usually with a comedic undercurrent to it, like The World According to Garp and Good Morning, Vietnam but it was there, interspersed with more straight comedy roles. His first straight dramatic role that I recall (Dead Poets Society) was still pretty early in his career.

It seemed like a lot of people were suddenly saying things like "Whoa, Robin Williams is a good dramatic actor! Who knew?" when Good Will Hunting came out. One had to be pretty oblivious of the man's film work prior to the late 90s when GWH came out to feel that way.
I don't think you're going back far enough ... his break in to showbiz was as a frenetic stand-up comedian and then on Mork & Mindy ... look at that stuff and you would never believe he could be a "real" actor ...
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would Liam Neeson count?
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