BY NICOLA WHITFIELD
So how do you feel when the person who makes you laugh most on screens big and/or small goes over to the serious side?
You can’t blame them for wanting to try something different, of course – actors are all about mixing it up in their constant quest to avoid one of showbiz’ biggest blights: being typecast.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Check out our list to see who nailed it and who blew it when they cut the comedy and delved into a little darkness.
1) Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Nobody does over-the-top comedy like rubber-faced Jim. Who would’ve thought he’d be able to tone it down so nicely too? Eternal Sunshine is a heartbreaking boy-meets-girl story and Jim does it justice. And then some.
What the critics said: Carrey’s ability to represent the average guy just looking to love and be loved is at times painful to watch, but that good way that makes all the red wine you’re drinking not just tasty but necessary. (movies.about.com)
Box office takings: $34,400,301. Which is cool for a cult classic.
2 Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction
Okay, so strictly speaking it’s more quirky than dramatic but Will still plays it straight – well, sort of – and he’s pretty good. He stars as an internal revenue service agent who has led a sedate, orderly life – until his wristwatch gets bored of it all and mystically shakes things up.
What the critics said: “Will shows that, like Steve Martin and Robin Williams, he has dramatic gifts to equal his comedic talent.” (robertebert.com)
Box office takings: $40,660,952. Pretty neat.