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22nd Apr '16 3:34:48 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In many 90's films, you can see Ed O'Neill trying to squeeze himself in the cast as Cop #1 or Cop #2. (In fact, his breakout role was as an undercover FBI agent who commits suicide in ''Series/MiamiVice''.) He'll usually have only one line or two, and only when the closeup comes you'll go "[[HeyItsThatGuy Is that Al Bundy?]]". He probably wanted a dramatic cop-show role or something, which he got on the short-lived ''LA Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''. Looks like some of [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy's]] hell has rubbed on the actor. He did land the role of Governor of Pennsylvania, but that was on ''Series/TheWestWing'', where he was a failed Democratic presidential hopeful.

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* In many 90's films, you can see Ed O'Neill trying to squeeze himself in the cast as Cop #1 or Cop #2. (In fact, his breakout role was as an undercover FBI agent who commits suicide in ''Series/MiamiVice''.) He'll usually have only one line or two, and only when the closeup comes you'll go "[[HeyItsThatGuy Is "Is that Al Bundy?]]".Bundy?". He probably wanted a dramatic cop-show role or something, which he got on the short-lived ''LA Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''. Looks like some of [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy's]] hell has rubbed on the actor. He did land the role of Governor of Pennsylvania, but that was on ''Series/TheWestWing'', where he was a failed Democratic presidential hopeful.
10th Apr '16 11:28:23 PM aye_amber
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* Creator/MichaelJFox was on a hot streak in the mid-eighties with comedies like ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and ''Film/TeenWolf'', but by 1987 he was looking for greener pastures. Creator/BrianDePalma offered him the lead role in his melodrama ''Film/CasualtiesOfWar''. Fox acquitted himself well, but it really did come off like a forgotten ''Back to the Future'' sequel where Marty [[IAmNotSpock travelled back in time to Vietnam!]] He had better luck a year later, playing a cokehead in ''Film/BrightLightsBigCity''. Fox returned to his comedic roots in ''Film/DocHollywood'' and was shortly diagnosed with Parkinson's; he only starred in comedies after that. He confessed in his autobiography ''Lucky Man'' that [[MoneyDearBoy he needed the quick buck]]. His TV appearances in the 2000s have been a mix of slapstick and pathos, owing to his deteriorating health.
* Jamie Foxx got his start on ''Series/InLivingColor''[[note]]He was added during the third season. His most popular recurring character was AbhorrentAdmirer Ugly Wanda and his celebrity impressions included Little Richard, Lionel Richie, and Music/{{Prince}} (though, ironically, not Ray Charles).[[/note]] and was best known for his comedic film roles (anyone remember him from ''Booty Call''?), though he also had several dramatic supporting roles as well. Then in 2003, he starred in the very successful ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' and followed up with an Oscar-winning role in ''Film/{{Ray}}'', turning him into a bona fide dramatic movie star.
* Jackie Gleason, famous for portraying Ralph Kramden on ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', gave a widely acclaimed performance in the drama ''The Hustler'', for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He was also praised for ''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight''.
* Creator/TerryGilliam started off doing comedies such as ''TimeBandits'' and ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. Gradually, starting with ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', he went into darker territory with movies such as ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' and ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''.
* ''Music/SelenaGomez'' succesfully broke out of her child-friendly image with ''Film/SpringBreakers'' which was critically acclaimed, though her followup ''Film/{{Getaway}}'' was, well, a bomb by every metric.

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* Creator/MichaelJFox was on a hot streak in the mid-eighties with comedies like ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and ''Film/TeenWolf'', ''Film/TeenWolf,'' but by 1987 he was looking for greener pastures. Creator/BrianDePalma offered him the lead role in his melodrama ''Film/CasualtiesOfWar''. ''Film/CasualtiesOfWar.'' Fox acquitted himself well, but it really did come off like a forgotten ''Back to the Future'' sequel where Marty [[IAmNotSpock travelled traveled back in time to Vietnam!]] He had better luck a year later, playing a cokehead in ''Film/BrightLightsBigCity''. ''Film/BrightLightsBigCity.'' Fox returned to his comedic roots in ''Film/DocHollywood'' and was shortly diagnosed with Parkinson's; he only starred in comedies after that. He confessed in his autobiography ''Lucky Man'' that [[MoneyDearBoy he needed the quick buck]]. buck.]] His TV appearances in the 2000s 2000's have been a mix of slapstick and pathos, owing to his deteriorating health.
* Jamie Foxx got his start on ''Series/InLivingColor''[[note]]He ''Series/InLivingColor'' [[note]] He was added during the third season. His most popular recurring character was AbhorrentAdmirer Ugly Wanda and his celebrity impressions included Little Richard, Lionel Richie, and Music/{{Prince}} (though, ironically, not Ray Charles). [[/note]] and was best known for his comedic film roles (anyone remember him from ''Booty Call''?), though he also had several dramatic supporting roles as well. Then in 2003, he starred in the very successful ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' and followed up with an Oscar-winning role in ''Film/{{Ray}}'', ''Film/{{Ray}},'' turning him into a bona fide bonafide dramatic movie star.
* Jackie Gleason, famous for portraying Ralph Kramden on ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', ''Series/TheHoneymooners,'' gave a widely acclaimed performance in the drama ''The Hustler'', Hustler,'' for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He was also praised for ''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight''.
''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight.''
* Creator/TerryGilliam started off doing comedies such as ''TimeBandits'' ''Film/TimeBandits'' and ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.'' Gradually, starting with ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', ''Film/{{Brazil}},'' he went into darker territory with movies such as ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' and ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''.
''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas.''
* ''Music/SelenaGomez'' succesfully successfully broke out of her child-friendly child friendly image with ''Film/SpringBreakers'' which was critically acclaimed, though her followup ''Film/{{Getaway}}'' was, well, a bomb by every metric.



* Larry Hagman had made a brief cameo in ''Film/FailSafe'', but he really became well-known as Major Tony Nelson on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. However, his next two series, ''Series/TheGoodLife'' and ''Series/HereWeGoAgain'', both comedies, failed to last more than half a season, and his role of J.R. Ewing on the much longer-running ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' restricted him specifically to dramatic material.

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* Larry Hagman had made a brief cameo in ''Film/FailSafe'', ''Film/FailSafe,'' but he really became well-known as Major Tony Nelson on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie.'' However, his next two series, ''Series/TheGoodLife'' and ''Series/HereWeGoAgain'', ''Series/HereWeGoAgain,'' both comedies, failed to last more than half a season, and his role of J.R. Ewing on the much longer-running ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' restricted him specifically to dramatic material.
4th Apr '16 2:13:49 PM Pichu-kun
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* Creator/ShiaLeBouf is most remembered for starting off as the goofy younger brother from ''Series/EvenStevens''. One of his other popular roles as a child was his work as Stanley from ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', which isn't a comedy but isn't completely solemn either. As an adult he's most well-known for his action or dramatic roles such as the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''.

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* Creator/ShiaLeBouf Creator/ShiaLaBeouf is most remembered for starting off as the goofy younger brother from ''Series/EvenStevens''. One of his other popular roles as a child was his work as Stanley from ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', which isn't a comedy but isn't completely solemn either. As an adult he's most well-known for his action or dramatic roles such as the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''.
4th Apr '16 2:11:37 PM Pichu-kun
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* Hilary "Series/LizzieMcGuire" Duff seems to be trying her hand at this. After the show ended, she was type-cast in her typical tween-appealing roles before venturing for slightly more dramatic territory in ''Film/RaiseYourVoice'' Ultimately it backfired as the film did rather poorly at the box-office and was not well received by critics, afterwards she went back to doing comedies and turned down DarkerAndEdgier roles, stating that she felt that doing those types of roles would be a betrayal to her teen fanbase. In spite of that there was talk of her starring in a remake of Bonnie and Clyde, though that was delayed due to her pregnancy, and after she gave birth the filmmakers considered re-casting but the film ultimately went into DevelopmentHell and little has been heard since, though Hilary has since starred in some more serious DirectToVideo films and was in ''Series/GossipGirl''.

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* Hilary [[Music/HilaryDuff Hilary]] "Series/LizzieMcGuire" Duff [[Music/HilaryDuff Duff]] seems to be trying her hand at this. After the show ended, she was type-cast in her typical tween-appealing roles before venturing for slightly more dramatic territory in ''Film/RaiseYourVoice'' Ultimately it backfired as the film did rather poorly at the box-office and was not well received by critics, afterwards she went back to doing comedies and turned down DarkerAndEdgier roles, stating that she felt that doing those types of roles would be a betrayal to her teen fanbase. In spite of that there was talk of her starring in a remake of Bonnie and Clyde, though that was delayed due to her pregnancy, and after she gave birth the filmmakers considered re-casting but the film ultimately went into DevelopmentHell and little has been heard since, though Hilary has since starred in some more serious DirectToVideo films and was in ''Series/GossipGirl''.


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* Creator/ShiaLeBouf is most remembered for starting off as the goofy younger brother from ''Series/EvenStevens''. One of his other popular roles as a child was his work as Stanley from ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', which isn't a comedy but isn't completely solemn either. As an adult he's most well-known for his action or dramatic roles such as the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''.
13th Mar '16 11:34:49 PM dinohunterpat
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* Many AAA western video game studios are shifting more towards making darker games since the seventh generation of console gaming. Nowhere else can this trend be best demonstrated than with the Sony's "platformer trio" of Creator/InsomniacGames, Creator/NaughtyDog, and Creator/SuckerPunch. During the PS1 and PS2 eras, these studios developed kid-friendly cartoony platformers ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'', and ''Franchise/SlyCooper''. When working on making games for the PS3 though, they began switching to making more serious, photorealistic action-adventure games. While still committed to making comedic games, Insomniac created the ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' trilogy that depicts humanity fighting a losing battle against a horde of aliens in a bleak alternate timeline. Naughty Dog underwent an identical transition with ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUS''. The ''Uncharted'' series, while still idealistic and occasionally funny, had more realistic violence [[spoiler: along with horror elements involving cursed artifacts]]. ''The Last of Us'' went even further with BodyHorror, averting InfantImmortality, and a post-apocalyptic setting that has driven humanity to the edge of extinction. Sucker Punch experienced a similar albeit less drastic shift. While their Video/{{Infamous}} games are gritty and photorealistic, they still have idealistic messages and fantastical elements. That said, TropesAreNotBad as the several of these darker games by these studios are as well-received as their earlier lighter entries.

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* Many AAA western video game studios are shifting more towards making darker games since the seventh generation of console gaming. Nowhere else can this trend be best demonstrated than with the Sony's "platformer trio" of Creator/InsomniacGames, Creator/NaughtyDog, and Creator/SuckerPunch. During the PS1 and PS2 eras, these studios developed kid-friendly cartoony platformers ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'', and ''Franchise/SlyCooper''. When working on making games for the PS3 though, they began switching to making more serious, photorealistic action-adventure games. While still committed to making comedic games, Insomniac created the ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' trilogy that depicts humanity fighting a losing battle war against a horde of aliens alien hordes in a bleak alternate timeline. Naughty Dog underwent an identical transition with ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUS''. The ''Uncharted'' series, while still idealistic and occasionally funny, had more realistic violence [[spoiler: along with horror elements involving cursed artifacts]]. ''The Last of Us'' went even further with BodyHorror, averting InfantImmortality, and a post-apocalyptic setting that has driven humanity to the edge of extinction.near-extinction. Sucker Punch experienced a similar albeit less drastic shift. While their Video/{{Infamous}} games are gritty and photorealistic, they still have idealistic messages and fantastical elements. That said, TropesAreNotBad as the several of these darker games by these studios are as well-received as their earlier lighter entries.
6th Mar '16 6:21:41 PM dinohunterpat
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* Many big-budget western video game studios in the seventh and eighth generation of console gaming are shifting more towards producing darker games than before. Nowhere else can this trend be best demonstrated than with the Sony's "platformer trio" of Creator/Insomniac, Creator/NaughtyDog, and Creator/SuckerPunch. During the PS1 and PS2 eras, these studios developed kid-friendly cartoony platformers ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'', and ''Franchise/SlyCooper''. When working on making games for the PS3 though, they began switching to making more serious, photorealistic action-adventure games. While still committed to making comedic games, Insomniac created the ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' trilogy that depicts humanity fighting a losing battle against a horde of aliens in a bleak alternate timeline. Naughty Dog underwent an identical transition with ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUS''. The ''Uncharted'' series, while still idealistic and occasionally funny, had more realistic violence [[spoiler: along with horror elements involving cursed artifacts and zombies]]. ''The Last of Us'' went even further with BodyHorror, averting InfantImmortality, and a post-apocalyptic setting that has driven humanity to the edge of extinction. Sucker Punch experienced a similar albeit less drastic shift. While their Video/{{Infamous}} games are gritty and photorealistic, they still have idealistic messages and fantastical elements. That said, TropesAreNotBad as the several of these darker games by these studios are as well-received as their earlier lighter entries.

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* Many big-budget AAA western video game studios in the seventh and eighth generation of console gaming are shifting more towards producing making darker games than before. since the seventh generation of console gaming. Nowhere else can this trend be best demonstrated than with the Sony's "platformer trio" of Creator/Insomniac, Creator/InsomniacGames, Creator/NaughtyDog, and Creator/SuckerPunch. During the PS1 and PS2 eras, these studios developed kid-friendly cartoony platformers ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'', and ''Franchise/SlyCooper''. When working on making games for the PS3 though, they began switching to making more serious, photorealistic action-adventure games. While still committed to making comedic games, Insomniac created the ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' trilogy that depicts humanity fighting a losing battle against a horde of aliens in a bleak alternate timeline. Naughty Dog underwent an identical transition with ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUS''. The ''Uncharted'' series, while still idealistic and occasionally funny, had more realistic violence [[spoiler: along with horror elements involving cursed artifacts and zombies]].artifacts]]. ''The Last of Us'' went even further with BodyHorror, averting InfantImmortality, and a post-apocalyptic setting that has driven humanity to the edge of extinction. Sucker Punch experienced a similar albeit less drastic shift. While their Video/{{Infamous}} games are gritty and photorealistic, they still have idealistic messages and fantastical elements. That said, TropesAreNotBad as the several of these darker games by these studios are as well-received as their earlier lighter entries.
5th Feb '16 10:40:54 AM Morgenthaler
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:{{That|ManIsDead}} ''Film/{{Big}}'' [[ThatManIsDead man is dead]]. Only ''Film/ForrestGump'' remains in a league of his own.[[note]]Top: ''Series/BosomBuddies'', ''BachelorParty'', ''Film/TheMoneyPit''; Bottom: ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', ''CastAway'', ''RoadToPerdition''.]]-][[/note]]

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26th Jan '16 7:17:56 PM BananaPancakes
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[ThatManIsDead That]] ''Film/{{Big}}'' [[ThatManIsDead man is dead]]. Only ''Film/ForrestGump'' remains in a league of his own.[[note]]Top: ''Series/BosomBuddies'', ''BachelorParty'', ''Film/TheMoneyPit''; Bottom: ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', ''CastAway'', ''RoadToPerdition''.]]-][[/note]]

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The second would be, "You say this has a good chance of ''working''. How can that be true?" Well, what most non-actors aren't aware of is the fact that comedy is ''more difficult'' to act in successfully than drama. A mediocre performance is much more readable/watchable in a drama than in a comedy, because once comedy starts to fall apart, it's very hard to pull it back together again. Hence, a sufficiently good comic actor usually has the talent -- the knowledge of their body, of timing, of the effects of subtle gestures -- that can serve to make them brilliant at serious works as well. In some cases, when an actor does this long enough and successfully enough, they can become ''better'' known as a dramatic actor than a comedic one (just look at the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]).

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The second would be, "You say this has a good chance of ''working''. How can that be true?" Well, what most non-actors aren't aware of is the fact that comedy is ''more difficult'' to act in successfully than drama. A mediocre performance is much more readable/watchable in a drama than in a comedy, because once comedy starts to fall apart, it's very hard to pull it back together again. Hence, a sufficiently good comic actor usually has the talent -- the knowledge of their body, of timing, of the effects of subtle gestures -- that can serve to make them brilliant at serious works as well. In some cases, when an actor does this long enough and successfully enough, they can become ''better'' known as a dramatic actor than a comedic one (just look at the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]).
{{Trope Namer|s}}).



* The TropeNamer of course, Creator/TomHanks first rose to fame with a series of comedies in the 1980s. Then, in 1993, he won critical praise and a Best Actor Oscar for his dramatic turn in ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''; the following year he won again for ''Film/ForrestGump''. Since then his stock in trade has largely been in dramatic roles with a comedic bent. The trope was hilariously {{Lampshaded}} in RealLife on his ''Inside The Actors Studio'' appearance when he spent 45 minutes discussing his art, only for a fan to gush that ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'' was her favorite movie ever!!! during the Q&A period. During a "Year In Review" for 2009, MSN [[http://movies.msn.com/movies/year-in-review/bummers/?photoidx=3 stated]] how much they miss the funny Tom Hanks.
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' hit the nail on the head in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb497jSCyaI its first episode]] (which was already a joke on SethMacFarlane's student film, "The Life of Larry"), when Peter mistakenly assumes that ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' is in the same vein as Hanks' earlier work and laughs uncontrollably at the line "I have AIDS".
** Hanks tried to return to comedy with Creator/TheCoenBrothers' remake of ''Film/TheLadykillers'' and, years later, ''Film/LarryCrowne'', but neither of those movies were critically or financially successful.
** Hanks also tries to be funny offscreen: he takes part in an yearly fundraiser by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles where a Shakespeare play gets a comedic SettingUpdate (i.e. ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'' as a country-Western, and ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' as a psychedelic Sixties musical; just read [[http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/a-league-of-his-own-tom-hanks-american-icon-20121210?page=2 this]] for Hanks in the latter...).
** Tom Hanks has hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' 8 times, '''6''' of which were from 1985-1992 (roughly one a season). He even has recurring characters, cameos on some latter-day episodes, and, like Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/SteveMartin, and Alec Baldwin, has his own "Best Of" clip show special.

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* The TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} of course, Creator/TomHanks first rose to fame with a series of comedies in the 1980s. Then, in 1993, he won critical praise and a Best Actor Oscar for his dramatic turn in ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''; the following year he won again for ''Film/ForrestGump''. ''Film/ForrestGump'', becoming only the second man to win leading-role Oscars in consecutive years since Creator/SpencerTracy in 1937 and 1938. Since then his stock in trade stock-in-trade has largely been in dramatic roles with a comedic bent. The trope was hilariously {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in RealLife on his ''Inside The Actors Studio'' ''Series/InsideTheActorsStudio'' appearance when he spent 45 forty-five minutes discussing his art, only for a fan to gush that ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'' was her favorite movie ever!!! during the Q&A period. During a "Year In Review" for 2009, MSN [[http://movies.msn.com/movies/year-in-review/bummers/?photoidx=3 stated]] how much they miss the funny Tom Hanks.
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' hit the nail on the head in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb497jSCyaI its first episode]] (which was Creator/SethMacFarlane had already used as a joke on SethMacFarlane's in his student film, "The Life of Larry"), when Peter mistakenly assumes that ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' is in the same vein as Hanks' earlier work and laughs uncontrollably at the line "I have AIDS".
** Hanks tried to return to comedy with Creator/TheCoenBrothers' remake of ''Film/TheLadykillers'' and, years later, ''Film/LarryCrowne'', but neither of those movies were was critically or financially successful.
** Hanks also tries to be funny offscreen: he takes part in an yearly annual fundraiser by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles where a Shakespeare play gets a comedic SettingUpdate (i.e. ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'' as a country-Western, and ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' as a psychedelic Sixties musical; just read [[http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/a-league-of-his-own-tom-hanks-american-icon-20121210?page=2 this]] for Hanks in the latter...).
** Tom Hanks has hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' 8 eight times, '''6''' '''six''' of which were them from 1985-1992 1985 to 1992 (roughly one a season). He even has recurring characters, cameos on some latter-day episodes, and, like Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/SteveMartin, and Alec Baldwin, Creator/AlecBaldwin, has his own "Best Of" clip show special.



* Creator/BenAffleck first became really well-known for his appearances in Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse. While he did try to branch out, none of these attempts really took until the latter half of UsefulNotes/TheOughts, when he directed an adaptation of ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'' to good reviews. He has since repeated the trick twice more with ''Film/TheTown'' and ''Film/{{Argo}}''.
* Creator/WoodyAllen. Before ''Film/AnnieHall'', he made slapstick comedies. After, he started with ''Interiors'' and went from there. Even {{lampshaded}} in ''Film/StardustMemories'' when an alien (voiced by Allen, no less!) tells the AuthorAvatar of Allen to stop making serious films and just tell jokes. Until 2000, even his "comedies" were laced with seriousness, like ''Hannah and Her Sisters''. Allen started making out-and-out comedies again with films like ''Small Time Crooks''.
* Alan Arkin was one of the founding members of Second City before playing a sadistic villain in ''Theatre/WaitUntilDark''.
* Creator/AnthonyAnderson is starting down this road as well. First in straight comedies (some of which weren't well-received [like when he was in ''Kangaroo Jack'']), then he was the comic relief in action flicks. Most recent, he's been doing dramatic work as a cop on ''KVille'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder'', and as a villain on ''Series/TheShield''.

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* Creator/BenAffleck first became really well-known for his appearances Creator/BenAffleck's roles in Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse.the comedic [[Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse View Askewniverse]] made him notable. While he did try to branch out, none of these attempts really took until the latter half of UsefulNotes/TheOughts, when he directed an adaptation of ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'' to good reviews. He has since repeated become a respect dramatic director, repeating the trick twice more with ''Film/TheTown'' and ''Film/{{Argo}}''.
* Creator/WoodyAllen. Creator/WoodyAllen: Before ''Film/AnnieHall'', he made slapstick comedies. After, he started with ''Interiors'' and went from there. Even {{lampshaded}} in ''Film/StardustMemories'' when an alien (voiced by Allen, no less!) tells the AuthorAvatar of Allen to stop making serious films and just tell jokes. Until 2000, even his "comedies" were laced with seriousness, like ''Hannah and Her Sisters''. Allen started making out-and-out comedies again with films like ''Small Time Crooks''.
* Alan Arkin Creator/AlanArkin was one of the founding members of Second City before playing a sadistic villain in ''Theatre/WaitUntilDark''.
* Creator/AnthonyAnderson is starting down this road as well. First in straight comedies (some of which weren't well-received [like when he was in ''Kangaroo Jack'']), which, such as ''Film/KangarooJack'', were poorly received), then he was the comic relief in action flicks. Most recent, he's been doing Later on, he did dramatic work as a cop on ''KVille'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder'', and as a villain on ''Series/TheShield''.



* Comedian Creator/LewisBlack as Mr. E [[spoiler: Ricky Owens]] in ''ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' who although playing a FatBastard, lets out some serious acting [[CerebusSyndrome as the show goes on]].

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* Comedian Creator/LewisBlack as Mr. E [[spoiler: Ricky [[spoiler:Ricky Owens]] in ''ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' who although playing a FatBastard, lets out some serious acting [[CerebusSyndrome as the show goes on]].



-->Wow...it's gonna be so hard to talk out of my ass after this. ''(audience laughter)'' But I'll manage.
* To some extent, this is happening to Creator/JackieChan. He gained his fame the world over for mix of heavy-duty martial arts and slapstick stunts (inspired by his heroes, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton) that he does ''himself,'' but as age and injury start to catch up with him-he's begun to dial back the amount of life-threatening stunts and started to flex his other acting chops. For most Americans the best display of this was his take as a mentor figure in ''Film/TheKarateKid'' reboot. He resisted the impulse to do dramatic films for years, having been stung by his notorious bomb ''Film/TheProtector''.
** Chan, feeling he had sufficiently stepped out of Creator/BruceLee's shadow in 2003, began making increasingly dramatic movies such as ''New Police Story, The Myth, Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''.
* Robbie Coltrane was primarily known as a comedic actor-- until his work as the title character in the original British version of Cracker cemented him as an actor. Now, you'll see him in everything from ''Film/GoldenEye'' to ''Film/FromHell'' to the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films as half-giant Rubeus Hagrid-- a character J.K. Rowling says was based on Coltrane's likeness. Add to that various documentaries on ITV focusing on his love of travel and means there of-- yes, he really can act. And inform.
* Creator/BradleyCooper: Zigzagged between comedies and dramas until ''Film/TheHangover'' after which he did more comedies than dramas (some of which were romantic comedies) -- at least until his starring role in ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' for which he was nominated for an Oscar and his appearance in ''The Place Beyond The Pines''. Cooper is currently working on ''American Hustle'' directed by [[ProductionPosse David O'Russell]] and will be in an as-yet unnamed Cameron Crowe film.
* [[Creator/BillCosby The Coz]] proved that he was, for a comedian, excellent at drama and won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for each of the three seasons of ''ISpy'', making him the first African-American actor to do so. Though comedy remains his forte, making this more akin to the LeslieNielsenSyndrome, Cosby would also do other dramatic material.
* Creator/BryanCranston. In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', he was a neurotic, bumbling father. Starring in ''Series/BreakingBad'', he was a terminally ill methamphetamine cook, eventually turning into a VillainProtagonist. In ''{{Film/Argo}}'', he was a CIA supervisor handling part of the Iran hostage crisis.

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-->Wow...it's gonna be so hard to talk out of my ass after this. ''(audience laughter)'' [''Audience laughter''] But I'll manage.
* To some extent, this is happening to Creator/JackieChan. He gained his fame the world over for mix of heavy-duty martial arts and slapstick stunts (inspired by his heroes, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton) that he does ''himself,'' ''himself'', but as age and injury start to catch up with him-he's begun to dial back the amount of life-threatening stunts and started to flex his other acting chops. For most Americans the best display of this was his take as a mentor figure in ''Film/TheKarateKid'' reboot. He resisted the impulse to do dramatic films for years, having been stung by his notorious bomb ''Film/TheProtector''.
** Chan, feeling he had sufficiently stepped out of Creator/BruceLee's shadow in 2003, began making increasingly dramatic movies such as ''New Police Story, The Myth, Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''.
Story'', ''The Myth'', and ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''.
* Robbie Coltrane was primarily known as a comedic actor-- until his work as the title character in the original British version of Cracker ''Series/{{Cracker}}'' cemented him as an actor. Now, you'll see him in everything from ''Film/GoldenEye'' to ''Film/FromHell'' to the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films as half-giant Rubeus Hagrid-- a character J.K. Rowling Creator/JKRowling says was based on Coltrane's likeness. Add to that various documentaries on ITV focusing on his love of travel and means there of-- yes, he really can act. And inform.
* Creator/BradleyCooper: Zigzagged between comedies and dramas until ''Film/TheHangover'' after which he did more comedies than dramas (some of which were romantic comedies) -- at least until his starring role in ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' for which he was nominated for an Oscar and his appearance in ''The Place Beyond The Pines''. ''Film/ThePlaceBeyondThePines''. Cooper is currently working on ''American Hustle'' directed by [[ProductionPosse David O'Russell]] then did Creator/DavidORussell's ''Film/AmericanHustle'' and will be Creator/CameronCrowe's ''Film/{{Aloha}}'', in an as-yet unnamed Cameron Crowe film.
between which he provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* [[Creator/BillCosby The Coz]] proved that he was, for a comedian, excellent at drama and won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for each of the three seasons of ''ISpy'', ''Series/ISpy'', making him the first African-American actor to do so. Though comedy remains his forte, making this more akin to the LeslieNielsenSyndrome, Cosby would also do other dramatic material.
* Creator/BryanCranston. Creator/BryanCranston: In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', he was a neurotic, bumbling father. Starring in ''Series/BreakingBad'', he was a terminally ill methamphetamine cook, eventually turning into a VillainProtagonist. In ''{{Film/Argo}}'', he was a CIA supervisor handling part of the Iran hostage crisis.



** Before Oscar nominations and critical acclaim in stuff like ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'', ''{{Film/Inception}}'', ''Film/TheDeparted'', and ''Film/TheAviator'', he had a recurring role on ''Series/GrowingPains''.
** Just after ''Growing Pains'' he did "This Boy's Life" with Creator/RobertDeNiro. It's a movie about an abusive step-father. That was his ticket to serious movie roles, along with ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''. ''Titanic'' was just the block buster.

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** Before Oscar nominations and critical acclaim in stuff like ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'', ''{{Film/Titanic|1997}}'', ''{{Film/Inception}}'', ''Film/TheDeparted'', and ''Film/TheAviator'', he had a recurring role on ''Series/GrowingPains''.
** Just after ''Growing Pains'' he did "This ''This Boy's Life" Life'' with Creator/RobertDeNiro. It's a movie about an abusive step-father.stepfather. That was his ticket to serious movie roles, along with ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''. ''Titanic'' was just the block buster.



* Creator/JonathanDemme used to do comedies in the 80's, such as ''Film/MelvinAndHoward'' and ''Film/MarriedToTheMob'' before moving on the Oscar-winning ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'' and ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''. Did Tom Hanks learn something from Demme?

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* Creator/JonathanDemme used to do did comedies in the 80's, such as ''Film/MelvinAndHoward'' and ''Film/MarriedToTheMob'' before moving in the 1980s, then moved on to the Oscar-winning ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'' ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' and ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''. Did Tom Hanks learn something from Demme?



* Hilary "LizzieMcGuire" Duff seems to be trying her hand at this. After the show ended, she was type-cast in her typical tween-appealing roles before venturing for slightly more dramatic territory in ''Film/RaiseYourVoice'' Ultimately it backfired as the film did rather poorly at the box-office and was not well received by critics, afterwards she went back to doing comedies and turned down DarkerAndEdgier roles, stating that she felt that doing those types of roles would be a betrayal to her teen fanbase. In spite of that there was talk of her starring in a remake of Bonnie and Clyde, though that was delayed due to her pregnancy, and after she gave birth the filmmakers considered re-casting but the film ultimately went into DevelopmentHell and little has been heard since, though Hilary has since starred in some more serious DirectToVideo films and was in ''Series/GossipGirl''
* Creator/ChrisFarley of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' fame, after playing the fatty for laughs for several years, was itching to try dramatic work -- he was even having talks with co-star Vince Vaughn on a biopic film in which he'd star as Fatty Arbuckle, but as most of us know, [[AuthorExistenceFailure things didn't work out that way for him.]]

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* Hilary "LizzieMcGuire" "Series/LizzieMcGuire" Duff seems to be trying her hand at this. After the show ended, she was type-cast in her typical tween-appealing roles before venturing for slightly more dramatic territory in ''Film/RaiseYourVoice'' Ultimately it backfired as the film did rather poorly at the box-office and was not well received by critics, afterwards she went back to doing comedies and turned down DarkerAndEdgier roles, stating that she felt that doing those types of roles would be a betrayal to her teen fanbase. In spite of that there was talk of her starring in a remake of Bonnie and Clyde, though that was delayed due to her pregnancy, and after she gave birth the filmmakers considered re-casting but the film ultimately went into DevelopmentHell and little has been heard since, though Hilary has since starred in some more serious DirectToVideo films and was in ''Series/GossipGirl''
''Series/GossipGirl''.
* Creator/ChrisFarley of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' fame, after playing the fatty for laughs for several years, was itching to try dramatic work -- he was even having talks with co-star Vince Vaughn on a biopic film in which he'd star as Fatty Arbuckle, but as most of us know, [[AuthorExistenceFailure things didn't work out that way for him.]]him]].



* Sally Field got started in sitcoms like ''Gidget'', ''Series/TheFlyingNun'', ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', and ''The Girl With Something Extra''. Fed up with doing nothing but comedy, she fought for and won the title role in ''Sybil'', opposite Joanne Woodward, as a girl with multiple personalities. The role won her an Emmy. Her next venture into drama was her gritty, Academy Award-winning turn as textile worker ''Norma Rae'', but she was still considered a "flash in the pan" until she won her second Oscar as Edna Spalding in ''Places in the Heart'', which cemented her as one of America's greatest actresses and silenced the skeptics for good.
* Creator/MichaelJFox was on a hot streak in the mid-eighties with comedies like ''Back to the Future'' and ''Teen Wolf'', but by 1987 he was looking for greener pastures. De Palma offered him the lead role in his melodrama ''Film/CasualtiesOfWar''. Fox acquitted himself well, but it really did come off like a forgotten [=BttF=] sequel where Marty [[IAmNotSpock travelled back in time to Vietnam!]] He had better luck a year later, playing a cokehead in ''Film/BrightLightsBigCity''. Fox returned to his comedic roots in ''Film/DocHollywood'' and was shortly diagnosed with Parkinson's; he only starred in comedies after that. He confessed in his autobiography ''Lucky Man'' that [[MoneyDearBoy he needed the quick buck.]] His TV appearances in the 2000s have been a mix of slapstick and pathos, owing to the actor's deteriorating health.
* Jamie Foxx got his start on ''Series/InLivingColor'' (he was added in during the third season. His most popular recurring character was AbhorrentAdmirer Ugly Wanda and his celebrity impressions included Little Richard, Lionel Richie, and {{Prince}}[[note]]though, ironically, not Ray Charles[[/note]]) and was best known for his comedic film roles (anyone remember him from ''Booty Call''?), though he also had several dramatic supporting roles as well. Then in 2003, he starred in the very successful ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' and followed up with an Oscar-winning role in ''Film/{{Ray}}'', turning him into a bona-fide dramatic movie star.

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* Sally Field got started in sitcoms like ''Gidget'', ''Series/TheFlyingNun'', ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', and ''The Girl With with Something Extra''. Fed up with doing nothing but comedy, she fought for and won the title role in ''Sybil'', opposite Joanne Woodward, as a girl with multiple personalities. The role won her an Emmy. Her next venture into drama was her gritty, Academy Award-winning turn as textile worker ''Norma Rae'', but she was still considered a "flash in the pan" until she won her second Oscar as Edna Spalding in ''Places in the Heart'', which cemented her as one of America's greatest actresses and silenced the skeptics for good.
* Creator/MichaelJFox was on a hot streak in the mid-eighties with comedies like ''Back to the Future'' ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and ''Teen Wolf'', ''Film/TeenWolf'', but by 1987 he was looking for greener pastures. De Palma Creator/BrianDePalma offered him the lead role in his melodrama ''Film/CasualtiesOfWar''. Fox acquitted himself well, but it really did come off like a forgotten [=BttF=] ''Back to the Future'' sequel where Marty [[IAmNotSpock travelled back in time to Vietnam!]] He had better luck a year later, playing a cokehead in ''Film/BrightLightsBigCity''. Fox returned to his comedic roots in ''Film/DocHollywood'' and was shortly diagnosed with Parkinson's; he only starred in comedies after that. He confessed in his autobiography ''Lucky Man'' that [[MoneyDearBoy he needed the quick buck.]] buck]]. His TV appearances in the 2000s have been a mix of slapstick and pathos, owing to the actor's his deteriorating health.
* Jamie Foxx got his start on ''Series/InLivingColor'' (he ''Series/InLivingColor''[[note]]He was added in during the third season. His most popular recurring character was AbhorrentAdmirer Ugly Wanda and his celebrity impressions included Little Richard, Lionel Richie, and {{Prince}}[[note]]though, Music/{{Prince}} (though, ironically, not Ray Charles[[/note]]) Charles).[[/note]] and was best known for his comedic film roles (anyone remember him from ''Booty Call''?), though he also had several dramatic supporting roles as well. Then in 2003, he starred in the very successful ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' and followed up with an Oscar-winning role in ''Film/{{Ray}}'', turning him into a bona-fide bona fide dramatic movie star.



* ''Music/SelenaGomez'' succesfully broke out of her child-friendly image with ''Film/SpringBreakers'' which was critically acclaimed, though her follow-up film ''Getaway'' was considerably less successful.

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* ''Music/SelenaGomez'' succesfully broke out of her child-friendly image with ''Film/SpringBreakers'' which was critically acclaimed, though her follow-up film ''Getaway'' was considerably less successful. followup ''Film/{{Getaway}}'' was, well, a bomb by every metric.



* Starting his career as a street busker, EddieIzzard always maintained that his ambition was to be an actor, not a comedian, but it was his stand-up comedy that first opened the doors to stardom. Since that time, he has begun taking more dramatic roles, such as starring in ''Series/TheRiches'' and playing resistance fighter Erich Fellgiebel in ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}''. He has also gotten great critical resonse as failed surgeon-turned serial killer Abel Gideon in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''.

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* Starting his career as a street busker, EddieIzzard Creator/EddieIzzard always maintained that his ambition was to be an actor, not a comedian, but it was his stand-up comedy that first opened the doors to stardom. Since that time, he has begun taking more dramatic roles, such as starring in ''Series/TheRiches'' and playing resistance fighter Erich Fellgiebel in ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}''. He has also gotten great critical resonse response as failed surgeon-turned serial killer surgeon-turned-SerialKiller Abel Gideon in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''.



** And as of 2015, he's become ''an Oscar nominee'' for . . . whatever Film/{{Birdman}} was.

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** And as of 2015, he's become ''an Oscar nominee'' for . . . he was ''nominated for an Oscar'' for ... whatever Film/{{Birdman}} ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' was.



* Onetime ''Series/TalkSoup'' host Greg Kinnear has trended more towards serious film roles, including murdered comic Bob Crane as a troubled sex addict in ''Autofocus.'' Even in ''LittleMissSunshine'' he was somewhat pathological. He has always retained his comedic edge, however. He hilariously spoofed his Oscar-nominated performance in ''As Good As It Gets'' on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' by claiming he lost the actual Oscar win because of a breakfast scene where he "uses the wrong hand" to eat his breakfast. If he had used the other hand, he would have won.

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* Onetime ''Series/TalkSoup'' host Greg Kinnear has trended more towards serious film roles, including murdered comic Bob Crane as a troubled sex addict in ''Autofocus.'' ''Autofocus''. Even in ''LittleMissSunshine'' he was somewhat pathological. He has always retained his comedic edge, however. He hilariously spoofed his Oscar-nominated performance in ''As Good As It Gets'' on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' by claiming he lost the actual Oscar win because of a breakfast scene where he "uses the wrong hand" to eat his breakfast. If he had used the other hand, he would have won.



* Stand up comedian and actor Kevin Pollak has several comedy movies and shows under his belt, but the roles he is perhaps best known for are as Lt. Weinberg in the suspenseful drama ''AFewGoodMen'', and Todd Hockney in thriller ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
** He has arguably come full circle since then, appearing in The Whole Nine Yards and its less-successful sequel The Whole Ten Yards amongst others.

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* Stand up Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Pollak has several comedy movies and shows under his belt, but the roles he is perhaps best known for are as playing Lt. Weinberg in the suspenseful drama ''AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' and Todd Hockney in thriller ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
** He has arguably come full circle since then, appearing in The Whole Nine Yards ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'' and its less-successful sequel The Whole Ten Yards ''Film/TheWholeTenYards'' amongst others.



* Creator/KeanuReeves was mostly known for playing [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Theodore "Ted" Logan]] before 1995. Nobody, and I mean nobody saw his future as an action star in films such as ''Film/{{Speed}}'', ''Film/TheMatrix'', and ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' coming.

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* Creator/KeanuReeves was mostly known for playing [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Theodore "Ted" Logan]] before 1995. Nobody, and I mean nobody but nobody, saw his future as an action star in films such as ''Film/{{Speed}}'', ''Film/TheMatrix'', and ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' coming.



* Creator/PeterSellers attempted this. Of his 50+ films, his dramatic leads were all in small-scale British-made efforts: ''Never Let Go'', ''Hoffman'', ''The Optimists'', and ''The Blockhouse''. After ''Never Let Go'' (an outright villainous role) flopped, he never tried so blatantly again to defy his comic reputation; he did the other films during a career slump. Some of his other films, such as ''Lolita'' and ''Film/BeingThere'', do incorporate dramatic elements (especially the former). He managed two Best Actor Oscar nominations over his career, for ''Film/DrStrangelove'' and ''Film/BeingThere'', but never won. In any case, he never stopped doing comedy (until [[HesDeadJim he died]], of course!).

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* Creator/PeterSellers attempted this. Of his 50+ more than fifty films, his dramatic leads were all in small-scale British-made efforts: ''Never Let Go'', ''Hoffman'', ''The Optimists'', and ''The Blockhouse''. After ''Never Let Go'' (an outright villainous role) flopped, he never tried so blatantly again to defy his comic reputation; he did the other films during a career slump. Some of his other films, such as ''Lolita'' and ''Film/BeingThere'', do incorporate dramatic elements (especially the former). He managed two Best Actor Oscar nominations over his career, for ''Film/DrStrangelove'' and ''Film/BeingThere'', but never won.lost both. In any case, he never stopped doing comedy (until [[HesDeadJim he died]], of course!).



* Creator/WillSmith was first known for his humorous rapping and as a sitcom star in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. After ''BadBoys'' paired him with fellow comedian Martin Lawrence as action heroes, Smith continued his action turn in the blockbuster ''Film/IndependenceDay'', cementing him as a full-fledged movie star able to do action, comedy, and romance. ''ThePursuitOfHappyness'' and ''Film/SevenPounds'' added drama to the repertoire. 1993's ''Six Degrees of Seperation'' was critically acclaimed and earned an Oscar nod.
** In a double subversion, Smith's earliest critical praise for a dramatic role came before ''Bad Boys'' and ''Independence Day'', but it's not exactly what he's remembered for.
* Directing example: Creator/StevenSpielberg. Before 1993, people asked, "what the hell is the director of lighthearted family films and popcorn blockbusters doing making [[Film/SchindlersList a dark drama about the Holocaust]]?" And then, just to prove that ''Schindler's List'' wasn't a fluke, he went and made ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. Sure, he still makes lighthearted family films and popcorn blockbusters, but those two movies established him as an auteur who could also do "serious" films. In fact, Spielberg had spent much of [[TheEighties the late 1980s]] trying to establish "clout" as a "serious director", largely because he failed to win Best Picture or Best Director at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s for ''any'' of his iconic popcorn movies (''Film/{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''). In fact, between the second and third ''Indiana Jones'' movies, he made ''only'' dramatic films, including ''Literature/TheColorPurple'', one of the most notorious OscarBait movies of the era (which, ironically, won ''zero'' Oscars -- and Spielberg wasn't even nominated).

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* Creator/WillSmith was first known for his humorous rapping and as a sitcom star in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. After ''BadBoys'' ''Film/BadBoys'' paired him with fellow comedian Martin Lawrence as action heroes, Smith continued his action turn in the blockbuster ''Film/IndependenceDay'', cementing him as a full-fledged movie star able to do action, comedy, and romance. ''ThePursuitOfHappyness'' ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'' and ''Film/SevenPounds'' added drama to the repertoire. 1993's ''Six Degrees of Seperation'' was critically acclaimed and earned an Oscar nod.
** In a double subversion, Smith's earliest critical praise for a dramatic role came before '''before''' ''Bad Boys'' and ''Independence Day'', but it's not exactly what he's not really remembered for.
for it.
* Directing example: Creator/StevenSpielberg. Before 1993, people asked, "what "Why the hell is the director of lighthearted family films and popcorn blockbusters doing making [[Film/SchindlersList a dark drama about the Holocaust]]?" And then, just to prove that ''Schindler's List'' wasn't a fluke, he went and made gave the world ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. Sure, he still makes lighthearted family films and popcorn blockbusters, but those two movies established him as an auteur who could also do "serious" films. In fact, Spielberg had spent much of [[TheEighties the late 1980s]] trying to establish "clout" as a "serious director", largely because he failed to win Best Picture or Best Director at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s for ''any'' of his iconic popcorn movies (''Film/{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''). In fact, between the second and third ''Indiana Jones'' movies, he made ''only'' dramatic films, including ''Literature/TheColorPurple'', one of the most notorious OscarBait movies of the era (which, ironically, won ''zero'' Oscars -- and Spielberg wasn't even nominated).



* Emma Stone was mainly known for teen comedies but after ''TheHelp'' has been shifting to less comedy roles and more dramatic roles though she hasn't completely abandoned comedy.

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* Emma Stone was mainly known for teen comedies but after ''TheHelp'' ''Film/TheHelp'' has been shifting to less comedy roles and more dramatic roles roles, though she hasn't completely abandoned comedy.



* Creator/JossWhedon likes to cast according to this trope; his justification is that it's harder to be convincingly funny than it is to be convincingly un-funny.
* Although Creator/RobinWilliams went to Juilliard for four years and trained with John Houseman, he became famous as a high-energy clown, first starting in ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. He started turning his comedic talents toward more dramatic subjects in ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' and ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'', to critical acclaim and an Oscar win for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. Afterwards, he freely bounced between straight comedies, dramedies, and outright dark dramatic roles such as ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' and ''Film/OneHourPhoto''. He claimed to never want to do a "funny" movie again after ''Film/PatchAdams'', but that didn't last, either.

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* Creator/JossWhedon likes to cast according to this trope; his justification is that it's harder to be convincingly funny than it is to be convincingly un-funny.
unfunny.
* Although Creator/RobinWilliams went to Juilliard for four years and trained with John Houseman, he became famous as a high-energy clown, first starting in ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. He started turning his comedic talents toward more dramatic subjects in ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' and ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'', to critical acclaim and an Oscar win for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. Afterwards, he freely bounced between straight comedies, dramedies, and outright dark dramatic roles such as ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' and ''Film/OneHourPhoto''. He claimed to never want to do a "funny" 'funny' movie again after ''Film/PatchAdams'', but that didn't last, either.



* Creator/BruceWillis started off as a comedic actor in shows such as ''{{Moonlighting}}'' and movies like ''Blind Date''. The studio fought the decision to have him star in the first ''Film/DieHard'' flick since they were sure a comedic actor could never play an action hero. He finally got the part and soon became one of America's most famous action stars.

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* Creator/BruceWillis started off as a comedic actor in shows such as ''{{Moonlighting}}'' ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' and movies like ''Blind Date''. The studio fought His casting as the decision to have him star in the first lead of ''Film/DieHard'' flick since made Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox executives nervous: they were sure a comedic actor could never play an action hero. He finally got the part and soon became one of America's most famous action stars.



* Meta example: The classic movie ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe'' (both versions) is a dramedy about a comedian who wants to play Hamlet who is actually played by "a comedian who wants to play Hamlet"--Jack Benny in the original and Mel Brooks in the remake.

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* Meta example: The classic movie ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe'' (both versions) is a dramedy about a comedian who wants to play Hamlet who is actually played by "a comedian who wants to play Hamlet"--Jack Benny in the original and Mel Brooks Creator/MelBrooks in the remake.



* Referenced in ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Tracy is afraid of losing his youthful edge because "do you know what happens to a comedian when he gets old and loses his audience? He starts getting ''offered serious roles''!"

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* Referenced Cited in ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Tracy is afraid of losing his youthful edge because "do "Do you know what happens to a comedian when he gets old and loses his audience? He starts getting ''offered serious roles''!"



* Creator/KevinSpacey, AlPacino, and PeterLorre did stand-up comedy before launching their respective film careers.
** [[Series/EvenStevens Shia Lebeouf]] also did stand-up before branching out his roles. The change did occur later, however.

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* Creator/KevinSpacey, AlPacino, Creator/AlPacino, and PeterLorre Creator/PeterLorre did stand-up comedy before launching their respective film careers.
** [[Series/EvenStevens Shia Lebeouf]] Creator/ShiaLaBeouf also did stand-up before branching out his roles. The change did occur later, however.



** Some voice actors who normally works in anime can fall into this trope. For example, YuriLowenthal is [[PigeonholedVoiceActor best well-known]] for his WideEyedIdealist KidHero roles such as [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Ben Tennyson]], [[LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh Yuri Shibuya]], and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]]; or flatout comedic ButtMonkey like [[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} Yosuke]]. However, ever since his PlayingAgainstType role as [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]], he has been getting more dramatic roles that are very {{angst}}y such as [[Anime/TigerAndBunny Barnaby Brooks Jr.]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil Harvey]] and [[Anime/CodeGeass Suzaku Kururugi]].

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** Some voice actors who normally works in anime can fall into this trope. For example, YuriLowenthal is [[PigeonholedVoiceActor best well-known]] best-known]] for his WideEyedIdealist KidHero roles such as [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Ben Tennyson]], [[LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh Yuri Shibuya]], and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]]; or flatout comedic ButtMonkey like [[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} Yosuke]]. However, ever since his PlayingAgainstType role as [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]], he has been getting more dramatic roles that are very {{angst}}y such as [[Anime/TigerAndBunny Barnaby Brooks Jr.]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil Harvey]] and [[Anime/CodeGeass Suzaku Kururugi]].
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* In an aversion to the trope, SteveMartin has peppered his career with dramatic roles as early as his second starring role, in 1981's ''Pennies From Heaven'', but has always focused on comedy.

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* In an aversion to the trope, SteveMartin Creator/SteveMartin has peppered his career with dramatic roles as early as his second starring role, in 1981's ''Pennies From Heaven'', but has always focused on comedy.



* Creator/RickMoranis did this once for the action-packed ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', but he hated his experience doing the movie because he wasn't allowed to improvise, so he goes back to doing funny movies. However, 5 years later, he did appear in the hilarious and heartwarming dramedy ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'' with SteveMartin.

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* Creator/RickMoranis did this once for the action-packed ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', but he hated his experience doing the movie because he wasn't allowed to improvise, so he goes back to doing funny movies. However, 5 years later, he did appear in the hilarious and heartwarming dramedy ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'' with SteveMartin.Creator/SteveMartin.
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** Tom Hanks has hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' 8 times, '''6''' of which were from 1985-1992 (roughly one a season). He even has recurring characters, cameos on some latter-day episodes, and, like ChristopherWalken, SteveMartin, and Alec Baldwin, has his own "Best Of" clip show special.

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** Tom Hanks has hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' 8 times, '''6''' of which were from 1985-1992 (roughly one a season). He even has recurring characters, cameos on some latter-day episodes, and, like ChristopherWalken, SteveMartin, Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/SteveMartin, and Alec Baldwin, has his own "Best Of" clip show special.
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