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30th Mar '18 11:02:07 PM erforce
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* Creator/JimCarrey began his career in a variety of small roles, but rose to fame as a comedic actor in ''Series/InLivingColor'' before breaking out in ''Film/AceVentura'' as a spastic clown. He went on to a variety of other comedic roles before earnestly pursuing more dramatic roles, such as his acclaimed performances in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' and ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'', though he always kept his comic edge. He lampshaded the trope in his first Golden Globe acceptance speech:

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* Creator/JimCarrey began his career in a variety of small roles, but rose to fame as a comedic actor in ''Series/InLivingColor'' before breaking out in ''Film/AceVentura'' ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'' as a spastic clown. He went on to a variety of other comedic roles before earnestly pursuing more dramatic roles, such as his acclaimed performances in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' and ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'', though he always kept his comic edge. He lampshaded the trope in his first Golden Globe acceptance speech:
21st Mar '18 12:46:17 PM AmuckCricetine
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* Eric Bana got his start as a stand-up comedian, with appearances on ''Full Frontal'' and his own show ''Eric'', and has a small role in ''The Castle'' before playing notorious criminal Chopper Read in ''Film/{{Chopper}}'' and became better known for serious roles.

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* Eric Bana Creator/EricBana got his start as a stand-up comedian, with appearances on ''Full Frontal'' and his own show ''Eric'', and has a small role in ''The Castle'' before playing notorious criminal Chopper Read in ''Film/{{Chopper}}'' and became better known for serious roles.



* 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''.

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* 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 Creator/HaroldLloyd and Buster Keaton) Creator/BusterKeaton) 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.''Film/TheKarateKid2010''. He resisted the impulse to do dramatic films for years, having been stung by his notorious bomb ''Film/TheProtector''.



* Robbie Coltrane was primarily known as a comedic actor-- until his work as the title character in the original British version of ''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 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.

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* Robbie Coltrane Creator/RobbieColtrane was primarily known as a comedic actor-- until his work as the title character in the original British version of ''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 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.



* Michael Crawford, once known for the BBC comedy ''Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm'' and the title character of the musical ''Barnum'', made a complete turnaround playing the very serious and sexual Phantom in Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.

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* Michael Crawford, Creator/MichaelCrawford, once known for the BBC comedy ''Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm'' and the title character of the musical ''Barnum'', made a complete turnaround playing the very serious and sexual Phantom in Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.



* 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 bonafide dramatic movie star.

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* Jamie Foxx Creator/JamieFoxx 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, Music/LittleRichard, Music/LionelRichie, 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 bonafide dramatic movie star.



* Double subverted with Kate Hudson. Previously known for light romantic comedies such as ''Raising Helen'' (though that did have a bit of drama) and ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'' she took up a role completely against type in ''Film/TheSkeletonKey'' but she returned to comedies after that.

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* Double subverted with Kate Hudson.Creator/KateHudson. Previously known for light romantic comedies such as ''Raising Helen'' (though that did have a bit of drama) and ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'' she took up a role completely against type in ''Film/TheSkeletonKey'' but she returned to comedies after that.



* 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 ''Film/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 Creator/GregKinnear has trended more towards serious film roles, including murdered comic Bob Crane as a troubled sex addict in ''Autofocus''. Even in ''Film/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.



* Ashton Kutcher gained big fame for playing the resident [[TheDitz ditzy]] hunk, Michael Kelso, on ''Series/That70sShow''. During his run on the show, he was also known for other roles such as one of the leads in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'' and the MTV prank reality show ''Series/{{Punkd}}''. His career took a turn so sharp, it got whiplash when he starred in ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'', a psychological thriller, then followed it up in 2006 with the noticeably more light-hearted, but still quite dramatic ''The Guardian''. Since then, however he has returned to comedy by joining the cast of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' and while he tried to return to serious stuff by playing Creator/SteveJobs in the biopic ''Film/{{Jobs}}'', it wasn't really successful.

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* Ashton Kutcher Creator/AshtonKutcher gained big fame for playing the resident [[TheDitz ditzy]] hunk, Michael Kelso, on ''Series/That70sShow''. During his run on the show, he was also known for other roles such as one of the leads in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'' and the MTV prank reality show ''Series/{{Punkd}}''. His career took a turn so sharp, it got whiplash when he starred in ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'', a psychological thriller, then followed it up in 2006 with the noticeably more light-hearted, but still quite dramatic ''The Guardian''. Since then, however he has returned to comedy by joining the cast of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' and while he tried to return to serious stuff by playing Creator/SteveJobs in the biopic ''Film/{{Jobs}}'', it wasn't really successful.
12th Mar '18 11:09:55 AM thelivingtoad
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* Creator/BillMurray: After his stint as a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (both the unknown ABC version and the more popular NBC version) cast member, Murray attempted to do drama early in his career with ''The Razor's Edge'', but quickly returned to comedy when the film was a critical and financial disaster. He tried again later with dramedies, first ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'', then his Oscar-nominated turn in ''Film/LostInTranslation'' and later in ''Broken Flowers'' and ''The Lost City''.

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* Creator/BillMurray: After his stint as a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (both the unknown ABC version and the more popular NBC version) cast member, Murray attempted to do drama early in his career with ''The Razor's Edge'', but quickly returned to comedy when the film was a critical and financial disaster. He tried again later with dramedies, dramedies and found more success, first ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'', then his Oscar-nominated turn in ''Film/LostInTranslation'' and later in ''Broken Flowers'' and Flowers'', ''The Lost City''.City'' and several of Creator/WesAnderson's films.
12th Mar '18 11:07:58 AM thelivingtoad
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* Creator/MichaelKeaton began as a comedic actor, and raised an outcry when he was cast as the action hero Film/{{Batman}}. Since then, he's stuck to mostly comedy roles, but has played darker roles, such as a serial killer in ''Film/DesperateMeasures'' and a recovering alcoholic in ''Film/CleanAndSober''.
** And he was ''nominated for an Oscar'' for ... whatever ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' was.

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* Creator/MichaelKeaton began as a comedic actor, and raised an outcry when he was cast as the action hero Film/{{Batman}}. Since then, he's stuck to mostly comedy roles, but has played darker roles, such as a serial killer in ''Film/DesperateMeasures'' and a recovering alcoholic in ''Film/CleanAndSober''.
** And he
''Film/CleanAndSober''. He was ''nominated also nominated for an Oscar'' for ... whatever Oscar for Best Actor for his lead role in ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' was.and appeared in the Oscar-winning ensemble drama ''Film/{{Spotlight}}''
5th Mar '18 3:32:44 AM Q4
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* Creator/MontyPython alum Terry Jones is a noted history enthusiast. He's hosted a compelling three-part documentary series called ''The Crusades'', about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Crusades]]. Like his compatriot Palin, his sense of humor makes the subject matter more entertaining. At one point he compares the original cult of Assassins to the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch "Kamikaze Highlanders". He also attempted to stage an interview with a goose, supposedly the direct descendant of a divinely inspired goose that served as the mascot for a crusader band. The really sad part is, that divinely inspired goose actually existed.
5th Mar '18 3:29:25 AM Q4
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* Creator/MichaelPalin went from Creator/MontyPython to a series of travelogues, ''Around the World in 80 Days'' and ''Pole to Pole'', though his funnyman persona in exotic locales was part of the appeal. He also played a persecuted, mentally fragile headmaster (of a school for children with mental problems, no less) in Alan Bleasdale's dark semi-political TV drama ''GBH''.

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* Creator/MichaelPalin went from Creator/MontyPython to a series of travelogues, ''Around the World in 80 Days'' and ''Pole to Pole'', though his funnyman persona in exotic locales was part of the appeal. He also played After first playing against type in dystopian fantasy ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', he went on to other straight roles including a persecuted, mentally fragile headmaster (of a school for children with mental problems, no less) in Alan Bleasdale's dark semi-political TV drama ''GBH''.
2nd Mar '18 6:21:42 AM JamesAustin
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* Creator/MarilynMonroe tried this because in real life people only saw her as the dumb blonde persona she was constantly cast as. Didn't quite work out.
** Her earlier starring roles tended to be in films that were not just serious, but rather dark, as in ''Niagara'' and ''Don't Bother to Knock''. TheDitz came later.

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* Creator/MarilynMonroe tried this because in real life people only saw her as the dumb blonde persona she was constantly cast as. Didn't quite work out.
** Her
Creator/MarilynMonroe's earlier starring roles tended to be in films that were not just serious, but rather dark, as in ''Niagara'' her bit roles in ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle'', ''Film/AllAboutEve'' and ''Don't Bother to Knock''.Knock'' (though admitedly around that time she also had bit roles in the comedies ''Film/LoveHappy'' and ''Monkey Business''), and the film that first put her on the map in a starring role, ''Film/{{Niagara}}'', as a straight-up FilmNoir. TheDitz came later. She later tried Tom Hanks Syndrome because in real life people only saw her as the dumb blonde persona she was constantly cast as. Didn't quite work out.
2nd Mar '18 2:28:32 AM jormis29
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* [[Creator/MatthewMcConaughey Matthew "Awight Awight" McConaughey]] is something of an inverter. He was in fairly serious films such as ''Film/ATimeToKill'', ''Film/{{Amistad}}'', and ''Film/{{Contact}}'', before cementing himself as the go-to leading man for romantic comedies and {{Shirtless Scene}}s. He has tried being an action star is films like ''Film/{{Sahara 2005}}'' and ''Fool's Gold'', but those were leavened with comedy and romance too.

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* [[Creator/MatthewMcConaughey Matthew "Awight Awight" McConaughey]] is something of an inverter. He was in fairly serious films such as ''Film/ATimeToKill'', ''Film/{{Amistad}}'', and ''Film/{{Contact}}'', before cementing himself as the go-to leading man for romantic comedies and {{Shirtless Scene}}s. He has tried being an action star is films like ''Film/{{Sahara 2005}}'' and ''Fool's Gold'', ''Film/FoolsGold'', but those were leavened with comedy and romance too.
24th Feb '18 1:59:41 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/BillMurray: After his stint as a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (both the unknown ABC version and the more popular NBC version) cast member, Murray attempted to do drama early in his career with ''The Razor's Edge'', but quickly returned to comedy when the film was a critical and financial disaster. He tried again later with dramedies, first ''{{Rushmore}}'', then his Oscar-nominated turn in ''Film/LostInTranslation'' and later in ''Broken Flowers'' and ''The Lost City''.

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* Creator/BillMurray: After his stint as a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (both the unknown ABC version and the more popular NBC version) cast member, Murray attempted to do drama early in his career with ''The Razor's Edge'', but quickly returned to comedy when the film was a critical and financial disaster. He tried again later with dramedies, first ''{{Rushmore}}'', ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'', then his Oscar-nominated turn in ''Film/LostInTranslation'' and later in ''Broken Flowers'' and ''The Lost City''.
14th Jan '18 5:52:36 PM nombretomado
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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''. 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''. Even in ''LittleMissSunshine'' ''Film/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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