10 Amazing Dramatic Roles by Comedy Actors

One thing we love watching is an actor playing against type, be it someone known for playing serial killers taking a comic approach, or perhaps more notably, the other way around; comedians trying something a little more serious and less wacky. It’s a tough trick to pull off, and frequently falls flat, but when it works, the results can be unforgettable, and as in the examples below, they generally elevate the actor’s stature considerably.

Here are ten amazing dramatic roles from comedy actors…

1. Bill MurrayLost in Translation (2003)

Bill Murray made a name for himself in the late 70s through to the 1980s working on Saturday Night Live, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes and, of course, the Ghostbusters films. By the 90s, racking up classic comedies like Groundhog Day and fashioning a strong working relationship with Wes Anderson, Murray was cemented as a mainstay of comic cinema, and that all
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