They've made us laugh in hilarious movies and they've made us dry in their surprising turns as dramatic actors. Today we'll look at some actors who got famous as comedians but have surprised us with their dramatic roles.
1. Jonah Hill - Moneyball & The Wolf of Wall Street
Jonah Hill got famous because of the 2007 comedy Superbad. He then had a few comedic roles in movies like How to Train Your Dragon and Get Him to The Greek. Then he threw us a curveball (see what I did there) by appearing in the 2011 film, Moneyball. The film is about baseball manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) and his attempt so asemble a good team on a slim budget. Hill portrayed Peter Brand, a young Yale economics graduate with radical ideas about how to assess players' value. This role got him his first oscar nomination.
In 2013 he joined Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's comedic drama about Jordan Belfort, a scamartist. Jonah played his partner in crime (literally), Donnie Azoff. This role gave Hill is second oscar nod.
2. Jim Carrey - The Truman Show & Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind
A great physical comedian with his tall figure and strechy face, Carrey got famous in movies like Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar. But in 1998 he showed us that he could do so much more than make us laugh when he played Truman Burbank in The Truman Show, a film about a man who's whole life has taken place on a set i Los Angeles and is actually just a TV-Show.
In 2004 he once again showed us that could tug and the heartstrings when he played Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. A film about a man who deletes memories of a past relationship.
3. Matthew McConaghey - The Lincoln Lawyer, Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective & Interstellar
You might not remember that before he won an oscar and became everyone's pick to play Norman Osbourne, McConaghey became for "comedies" like How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Sahara. The wave of great performances came first in 2011 with The Lincoln Lawyer. He still couldn't quite shake his reputation as a horrible actor.
But in 2013, he surprised us with another great performance in Dllas Buyers Club, about a man with AIDS smuggling medication into Texas. Because of that role, he stole what could have been Leonardo DiCaprio's first oscar.
In 2014 he two new fantastic performances in True Detective and Interstellar.
4. Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side & Gravity
Bullock was famous for comedies like The Proposal and Miss Congeniality so no one expected the amazing performances she gave in The Blind Side and Gravity, with her recieving an oscar for The Blind Side.
5. Steve Carell - Little Miss Sunshine & Foxcatcher
Steve Carell made LOL in Anchorman, The 40 Year-Old Virgin and The Office. But in 2006 he shocked us with a powerful performance as a depressed and suicidal gay uncle in Little Miss Sunshine, a film about family and life in general.
In 2014 he prooved once again that he could do more tha make us laugh when he scared us to the core as John du Pont in Foxcatcher, this role earning him an oscar nod.
6. Robin Williams - Good Will Hunting & Dead Poets Society
Through the 70's, 80's and 90's Robin Williams made us laugh in memorable roles like Daniel Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire and of course the Genie in Aladdin. But in 1989 we first saw the range of his acting abilities when he portrayed engling teacher John Keating in Dead Poets Society. A movie about a Keating teaching his students to discover their love of poetry and seize the day.
Then, in 1997 he gave one of the greatest dramatic performances in film history as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. Stealing scenes from both Matt Damon and Stellan Skarsgård and earning an oscar from it.