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Initial post: 5 Jan 2014 17:55:52 GMT
Colin firth always seems to play similar characters ie aristocracy or businessman mostly so it's got me thinking about actors who have played a character out of there "comfort zone"

Some i can think of:
Sandra bullock in crash, no romcom character that's for sure.
Robin williams in insomnia & one hour photo
denzel washington in training day
Jack nicholson in about smidt & the pledge
Adam sandler in punch drunk love

Posted on 5 Jan 2014 20:23:12 GMT
Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Patrick Swayze in Donnie Darko
Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
Henry Fonda in Once Upon A Time In The West

Weirdly, seems some of the best performances ever come from actors who are cast against their usual comfort zone lol

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 09:59:24 GMT
Gary Oldman in anything... never seen such a diverse actor as him, I don't think he has a comfort zone to get out of. Simply a master in everything he approaches

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2014 12:33:24 GMT
Gary oldman prefers his "uncomfortable" zone.

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 14:08:45 GMT
D. Climo says:
Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear 1962, A Killer In The Family (TV movie) and Night of the Hunter. Brilliant and scary in all three.
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.
Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher 1986 original.

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 16:36:42 GMT
"trouty" meg ryan goes from prim & proper rom/com films to jane campion's controversial psychosexual in the cut.

And michael douglas goes from tough cop roles with questionable methods in films like black rain and basic instinct to then suprising and maybe even shocking people with his out of the blue casting as liberace.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 14:44:55 GMT
Crixus says:
Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 16:44:45 GMT
"Brad Pitt in 12 monkeys"

I'd say he was more against type in Kalifornia, what do you think?

Posted on 11 Jan 2014 08:00:23 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
Ben (Gandhi) Kingsley was eye-popping in Sexy Beast!

Posted on 12 Jan 2014 16:15:38 GMT
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Posted on 23 Jan 2014 19:35:55 GMT
Action hero Bruce willis as a romantic lead in RomDra Story of us with Michelle pfeiffer.

WTF were they thinking. More's the point WTF was Willis himself thinking.

Posted on 11 Feb 2014 19:51:36 GMT
Richard gere as corrupt cop Dennis peck in Mike figgis's Internal affairs.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 18:58:53 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
It could be argued that Willis was actually cast against type playing an action hero in Die Hard when he'd previously only been famous for playing a romantic (comedy) lead in Moonlighting!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 19:32:24 GMT

I wouldn't argue against that mate, plus you can add Blind date to that aswell:)

Posted on 13 Feb 2014 08:41:40 GMT
How about Keanu Reeves in Devils Advocate, he cried in that (that's showing emotion, you don't get more out of a comfort zone).

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014 10:12:32 GMT

I'm a fan of Keanu reeves and you know i disagree with you on his acting style but what you put there is bloody funny mate:-D

Posted on 13 Feb 2014 11:02:30 GMT
I like him too really, and I loved Devils Advocate, probably more for than Pacino than the plankster, but he was still good in it !

Posted on 13 Feb 2014 11:31:52 GMT
AndyBSG says:
Adam Sandler - Reign Over Me. I usually find Sandler annoying and one dimensional so was quite surprised to see this and find he could actually act.

Elijah Wood - Sin City. Up until then i'd seen him in Deep Impact, LOTR, The Faculty, etc and saw him as a bit of a geeky wimp character so to see him as this psycho was a bit of a turn up.

Michael Keaton - Batman. there was outcry when he was first unveiled but he nailed it

Charlize Theron - Monster. Up until that she had really been the 'superficial eye candy' in most of her movies

Terence Stamp - Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. Stamp in drag and actually being very camp, enough said!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014 11:36:49 GMT
Andy BSG

Have you seen Elijah wood in the remake of Maniac?

Posted on 12 Mar 2014 13:31:43 GMT
Michael b jordan a black actor, cast as a character who is white???
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