Dax Shepard is a funny man. You may remember him from his early days on Ashton Kutcher’s show “Punk’d.” Or you’ve seen him in comedies like “Without a Paddle” and “When in Rome.” But soon, you’ll know him as a dramatic actor when his indie film “The Freebie” debuts in theaters. The film is already receiving praise, as it explores the life of a married couple who have lost their sexual desire for one other, even though they have a good marriage. In an effort to rekindle that passion, they agree to give each other one night of unadulterated bliss…with someone else (yahoo).
Shepard isn’t the first actor to cross over from comedy to drama. Many actors have experienced success after making that transition. However, there are three men, in particular, who stand out.
Hanks started out with funny movies like “The Money Pit,” “Joe Versus the Volcano” and “Turner and Hooch.” He established himself as a comedic actor during that time. But things started to change when he made the movie “A League of Their Own.” And his talent as a dramatic actor was solidified after his performance in “Philadelphia,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He has since taken on numerous serious roles, too many to recount here. Although he returns to comedic parts on occasion, he has undoubtedly proved his depth of range.
Just the sound of his name conjures up a smile. That’s because he is outrageously funny as a comedian. But Williams has taken on some very solemn roles over the years, beginning with “Dead Poets Society,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination. From there, he starred in “Awakenings,” “Insomnia,” “One Hour Photo” and “What Dreams May Come,” all of which were dramatic roles. But it wasn’t until he made “Good Will Hunting” that he was truly recognized for his skills as a serious actor. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
It’s hard to believe that the man who playedAce Ventura would have the ability to switch gears. But, after a string of successful comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “Liar Liar,” Carrey took on a more serious role in “The Truman Show.” It was a turning point for him, especially after winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for that role. More dramatic parts came later with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination) and “Number 23.”
Dax Shepard is in good company when it comes to making the transition from comedy to drama. If history is any indication, he may have made the best move of his career. It’s easy to get stuck in roles that viewers are familiar with, but that’s the beauty of becoming a more serious actor. It surprises people, and that may very well be the ticket to success!