Every great Actor (with the exception of Whoopi Goldberg) who has gotten famous for their comedy chops first has never been able to recoup and make that transition to Drama in the Arts.
It’s just a fact, once you have touched people in such a way to delight their soul and leave them in a state humorous euphoria there’s no going back. People love to get high on humor, they hate to get down with sadness and depression. They’ll forgive you, trying to make them scared or trying to make them cry but you’ll just be TRYING. Usually they will ALWAYS associate that person and their appearance on the screen with joy. It’s one of those unforgivable and unchangeable facts, most people would much rather laugh their asses off as to cry until they’re so upset they’re sucking air. Ergo, people innately refuse to allow that “known” source of joy and comedy any other mask.
Comedy, done right is so much more than drama. Nobody wants to be unhappy, even if it’s the correct emotion for the story, nobody really wants to go there. We have to go there too often in real life. God Bless the Comedians, and as the song says, “Don’t change a hair for me, not if you care for me…stay Funny Valentine, stay!”
But oddly enough Dramatic Actors can usually make the leap into comedy by simply twisting the line, by changing up the pattern of the diction or by an inflection in the voice or a raised eyebrow. Paul Newman was a perfect example of this amazing timing in “Nobody’s Fool”. Now there’s a hilarious, funny, sad great Christmas movie…but it took someone the caliber of Newman to bring it off.
A list to laugh your ass off by…
Nobody’s Fool= Paul Newman
Beautiful Joe= Billy Connolly
Mermaids= Cher (hilarious)
Riding in Cars with Boys=Drew Barrymore
Jumping Jack Flash=Whoopi Goldberg
Harvey=Jimmy Stewart (Thanks Sandy!)
Another Stake-Out=Emilio Estavez (Thanks Susan!)
And push the EASY BUTTON, join Netflix Online and just order it online and watch it right away. So much easier than waiting on the mail or driving to the video store or “Redbox”.