Much tends to be made about those rare comedic actors who were able to burst out of their typecasting and cross the threshold into serious dramas. Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, they've become legendary for their ability to crossover.
But what about those who go the other way? Is that not just as hard?
In a word: No. No, it's not. There's not nearly the same amount of stigma attached to serious actors, and so audiences are more willing to accept them in comedies. Plus, it's always fun to watch a serious actor stop taking themselves so seriously for a bit.
But even with that said, most of these actors don't get the credit they deserve for branching out into more comical territory. It may not be as hard what Hanks did, but if we start comparing all actors to Tom Hanks, we're never going to be able to appreciate going to the movies ever again.
So let's take some time to embrace all this funny business and celebrate the actors who've made the not-quite-as-perilous leap from drama to comedy.