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The Gift – Out Friday – Comedians in Serious Roles

06 August 2015

Simon (JASON BATEMAN) and Robyn (REBECCA HALL) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (JOEL EDGERTON) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?

From the producer of Whiplash and The Purge, Jason Blum, comes a chilling psychological thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor and writer Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior).



Jason Bateman’s more serious role in The Gift has inspired us to look at other actors who have moved away from their previous comedy status to engage with deeper, darker and more daring characters. The Gift is in UK cinemas 7th August!



Jonah Hill
More typically known for his comedy roles 21 and 22 Jump Street, Get Him To The Greek and The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah’s roles that are more serious might come as a bit of a surprise. 2011 Moneyball saw Hill alongside Brad Pitt in the gripping tale of a baseball team. His role led him to be nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA, proving that his ability to play a more serious role was welcomed.



Steve Carrell
Films like Foxcatcher and The Way Way Back portray Carrell’s ability to play more severe characters, in comparison to films like Despicable Me, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Dinner For Schmucks. Although perusing very different roles, Carrell has managed to effortlessly glide between them, gaining much attention for his ability to do so.



Jim Carrey
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind hold the harrowing tale of what life would be like if you could erase certain memories. Carrey’s role was very different to previous comedy films such as Ace Ventura and Dumber & Dumber. However although contrasting what an audience would expect from Carrey, he was able to convince new audiences of his versatility.



Emma Stone
Stone’s first role in Easy A established her as a comedy actress, able to use her naturally dry humour and wit to charm audiences. However, she was soon recognised for possessing more than just comical skills, and soon began to appear in more challenging roles such as The Help and Birdman. Since generating awareness for herself as a multi-talented actress, Stone has been able to switch between comedy and drama with ease.



Kristen Wiig
Relatively unknown before her debut in Bridesmaids (which she also wrote), Wiig ignited huge interest in herself for her comical genius. She continued to pursue comedies such as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Zooland 2, but she has also begun to move into dramas such as the upcoming film The Martian. The Martian will witness Wiig playing a member of the team trying to bring a lost astronaut back to earth.



Will Ferrell
Well known for roles such as Anchorman, Step Brothers and Elf Ferrell has established himself as one of the funniest and most comical actors of this generation. However, his role as Harold Crick in Stranger Than Fiction allowed a more serious side of him to be shown, contrasting a majority of the other roles he had previously played. Although some may have perceived that it could have been challenging to watch him play a more serious part, he did so with ease, and even led him to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor.



Sacha Baron Cohen
The King of controversial comedy is known for some of his most famous films, such as Borat, Bruno and The Dictator. However, he is somehow believable in more serious roles he has played such as the Station Inspector in Hugo and The Bar Owner in Les Miserables. Cohen has the ability to transition between comedy and more serious roles because of his capability as an actor.



Matthew McConaughey
Before his self-titled ‘McConaissance’, McConaughey regularly featured in Rom-Coms such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fools Gold and Magic Mike. After winning his role in Dallas Buyers Club Matthew began to reinvent himself as an actor, turning into more serious and mature roles for grittier films. Now only partaking in serious films such as Cooper in Interstellar, Mark Hanna in The Wolf of Wall Street and Rust in hit TV show True Detective, it would be fair to say his ‘McConaissance’ is officially under way...



Brought into the Hollywood arena through her award winning role in Precious as Mary, Mo’Nique was previously known for her status as a stand-up comedian. Previously appearing in comedy films such as Beerfest, Phat Girlz and Soul Plane, Mo’Nique has now begun to move into more serious roles to prove her diversity.

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