12 Actors Playing Against Type

1
Emma Watson, 'The Bling Ring'
Emma Watson, 'The Bling Ring'
A24
Emma Watson captured our hearts as the clever and caring Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. Needless to say, we were quite impressed by the British actress' ability to play a narcissistic California party girl-turned criminal in The Bling Ring. Watson's trashy Valley Girl accent was spot-on.
2
Jim Carrey, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
Jim Carrey, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
Focus Features
Jim Carrey is best known for his wacky comedy roles, but his brilliant turn as the emotionally withdrawn Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind showcased the actor's dramatic side.
3
Adam Sandler, 'Punch-Drunk Love'
Adam Sandler, 'Punch-Drunk Love'
Columbia Pictures
Adam Sandler become a star by appearing in a slew of successful broad comedies, but he ventured into unknown territory when he played the emotionally complex Barry Egan in Punch-Drunk Love. Bringing a sense of realism to the deeply depressed character, Sandler received rave reviews for his performance.
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4
Jonah Hill, 'Moneyball'
Jonah Hill, 'Moneyball'
Columbia Pictures
Jonah Hill made a name for himself playing rotund, wisecracking sidekicks in Judd Apatow comedies. His dramatic role as a Yale brainiac in Moneyball not only surprised audiences, but also earned Hill his first Oscar nomination. Still, we can't help but think his success has gone to his head — Hill came off as a real douchebag in that notorious Rolling Stone interview.
5
Robin Williams, 'One Hour Photo'
Robin Williams, 'One Hour Photo'
Fox Searchlight
Famous funny-man Robin Williams showed us that he is a truly versatile actor in his turn as a lonely, obsessive photo technician in the psychological thriller One Hour Photo.
6
Tom Cruise, 'Tropic Thunder'
Tom Cruise, 'Tropic Thunder'
Paramount Pictures
While Tom Cruise has dabbled in a lot of genres, he generally takes on the role of the handsome, likable everyguy. In Tropic Thunder, however, he made a complete 180 by playing the sleazy, foul-mouthed, pot-bellied movie producer Les Grossman. And he was scarily convincing.
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Vanessa Hudgens, 'Spring Breakers'
Vanessa Hudgens, 'Spring Breakers'
A24
Seven years after skyrocketing to fame in the Disney hit High School Musical, Vanessa Hudgens shattered her good girl image by snorting cocaine, having a threesome, and committing armed robbery in Spring Breakers.
8
Will Ferrell, 'Stranger Than Fiction'
Will Ferrell, 'Stranger Than Fiction'
Columbia Pictures
When we think of Will Ferrell, we picture clueless comedic characters (say that three times fast) whose professions typically involve some kind of sport. This is not the case with Harold Crick, the mundane IRS auditor that the SNL vet portrayed in Stranger Than Fiction. His uncharacteristically restrained performance earned Ferrell a Golden Globe nomination.
9
Tom Hanks, The 'LadyKillers'
Tom Hanks, The 'LadyKillers'
Buena Vista Pictures
From Sleepless in Seattle to Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks rose to fame playing lovable good guys. So it was pretty shocking to see him as the creepy facial hair-sporting crime boss G.H. Dorr in The LadyKillers.
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10
Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Django Unchained'
Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Django Unchained'
Warner Bros. Pictures
Leo certainly has a knack for playing conflicted but generally "nice-guy" type characters, so his performance as the sadistic slaveowner Calvin Candie in Django Unchained marked a serious departure for the actor. The role earned Leo yet another Golden Globe nomination but brought him no closer to that elusive Oscar.
11
Rodney Dangerfield, 'Natural Born Killers'
Rodney Dangerfield, 'Natural Born Killers'
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rodney Dangerfield made audiences crack up with his comedic film roles and his signature "I don't get no respect" standup routine, but in 1994, the comedian made a rare dramatic appearance as a physically and sexually abusive father in Natural Born Killers.
12
Jennifer Aniston, 'Horrible Bosses'
Jennifer Aniston, 'Horrible Bosses'
Warner Bros. Pictures
Jennifer Aniston has made a name for herself portraying the cookie-cutter female lead in a variety of romantic comedies. But as one of the titular characters in Horrible Bosses, she surprised audiences by playing an raunchy dentist who sexually harasses her male assistant.

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