Bill Murray — Lost in Translation, 2003
One of Murray’s major roles was in Sofia Coppola’s drama Lost in Translation. There he plays a bored actor who suffers from anguish and insomnia in Tokyo, where he is filming under an advertising contract. He meets the same bored young girl, the wife of a famous photographer, and sympathy arises between them…
Jim Carrey — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004
Sometimes even bright comedians change their roles radically. It happened with Jim Carrey. At one point, he decided to try himself in dramatic roles.
According to Zoomboola, the first trying was The Truman Show in 1998, followed by roles in Man on the Moon, The Majestic, Number 23. But one of the most memorable films was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Carrey has definitively proved that he can play dramatic roles without resorting to comedy.
Sacha Baron Cohen — Les Misérables, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen is famous first of all for the hooligan role of Borat and his comedy films Da Ali G Show, Brüno, The Dictator, etc.
But the actor has one very dramatic role! In Les Misérables, he plays Monsieur Thénardier and does an excellent job of it.
Robin Williams — One Hour Photo, 2002
One of the most famous comedians who started his career as a stand-up comedian. For his career as an actor, he starred in more than a hundred films, won an Oscar and several more top film awards, and received the title The Einstein of Comedy.
But the most unusual dramatic film was the psychological thriller One Hour Photo. Williams plays a lonely elderly darkroom employee who watches over a family that regularly brings him film for development, and one day decides to intervene.