Which "Funny" Actor Gave The Most Surprising Performance In A Dramatic Role?

Most actors are known for their work in one genre. When they try something new, it isn't always well-received — but sometimes, they truly surprise you with their talent.

For example, Adam Sandler's performance as Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems was so good it generated Oscar buzz.

Adam Sandler wearing a leather jacket, holding a gold chain with a pendant shaped like a furby, in a jewelry store display setting
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And Whoopi Goldberg proved her range as Celie in The Color Purple.

Whoopi Goldberg as Celie in a pensive moment in a scene from the movie "The Color Purple," sitting on a chair with her chin resting on her hands
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And, of course, Bryan Cranston was just the dad from Malcolm in the Middle 'til he blew everyone away as Walter White in Breaking Bad.

Walter White with glasses and a closely trimmed beard, wearing a checkered button-up shirt, sits outdoors at a table with food and drink. Background shows greenery
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So, which comedy actor truly surprised you with their performance in a dramatic or serious role? What was your initial reaction to their casting, and how did they change your mind? Share your answers in the comments, and they may be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!