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    People Shared The Movie Roles That Made Them Reevaluate An Actor's Abilities, And Honestly, Yes

    "With great role comes great responsibility." —Uncle Ben, probably

    Every once in a while, you'll see an actor in a role that's so far outside of what YOU had predetermined their "range" was — and they positively CRUSH IT.

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    Well, this week, redditor shaunna_thedork asked, "What film made you notice an actor was better/had more range than you originally thought?" And WHEW, people came through with some honest, accurate picks!

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    So with that in mind, here are just a few of the film roles that made people reevaluate the way they felt about certain actors:

    1. John Goodman as Howard Stambler, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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    "I always thought of him as a big teddy bear, but he was terrifying in this movie! He also proved he can have a lot of range even within the same role. He can convincingly go from welcoming and shy to creepy and dictatorial."

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    2. Will Smith as Chris Gardner, Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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    "I knew he was a pretty good actor, but that showed me he was one of the greats."

    u/Relative-Gap7643

    3. Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, I, Tonya (2017)

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    4. Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, Tombstone (1993)

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    "Very different from his roles in Top Secret and Real Genius."

    u/DahnkeBallz

    5. Helena Bonham Carter as Marla, Fight Club (1999)

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    "She'd really only done Shakespearean-type stuff before that, then suddenly played a loopy addict really well!"

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    6. Dwayne Johnson as Spencer, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

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    "I always saw him as just the stereotypical 'ex–Special Forces, Marines, CIA, Secret Service' guy, but this movie really tested his acting skills with other characters!"

    u/senor_smoothie

    7. Jeff Daniels as Teddy Sanders, The Martian (2015)

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    "I saw him in this and didn't know who this intimidating, scary man was! I assumed that if the film had a villain, he'd be it — then I realized I had ALSO seen him in Dumb and Dumber (1994). And I was like, 'He was THAT guy?! Well, he sure does have some range!'"

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    8. Rosamund Pike as Amy, Gone Girl (2014)

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    "I was absolutely blown away by her. I genuinely thought she didn't have it in her to be Amy. I was very wrong."

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    9. Robert Pattinson as Thomas Howard, The Lighthouse (2019)

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    "I have to be honest, I didn't know him from anything other than Twilight before watching this. He's an exceptional actor."

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    10. Jamie Foxx as Django, Django Unchained (2012)

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    "I knew he was a good actor, but I’d never seen him in anything other than Annie before."

    11. Paul Rudd as Ned, Our Idiot Brother (2011)

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    "He has such a powerful scene at the end. I've loved him since seeing that."

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    12. Colin Farrell as Ray, In Bruges (2008)

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    "I honestly had no idea he could really act until I saw that movie, and since then, he’s had quite a few extremely good performances."

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    13. John C. Reilly as Amos, Chicago (2002)

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    14. Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash, Walk the Line (2005)

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    "I don't generally care for Reese Witherspoon, and alternatively, I'm a big fan of Joaquin Phoenix — but she acted circles around him in this movie."

    u/mordeci00

    15. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa, Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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    "I knew Waltz was a 'good' actor, but his performance in that is a masterpiece of its own, inside a masterpiece of a movie. The man got an Oscar for that role, and it was damn well deserved."

    u/YoMomIsANiceLady

    16. Jim Carrey as Joel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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    "It was the first time I saw him in a role where he wasn't, well, 'Jim Carreying.' I was so impressed by how subtle and nuanced his performance was."

    u/tomorrowistomato

    17. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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    "I had only ever seen him in Mr. Robot prior to that, and while he did an excellent job there, I thought that type of character would be the extent of his range. I was very wrong — he did an amazing job playing Freddie Mercury, who is the polar opposite of Elliot."

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    18. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos, Monster (2003)

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    "I recently watched this for the first time, and I was blown away. Not because 'Wow, they made Charlize Theron ugly!' but because of how she gave everything to that role. Throughout the movie, she would go from likable to toxic to crazy to sympathetic, all in the span of about three seconds. Her acting was just so good."

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    19. Keanu Reeves as John Wick, John Wick (2014)

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    "I'd seen Keanu in other productions, some uneventful, some too mainstream, and obviously the Matrix saga — but THIS was the movie when I managed to finally see him as a full-blown actor, one who literally exuded their character instead of just playing it."

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    20. Adam Sandler as Barry Egan, Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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    "That movie is an absolute gem and made me rethink Adam Sandler as an actor. Dude can clearly act, but goofing off with his friends makes him a fuck load more money."

    u/openletter8

    21. Rashida Jones as Celeste, Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

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    "She was only Karen from The Office to me, but after watching this movie, I gained so much respect for her. She was so funny and genuine in it. One of my favorites."

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    22. Dave Bautista as Sapper Morton, Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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    "I remember watching him as the WWE heavyweight champion when I was a kid, and then as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it was so enjoyable to see him act in the same scenes as Ryan Gosling."

    u/slevin_rulez

    23. James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, Split (2016)

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    "He played 23 people/personalities! I went in a skeptic and was just blown away."

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    24. Daniel Craig as Joe Bang, Logan Lucky (2017)

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    "It might not be the most obvious answer, but he was so great in this and showed a great comedic flair. He made me forget what a stiff he was in the Bond movies and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

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    25. Thandie Newton as Dame Vaako, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

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    "She wasn't someone I thought was 'bad,' but I certainly didn't expect someone so good in a bit role. I'd seen 'bad script, good actor' and vice versa, but I had never seen someone so obviously above the movie they were in."

    u/PropagandaPagoda

    26. Lady Gaga as Ally, A Star Is Born (2018)

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    "Both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga blew me away with their acting in the movie. Lady Gaga gained my respect as an actor with that role. She's incredibly talented."

    u/livedeLIBERATEly1776

    27. And finally — not an acting role, but a directing role: Jordan Peele, Get Out (2017)

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    "I loved Key & Peele and knew Jordan Peele was a great actor and writer, but his directing chops are top tier!"

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    Now it's your turn! What film role made you reevaluate your feelings toward an actor's ability? Share your pick or picks in the comments below!

    Note: Some entries have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: r/AskReddit.

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