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    25 Actors Who Took Big Risks With These TV Or Movie Roles, And It Made People Realize They Had Better Range Than They Thought

    I was so used to seeing Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory that when I finally watched his episode of Criminal: UK, I was so blown away by how amazing he is in dramatic roles, too.

    We've asked the BuzzFeed Community which TV and movie performances were so amazing, they made you realize an actor was maybe better than you originally thought, or you found out they could do more than the genre they're known for. Here are some of the most popular responses:

    There are obviously BIG spoilers ahead for some TV shows and movies!

    1. First, Alexis Bledel as Emily Malek in The Handmaid's Tale

    Screenshots from "The Handmaid's Tale"

    2. Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans in Succession

    Screenshots from "Succession"

    3. Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout

    Screenshots from "The Dropout"

    4. Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc in Episodes

    Screenshots from "Episodes"

    5. Mary Tyler Moore as Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People

    Screenshots from "Ordinary People"

    6. Marlon Wayans as Tyrone C. Love in Requiem for a Dream

    Screenshots from "Requiem for a Dream"

    7. Steve Carell as Frank Ginsberg in Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell in "Little Miss Sunshine"

    8. Bill Hader as Barry Berkman in Barry

    Screenshots from "Barry"

    9. Joey King as Gypsy Blanchard in The Act

    Screenshots from "The Act"

    10. Kunal Nayyar as Sandeep Singh in Criminal: United Kingdom

    Screenshots from "Criminal: United Kingdom"

    11. Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer

    Screenshots from "My Friend Dahmer"

    12. Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden in The Flight Attendant

    Screenshots from "The Flight Attendant"

    13. Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You

    Screenshots from "You"

    14. John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell in Dexter

    Screenshots from "Dexter"

    15. Gillian Anderson as Jean Milburn in Sex Education

    Screenshots from "Sex Education"

    16. Matthew McConaughey as Det. Rustin "Rust" Cohle in True Detective

    Screenshots from "True Detective"

    17. Zendaya as Rue Bennett in Euphoria

    Screenshots from "Euphoria"

    18. John Cena as Christopher Smith/Peacemaker in Peacemaker

    Screenshots from "Peacemaker"

    19. Dave Bautista as Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049

    Screenshots from "Blade Runner 2049"

    20. Jennifer Aniston as Claire Bennett in Cake

    Screenshots from "Cake"

    21. Hamish Linklater as Father Paul Hill in Midnight Mass

    Screenshots from "Midnight Mass"

    22. Will Ferrell as Harold Crick in Stranger Than Fiction

    Screenshots from "Stranger Than Fiction"

    23. Dakota Johnson as Susanna "Susie" Bannion in Suspiria

    Screenshots from "Suspiria"

    24. Robert Pattinson as Ephraim Winslow in The Lighthouse

    Screenshots from "The Lighthouse"

    25. And finally, Robin Williams as Seymour "Sy" Parrish in One Hour Photo

    Screenshots from "One Hour Photo"

    We can't fit everyone into one post, so which other TV and movie performances were so incredible, it made you realize an actor had better range than you initially thought? Tell us in the comments below!

    Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.