Can Vince Vaughn play serious roles?

@leeloo (1494)
Portugal
August 5, 2009 4:26am CST
Some friends and I were discussing various actors that do both serious/action movies and comedies equally well and are famous for both, the most well known is obviously Tom Hanks, though Jim Carrey or Robin Williams do action movies everyone considers them comedians(though they do dramatic roles well) and people like William Hurt who predominantly dramatic actor was hilarious in I love you to death. Now Vince Vaughn has done action movies like Mr & Mrs Smith he was a mercenary and assassin yet he is mostly comedic relief that goes for most of his action films. Now one of my friends brought up the Cell, where he is serious throughout. This is were things started to get heated most saying that even serious he was never scary, then the others said he was not supposed to be the scary as Vincent D'Onofrio was supposed to be the intense character especially in the scenes where they enter his mind, where he is unnerving. What do you think, can Vince Vaughn do serious roles, be scary - not necessarily stop your hear scary but bump in the night scary?
2 responses
5 Aug 09
The trouble is that most of Vince's works do tend to be comedy and the few serious films he has appeared in he is often just a bit part. The closest I could say to a good serious perfermonce would be in the 1998 remake of Psycho where Vince takes on the lead role of Norman Bates. But the problem with Psycho is that it is a like for like remake and so comparing Vince's performance to that of Anthony Perkins make it feel rather cheesy. Plus the general feel of the remake is not scary which doesn't help to make a case for Vince. The only other movie which I have wathed which lends it self to a serious performance from Vince would be 2001's Domestic Disturbance but for the life of me I can't remember how good or bad his performance was. But as the feel of the movie is a serious one I am sure he played a serious character.
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
5 Aug 09
Thank you for the input, I don't remember seeing either movie, have to look them up and maybe watch them when I have time come to think of it you just gave me a great idea for a movie night with my friends, watching both Psychos and comparing them. It will hopefully help settle the mini argument that came up.
• United States
5 Aug 09
No he will never play a serious role he isn't just that serious. People expect him to be funny.