The serious side of funny people
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Jim Carrey( Universal Studios Home Video )
Funny resume: In Living Color, The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and a host of other broad comedies relying on Carreys face-contorting genius.
Serious turn: He played Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon, the trapped reality TV star Truman in The Truman Show, and broken-hearted lover Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Did it work?: There was a time when the phrase Aaaaalrighty then made us want to stick screwdrivers in our eyes, and we could do without missteps like the weepy The Majestic and the snooze-inducing thriller The Number 23. But Carey has proved himself a winning dramatic actor, and capable of more than restraint when paired with the right material and director.