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Serious comedians

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Dan Aykroyd played Captain Thurman in the not-so-funny (intentionally, anyway) Michael Bay version of “Pearl Harbor.” (Andrew Cooper / Buena Vista Pictures)
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Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of a lawyer dying of AIDS in “Philadelphia.” (Ken Regan)
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Jim Carrey played a Hollywood screenwriter with amnesia in the 1950s-era romantic drama “The Majestic.” (Ralph Nelson / Warner Bros.)
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Steve Martin adapted his own novella for the big screen version of “Shopgirl” and gave himself a prime, but serious, role opposite Claire Danes. (Sam Emerson / Touchstone Pictures)
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Bill Murray kept his emotions and smart-aleck nature in check to play a man examining his past relationships with women in Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers.” (David Lee / Focus Features)
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Chris Rock played it mostly straight in his film “I Think I Love My Wife,” with Kerry Washington, left. (Phil Caruso / Fox Searchlight)
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Eddie Murphy didn’t rely on his comic instincts to play fiery singer James “Thunder” Early in “Dreamgirls” (with Anika Noni Rose, left) and got Golden Globe and Oscar nominations as a result. (David James / DreamWorks and Paramount)
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Robin Williams, left, surprised fans by playing a cold-blooded killer opposite Al Pacino in director Christopher Nolan’s remake of “Insomnia.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
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