Acting is a tricky and unstable job. beside this Hollywood is also full of cliches and stereotypes connected with actors. There are lots of actors and actresses who are associated to a specific characters or specific genres. So it is very hard for actors to have very diverse roles and change the common thought about them. It is especially harder for comedic actors to move into dramatic acting. 2019 was a year of the redeeming performances. Many actors, who were thought to be bad actors, took their chances and tried completely different and unexpected roles.
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems
Adam Sandler has been for a long time considered as some shallow comedy actor. Critics almost never liked him. But last year he surprised us with his portrayal of Howard Ratner – a risk-taking gambling addict jeweler from New York City. With this dynamic and intense performance Sandler has changed the minds of many moviegoers, who previously hated him. This performance even won Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
It has been a long time since a movie audience had not heard of Eddie Murphy. He had a very long pause and his career was almost forgotten. But playing a hip-hp legend Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name appeared to be a great comeback for Eddie Murphy. He even got the Golden Globes nomination for this role.
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Many critics and moviegoers have never considered Jennifer Lopez as a serious actress who can play well a complex character. With her performance in Hustlers JLO proved that she is much more than a shallow romantic comedy actress, she gave us really complex and subtle character. Her performance was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.
Keanu Reeves – Toy Story 4 & John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
After huge success of Matrix Trilogy Keanu Reeves was kind of lost for a long time. He tried to act in romantic comedies, but those performances appeared not so great. But 2019 has been a great year for him. He acted in Chapter 3 of John Wick film series, which has been a second life of his career. Also he voiced a character called Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4, which won Academy Award for best animated feature. He also appeared in cinematic trailer for video game Cyberpunk 2077 and had parts in films Always Be My Maybe and Between Two Ferns: The Movie. In both of this movies he plays himself. Because of his calm and gentle personality and so many performances in a year Keanu Reeves was an internet’s favorite celebrity in 2019.