I wonder how it happened?
Go to IMDB
, and check out the list of movies this guy's done. It includes The Perfect Storm, The Aviator, The Hours, Dark Water, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Gangs of New York, The Thin Red Line
... this guy's a serious ac-tor
If you dig, you can find a hint of comedy in more than 15 years of movie work - a part in Never Been Kissed
, another in Anger Management
But something's happened over the last couple of years. Of his (currently scheduled) five movies coming out in 2008, three are comedies. He was, arguably, the funniest thing going in Talladega Nights (especially in comparison to warmed-over Will Ferrill).
And now, he's the star of one of 2007's most highly praised comedies, Walk Hard
. That would be John C. Reilly, and if anyone's seen or read an interview that explains how or why he's moving so strongly into the business of making people laugh, I'd love to know about it.