Actually, that's the title of the movie: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story.' Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' tells the tale of a teenager named Craig (Keir Gilchrist, not Galifianakis, mind you) who checks himself into a mental hospital to deal with the overwhelming pressures of high school. On the inside he ends up discovering himself, thanks in part to the help of a surprisingly sane resident, Bob (played by Galifianakis). And if the new trailer is any indication, well, it does appear to be kind of a funny story. Comedian Zach Galifianakis is known for appearing in funny stories. 'The Hangover,' for instance, was widely considered to be a very funny story when it dominated the box office last summer. His upcoming collaboration with Steve Carrel, 'Dinner For Schmucks,' is rumored to be a quite funny story as well. But his next movie? Well, it's only kind of a funny story.
Actually, that's the title of the movie: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story.' Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' tells the tale of a teenager named Craig (Keir Gilchrist, not Galifianakis, mind you) who checks himself into a mental hospital to deal with the overwhelming pressures of high school. On the inside he ends up discovering himself, thanks in part to the help of a surprisingly sane resident, Bob (played by Galifianakis). And if the new trailer is any indication, well, it does appear to be kind of a funny story.
Kind of. But it's not exactly the type of broad, off the wall humor that Galifianakis has quickly become known for thanks to his turn in 'The Hangover.' Instead, it looks as though Galifianakis is going to be stretching his dramatic muscles, something that many comedians in the past have done before him, sometimes to great success. And sometimes, well, sometimes it's just a good idea to stay in comedies.
So is Galifianakis cut out for dramatic (or semi-dramatic) roles? Take a look at the trailer and see for yourself:
Personally, we think that Galifianakis is going to be pretty awesome in this movie. And it's not as if he hasn't appeared in serious projects before. Just last year, for instance, he co-starred alongside George Clooney in the Academy Award nominated hit 'Up in the Air,' while in 2007 he appeared in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed indie 'Into the Wild.' 'It's Kind of a Funny Story,' though, marks his first (semi) dramatic lead part, which got us thinking about some of the comedy legends of the past that tried their hand at drama to mixed success. Here's a look at some of the most famous examples:
• Robin Williams After establishing himself as a stand-up legend and breaking into Hollywood with the decidedly non-dramatic TV show 'Mork & Mindy,' Williams went on to grab critical acclaim for his dramatic chops in films like 'Good Morning Vietnam.' It was his turn in 'Good Will Hunting,' however, that fully established the now-legendary Beard Rule: If you see Williams in a beard, you know it's going to be some heavy business, a rule that Galifianakis so far has completely disregarded.
• Will Ferrell Ferrell, of course, is best known for his absurdist turns in movies like 'Anchorman,' 'Talladega Nights' and 'Step Brothers.' Back in 2006, though, Ferrell tried out his serious actor chops in 'Stranger Than Fiction;' the role earned him a Golden Globe nomination but was a non-starter at the box office. Apparently the world still isn't quite ready to deal with a serious Will Ferrell.
• Tom Hanks The poster child for comics becoming dramatic stars, Hanks is now so completely associated with drama that it's hard to remember he started out as a comedian. But google it if you don't believe us. Before he won two Academy Awards, Hanks started his career with sitcoms like 'Bosom Buddies' and movies like 'The Money Pit' and 'Joe Versus the Volcano.' We kind of think he made the right career move.
• Jim Carrey After making his name as the rubber-faced madman in 'The Mask,' 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' and television's In Living Color,' Carrey has attempted several times to follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks. But while Carrey has consistently grabbed critical acclaim for films like 'The Truman Show' and 'The Majestic,' audiences still seem reluctant to buy him as a dramatic presence. Which is too bad, because with movies like 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,' Carrey has proven he has a lot more to offer than just talking with his butt.
• Jerry Lewis The reigning dean of American (and French) comedy, Lewis is still remembered mostly for his squeaky-voiced slapstick antics from the 50's and 60's and his long running charity telethon. But perhaps his best film role was a dramatic one: as an acerbic version of himself being stalked by an over-eager comedian (Robert DeNiro) in Martin Scorsese's 1983 classic 'The King of Comedy,' Lewis proved that being funny is no laughing matter.