10 Great Actors That Came Out of Nowhere for a Dark Role

Recently a Redditor posted, “I am looking for movies where actors that haven't played a super dark role came out of nowhere and killed a dark part."

"For example, I've seen Heath Ledger as the Joker, Zack Effron as Ted Bundy, and Evan Peters as Dahmer. I realize he's played dark roles, but not like this.” The internet responded with these top-voted choices. 

Darkmoon nominated Robin Williams in the movies One Hour Photo (2002) and Insomnia (2002). However, other Redditors added these Robin Williams as a bad guy films to his list: Death to Smoochy (2002), The Night Listener (2006), The Secret Agent (1996), and World's Greatest Dad (2009). 

Robin Williams

Patrick Stewart

One user admitted, “Green Room is easily one of my favorite movies. I get a kick out of Patrick Stewart being in it, but I didn't find him that compelling. He mumbled almost all his lines and was scary in the story's context, but I didn't see that he rose above it in any way.”

Baloo88 posted, “He was possibly the Continental Army's best battlefield general. He led the Americans to victory at the pivotal Battle of Saratoga, where he was wounded. Had he succumbed to his wounds, the Northeast US likely would be covered with statues of the man.”

Ben Kingsley

Javier Bardem

Polarchuck added, “People always ask for the scariest movie on this subreddit. Yet, no one ever mentions No Country For Old Men. Javier Bardem is the mac daddy of horror film icons in this film.”

Redditor jonnyb61 nominated “Tom Cruise in Collateral.” Several Redditors agreed that he nailed this performance. However, others further noted these darker roles: Interview With a Vampire (1994), Magnolia  (1999), and Tropic Thunder (2008).

Tom Cruise

Many agreed with the sentiment. However, others argued he was also the terrible dad in The Way Way Back. Finally, l8nitefriend added, “Also, Steve Carrell is in The Patient on Hulu right now. It's a limited series, but dang, it's pretty freaking dark.”

Steve Carell

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