In an industry that critiques everything from your performance to what your hair was decidedly NOT doing right that day, it is altogether too easy to get caught up in appearances and how they affect your ability to get roles. Many up and coming actors think that to be successful they must also be slim, perfectly quaffed, and sporting an impressive set of washboard abs to boot. When you think the industry holds you to such a high standard, it is easy to get discouraged when you look in the mirror.
Well we are here to tell you that even if you may not be the most dashing and handsome leading gentleman who ever came across the silver screen, you should not let your insecurities get in the way of your success. The acting industry wants you to be you, and they will hire you for that, so you should never shy away from what makes you flawed, because that is what makes you desirable. Here are seven of the most successful and yet undeniably funny looking actors to ever grace hollywood with their brilliant talent. They also stand as seven brilliant reasons to never give up trying to succeed in this industry no matter what you look like.
1. Steve Buscemi.
While Steve Buscemi is undeniably one of the most funny lookin’ actors in Hollywood (I take that line from Fargo where he was hired specifically for his famously funny looks), he is also undeniably one of the most fantastically talented. After five Emmy nominations, Buscemi won the Golden Globe in 2011 for his performance on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and has been nominated every year since.
2. Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo famously rose to fame later in life despite an impressive rap sheet with the police. While he may not be featured as People’s Sexiest Man Alive any time soon, do not let his rugged appearance get in the way of his raw talent. Trejo is featured in Machete, where he stars as the bad-ass main character enacting vigilante justice alongside a star studded cast. Whether he is playing a gangster, an enforcer, or taking a break for comedy, Trejo never fails in delivering a totally awesome product.
3. Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson is by no stretch of the fancy a handsome man, but that doesn’t stop him from keeping his audiences in stitches in every role he plays. Most famously starring in as Mr. Bean in Mr. Bean and comedy series Blackadder, Atkinson was nominated for the BAFTA Awards five times and won twice.
4. Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker’s 2002 Emmy for the made for television movie Door to Door established him as a fantastic actor, but his 2006 Oscar and Academy Award winning performance in The Last King of Scotland really sealed the deal and confirmed his position as an actor whose talent is to be taken seriously on the Hollywood landscape.
5. Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe has proved his talent time and time again by displaying phenomenal versatility in his roles that have ranged from the Green Goblin in Spider Man to an eccentric FBI agent in Boondock Saints. Besides both of those stellar well-known performances, Defoe has been twice nominated for Oscars, and once for the Golden Globe. Willem Dafoe may not be the prettiest man in town, but his renown in hollywood is lodged in undeniable talent.
6. Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush has won the Golden Globe, Academy Award, and an Emmy and has a phenomenal resume to back up his talent even further (you may recognize him more recently in Pirates of the Carribean and The Kings Speech). Famous for his outstanding theatrical performances worldwide, Rush has flawlessly bridged the gap between stage and screen and keeps us on our toes with his acting achievements.
7. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson wows us again and again with his flawless performances. From Pulp Fiction to Django Unchained to Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Jackson never disappoints with his spot-on, passionate, and darkly funny acting. He may not be the hottest guy on the Hollywood strip, but that has never slowed him down in a business where looks can be everything. Samuel L. Jackson has been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, BET Award, and Primetime Emmy Award and won a BAFTA Award for his performance in Pulp Fiction.