Cedric the Entertainer is proving that there are more rolls for him that may not consist of comedy, and this shows incredible range.
This is a new twist for Cedric the Entertainer because comedy is what he has always been known for. Now it appears that the true mark of an actor is his ability to show range. People know that actors that are transitioning are going to be able to play a number of different types of roles.
It can be difficult for someone that is in comedy to reach beyond this and do something else. That is the sign of a true actor. Jamie Foxx is the prime example of this. For many years he was known for comedy and doing impressions. He would actually win an Oscar, however, for something that was not a comedic role at all. In fact, his transition into drama came in the form of an impression of Ray Charles.
People were very impressed with his role as Ray, and this would lead to other options for him beyond comedy. Jamie would continue to be the funny man with impressions over time, but he would also find himself an action movie roles that he may not have acquired before. He found himself in movies where he would get the chance to show different emotions. All of this came because he was willing to take on more than what he had become accustomed to as an actor.
It is very easy for men that are in the arts to get engulfed in what they have become known for. In Hollywood this is called typecasting. It is not always their desire to be in the same roles that they have always been. Unfortunately, it is something that happens because they are so good at what they do. People automatically assume that they will be perfect for a certain type of role because this is what they have always been known for.
It is not uncommon for actors well-versed in comedy to branch out and try their chops at the more serious roles in an attempt to gain recognition for something outside of their comfort zone.
What isn’t as common is for a comedian to take this road twice, after failing the first time.
Cedric the Entertainer is back at it a second time after his first shot at Cedric the Actor failed miserably in 2008. Cedric’s first attempt to recast himself in the eyes of Hollywood was through a Broadway play co-starring Haley Joel Osment and John Leguizamo. Despite the high-profile cast and being head up by writer David Mamet, the production of “American Buffalo” was a bomb and Cedric’s attempt to reinvent himself was dead on arrival.
Not one to give up, Cedric is back with a serious role in the film “First Reformed”, playing the role of a head pastor guiding a junior colleague played by the venerable Ethan Hawke. Opening in limited release on May 18, “First Reformed” is a big departure from Cedric’s roles in recent years which have focused solely on comedic performances.
Early reviews bode well for the success of “First Reformed” as well as Cedric’s performance. An early leading candidate for one of the year’s best pictures will certainly boost Cedric’s stock and catapult him from the pigeon-holed comedic roles of his past to being considered for more thoughtful and serious roles.
In addition to the new opportunity in film, Cedric is reinventing himself through a variety of mediums including his new sitcom, “Welcome to the Neighborhood”. The new show on CBS will enable Cedric to push the boundary of his creative license and subsequently open even more doors.
Fans of Cedric the Entertainer have known him for his comedy routine over the years. A lot of people are able to recognize him from The Steve Harvey Show. This is one of his lifelong buddies that he has made a lot of successful moves within the entertainment business.
Over time there have been a ton of people that have been interested in seeing the growth of Cedric the Entertainer as an actor. He has been able to deliver in television shows and movies. Over time Cedric would move away from Steve Harvey and create an even bigger name for himself. He would gain shows on various networks where he was the lead.
Cedric is currently working on a TBS show with Tracy Morgan and Tiffany haddish, but in this role he is still playing a comedic role. When it comes to the arts people are only going to look at your evolution as an artist when you can transition from the thing that you are most commonly known for.
What Cedric the Entertainer has become known for over the years is comedy. It has now been said that Cedric has arrived because he has transitioned from a comedic role in one of his upcoming projects to that of a drama role for an actor.
This is big news because Cedric has been in the show business game for more than two decades. He has even done stand-up comedy shows. His ability to capture a whole new audience with dramatic roles will be groundbreaking for his career. This is typically the thing that makes people pay more attention to an actor because they have to reach deep.
This is one of the reasons why there has been critical acclaim for dramatic roles that have been taken on by Will Smith over the years. He has been someone that has been taking much more seriously as an actor because he was able to move beyond his comedic roots.