so in stage combat, the responsibility of 'selling' the hit is on the receiver of the hitThat's possible. I can't help but feel that he plays those roles because that's who he really is. But that doesn't change whether his is funny or not.
I mean, he's actually an okay actor, but I have just never found Ben himself to be funny. Funny things happen around him. Which is why I think whoever said that he is a straight man was right. He's a good straight man, but he can't really pull off being the funny guy. It just comes off jerky. But he has been in several movies that are actually pretty funny.
I didn't think those meet the parents movies were funny and,to the extent Deniro was funny, it was writing that did that. Come to think of it, I saw Deniro in that terrible movie Bad Grampa or something like that. The movie was terrible, but Deniro was funny, even without Ben Stiller. Different strokes I guess.so in stage combat, the responsibility of 'selling' the hit is on the receiver of the hit
comedy is similar - the reaction is just as important as the delivery
think about Bud Abbot - not a 'funny' guy, but certainly helped sell Costello's jokes (that skill is certainly more important for stage than screen - the early comedy teams were vaudeville performers and brought that skill to movies)
but consider this - Ben Stiller made Robert Deniro funny (read that sentence again and put the 'is ben stiller funny' question to bed)