FRC Feature – The Rise of John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly is one of those actors that has kind of slipped into the foreground, but it was not by accident, he has been slowly emerging for years, Scott takes a look at his career.
Carnage, a film coming out on DVD and Blu-ray June 18 is a comedy-drama starring John C Reilly alongside Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, and Christoph Waltz. After being forced to settle a dispute between their sons the two New York couples end up putting all of their personal issues out on the table in a single afternoon. Reilly, who plays an over-accommodating husband opposite Foster, brings both his comedic and drama skills to the film creating an exceptional dynamic between the cast. Here is a closer look at Reilly and his most prominent moments in film.
John Christopher Reilly, an American born actor best known to some for his roles in comedies such as Step Brothers and Talladega Nights has continuously proven that he can stand his ground next to the top drama professionals in films. Playing a middle aged man still living in his parents home, Reilly brought audiences into 98 minutes of continuous laughter alongside fellow funny-man Will Ferrell.
Since making his cinema debut in the 1989 drama Casualties of War Reilly has gone back and forth between slapstick comedies to dramas time and time again. Most recently his work in the Roman Polanski comedy-drama Carnage gave him the opportunity to work with the drama veterans Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster.
Reilly has been able to defy the odds by playing “regular Joe” characters while still making women fall in love with him at the same time. As Amos Hart, husband to Roxie Hart in Chicago, Reilly made his pitiful character lovable and had audiences rooting for him. He even got to show off some of his musical capabilities as well.
Getting his start in the theater Reilly has since transitioned from the stage to the big screen. He then went on to play some of his most impressive roles in films such as a porn star in Boogie Nights, a war sergeant in A Thin Red Line, and a business executive in The Aviator. It was for his role in the musical Chicago that he received nominations for Best Supporting Actor for the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
Coming full circle, Reilly’s performance in Carnage has proven to be top notch and his strong background in comedy helps add another dimension to this drama film. And whether you realize it or not it is very likely that John C. Reilly has made an appearance in the films that you have come to love.
Carnage is released on Blu-ray & DVD 18th June 2012
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer. Check out his home set up HERE
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