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Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire

Posted January 22, 2010 to photo album "Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire"

For Ben Stiller, Greenberg is only the last in a parade of remarkable characters. Click through his slide show.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Reality Bites (1994)
Slide 3: Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Slide 4: There's Something about Mary (1998)
Slide 5: Permanent Midnight (1998)
Slide 6: Mystery Men (1999)
Slide 7: Meet the Parents (2000)
Slide 8: Zoolander (2001)
Slide 9: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story  (2004)
Slide 10: Tropic Thunder (2008)
Slide 3: Flirting with Disaster (1996)

Slide 3: Flirting with Disaster (1996)

In David O. Russell’s indie comedy hit Flirting with Disaster, Stiller was cast as the lead, a happily married man whose burning curiosity about his real parents––he was adopted at birth––leads him on a madcap journey of slapstick proportions. Surrounded by great comic talents, Stiller perfects the role of the straight man by just letting things happen to him. Filmcritic.com’s Christopher Null underscores this point in his review: “Stiller's presence is deftly underplayed as he balances the performances of his supporting stars, which include wife Patricia Arquette, Mary Tyler Moore & George Segal as his brash adoptive parents, Richard Jenkins as a staunch yet progressive ATF bureau employee, Alan Alda & Lily Tomlin as Mel's real folks, and Glenn Fitzgerald as Mel's psychotic real brother.”