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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 5: Permanent Midnight (1998)
In Permanent Midnight, Stiller captures the dark underside of the comic persona in his portrayal of real-life TV writer and heroin addict Jerry Stahl. The manic energy that Stiller might have turned into a slapstick routine or comic patter is now transformed into an all-consuming drug addiction. Roger Ebert observed, “What Ben Stiller brings to the role is a kind of savage impatience. His character stabs his body anywhere with the needle--even in the neck--because the niceties are no longer of interest to a man who simply needs to get the stuff into his veins right away.”