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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 6: Mystery Men (1999)
Loosely adapted from the indie comic book series Flaming Carrot Comics, Mystery Men showcases an A-team of comic talents, all playing sadsack superheroes whose powers are never equal to their ambitions. In this super talented cast (Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Reubens, Eddie Izzard, among so many), Stiller stood out for the way he subverts his own comic persona. Stiller, who’s often cast as a character rendered nearly powerless by his own self-doubt, plays Mr. Furious, a dark force who has transformed all that nervous energy into a super power. Slate’s David Edelstein takes note that “Stiller, who struggles to turn his self-hatred into other-hatred, makes a hilariously morose seether.”