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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 9: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Dodgeball is, of course, a team sport, and Stiller’s a team player. In this silly romp about competing gyms, one lead by sweet-natured Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) and the other by the black-clad villainous paradoxically named White Goodman (Stiller). But as Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwartzbaum points out Stiller’s character is perfectly crafted for maximum comic effect: “Stiller once again plays a preening SOB, but there is something in the chemistry of his crazy-eyed vanity (set off by a feathered coif and an artificially inflated codpiece) in combustion with Vaughn's lower-keyed, underachiever sanity that at once aerates and focuses Stiller's pugnacity.”