Marty Byrde, meet Michael Bluth – The Craziest Character Combinations On The Box
The return of Arrested Development, with its new episodes streaming on Netflix right now, reminded us of the comedy king Jason Bateman can be – and reminded us of how far from his other recent role he can stray! Anyone used to seeing him in Ozark will be pretty taken aback by the contrast – one is worried about drug cartels, the other about a banana stand! – but he’s far from the only
performer who can boast of crazy contrast between roles….
Nicky Nichols, Orange Is the New Black, Seasons 1-6 available now on Netflix, Virign TV 999
Nadia Vulvokov, Russian Doll, available now on Netflix, Virgin TV 999
The no-nonsense New York attitude might be consistent, but you’d have to laugh at the poles-apart situation these two are in; one dreams of a second chance, while the other has more chances than she knows what to do with! Actually, they both wear the same thing all the time too – so maybe there’s more in common than we thought!
Supt. Ted Hastings, Line of Duty, Seasons 1-4 available now on Netflix, Virgin TV 999
Jim Hogan, Blood, available on Virgin Box Sets soon
The head of AC-12 does not tolerate secrets…but the patriarch of the Hogan family seems to have more than enough for two! The Enniskillen actor isn’t short of range – he’s done everything from Shakespeare to Silent Witness – but we’d get a real kick out of leaving these two characters in a room together; talk about chalk and cheese!
Chris Washington, Get Out, available now on Netflix, Virgin TV 999
Jatemme Manning, Widows, available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99
In one of the most enjoyable comedies in years, he was immensely likeable and wholly innocent; in one of the most tense thrillers we’ve seen in yonks…well, he’s not. Throw in his largely neutral effort in ‘Fifteen Million Merits’ in Black Mirror (also available on Netflix) and you’ve got a guy who can pretty much run the gauntlet!
Richmond Avenal, The IT Crowd, available now on Netflix, Virgin TV 999
Himself, The Great British Bake Off, now available on All4
OK, so some people might consider this cheating – but knowing the real Noel as we do, we reckon his role as in-tents host in television is a bit of a character in itself! And, when compared to his typically off-beat turn as a closet-dwelling misfit at Denhold Industries, it just about boggles the mind…
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