7. Adam Sandler for Eugene Levy
No matter what your opinion on his comedy, it’s hard to deny Adam Sandler’s star power. The combined revenue from all of his movies has grossed over $2 billion in sales. And who amongst hasn’t seen at least one of his films? His often blue and frequently strange comedy has been seen in the likes of Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and Mr. Deeds. Yes, his work is typically low-brow. Then again, we can all enjoy a decent fart joke every once in a while.
But, as much as audiences clearly love Sandler’s work, sometimes you want your comedy to be a little, well, higher-minded. That doesn’t mean that we have to eschew some potty humor, though.
Enter Eugene Levy.
Levy has become especially well-known for his portrayal of nerdy, nervous, and highly talkative characters. If you’ve seen his role as Noah Levenstein in the American Pie film series, then you get the idea.
But Levy isn’t just consigned to the gross escapades of American Pie. He’s a well-respected comedian, actor, writer, musician, director…. Getting the picture?
He’s so respected in his home country that Levy has even been given the Order of Canada. That’s one of the highest honors available to Canadians. The only more superior one is the Order of Merit, which must be personally granted by Queen Elizabeth II herself (she is still technically Canada’s reigning monarch, after all). The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding merit and service to Canada by an individual.
Canadians may want us to concentrate a little more on Levy’s other work. This includes his frequent collaborations with famed mockumentary director Christopher Guest, such as 1997’s Waiting for Guffman.