Can Ed Helms follow the path of George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta and others?
By Brett Buckalew, Special to Metromix
After years as bumbling, nickname-happy, terminally unlucky-in-love paper salesman Andy Bernard on “The Office,” Ed Helms graduates to the lofty perch of big-screen lead in “Cedar Rapids.”
While Helms achieved a degree of film success as one of the alcohol-addled pals in the smash hit “The Hangover,” the indie comedy “Rapids” marks the first time a movie has rested entirely on his shoulders. If the role of a small-town insurance salesman who finds himself simultaneously intimidated and tempted by the flashy, unfamiliar big city, doesn’t seem like a major shift from Andy Bernard, that might not be a bad thing.
Take a look at 10 other TV supporting actors-turned-bona fide movie stars to see how they originally made the transition and what they’ve done since.
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