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Anna Faris: 'Comedy respectable as drama'

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Anna Faris has expressed her belief that taking on comedy roles can be just as challenging as filming stark drama.

In an interview with Corduroy Magazine, the Take Me Home Tonight actress insisted that people often wrongly assume that it's easy to craft a humorous performance.

"I don't want to embrace the idea that comedy is somehow easier or less respectable than drama," Faris said. "There are a lot of bad comedies but there are also a lot of bad dramas."

The actress went on to suggest that the best advice she ever received on how to approach comedy was from her Scary Movie director Keenen Ivory Wayans.

She explained: "Keenen Ivory Wayans once told me that, 'There is no vanity in comedy'. When I immerse myself into a character, I really just try to have fun and not judge them. If people think I'm an idiot or a stupid person in real life, then so be it. That's okay."

Faris first gained wide recognition after appearing as the deluded heroine in the original Scary Movie in 2000 and later reprised the role for three sequels.

Take Me Home Tonight is now playing in US cinemas and opens on May 13 in the UK.

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