Owen Wilson’s movie roles in comedy have been very popular and, of course, the comedian does not need any introduction to movie lovers all over the globe, particularly those who love the comedy movie genre. The award-winning actor has featured in a lot of comedy films such as Shanghai Noon, i-Spy, Wedding Crashers, Marley & ME, Night at the Museum and several other movies that have made us laugh over the years. The question many people have asked over the years is: Is Owen Wilson only a good actor in the comedy genre, or can he play other roles and genres equally well?
Owen Wilson Movie Roles That are not Comedic
Here is a list of 7 movies that Owen Wilson has featured in, which showcased his talents as a very versatile actor and proves that he is not a “one-trick pony” that can only star in comedy movies.
1. Anaconda (1997)
Anaconda is an adventure horror movie that was directed by Luis Llosa, and it shows the journey of a team of researchers and historians, who are on a boat cruise to seek out a lost tribe on the Amazon River; everything went well until they helped a stranded sailor who promises to help them find the lost tribe, but was actually using them as bait to hunt a giant anaconda.
Owen plays the role of Gary Dixon, a Sound Engineer and boyfriend of Denise Kalberg – who is the production manager of the crew shooting a documentary about the Shirishamas – a long lost indigenous tribe on the Amazon River.
2. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
This action war movie is another testament to the fact that Owen is not all about comedic movies. The movie was directed by John Moore and released in 2001.
Owen plays the character of United States Navy Flight Officer, Lieutenant Chris Burnett, who alongside his pilot – Lieutenant Jeremy Stockhouse, were sent on a reconnaissance mission by their Commanding Officer, Admiral Reigart (played by Gene Hackman); and when their plane was shot down behind enemy lines, Burnett must evade the enemies to survive while Reigart risks his career to bring his soldier back home.
3. The Haunting (1999)
This supernatural horror film showed another side to Owen Wilson’s talents. The movie is based on a novel written by Shirley Jackson in 1959 and titled “The Haunting of Hillhouse”.
Owen played the role of Luke Sanderton – a participant in Doctor David Marrow’s (Liam Neeson) Insomnia experiment, who were unknowingly locked in a haunted house in order to study their responses to fear. The movie has other cast members such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor and a host of others.
4. No Escape (2015)
This action thriller movie released in 2015 and directed by two brothers – John and Drew Dowdle, gave Owen the opportunity to showcase his versatility once again.
He stars as Jack Dwyer, an Engineer, and employee of Cardiff – a water specialist firm. Jack relocates to an Asian country after his company wins a huge contract over there and he is caught in the middle of a violent clash between the local police and an extremist group; he must do all he can to get himself and his family to safety.
The movie had a budget of $5 million and made about $55 million from the Box Office.
5. Armageddon (1998)
This Scientific fiction apocalyptic movie was written and directed by Michael Bay, and produced by Herry Bruckheimer in 1998.
When a meteorite threatens to strike the earth and destroy all its inhabitants, the fate of the whole world is put in the hands of astronauts who have to journey to space to destroy the meteor before it strikes the earth. Owen plays the role of Oscar in the movie, which featured other A-list actors such as Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Thorton, Steve Buscemi, and several others.
6. The Minus Man (1999)
This thriller movie was directed by Hampton Fancher and is based on a novel written by Lew McCreary. Owen plays the role of Vann Siegert, an unremorseful serial killer, who uses poison to kill his identified victims before he disposes of their bodies.
This movie afforded Owen’s fans and followers the opportunity to see him in an unfamiliar role he is not quite known for.
7. Permanent Midnight (1998)
This drama movie is based on the autobiography of Jerry Stahl and was directed by David Veloz.
Owen stars as Nicky – a drug addict who gets into Rehab with Stahl (played by Ben Stiller) in order to clean up their acts, but they are further sucked into the habit. Cast members of the movie include Maria Bello, Lourdes Benedicto, Fred Willard, Peter Greene, just to mention a few.