Send in the Clowns: Why Comedians Land the Loneliest Roles

The loneliest movie characters are recognizable right away on screen. Male characters will talk to themselves in a mirror or work the night shift or drive a taxi. They may be pursued by shadowy figures and don’t know why. Or the life they thought they had turns out to be fake. Lonely movie characters are often stranded in a foreign place, in outer space or on an island. But one of the biggest clues of whether a character is lonely or not is an inside joke, at least from the perspective of the audience. Funny people playing lonely characters. 


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