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Face-Off: Owen Wilson vs. Vince Vaughn

Jun. 6, 2013by: Paul Huffman
In last weeks Face-Off, we journeyed through time to an age where M. Night Shyamalan was considered the next best thing with a match between The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. For a few reasons, Sixth Sense ended up taking the official verdict with you our readers showing love to both films while procuring a victory for Unbreakable in the strike backs.

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are two of those familiar faces in the world of comedy, even appearing in several of their gems together, including the most recent film The Internship. What's great about the times that they have teamed up, is that we've been able to appreciate the different styles and vibes they give out. In this article we'll explore their resume, their flare for comedy, and even what would qualify as their more dramatic efforts. I'm a fan of both actors and I will be interested to see what you lot think. So let's discuss.
Resume
Owen Wilson has the more impressive filmography I must say. With small appearances in earlier films like Armageddon, Anaconda, and Meet the Parents. His first major leading role was in the comedy Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan which I thought was charming enough. What impresses me most about Wilson are his appearances in the more bizarre comedies like the Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Midnight in Paris. I was surprised how at home Owen felt in a Woody Allen film, he fit that style beautifully.
Vince Vaughn had his breakout role in a supporting turn in Swingers, from there he had great supporting roles in numerous great comedies. Old School, Zoolander, Dodgeball, Anchorman, Wedding Crashers (his gem with his oppenent) and others. In other areas Vaughn was the lead as Norman Bates in the horrible Psycho remake and an alright job in the thriller Domestic Disturbance. In recent years Vaughn has been in comedies I found duds like Fred Claus and Couples Retreat. But Vaughn has always done his best with the material he's been given.
Funny Bone
So how funny is Owen Wilson? Well it all depends on the material I suppose. When the comedy is great, Owen really pulls it off and he's a joy to watch...but Owen has also had to deal with a script that tried to hard and ended up feeling awkward. I feel bad for Wilson in this particular category because the majority of Wilson's comedic films haven't jived well with me. Shanghai Knights, You Me and Dupree, Night at the Museum and its sequel. It's not to say I'm not a fan of Owen Wilson's acting...just the mans appeal to me lies in when he's not trying too hard (if at all) to make me laugh.
Vince Vaughn just always tickled my funny bone more than Wilson has over the years. Is it because he happens to get the better lines in a lot of his films, or is it something about Vaughn's delivery of said lines. I would say it has to be both. I always thought Vaughn has had decent comedic timing and that is half the battle. Vaughn's style has turned off some, and I can see how that would be possible...but the dude cracked me up in Swingers, Old School, and Dodgeball. Bottom line, Vaughn just always had more of a flare for comedy in my eyes than Wilson has.
Dramatic Chops
The only film I can recall Owen Wilson being featured in that was outright dramatic is Behind Enemy Lines, the rest of his films at most had some dramatic elements to them but remained comedies in essence. I guess the roles that would qualify for this category are those where the comedy is a bit more subtle, less in your face and at times in Wilson's case corny. I am of course talking about Wilson's many collaborations with Wes Anderson and his one gem with Woody Allen.
The Cell, Domestic Disturbance, Clay Pigeons, doing his best with Psycho, bits and pieces of the Break-Up...yep, the extent of Vaughn's ability doesn't stall with comedy. When it comes to comedy Vaughn's strength is in his timing and delivery, I've noticed that when working with a dramatic role it's all about the eyes for good ol Vince. He doesn't have to say a word and he emotes something whether it is sinister or emotional. He hasn't had much room to show us what he can do dramatically, but the bit that I've seen I was impressed.
Overall
I think what we have to take into account most with this match is the overall quality of work from both these men. For film lovers out there that love a very quirky comedy will love the various Wes Anderson films Wilson has taken part in, all the way from the beginning with Bottle Rocket. I will also say this, and some will disagree, the comedies that have been less than stellar for Owen Wilson are still better than some of the travesties Vince Vaughn has taken on in recent years. Some argue that Wilson pulls the same shtick movie after movie, but you can't fault an actor based on that as many have found themselves stuck in that limbo for a lot of their careers. Wilson often plays likeable characters, often funny, and he does have some impressive films to speak of.
Vince Vaughn is a guy you want to love, you want to say he has had the perfect career. Because when he works, he really works. He has been in some truly great comedies, and has shown us glimpses of some dramatic range. Where things get tricky for Vince is that he has chosen some really shitty roles lately, I always appreciate Vaughn's presence I must say...but even he can't save a rough script. With that said, as far as quality of work I'm afraid Vince falls a little short for me...mostly taking recent years into account. Another great comedy or even a good dramatic turn would do wonders for Vince Vaughn, there has to be something out there.
Owen Wilson
There you have it folks, this match was a tough nut to crack as I'm a fan of both these men when the material they are working with is good sh*t or they are able to do their best with it. I feel this could go either way, because I happen to know our readers find reasons to both appreciate these two and be thoroughly disappointed with these two. The question is, where do you stand? Can you not stand either one? Time to strike back.

If you have an idea that you'd like to see in a future FACE OFF column, feel free to shoot an email to me at paulhuffman@joblo.com with your ideas and some ideas for the critique to base your ideas off. Thank you and in the meantime...

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1:10PM on 06/06/2013
There's not a single "This is a bad idea" comment, so why is it at 90% and not at 100%?
There's not a single "This is a bad idea" comment, so why is it at 90% and not at 100%?
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10:55AM on 06/06/2013

Vince Vaughn

He has much bigger presense in a leading roles, but he really plays the same character every time yet he is still likable. I like Owen Wilson as well but he is better in supporting roles, but at least he can say he made 2 movies with the legendary Jackie Chan.
He has much bigger presense in a leading roles, but he really plays the same character every time yet he is still likable. I like Owen Wilson as well but he is better in supporting roles, but at least he can say he made 2 movies with the legendary Jackie Chan.
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10:10AM on 06/06/2013
They're so different in style, and you hit the nail on the head with both of them. Owen Wilson is always at his best playing variations on himself. Vince Vaughn is more versatile, but he doesn't take advantage of that much, and he's quick with comedy. If you asked me in 2005 I would've said Vince all the way. And if he made better career choices, I'd still side with him. There are some movies Owen does not belong in, but his easy-going charm is kinda infectious.
They're so different in style, and you hit the nail on the head with both of them. Owen Wilson is always at his best playing variations on himself. Vince Vaughn is more versatile, but he doesn't take advantage of that much, and he's quick with comedy. If you asked me in 2005 I would've said Vince all the way. And if he made better career choices, I'd still side with him. There are some movies Owen does not belong in, but his easy-going charm is kinda infectious.
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9:27AM on 06/06/2013

tough one

But I shall go for vince vaughn
But I shall go for vince vaughn
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4:38AM on 06/06/2013

Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn. I just enjoy his characters more and his rants that he has in each one of his films.

Plus, for a big guy he's really funny.
Vince Vaughn. I just enjoy his characters more and his rants that he has in each one of his films.

Plus, for a big guy he's really funny.
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7:59PM on 06/06/2013
I meant big as in tall, not thick or fat. Like you guys stated....poor choice of words.
I meant big as in tall, not thick or fat. Like you guys stated....poor choice of words.
1:36PM on 06/06/2013
OK. ;-)
OK. ;-)
12:56PM on 06/06/2013
lol @ lickmylovepump - i see your point, just saying I understood it as being tall, like i said poor choice of words.
lol @ lickmylovepump - i see your point, just saying I understood it as being tall, like i said poor choice of words.
12:50PM on 06/06/2013
"He meant big as in tall,"

Scorpio77...You know him, and talked to him, so you know for a fact that that's what he meant?
"He meant big as in tall,"

Scorpio77...You know him, and talked to him, so you know for a fact that that's what he meant?
12:39PM on 06/06/2013
The soloist just talks out his ass.
I can think of plenty "big" guys that are funny.
The soloist just talks out his ass.
I can think of plenty "big" guys that are funny.
10:58AM on 06/06/2013
He meant big as in tall, but JIm Carrey is tall also, it was just a poor choice of words.
He meant big as in tall, but JIm Carrey is tall also, it was just a poor choice of words.
10:11AM on 06/06/2013
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he's referring more to Vince's height.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he's referring more to Vince's height.
8:55AM on 06/06/2013
Is he the only big guy you find funny?

You are a moron sir.
Is he the only big guy you find funny?

You are a moron sir.
5:01AM on 06/06/2013
"Plus, for a big guy he's really funny."....Huh?...What do you mean exactly?

Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are big guys, but they're funny, so are you surprised that big people can be funny?
"Plus, for a big guy he's really funny."....Huh?...What do you mean exactly?

Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are big guys, but they're funny, so are you surprised that big people can be funny?
3:16AM on 06/06/2013

Resume

- Zoolander...

~drops the mic
- Zoolander...

~drops the mic
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2:51AM on 06/06/2013
Agreed, but I find it hysterical that you credited Vaughn's essentially line-less appearance in Zoolander, but not Wilson's co-staring role, which was arguably one of his most laugh-out-loud performances.
Agreed, but I find it hysterical that you credited Vaughn's essentially line-less appearance in Zoolander, but not Wilson's co-staring role, which was arguably one of his most laugh-out-loud performances.
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2:13AM on 06/06/2013
Owen Wilson. He was great playing off opposite Jackie Chan in Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights, and nowhere near as grating as Chan's other famous Hollywood partner, Chris Tucker, often was.
Owen Wilson. He was great playing off opposite Jackie Chan in Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights, and nowhere near as grating as Chan's other famous Hollywood partner, Chris Tucker, often was.
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1:02AM on 06/06/2013
The rating says 80% with 4 comments, well 6 now, but it said that with just 4 comments and the comments that can leave a rating are both positive....What's up with that?
The rating says 80% with 4 comments, well 6 now, but it said that with just 4 comments and the comments that can leave a rating are both positive....What's up with that?
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12:51AM on 06/06/2013
Owen Wilson for me. He should do more movies with his brother Luke.
Owen Wilson for me. He should do more movies with his brother Luke.
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6:48AM on 06/06/2013
Luke Wilson was great in Anchorman even in a small cameo role. I like him best in "Alex and Me" (I think that's the title) romantic comedy with Kate Hudson.
Luke Wilson was great in Anchorman even in a small cameo role. I like him best in "Alex and Me" (I think that's the title) romantic comedy with Kate Hudson.
4:40AM on 06/06/2013
I agree. I think Luke is the better actor though while Owen sort of plays the same character over and over again.
I agree. I think Luke is the better actor though while Owen sort of plays the same character over and over again.
3:20AM on 06/06/2013
Idiocracy 2?.... With Upgggrade?
Idiocracy 2?.... With Upgggrade?
1:04AM on 06/06/2013
Luke Wilson doesn't get to act in as in many movies as Owen does it seems...I think he's a very good actor though.
Luke Wilson doesn't get to act in as in many movies as Owen does it seems...I think he's a very good actor though.
12:26AM on 06/06/2013
Definitely Owen Wilson....Vaughn can be funny, but he always plays the exact same character in every movie except for Swingers.
Definitely Owen Wilson....Vaughn can be funny, but he always plays the exact same character in every movie except for Swingers.
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12:47PM on 06/06/2013
@Jedd the Jedi...Well The Lost World sucked, so I don't consider Vince playing a great character in that movie.
@Jedd the Jedi...Well The Lost World sucked, so I don't consider Vince playing a great character in that movie.
6:47AM on 06/06/2013
And The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
And The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
4:58AM on 06/06/2013
@Luke319...Well I saw that movie 13 years ago, and I didn't like it, so me not remembering isn't that surprising.
@Luke319...Well I saw that movie 13 years ago, and I didn't like it, so me not remembering isn't that surprising.
4:11AM on 06/06/2013
Umm... yeah, he was the main character in the Cell (No, not J-Lo, the dude).
Umm... yeah, he was the main character in the Cell (No, not J-Lo, the dude).
1:01AM on 06/06/2013
I don't remember him being in The Cell and I never saw the Psycho remake, I refused to, so I have no idea about that one.
I don't remember him being in The Cell and I never saw the Psycho remake, I refused to, so I have no idea about that one.
12:50AM on 06/06/2013
Except Swingers and Gus Van Sant's Psycho, although he was pretty good in The Cell.
Except Swingers and Gus Van Sant's Psycho, although he was pretty good in The Cell.
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