|Jason Sudeikis (left) and Dylan McDermott|
Jason is a Saturday Night Live graduate, so naturally comedies are his bread and butter. Here he plays a straight man opposite Will Ferrell. I'd imagine it's hard not to be a straight man opposite Will, but Jason was effective enough, and his quiet annoyance slowly but steadily turning into disgust towards his long-time friend and employer was fun to watch.
Career-wise I'd say it was a minor success, but it won't give him a push he needs to start getting more substantial parts in good movies. He is a supporting comedy actor at the moment and will remain one for the foreseeable future with occasional co-lead roles sprinkled in. Like Hall Pass for example - a mediocre comedy that made a bit of money but still was second-tier. Horrible Bosses was pretty decent though.
Current grade: 45
Dylan had a flashier part than Jason here, playing an overzealous campaign runner who is very comfortable with invading private lives of people he works with. It's an obvious parody on building of politician's image, where everything has to work like a well-oiled machine and even family matters are not private anymore. Crazy, over-the-top and actually the most fun part of the movie. For me anyway. Very well done.
Dylan is more versatile than Jason, at least at this point of his career. He regularly stars in dramas, albeit not very good ones, he also has a couple of horrors under his belt. Also not very good ones. His movie and TV career is more extensive, but not much more successful than Jason's. He is also 14 years older. Very handsome though, and he does have charm and a certain charisma, so he might make it eventually. Some day. Right now though they are just about equal in their Hollywood standing and prospects.
Current grade: 44
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures