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Actor Chris O’Dowd lists his favorite out-of-nowhere success stories

Chris O'Dowd

Actor Chris O’Dowd charmed audiences as the cop in Bridesmaids. He’s also had memorable parts in Friends with Kids and the TV series Girls. This week, his latest film The Sapphires hits U.S. theaters, riding a wave of stellar reviews. It tells the true story of a wildly unlikely 1960s singing sensation. Chris tells us about it, and then shares a few other out-of-the-blue success stories.

  • Making-the-band comedy The Commitments
  • Ricky Gervais’ comedy about a soul-sucking office
  • Irish golfing phenom Rory McIlroy