8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

Tracy Morgan / Tracy Jordan

Full disclosure: I have a Who Dat Ninja? magnet on my refrigerator. It’s a testament to how much I love Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock‘s eccentric, ego-centric (male) diva and the “TGS” production staff’s worst nightmare. They work overtime doing damage control to clean up after his antics. When Jordan isn’t trying to stab talk show hosts or accidentally voting for Ralph Nader, he’s wasting time, blowing money, and embarrassing the people who are forced to work with him.

He was originally supposed to be a satirical character that would poke fun at the overblown egos of the Martin Lawrences of the world, but then life began to imitate art.

The Real Tracy Morgan

2011 was a rough year for Tracy Morgan (publicity-wise; he was probably doing just fine money-wise).

In January, during live pre-NBA game coverage on TNT, he said Sarah Palin was “good masturbation material,” much like the time when Tracy Jordan (his alter-ego on the show) set off panics in the streets of New York with random false declarations he spouted on “Larry King Live.”

In June of the same year, he came under fire after he did a comedy show in Nashville and said that he would “pull out a knife and stab” his son if he ever spoke in “a gay voice.” After he issued an apology, the incident was parodied on an episode of 30 Rock. Speaking on Morgan’s character’s behalf, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) said: “He’s not capable of hate. He’s just an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s saying.”So not only is the real Tracy Morgan an embarrassment to the show that turned his career around, but he also tends to say the dumbest things his mind grapes can think up – and gets into just as much trouble for them on the show as he does off. The main difference being, of course, that when Tracy acts up on the show, it’s actually kind of endearing.

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