Will Ferrell says it's an "uphill battle" landing dramatic roles.
The popular actor is best known for his comedy turns in the likes of Anchorman and Talladega Nights and as Mugatu in Zoolander.
But as he thanked France for honouring his comedy work at the Deauville Film Festival, Will said he would like more serious roles.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted the star as saying: "I want to thank the film festival not only for honouring me, but for honouring comedy, which doesn't happen all that often.
"I don't think comedy gets the credit it deserves for being the art form that it is."
He added: "The work I've done with dramatic films has been very satisfying and it is a very exciting departure when I get to do that kind of stuff.
"I do look to do more of that, however Hollywood still puts me in the category of comedy only. It's still an uphill battle for me to try to get those parts," he said, before joking: "despite my incredible good looks."
Will said he would like to do a small TV series, and asked if he might return in Ben Stiller's planned follow-up to 2001's Zoolander, he said: "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it."