Posts tagged as Alexander Payne

Talking to Will Forte About 'Nebraska', 'MacGruber 2', and Never-Aired 'SNL' Sketches

Will Forte is a busy man. Upon leaving SNL in 2010, he starred in MacGruber, a film that received mixed reviews but is nonetheless considered a cult classic in many circles. He has also played recurring roles in numerous shows, among them the buffalo-straddling Ted Turner on Conan, the cross-dressing Paul L'Astnamé on 30 Rock (for which he was nominated for an Emmy), and voicing various characters on The Cleveland Show. His most recent project has been Nebraska, a celebrated indie comedy directed by Alexander Payne, in which he plays David Grant, a man who escorts his elderly father (played by Bruce Dern) on a road trip to claim [...]

Watch Will Forte Get Dramatic in a Clip from Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte is set to take a rare dramatic turn in Nebraska, a new movie directed by Oscar-winner Alexander Payne that's set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival in France this week. Here's the first clip from the movie, which also features Bruce Dern and Stacy Keach. Nebraska is in black-and-white and the clip features French subtitles, so don't say I didn't warn those of you who hate black-and-white/other languages.

Alexander Payne Likes That Comedians Don't "Wallow in Heavy-osity"

""I've found that in the past I'm often drawn to people with good comic timing to perform in dramatic parts," the director said. "Because they're not going to drag it — they're not going to wallow in heavy-osity."

Director Alexander Payne on why he casts comedians like Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk in dramatic roles. The two appear in Payne's upcoming drama, Nebraska.

Will Forte Hopefully to Work with Alexander Payne; Bring the Pain

Alexander Payne, writer/director of such minor (not minor at all) films as The Descendants, Sideways, and Election, wants Will Forte to star in his next film, Nebraska, with Bruce Dern. Deadline reports the film is about "an alcoholic [Dern] on the downside of his life, who gets a sweepstakes letter in the mail and mistakenly thinks he’s struck it rich. He gets in a car to head down to claim his fortune, accompanied by his underachieving son [Forte]." It's an interesting pair, considering Dern has primarily worked as a character actor his entire career and Forte has never been in anything with this sort of heft (except all of [...]

Watch the Trailer for Will Forte's Dramatic Debut in Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

Here's the brand new trailer for Nebraska, director Alexander Payne's upcoming movie that stars Will Forte in his dramatic debut. Forte stars as a guy taking a cross-country trip with his father (Bruce Dern) so his dad can claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize. Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk also star. Nebraska debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this summer to mostly-positive reviews, but it comes to theaters for us non-fancy French film festival attendees on November 22nd.