Di­rec­tor likes cast­ing co­me­di­ans in dra­mas

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — Film di­rec­tor Alexan­der Payne says he likes hir­ing ac­tors with a comic sen­si­bil­ity for dra­matic roles. It’s one of the rea­sons he turned to for­mer Satur­day Night Live cast mem­ber Will Forte to star in his bit­ter­sweet fam­ily film, Nebraska. The comic largely plays it straight as the son of a be­fud­dled se­nior who mis­tak­enly be­lieves he’s won a mil­lion dol­lars. Bruce Dern plays the tac­i­turn old man, who in­sists on trav­el­ling to Nebraska from Mon­tana to col­lect his sup­posed for­tune. Along the way, he stops in his home­town where his news causes a stir among old friends and fam­ily mem­bers. Dur­ing a re­cent stop in Toronto, Payne says he in­sisted on mak­ing the film in black-and-white to cap­ture the aus­tere qual­ity of the peo­ple and land­scapes. Nebraska opens in Winnipeg on Dec. 20.

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