Tom

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Bern­thal is Jon’s older and, dare I say, bet­ter-look­ing brother. In Novem­ber, I met him in New York’s Green­wich Vil­lage at a screen­ing of Sweet Vir­ginia, an in­die thriller fea­tur­ing Jon as a for­mer rodeo star with Parkin­son’s who is run­ning an Alaska mo­tel. Of course, this be­ing Bern­thal, Sweet Vir­ginia’s cli­mac­tic scene in­volves the pop pop pop of a Ger­man ri­fle.

Amid the well drinks and pigs in a blan­ket at the lo-fi af­ter­party, Tom, a for­mer jour­nal­ist and a suc­ces­ful busi­ness­man, mar­veled at his lit­tle brother’s suc­cess. “It’s amaz­ing,” he said. “Jon was al­ways the fam­ily fuckup. There’s, like, one le­gal thing in the world Jon could do—he’d make a great drug dealer—and that’s act­ing. He was lucky. We came from the one fam­ily in a mil­lion who didn’t throw him out of the house. The thing I re­mem­ber is he could take over a room even when he

There’s, like, one le­gal thing in the world Jon could do— he’d make a great drug dealer—and that’s act­ing. He was lucky.

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