Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

The Girl on the Train star, 45—and hus­band to ac­tress Jen­nifer Anis­ton—re­turns tonight for the third and fi­nal sea­son of HBO’s The Leftovers. Th­er­oux plays Kevin Gar­vey, a man lit­er­ally back from the dead af­ter be­ing mur­dered, who trav­els to Aus­tralia in search of an­swers.

Where are we headed with Kevin in sea­son three, in a world where much of the pop­u­la­tion has sim­ply sud­denly dis­ap­peared and those left be­hind have to cope?

I think cre­ator Da­mon Lin­de­lof felt like he had a cou­ple of itches he wanted to scratch, other mean­ing-of-life-type ques­tions he wanted to ask.

You’re an East Coaster from Washington, D.C. What do you find ab­surd about Hol­ly­wood?

Every­thing. Any place where there are large egos at play, large pay­checks and liv­ing large, you’re go­ing to find ab­sur­dity.

You played one of movies’ all-time bad hus­bands in The Girl on the Train.

I joke that I played a re­ally great guy who was wronged by three women. Vil­lains are fun as long as you can tap into a psy­chol­ogy be­hind them. Ob­vi­ously, I’m not a mur­derer in real life. The way those sto­ries like Train are told, where you be­gin at the end and ar­rive at the be­gin­ning, is re­ally fun.

You’ve writ­ten a lot of com­edy— Tropic Thun­der, Zoolan­der 2. Where did you get your sense of hu­mor?

I wasn’t the class clown or any­thing. When you’re dyslexic in school, you de­velop other tal­ents. One of the things that I dis­cov­ered quickly was a gift for gab, a way to talk my­self out of why I didn’t do my home­work.

Does his dys­lexia make it hard for him to write? Go to Pa­rade.com/th­er­oux to find out.

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