And now for his next trick …

… Steve Martin will pick up the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute’s Life Achieve­ment Award.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Su­san King

Since his break­out role as the sweetly naive Navin John­son in direc­tor Carl Reiner’s 1979 hit “The Jerk” and the three Reiner col­lab­o­ra­tions that fol­lowed — “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “The Man With Two Brains” and “All of Me” — Steve Martin has made about 40 films, most re­cently the an­i­mated hit “Home.”

Two days af­ter this in­ter- view, he was to re­port to work on Ang Lee’s forth­com­ing “Billy Lynn’s Long Half­time Walk,” in which he plays the owner of a pro­fes­sional foot­ball team.

“I never had a vi­sion for my ca­reer,” Martin said. “So I kind of do what comes along that I like.”

What comes along next is the 43rd Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute Life Achieve­ment Award, which Martin will re­ceive at a Thurs­day evening gala at the Dolby Theatre in Hol­ly­wood. He will join an elite group of ac­tors and di­rec­tors who have won the honor, in­clud­ing fel­low fun­ny­man Mel Brooks, who will present the award, as

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cre­ative pur­suits in­clude play­ing the banjo, writ­ing fic­tion and per­form­ing card tricks.

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