Follow us:

Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Who’s that guy in ‘Nebraska’?

One of the joys of watching a lot of movies (plus a smattering of TV) is seeing actors in wildly different roles — sometimes so different that you don’t recognize them. That happened to me in “Nebraska,” Alexander Payne’s fine film (opening today) about a father-son road trip. Bruce Dern (in the role of a lifetime) plays the father; Will Forte, whose name sounded vaguely familiar to me as I sat down to the movie, plays the son, David. He looked familiar too, as I watched the film, but this subtle, almost gentle performance — without a hint of comedy — didn’t tip me off. And then it hit me, days later: he was Paul, Jenna Maroney’s boyfriend/female impersonator on “30 Rock.” (And apparently he was on “Saturday Night Live” for a while, but I wasn’t watching it at the time.) As Paul, Forte was as over-the-top as his David is quiet and watchful — and he nails both roles, with and without eyeshadow. If you’ve seen “Nebraska,” or plan to see it, here’s something for comparison:

 

 

(I still miss “30 Rock”; don’t you?)

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►