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Ed Helms,the actor known for his role as Andy Bernard on The Office,or as Stu,the henpecked buddy from the hit Hangover comedies,will now be seen in Jeff

Written by Reuters | Published: March 30, 2012 5:16 pm

Ed Helms,the actor known for his role as Andy Bernard on The Office,or as Stu,the henpecked buddy from the hit Hangover comedies,will now be seen in Jeff,Who Lives At Home,a comedy-drama. In the film,Helms plays the pragmatic and loathsome brother of the title character,a pot-smoking daydreamer searching for his place in the world. The film’s writer-directors,Mark and Jay Duplass,said Helms was chosen not because he resembled his character at the start of the film,but because he was already in a place they hoped the character would find himself by the end. “He’s playing a consistently,180-degrees-different person than himself,” Mark Duplass said.


The Deep Blue Sea is a meditation on the ravages of erotic love set in repressive postwar Britain. The film is adapted from a 1952 play by Terence Rattigan,though it bears the unmistakable stamp of its director,Terence Davies,a noted chronicler of that era in films like the semi-autobiographical Distant Voices,Still Lives (1988). The movie stars Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz. Weisz said she was attracted to the role because of its timeless themes. “It didn’t feel dated,” she said of Davies’ script. “It’s a very moving existential story about a human being’s bid for freedom,and I don’t think that ever goes out of fashion.”


Jonah Hill,the Moneyball actor is now moving from funnyman to serious actor. Even as his new 21 Jump Street,based on a 1980s TV drama but turned into a comedy for the movies,hits theatres,Hill said he has grown bored with always being the sidekick in funny films like Superbad that made him a star. Hill said his role as a numbers-crunching Yale grad in baseball drama Moneyball has blown “the door wide open” for new opportunities and better roles. “It really is exciting after Moneyball to have that taste for something different. Doing the same thing over and over again is as boring to do as it’s boring to watch,” he said.

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