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Interview: Richard Jenkins Discusses ‘Kajillionaire’ and What Attracts Him to Projects

Richard Jenkins is one of the premiere character actors in the business, that goes without saying. However, to quantify him as just a character is a disservice, as the two time Academy Award nominated actor is damn near a national treasure. So, with his role in the quirky new film Kajillionaire opening him up to a brief interview, it was a no-brainer to say yes. Having spoken with him years before at a roundtable event for Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts, I knew he’d be a pleasure. Of course, he did not disappoint, not in the slightest, even coming back with a great response to a Liberal Arts-related interview anecdote.

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Getting only a brief opportunity to speak with Jenkins, one hopes that his personality and love for the craft still comes across. Listen for some information on how he picks his projects, what attracted him to Miranda July‘s Kajillionaire, and even a tiny bit about Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming effort Nightmare Alley. For a short chat, it’s still a pretty good one, so take a listen, enjoy, and be sure to check out Kajillionaire when it comes out on Friday!

Enjoy my chat with Richard Jenkins below! 

photo credit: Starla Fortunato


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[…] A quirky comedy from Miranda July, there’s some really strong acting on display here from Richard Jenkins, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger, and Evan Rachel Wood. It’s an odd duck, but if you enjoy July’s flicks, it’s certainly worth picking up, whether you’ve seen it already or not. Plus, it has a really nice and fully unexpected ending. For more on Kajillionaire, listen to my interview with Jenkins here. […]


[…] subjects for Awards Radar. Jenkins was doing press for Kajillionaire (that interview can be found here) and couldn’t have been nicer. Last week, interestingly enough, that film hit Blu-ray and […]



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