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Interview: Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright Chat About Getting to Play in Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’

At this point, both Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright have accomplished a ton in their respective careers. The former has an Academy Award, the latter has an Emmy and a Golden Globe, among other prizes. They’ve been in independent films, massive blockbusters, and everything in between. So, what do they relish in a new onscreen opportunity? That’s what I wanted to discuss with them during our short conversation for Wes Anderson‘s flick Asteroid City. Yesterday, I spoke to Hope Davis and Stephen Park (here). Today, it’s Brody and Wright’s turn!

Below, you can see my chat with Brody and Wright. With limited time, it was best to just give them a prompt to go off on, and boy did they. I wanted to hear about how such decorated actors take supporting opportunities like this and run with them. How do they make it fun and personal? They sure had interesting answers, too. Give a look to the conversation and be sure to check out their work in Anderson’s latest, Asteroid City

In my review of Asteroid City (here), I said the following about the cast:

Part of why Anderson’s latest effort doesn’t fully bounce off of me is this cast. In particular, newcomers to his troupe like Tom Hanks and especially Scarlett Johansson shine, while Jason Schwartzman has never been better. Hanks is relishing just being a small part of the crew, that’s for sure. Johansson and Schwartzman have lovely chemistry, with the former tapping into her old-school starlet charms, while the latter gets to be brooding yet lovable. Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright are certainly making the most of their limited screen time, as are Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, and Liev Schreiber, There’s also Hope Davis and Stephen Park as parents at the convention (both very enjoyable), as well as Steve Carell getting laughs as a Hotel Manager with some interesting ways to make a buck. The rest of the stacked ensemble includes Hong Chau, Matt Dillon, Grace Edwards, Rupert Friend, Jeff Goldblum, Maya Hawke, Tony Revolori, Margot Robbie, Jake Ryan, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, and more. Overall, it’s one of the more consistent ensembles for this particular auteur.

Here now is my interview with Asteroid City co-stars Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright. Enjoy:

Asteroid City is in theaters now!


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