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A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg Talks Coens

by Anne Thompson
November 13, 2009 4:29 AM
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In this three-part flipcam interview on the pool terrace of the Sunset Plaza Hotel, A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg talks about how he came to be cast in the period dramedy, working with the Coen brothers, and how he is handling his serious good fortune. The fall release is likely to earn kudos with critics' groups at year's end and could be a factor with the Oscars as well. Will the Academy actors recognize this theater star, or is he too unknown? Well, he has now arrived. Next up: a major HBO series, Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire.

Video one (two and three are on the jump):

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Stuhlbarg thought A Serious Man was a broad comedy. What makes it so sad? Carter Burwell's score.

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Stuhlbarg talks about the Coens' hands-off process:

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  • DavidC | November 14, 2009 10:04 AMReply

    See also:

  • Anne Thompson | November 14, 2009 8:54 AMReply

    No, I didn't see it--wish I had!

  • | November 14, 2009 3:41 AMReply

    Sorry, i mean The Pillowman, written by Martin McDonagh (for anyone keeping score).

  • | November 14, 2009 3:40 AMReply

    Anne, am i reading that right? You didn't like that play?

    Oh man,

    Crudup, Stuhlbarg, everyone was amazing in it. I howled like a demon in that thing (love that twisted, twisted humor) If someone can make that into a movie, I will be first in F'ING line.

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