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WATCH: Video Interview with 'Land Ho!' Co-Stars Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson, the Unlikely Hits of Sundance

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 17, 2014 at 5:25PM

The unlikely stars of Sundance 2014, Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson, Explain How they Made Raucous Comedy "Land Ho!"
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn of "Land Ho!"
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn of "Land Ho!"
'Land Ho!'
'Land Ho!'

Word spread at Sundance in January that "Land Ho!" was a sleeper hit, and sure enough, it was soon scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics, which will unleash the comedy on audiences July 11. (It's at 83 on the Tomatometer.) Check out the video below to see why it's a load of fun. 

The two writer-directors, Martha Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") and Aaron Katz ("Cold Weather"), cast Australian actor Paul Eenhoorn and plastic surgeon non-pro Earl Lynn Nelson to enact the story of two ex-brothers-in-law and friends who reunite on an exotic trip to Iceland. The movie is both raucous adventure and sweetly intimate bromance. And the dynamics at work are obvious from the video interview below, which starts with quiet-spoken Eenhoorn and is utterly taken over by bigger-than-life Nelson. 

Trailer is also below. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.