Alexander Payne Likes That Comedians Don’t ‘Wallow in Heavy-osity’


“”I’ve found that in the past I’m often drawn to people with good comic timing to perform in dramatic parts,” the director said. “Because they’re not going to drag it — they’re not going to wallow in heavy-osity.”

Director Alexander Payne on why he casts comedians like Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk in dramatic roles. The two appear in Payne’s upcoming drama, Nebraska.