Mark Duplass is not just a talented director, writer and producer, but he is also a very popular and versatile actor.
Duplass is best known for writing and directing critically acclaimed films with his brother Jay like Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and The Do-Deca-Pentathion. However, he has now accumulated an impressive resume of acting work in such movies as Your Sister’s Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, Darling Companion, People Like Us, and Zero Dark Thirty, not to mention his popular TV series The League. But the filmmaker can now been seen acting on the big screen once again in the film Tammy, which stars Academy Award-nominee Melissa McCarthy (Identity Thief) and opens in theaters on July 2nd.
In the new movie, after losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Tammy (McCarthy) hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother (Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon). Along the way Tammy meets Bobby (Duplass), a single man taking care of his alcoholic father (Gary Cole). In addition to McCarthy, Sarandon, Duplass, and Cole, the film features Allison Janney (The Way Way Back), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Sandra Oh (Sideways), and Academy Award-winners Nat Faxon (The Descendants), and Kathy Bates (Misery). Tammy marks actor Ben Falcone’s directorial debut, and he also co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Melissa McCarthy.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Mark Duplass about his work on Tammy, as well as his upcoming HBO Series Togetherness. The actor and filmmaker discussed his new movie, how he got the job, his character’s motivations, working with Melissa McCarthy, meeting Gary Cole, reuniting with Susan Sarandon, watching first time director Ben Falcone, how he separates his director side from his acting side, his upcoming HBO series Togetherness, making a TV show with his brother, and why he likes collaborating with HBO.
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