Comedic actors tackling dramatic roles isn’t a wholly new notion, but there are plenty of instances in which a performer best known for making people laugh shows a completely different side of him or herself in a more dramatic performance. Such is the case with Steve Carell’s transformative turn in the excellent drama Foxcatcher, and in the final installment of EPIX and the LA Times’ roundtable interview series “Hollywood Sessions”, director Bennett Miller speaks at length about Carell’s work in the film. We at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from tonight’s final installment, in which Miller explains why he thought of Carell for the role of the disturbed and immensely sad John du Pont in Foxcatcher. It’s an inspired bit of casting and I look forward to seeing much more from Carell’s dramatic side in the future.
Check out the clip after the jump, and watch the full (and final) episode of “Hollywood Sessions” tonight on EPIX at 8pm ET/PT, in which Miller is joined by directors Richard Linklater (Boyhood), J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild), and James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) in an illuminating roundtable discussion about filmmaking.