Edward Norton plays twin-brothers in Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, and as we can see in this exclusive clip, the zany part isn’t just seeing two Norton’s on screen but also the wild story. Norton reportedly wanted this role so badly, he took a pay cut to play two characters in a single film. Unlike Fight Club, he actually plays both characters in this film. Check out the exclusive black light clip after the break and a full synopsis.
Leaves of Grass is in very limited release right now by Millennium Pictures, but it will hit DVD and Blu-ray on October 12th. I will be posting my review of the film later this week, so let the clip below stand as a placeholder for now. As promised, here is the synopsis for the film.
“When Ivy League classics professor Bill Kincaid receives news of the murder of his estranged identical twin brother, Brady (Edward Norton), in a pot deal gone bad, he leaves the world of Northeastern academia to travel back to his home state of Oklahoma. Upon arrival, he finds that reports of his brother’s death are greatly exaggerated, and he’s soon caught up in the dangerous and unpredictable world of drug commerce in the backwaters of the Southwest.
In the process, he reconnects with his eccentric mother (Susan Sarandon), meets a wise and educated young woman who has bypassed academia in favor of the gentler rhythms of life (Keri Russell), and unwittingly helps his troubled brother settle a score with a pernicious drug lord (Richard Dreyfuss) who uses Tulsa, Oklahoma’s small Jewish community for cover.
Leaves of Grass follows a twisting narrative path merging crime drama, drug comedy, classical philosophy and sudden violence in pursuit of answering one of humanity’s oldest questions: What does it truly mean to live a happy and constructive life?”