Expanding into more theaters this weekend is Noah Baumbach’s (The Squid and the Whale) Greenberg. Starring Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, and Rhys Ifans, the film is an awesome look at a few people at a crossroads in their lives. Filled with honest dialogue and popular Los Angeles landmarks, Greenberg feels like a New York movie – except it’s set in L.A. As a resident of the sprawling city, the movie hit me hard. Can’t recommend it enough.
To help promote the film, I recently got to speak with Rhys Ifans. We talked about how did he prepare for an L.A. movie even though he’s from England, working for Noah Baumbach and improv, and we even discussed his next movie as he plays Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Hit the jump to check it out:
Here’s the official synopsis and you can click here to watch some clips from the movie
Roger Greenberg [Ben Stiller], single, fortyish and at a crossroads in his life, finds himself in Los Angeles, house-sitting for six weeks for his more successful/married-with-children brother. In search of a place to restart his life, Greenberg tries to reconnect with old friends including his former bandmate Ivan [Rhys Ifans]. But old friends aren’t necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself spending more and more time with his brother’s personal assistant Florence [Greta Gerwig], an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul. Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg and Florence manage to forge a connection, and Greenberg realizes he may at last have found a reason to be happy.
- This is an L.A. movie…how did he get into that zone
- How was Noah Baumbach to work with and did the dialogue change on set
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows talk