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Feature: Wyatt Russell’s ‘No Acting School’

[ Written on May 13 2017 by Mouza ]
Wyatt Russell didn’t intend to be an actor. But when his first career failed him, he taught himself.

Wyatt Russell is relatively new to acting. He’s known for performances in 22 Jump Street, Everybody Wants Some, Cowboys and Aliens, and Black Mirror, and he’ll soon be known for upcoming releases Folk Hero & Funny Guy (in theaters May 12), Ingrid Goes West (in theaters August 11), and Lodge 49 (premiering October 5th on AMC). Some might attribute Russell’s success to his golden surfer hair and good looks, but that’s not the full package; both on-screen and off, he exudes a mix of natural charm, convivial confidence, and small-town modesty, plus an uncanny ability to make his acting seem easy.

olk Hero & Funny Guy is the latest example of Russell’s mastery. A classic buddy tale with an indie feel, the film has been receiving positive reviews, in particular for the titular relationship between Russell’s “Folk Hero” and Alex Karpovsky’s “Funny Guy.” From its character-driven plot to its improvised dialogue, the whole thing feels authentic. The performances are remarkably human and the emotions ring true; pain overshadows laughter as the dark, unglamorous side of showbiz affects the relationships onscreen. Often, when we are about to laugh, the film surprises us with harsh realism. Of course, the film is funny, too, but most of the humor comes in the form of painfully awkward situations. We laugh, we cringe, we sympathize. We identify. [More at Source]

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