2013 Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2013: First Clip from Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

If I hadn't been around, you might not even be here

Will Forte and Stacy Keach in Nebraska
Will Forte and Stacy Keach in Nebraska
Photo: Paramount Vantage

If I hadn't been around, you might not even be here. This first clip from Alexander Payne's Nebraska, let's just call it "Ed", gives you a pretty good idea of what kind of moments the film will entail.

The story follows Woody (Bruce Bern), an aging alcoholic father who thinks he's won a million dollar Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes prize. His family tries to dissuade him from making the long trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim in his winnings, but when he insists his estranged son David (Will Forte) goes along for the ride to keep him out of trouble, providing an opportunity to bond with his father after years of separation.

In the clip, Stacy Keach plays Ed and he appears to be throwing a wrench in the works. We also can note Woody has a bandage on the top of his head, which alludes to some sort of shenanigans earlier in the story.

Following its Cannes premiere on Thursday, May 23, I expect it will show up in either Telluride or Toronto before Paramount Vantage releases it in theaters on November 22.

Check out the clip below and for all of my Cannes coverage click here or on the blue banner at the top of this post.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    it certainly looks good plus Bruce Dern is normally pretty amazing in everything

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    Love it. I have high hopes for this one.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Will Forte seems like a serious casting error. Dern, on the other hand, looks very good.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/alex/ alex

      "Will Forte seems like a serious casting error."


      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        MacGruber, The Watch, That's My Boy and Rock of Ages are 4 reasons.

        • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

          I wouldn't dismiss him for being a comedic actor. A lot of comedic actors have a lot more range than you would think.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

            I'm not dismissing because he's a comedic actor, I'm dismissing because he sucks (IMO, obviously). Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, Robin Williams - those are talented comedic actors with great range. Will Forte? Not so much.

            • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

              Once again, give him a chance. He could end up being a really big surprise. Read an interview with him somewhere where the interviewer was talking about the praise he is getting for his dramatic turn in Run & Jump.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                Oh, I'll give him a chance. This is just my initial reaction to seeing him cast in a Alexander Payne film.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/alex/ alex

          What Hamza Zain said. You could use the same argument against Sandler, but he was very good in PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

            Sandler was decent in Punch-Drunk Love. I can only imagine how much better that film would've been if P.T. Anderson had cast someone else. I remember how nervous I was when Quentin Tarantino initially sought out Sandler for the role of Donny Donowitz in Inglourious Basterds. Fortunately, the Gods of scheduling conflicts were merciful.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/alex/ alex

              Well... I completely disagree. He was perfect in the role.

              Ah yes, how FORTUNATE that we got the awful Eli Roth instead.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                I thought Roth was perfectly fine in the part (minus the "Fuck a duck" line).

        • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

          Well in Forte's defense, those films were basically messes to begin with and he did not have a director like Payne behind the camera for them. And I don't really see anything in this clip that makes me think he's a casting error. But I will admit to being a bit apprehensive about him, if only because he has not done anything remotely like this movie.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MrGoogle/ Dustin Mason

    I think this looks fantastic. I predict that Will Forte will surprise alot of people with his performance.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    Seriously, why is it in black-and-white? Does he want to alienate half his audience? I really want to know why he didn't just release it in color. It doesn't seem like the type of film that would benefit from being experienced without color.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Was it here or was it another site where there was an article with a quote from Payne about the casting of Forte? He addressed it in something I read recently.

    I'm definitely keeping it in my book for later in the year though.