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I hear voices

It’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since I first saw The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

the-trip-movie-posterI saw it in the theater then. Today was a chance encounter on HBO.

And I watched it again.

I still laughed at the two comedians’ competitive conversations and celebrity impressions.  But this time I found myself trying out a few of the characterizations — with very limited success.

Why can’t I do impressions better?  And why are they so darn good?

Obviously they have invested far more than 90 minutes towards this endeavor, but I wonder if I would be able to achieve any success with a lifetime of practice.

Do the Brits just have an edge?

I say yes.  (This stance saves me a lot of time and effort.)

It’s like this

Everybody likes Paul Rudd.

I know I do.

And after seeing his latest movie Our Idiot Brother, I like him — if possible — a whole lot more.

Even playing the rather dim-witted title character of the film, Paul finds a way to make him likeable.  Some lesser actors would have made Ned ridiculous.  Or cringe-worthy.  Or one note.

Paul Rudd’s Ned is well-meaning and filled with humor and heart and the utmost humility.

(Because he really is an idiot.)

Cast mate Steve Coogan should take a few notes.

Steve plays Ned’s brother-in-law Dylan, a documentary filmmaker who reluctantly gives Ned a job and a place to live after he is released from prison. Nice guy, huh?

As it turns out, no.

Dylan as a total prick — a grouchy, unsympathetic, womanizing louse.  There are no shades or layers to the character at all.  No glimpses into what has driven him to this point.  No chance of any understanding on our part — just the trademark Coogan lip curl.

Even pricks can be likeable, Steve. (Remember The Trip earlier this year?)

In a magazine article promoting the movie, Paul Rudd laughed at the idea of acting as a craft — feels that actors try to make too much of what they do.

Take a like credit, Paul…

Being likeable isn’t as easy as you make it look.