Will Forte is well known in America for his years of antics on Saturday Night Live, but on this side of the pond, he’s probably best known for playing Jenna Maroney’s Jenna Maroney-impersonating boyfriend in 30 Rock. Or, failing that and you’ve been keeping up with your cinema lately, he was one of the leads in this year’s Academy Awards nominated dramedy Nebraska.
Last Summer, we got the chance to both speak to Will - you can read the full interview here - and we got to attend an early screening of his latest dramatic role in Run & Jump. Two things became apparent that day: (1) Will Forte is a very nice man who loves to have a good chat, and (2) He has got some serious acting chops, as well as a good radar for quality movies, as he turns in a great role in a great movie.
Will plays Ted, an American psychologist who arrives at a small town in Ireland to observe and report back about a man, Conor (Edward MacLiam), who suffered a massive stroke which left him badly mentally restricted. Ted moves into Conor’s home, and strikes up a friendship with the man, as well as the rest of his family, especially his full-of-life and loving wife Vanetia (Maxine Peake).
Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Run & Jump is a fantastically made movie by director Steph Green (who was Academy Award-nominated for her short film New Boy back in 2009), and is filled to the brim with fantastic performances.
Be sure to check it out.