Like many of Tom Cruise’s collaborators from the movie Knight and Day, Paul Dano has stayed remarkably busy with projects all summer. The latest film tackled by Dano, seen in the beautiful trailer above, is The Extra Man. Dano stars in the new romantic drama alongside famed actor Kevin Kline. The movie hit theaters on July 30th, and is now available through on demand services, satellite television providers, gaming networks and online services like Amazon and Vudu.
The story of The Extra Man centers around Louis Ives (Dano) setting about carving out a new life in New York City after an embarrassing exit from work at a prestigious boarding school. Dano’s character finds unconventional living arrangements, renting a room in the rundown apartment of Henry Harrison (Kline), a deeply strange and profound playwright. Henry guides Louis through a series of adventures in the city – including encounters with hugely hairy and jealous neighbor (played by John C. Reilly) and in the wooing of a co-worker (played by Katie Holmes).
The Extra Man of the title is also a funny reference to the work Kline’s character finds as an social companion to wealthy widows on society events. Everything about this story is a quirky appeal to life in one of the world’s most interesting cities. Through these misadventures, both Louis and Henry overcome their initial divide to become lasting friends.
Directors of The Extra Man, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini previously found success in the critically-acclaimed biopic/documentary American Splendor, about the life of the late comic book writer Havery Pekar. The movie was written by Jonathan Ames, the novelist and screenwriter also responsible for the HBO series Bored to Death. In addition to the plaudits Dano’s earned from critics in movies like Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood, this is a pretty well-respected crowd.
Dano spoke with the Independent Film Channel in an interview about his work on The Extra Man, and how he enjoyed the more conventional mentorship of Kline aside from the behavior of his eccentric character.
“I liked getting to work with Kevin, and we remain buddies. He’s a hilarious dude and a great actor. He’s somebody I can easily go to and say, ‘Hey, man, what do you think about this?’”
For fans of Knight and Day looking to explore the quirk of Dano’s acting a little more deeply, this is the movie for you. Check out this talented actor alongside a team of equally impressive stars in this off-beat film.
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