Exclusive Video: Kevin Kline talks about tackling ‘The Extra Man’

By Todd Gilchrist

HollywoodNews.com: In his more than 30 years in front of the cameras, Kevin Kline has played an incredible variety of roles. His early work put him in westerns, political thrillers, and even pirate movies; later on, he played cold-blooded killers, romantic leads, and even a presidential stand-in. But in the last few years, Kline has become associated with authoritative, professorial characters – even if the actor never worried or particularly thought about the possibility of being typecast.

Nevertheless, his latest role, in the independent comedy The Extra Man, razes expectations of that button-up, immaculate dispenser of wisdom; he plays a disgraced playwright whose opinions are frequently as hilarious as they are offensive. Hollywood News recently say down with Kline at the film’s Los Angeles press day, where he discussed the prospect of sending up his own screen persona, revealed his approach to characters in general, and explored his character in The Extra Man in the context of the completed film.

About Todd Gilchrist

Todd Gilchrist is a Los Angeles-based film critic and entertainment journalist. Over the past decade he worked at a variety of online and print publications, including the Miami New Times, Filmstew.com, SCI FI Wire, and IGN.com, where he wrote reviews, conducted interviews with actors and filmmakers, and edited Movies, DVD and Music content. He currently works for Cinematical.com among other outlets, and has been a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association since 2005.

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