But he does have a promising new gig lined up. O'Dowd — best known for Bridesmaids, Girls, and, soon enough, Christopher Guest's HBO show Family Tree — is in talks for period-comedy The Coward.
Reports The Wrap, "Set in 18th century England, the story follows a cowardly nobleman" — played by O'Dowd's Girls compatriot Adam Driver, in probably his flashiest movie role to date — "who hails from a family whose men have historically come out on the losing end of to-the-death gunfights. When he panics after initiating a duel, he finds himself hiring a common criminal" — our dude Chris — "to stand in his place, though the scoundrel decides to improve his lot in life by stealing his employer's identity."
Even though we're deep in blockbuster reality season — with American Idol, Survivor, and the just-wrapped The Bachelor all filling the airwaves with hypercompetitive, catfighting, backstabbing energy — the Girls in Hoodies would rather talk about the feel-good phenomenon RuPaul's Drag Race, which may just be the most positive reality show on television. All the talk of wig-tossing and lip-synching puts us in good spirits before tackling one of the darkest episodes of Girls yet. Our feelings about Adam grow ever more complicated, to say the least, but that probably won't stop us from posting Adam Driver fan art all over Tess's Facebook wall.
If you're a Coen brothers fan, this morning's unexpected release of the trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, their first film since 2010 Best Picture nominee True Grit, is nearly as glee-inducing as Joel and Ethan personally dispatching John Goodman to shout you awake in full Walter Sobchak regalia. (Or, if we want an experience of more recent Coens vintage, picking up a call from "Unknown" and suddenly finding yourself haggling over Santana's Abraxas with a dogged Columbia House Record Club rep.) Before we descend obnoxiously deeper into the reference-hole — trust us, you don't want that, we'll drag you right through the particulars of the Massey Prenup — back to the footage at hand: Three years ago, we never would have said, "I really hope they pivot from a Western to something about the New York folk scene in the '60s," but now that we've seen the trailer, of course we want them to Dylan it up. Can we get more Dylan in there? There's nothing like a two-minute tease from your favorite cinematic geniuses to explode your expectations.
Yesterday the Internet was blessed with our first photographic evidence that Ashton "Kelso" Kutcher is indeed playing the late Steve Jobs in that other biopic about the Apple CEO that is currently in the works. But no matter how disastrously the 501s fit Kutcher, it won't be the first time Hollywood has fallen victim to some shockingly bad casting. Here are our picks for worst-cast real-life characters.
I like that Girls exists. I like its style, I like Jemima Kirke in general, I like women who make things that aren’t cute, I like seeing regular-looking naked people, and I like anything that reminds me of “Scotty Doesn’t Know.” I also don’t enjoy watching Girls, even though in theory it’s right up my alley, because I feel like I am from a planet that’s very distant from the one that the girls in question live on. This could be because I’m 29 and when I graduated from college life looked different; it could be because I live on another coast that’s way more chill, or because — though I’ve definitely had to ask my parents for financial and emotional support since I graduated from school — I come from a different mind-set than Hannah Horvath. I’m married, but even if I weren’t, I would not have sex with Adam Driver’s character because it looks like he’s wearing a muscle shirt made of his own skin and he’s a total asshole. I would not show up at my parents’ hotel room on drugs and beg them for money. I’d rather die. If I sit down in the shower, it’s not to eat a cupcake, and it’s not while staring up at my pal’s lady parts. That struck me as odd. It struck everyone as odd. It’s OK to be odd, but it pushes the canoe further into unrelatable waters filled with tampons, art gallery people, and cute sweaters with apples and peaches on them.