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Whatever Works for Larry David

Published June 17, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Sony Pictures Classics
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Larry David may regret moving from behind the scenes to on camera talent. Now that people are seeing him be funny on Curb Your Enthusiasm, they want him for their movies too. David was reluctant to fulfill this demand, even when Woody Allen came calling for Whatever Works.

Larry David Talks Whatever Works

“First of all, I am reticent about everything,” David explained. “So it is not unusual for me to be reticent. But yes, I was reticent because it was something unusual for me. I had never done anything like that before, playing a character, memorizing material, a lot of material. And I have a lot of self doubt and negative feelings and I thought that I should communicate that to him, which I did. He said, ‘No, you’ll be fine.’”

Memorization never got easier for David but he toughed it out. “That was a very daunting prospect. I was kind of thinking, when I first saw it, ‘Oh maybe they’ll just get a teleprompter.’ Then, I though, ‘Yeah, Woody Allen might not use a teleprompter.’ So, I had to work on that and I memorized that. But after I memorized it, it was actually okay. I found it easier to talk into the camera than I did talking to these two [costars], to tell you the truth.”

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Allen said he’d allow some improvisation on his script, but David found practice much different than theory. “Once, I tried to change it, and I remember it was a scene with [Evan Rachel Wood], and I tried to improvise something, and he just looked at me like I was insane. I thought, ‘I am never doing that again.’”

David’s character is an aged genius who decides to mentor a ditzy young girl (Wood) he meets. “It was interesting, because she played someone who was much dumber that who she is and I play someone much, much smarter. So, we were at both ends.

Whatever Works has a limited release on June 19th.

For the trailers and more movie info, go to the Whatever Works Movie Page.

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