Steve Martin and Chris Tucker Talk 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'

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Ethan Alter
·Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
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No question about it: Steve Martin and Chris Tucker are two wild and crazy guys. That’s why it’s so compelling to watch them play against type in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee’s dramatic experiment in high frame rate filmmaking. “To be approached by Ang Lee is really fantastic — it’s like being invited to the prom,” Martin told Yahoo Movies in our recent Facebook Live interview direct from the Billy Lynn press day. “We knew it was going to be a drama and a technological adventure, shot in 4K and 3D.” Adds Tucker: “Ang Lee is one of the biggest and best directors in the business. “He really sold me; I knew he was going to do something new and different and great.” Watch the full interview above and read on for some highlights.

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Joe Alwyn in 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' (Photo: Sony)
Joe Alwyn in ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ (Photo: Sony)

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  • Frank Oz’s 1986 film version of the cult musical, Little Shop of Horrors, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and it’s a film that Martin — who memorably played psycho dentist Orin Scrivello — still has fond memories of. “I had some fabulous scenes with Bill Murray, and I had to learn to ride a big, heavy Harley motorcycle. Whenever I think ‘Steve, you can’t sing,’ I go, ‘Wait a minute…I did Little Shop!’ “

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