Paul Rudd might be sporting his Brian Fantana/Anchorman 2 shag in Park City, but the actor channels a different decade entirely in David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche.
Starring as a Texas road maintenance worker in 1988, Rudd appears opposite Emile Hirsch in a short crew cut and a bushy mustache. Prince Avalanche, Green’s return to the indie world following a slew of studio projects, is based on an Icelandic film titled Either Way.
“We changed the title to be a little bit more nonsense,” joked Green during a visit to The Hollywood Reporter’s video lounge at the fest.
The trio was lighthearted during their THR interview -- their first on the film, Rudd noted -- and when asked about his first experience working with the auteur, Rudd was quick to zing back.
“Oh, I’ve had several David Gordon Green experiences,” he said with a smirk. “A couple of them might have been captured on film.”
He continued: “He’s the real deal. He is an artist. He looks at all of this as some kind of shared experience, where even he isn’t really sure maybe what it is. Or if he is, he keeps it from us and he’s just really good at craftily controlling the puppet strings.”
In THR’s review of the film, critic David Rooney likens Prince Avalanche to a "pared-down theater piece,” noting that the film "breathes with real cinematic expansiveness.” Read the review here.
Reporting by Stacey Wilson.