Tim Blake Nelson

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book.jpgElvis hosts actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; American Violet; The Grey Zone) to talk about his latest film, Leaves of Grass, which he wrote, produced, directed and stars in, alongside Ed Norton, Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.

Nelson elaborates on the dual meaning of the film's title, the themes of religion (Judaism) and violence (as it relates to the Old Testament), the Ed Norton's "magic trick" of playing identical twins (one a brilliant and progressive dope dealer, the other an emotionally closed philosophy professor), Richard Dreyfuss' shylock character and, how, in a movie about the meaning of life, "there has got to be a crossbow."




Gemma Dempsey