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LAist Interview: Adam Scott

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Adam Scott is one of those actors that you always recognize but can't always quite place. He's worked all over film and television for the last fifteen years, but it's only in the last few that people have started to put name to face. For me, he's as good a working actor as we have right now. His breakout role in Step Brothers -- where he repeatedly stole the movie out from under Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly -- was the funniest supporting turn in recent memory (see here and here for proof). His latest film, The Vicious Kind, just opened in limited release. LAist recently had a chance to speak with him.

LAist: How are you doing?

Adam: I'm good, man. How are you?

LAist: I'm great. I'm great, actually. When Hilary told me you were promoting this movie I was really excited because I'm a huge fan of your work.

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Adam: Oh, thanks!

LAist: So tell me a little bit about The Vicious Kind.

Adam: Well, I hope you'll like it, first of all. We did it in the spring of '08 in rural Connecticut. It's about a guy who's kind of a loner who I play named Caleb. He's estranged from his father, who J.K. Simmons plays. They live a couple of miles from each other, but they haven't spoken in eight years. And then his little brother comes to visit for Thanksgiving with his girlfriend. And, little by little, my character becomes obsessed with the girlfriend. And we began having this secret relationship where we just hang out together and smoke on the front porch of my father's house. It's kind of an intimate, platonic relationship that we're keeping secret from my brother and my father -- whom I still haven't spoken to for eight years. It just becomes a very dark comedy of manners. And then, little by little, everyone starts confronting these deep-dark secrets of the family and my character, Caleb, begins to face where he has placed himself in the world.