Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Love Supporting Actors: Zach Grenier

You know, this guy:
Notable Roles:

Reilly - "Tommy Boy"

Richard Chesler - "Fight Club"

Carl Webb - "24"

Asst. Director Bill Joy - "Swordfish"

Why He's Awesome:

He has been working for 30 years, and most of his roles won't stick with you much after the ending credits. However, every time you see him, you remember how much you love him. He plays smug and smarmy better than anyone. Sometimes you get to see his lighter side, but you know you'll never get as much joy as when you're seeing his condescending ass get what's coming to him.

When Edward Norton is throwing himself around an office, surprisingly, it's not Norton's acting chops selling it as real. You believe it because Zach Grenier believes it. Nothing sells a joke like a good straight man, and the more ridiculous the situation, the better the straight man has to be. He'll never be big, but he'll always be awesome.

You'd Be Surprised to Learn:

He was nominated for a Tony in 2009.

Check out his imdb page.

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