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March 19, 2013 10:04 AM
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Interview: Chris O'Dowd on Shooting 'The Sapphires' in Vietnam and Taking a Role in 'Thor 2' for Fun


Oh, didn't even think of that one.


You were not alone in missing that one. But that is quite fun. That whole thing feels totally incongruous with the type of actor that I am so I kind of like doing it.

Is it something you would like to do more of? Dramas and action movies?

I think I'll do more dramatic stuff and I think I have some stuff coming out that's a bit more dramatic. I don't know if I'd do an action movie because I don't know if I could keep a straight face honestly, I just think it's so silly. Like I love watching them but I can't imagine me doing one. Actually, you know what I've done, just for fun because I didn't think there was any way that I could be in a superhero movie, so I've done a scene in the new "Thor" movie, just for that. I just do like one scene, which was quite fun.

I was just thinking, a lot of comedic actors that are in the same walks as you are, like Mark Duplass and Chris Pratt, were both in "Zero Dark Thirty" for instance.

Oh yeah, Mark's in that!

Yeah, and they both play kind of straight roles.

Hey, I think comic actors are the best actors. I think they're much more transferable then when you see dramatic actors doing comedy, you can fucking see it. Because it's such a mess. So I think that comedic actors are more versatile.

One thing I noticed watching the movie is your facial hair in it--

Yes!

--Is exactly the same as in "This is 40."

Yes.

Were those filmed at the same time?

Exact same time. So it was tricky, every ten days I would fly from Sydney to LA and vice-versa. Shoot a few days on "This is 40" and then back to Sydney, and then to Saigon. It was hard going.

So you did actually shoot in Vietnam? That's kind of rare, I know American productions don't really ever get in. Do you think it was because you were an Australian production?

I think so! I remember when we were driving through Saigon, and it was cool because they could close off roads and stuff- they were great actually, and it was a cool place to film - but when we were there in our big American army trucks, I did kind of feel like just standing up and going, "We're back!"

But I managed to suppress that urge.

Could've made for a great special feature on the DVD.

I would've been shot. It would've been funny for all of the three seconds before I was shot. I'd love to go out on a joke though.

That's a very incongruous experience, being there one day and LA the next. Were you ever in the pool with Megan Fox and having PTSD flashbacks, like "this reminds me of when I was in 'Nam, under fire."

[Laughs] Yeah, I would've shot that scene and then been back in Sydney the next day. It was a very surreal time. What I liked about the facial hair thing was in "The Sapphires" everybody had mustaches, it was that kind of period. But in "This is 40" it's ironic.

Yeah, it's kind of a hipster stache.

Exactly.

On page 3, O'Dowd talks about season 2 of "Girls" and "Family Tree," the new Christopher Guest series...
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