Abbott is best known for his short stint on HBO’s “Girls,” but he also had small appearances in acclaimed indies such as “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “A Most Violent Year.” The actor met “James White” director Josh Mond on the set of “Martha Marcy,” where Mond was a producer. The two collaborated on the screenplay, which is drawn from elements of Mond’s real life.
Abbott plays the eponymous James White, whose self-destructive lifestyle must be reevaluated after his mother (Cynthia Nixon) is diagnosed with cancer. The clip below teases just how unstable this battle plagues him.
Abbot’s performance is currently up for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor. “James White” opens in select theaters November 13. Watch the clip below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.