Don Verdean interview: Sam Rockwell, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, and Leslie Bibb on the new Jared Hess movie.

The Cast of Don Verdean on Their New Movie From the Creators of Napoleon Dynamite

The Cast of Don Verdean on Their New Movie From the Creators of Napoleon Dynamite

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Jan. 29 2015 3:58 PM

The Cast of Don Verdean on Working With the Creators of Napoleon Dynamite

The title character (Sam Rockwell) and Boaz (Jemaine Clement) in Don Verdean.
The title character (Sam Rockwell) and Boaz (Jemaine Clement) in Don Verdean.

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One of the very best casts at this year’s Sundance Film Festival belongs to Don Verdean, the new movie from the creators of Napoleon Dynamite (husband-and-wife team Jared and Jerusha Hess), which stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, and Leslie Bibb.

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We sat down with the group of actors to discuss the inspirations for their characters (Rockwell describes his title character as “If Andy Dick and Indiana Jones had a baby”), the experience of making a movie with Mormons (the movie was shot in Utah), and what it was like to do comedy without relying on going blue. The resulting conversation was a little less family-friendly than the movie.

Slate Sessions video edited by Anne Marie Lindemann. Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.

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Anne Marie Lindemann is a video producer and designer based on New York.