The Dune and No Country for Old Men star is ready to get metaphysical in the new Prime Video drama.
Josh Brolin is such a nice guy, he doesn’t even mind when I use him for homework.
Seriously: A few years back, I saw X, a short film he wrote and directed, at the SXSW Film Festival, and was so impressed that I asked if he could send me a DVD of the drama — now available on You Tube — and a copy of his script, so I could use both as teaching tools in a screenwriting class I teach at the University of Houston. And so he did. Better still, ever since then, he has never tired of my asking him when he’ll expand the short into a feature film.
But when we caught up recently on a virtual junket for Outer Range, where Josh is first among equals in an exceptional ensemble cast, we focused entirely on the extraordinary new drama premiering April 15 on Prime Video. And rightly so: Outer Range is the sort of instantly addictive series that is riveting while you watch it, provocative while you think about it — and irresistible to analyze while you talk about it.
Trouble is, there were not a lot of things we could analyze in detail without spoiling twists and spilling beans. So if much of our conversation sounds evasive, well, that’s only because it is. We’ve already given you the bare bones of the basic premise. And the new trailer should give you a bit more info. But even after you’ve prepared yourself with all that — well, put it like this: After you watch Episode 1, you’ll be very, very glad that Episode 2 also will be released April 15.
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