What I did not know about Mark Duplass
The title of this post might lead you to believe that I knew stuff - any stuff - about Mark Duplass before I heard him interviewed by Marc Maron on his WTF Podcast last week. Without knowing it, I’ve seen one of his movies and have watched him a lot on the FX show The League, but I never put together who he really is or even registered him as a character on that show or any of his movies until I listened to the interview and did a little Interwebs-based homework. My interest has definitely been piqued and I plan to check out more of his work.
It turns out that in addition to being a funny guy who plays a sarcastic, relatively hopeless and morally bankrupt asshole on The League, Duplass is a deep-thinking filmmaker who uses some very specific and articulate artistic concepts in his movies that I dig a lot. Just in case you are wondering about The League and how I just described his character on the show, those traits in no way set him apart from the show’s other main characters. The League is as wickedly, depravedly funny as it is lacking in real, deep human interaction and story. What the hell do you want - the show’s sole purpose is dark, crude fun.
I was surprised to learn that the 2010 movie Cyrus, which I really liked, was written and directed by Mark and his brother Jay, who he often teams up with on movie projects. I had to take notes and visit Duplass’ IMDB page to dig up other titles that I now must check out.
As usual, Maron entertained, made me laugh, and covered a whole lot of interesting ground in yet another insightful interview. I learned a lot about a guy I didn’t know before and added many notes, ideas and titles of movies to watch into my notebook and for that I think you really should check out this episode of WTF. Then you should check out the rest of the WTF catalog for even more awesomeness ala Marc Maron.