The invitation to Tuesday night's special screening of Alexander Payne's new movie, "Nebraska," came from
And Forte was taking his hosting duties seriously, welcoming friends and guests to United Talent Agency's pristine screening room, offering a few introductory remarks ("Oh ... I was told you were allowed to record it ... wait, now I'm being told ...") and even directing people to the bathroom during a pleasant, low-key reception following the film.
"It's such a privilege just being part of something like this, I'm happy to do whatever I can," Forte told me between accepting compliments from well-wishers. "Where's your car? You need your car pulled up to the front?"
"Nebraska" focuses on Woody Grant, an elderly man (
It's an outstanding movie, ranking with Payne's (
"When I first read it, I was surprised at almost every turn," said Squibb, who attended the event Tuesday night with Forte, Dern and the movie's producers, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. "At first, I thought my character would just be a nag, you know? But then it just slowly reveals who she is and what she has been through. And it does that with every character. It's just beautiful."
Following the screening, Forte spent a fair amount of time huddled with his onetime
Forte had just seen Sudeikis and Wilde three weeks ago at
An appreciative Forte preferred to shine a light on his costars -- and not just Dern and Squibb, but the countless extras Payne and his longtime casting director collaborator, John Jackson, found to play Woody's family and the residents of his hometown.
"One guy came from community theater, while some had never acted a day in their lives," Forte said. "And they just nailed every line and emotion. These people really add to the fabric of the movie and make it something special."
Payne, Dern and Squibb will bring "Nebraska" to the