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"I tend to drive myself crazy like that, overthinking things," Forte said during an anxiety-free interview. "Even when I arrived in Nebraska to start the movie, I still felt like, How did I get this job? They went crazy and should have picked somebody else."
Months after "Nebraska" premiered at Cannes, where it won rapturous reviews, including strong notices for Forte, the 43-year-old comedy veteran is (mostly) over his insecurities.
"Nebraska" is about many things, but primarily it concerns middle-aged David (Forte) giving his father, Woody (
"Nebraska," like all of Payne's movies (
"I felt I knew who this guy was," Forte said. "My grandfather was a man of very few words, like Woody. Communicating with somebody like that felt familiar to me, as did the idea that people you love with all your heart can really drive you crazy sometimes."
That personal connection made Forte feel even more vulnerable, like he was giving away a piece of himself while acting. It was a radical change from the comic demands of "MacGruber," which, in one scene, required Forte to run around naked with a piece of celery lodged between his hindquarters.
"People think that kind of embarrassing situation takes a lot of nerve," Forte said. "But that's a piece of cake compared to letting people see the way you might act in your more private moments. That's scary. Thrilling too."