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Speaking at the Envelope Screening Series recently, Payne explained why he doesn't hesitate to cast comedic actors in dramatic roles.
"I've found that in the past I'm often drawn to people with good comic timing to perform in dramatic parts," the director said. "Because they're not going to drag it — they're not going to wallow in heavy-osity."
Payne continued, "You want someone who can put a little pizazz into it and has some good timing and [can] keep it kind of nimble and light on its feet. So I find in retrospect I'm often drawn to comic actors."
Forte said his motivation for taking on a different kind of role was simple: "I thought it was a beautiful script," he said. "I felt this connection to the character but never would have ever thought that I could get this part. And it wasn't, 'Oh, I'm going to try dramas now.' It just kind of happened."
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