Quentin Tarantino will appear as part of the tribute to actor
Dern has been busy this award season in support of his role in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," which screens as part of the AFI Fest tribute. Dern won the lead actor prize for the film at the
In "Nebraska" Dern plays Woody Grant, a Montana retiree losing his faculties who becomes convinced that he has won the million-dollar sweepstakes prize teased in an advertisement. He conscripts his adult son (
"I just believed him," Payne said of Dern during a recent appearance as part of the
. "He doesn't look like a movie star. He looks like that guy. You can't put Warren Beatty in that part — wonderful actor for other things, but not for that part. Woody's an old prairie dog." The director also added that he would've cast Dern "just for his hair," which in the film is a fly-away shock of white so striking it became the key image for the film's poster.
Even though Tarantino wasn't involved in making "Nebraska," his support may not be insignificant. Actors
Dern was nominated for an Oscar for his part in Hal Ashby's 1978 film "Coming Home." That role also earned him a
AFI Fest begins Thursday night and runs through the 14th. More info can be found at afifest.com.
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