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Interview with 'Nebraska' star Will Forte, producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa

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On Jan. 7, Examiner.com was on the red carpet at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The film "Nebraska" directed by Alexander Payne was honored at the event. Bruce Dern received Best Actor. Will Forte received Best Supporting Actor and the board listed the film as one of the best films of the year. The Paramount release is now playing. Check out red carpet highlights below:

With the success of "Nebraska," what else do you hope to do in your career?

Will Forte: I would love to try to do something else like this. This "Nebraska" experience has been amazing. If I got the chance to do something different like this again, I would jump at it. It’s just been nothing, but incredibly exciting and was the most unexpected thing of all time for me. I’m having a hard time talking and I’m realizing I have to give a speech tonight what am I gonna do up there?

How do you feel about the recognition you have gotten for your performance?

Will Forte: It’s so exciting, it means so much to have gotten this award, it’s something I never would have expected and am really thankful for.

How did you get involved with the "Nebraska"?

Ron Yerxa: It was an original screenplay that was sent to us.

What did you love about the script?

Ron Yerxa: The emotional dynamics, the dry humor, that had really said something important about relationships without being heavy handed, and it just seemed like a delightfully good script.

Can you speak about collaborating with Bruce Dern?

Albert Berger: It was an honor. He’s a real pro, he’s got a million great stories to tell, he’s nothing like, he is in the movie, he’s very very energetic and gregarious, it’s never a dull moment with him. Although Bruce and June Squibb are both getting up in age they didn’t miss a beat the whole movie.

What upcoming projects can you share?

Well there’s one, we have Low Down with John Hawkes, Taryn Manning and Glenn Close it’s gonna be premiering at Sundance in competition that also took us ten years. This is a year where we have two movies that took ten years, so it’s good to finally get them done.

Tell us more about "Low Down."

Well it’s based on a memoir and it’s about a renowned jazz piano player who is kind of on the skids over the course of the story and he’s raising a 14 year old daughter. So it’s from the daughter’s point of view about growing up with this very gifted, but sort of very disturbed guy. But it’s almost a love story a father-daughter love story.

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