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Meet the cast of Bullet in the Face: Max Williams


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Bullet in the Face is coming to IFC this Thursday at 10/9c. Before the dazzling debut of our viciously funny and brutally violent show, we thought we’d take a moment to introduce you to its star: Max Williams. While Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts play the dueling crime lords, Max plays Gunter Vogler, the man caught between the two kingpins. Vogler was a career criminal who gets nabbed by the cops. He woke up from a botched jewel heist to find himself in the hospital and covered in bandages. The cops turned him and that’s when the fun really started. Once Vogler started working for the good guys, he quickly proves to be far more dangerous as a lawman than he ever was as your unfriendly neighborhood criminal.

The man behind the sociopath is Max Williams. Max wasn’t always an actor. He was, in fact, a professional hockey player, which is not nearly as surprising once you find out he’s a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and his dad was the coach for the Montreal hockey team. He probably learned some moves on the ice that he could incorporate into Vogler’s pantheon of dirty tricks. But Max hung up his puck and uniform and, in the fall of 2000, made his TV debut on the series, Arli$$, playing conflicted, pro baseball player, Buzz. In 2003 he followed up with more TV screen time on The District and a 2010 turn in, ‘Shameless,’ playing opposite Emmy and Oscar nominated actor William H. Macy.

Max wasn’t just working on the small screen, though, he also was making a name for himself on the silver screen (check him out in the excellent action short film “The Lucky 7”) as well as the on the stage, where he was nominated as Best Comedic Actor by LA Weekly for his role as Cody Powers in the Elephant Theatre Company’s “Block Nine.” Not bad for a guy who was skating in circles in an ice rink just a few years before, eh? Yes, we said “eh” in deference to Max’s half-Canadian status.

Now Max is starring Bullet in the Face, a violent comedy that sprang from the mind of Alan Spencer, alongside Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts. Be sure to tune in on Thursday 8/16 at 10/9c to see Max in action.

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The two-night Bullet in the Face event airs on IFC on August 16th -17th at 10/9c


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.