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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

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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