The coming-of-age drama “Blue Car” airs tonight at 6 p.m. ET. The movie stars David Strathairn as an English teacher in the directorial debut feature from actress Karen Moncrieff. Strathairn is not one for uncomplicated roles, so you know something is afoot when he meets quiet high school student Meg (Agnes Bruckner), who takes care of her troubled little sister, Lily (Regan Arnold), after he dad left and her mom (Margaret Colin) became emotionally unavailable. Teenage Meg maintains a calm demeanor and endures her responsibilities, but her poems reveal a world of, which she shares with her supportive English teacher, Mr. Auster (David Strathairn). With his encouragement, she wins a regional poetry competition and makes it to the finals in Florida. When she meets Mr. Auster’s intelligent yet discontented wife, Delia (Frances Fisher), she finds her relationship with him becoming more complex. Which is just how David Strathairn likes his characters and that is precisely why we love him so much. From “Miami Vice” to “Good Night and Good Luck,” Strathairn has a knack for making his roles absolute scene stealers.
Here are five roles we love by David Strathairn:
1. Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night and Good Luck”
2. Estes Kefauver in “The Notorious Bettie Page”
3. Pierce Morehouse Patchett in “L.A. Confidential”
4. Howard Goodwin in “A Map of the World”
5. Phillip Borchek in “The Equalizer”
“Blue Car” airs on IFC Thursday, Jul. 7 at 6 PM EDT; Friday, Jul. 8 at 10:30 AM EDT; Friday, Jul. 15 at 11:30 AM EDT; Sunday, Jul. 31 at 10:45 AM and at 4:30 PM EDT