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SXSW 2012: Nick Offerman and his co-stars discuss “Somebody Up There Likes Me”


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After hearing how Nick Offerman gets naked and lets his mustache steal the show in this year’s South By Southwest submission “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” it’s hard to resist the desire to see the film. IFC caught up with Offerman, his costar Kevin Poulson and writer/director Bob Byington at SXSW where they explained the general plot for the movie.

“It’s the story of this handsome young fellow played by Kevin Poulson, a character named Max who’s 35 years in his life, and sort of how life passes him by while he’s not paying attention,” Offerman said. “Much of that involves a couple of incredible, beautiful, talented young ladies played by Jess Weixler and Stephanie Hunt, and I take my pants off.”

The movie met a great response, and a large part of that was because the cast had a great sense of chemistry. Turns out that Byington had written Offerman and Poulson’s characters a certain way to draw out the best elements of their acting abilities.

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“The film was written expressly for these two gentlemen, and I’ve worked with both of them enough that I have a sense for what I’m going to do with them,” he explained. “Keith is more of a musician kind of performer than he is an actor. Nick is a very well-trained actor. And they do have a chemistry as a result.”

Byington and Poulson had been to SXSW before for their previous film together “RSO [Registered Sex Offender],” but Poulson had had a long-standing relationship with the festival.

“I used to volunteer for South By because I used to live in Austin for about eight years and I used to be part of the selection committee and write programming and things like that,” he said.

And, as an Austin native, Byington also has had a long relationship with SXSW. But he said this time around there was no negative response to an Austin-native submitting a film in the festival.

“There’s no sense of being even remotely compromised by bringing a film here,” he said. “In 2008 I premiered a film here [‘RSO’] and there was a slight sense that we had gotten in primarily because we were a local film. We aren’t carrying this stigma into this festival which is nice. It feels like a national festival finally.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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