Adrien Brody: “The beauty about being an actor is to explore things that are unusual”

Adrian Brody rose to fame when portraying celebrated Polish-born and Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman in Nazi-occupied Warshaw in Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” (2002). Beginning in 1939 (based on Wladyslaw Szpilman’s own memoirs, published in 1946), he had to attempt trying to survive the destruction of the city’s ghetto and the Holocaust during World War II.

It earned Mr. Brody an Academy Award at the young age of 29, leaving his co-nominees and all previous Oscar winners and heavyweights Nicolas Cage (“Adaptation”), Michael Caine (“The Quiet American”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Gangs of New York”) and Jack Nicholson (“About Schmidt”) out in the cold.

Brody immerses himself into his characters with an unknown intensity which is pretty rare, unless you’re Robert De Niro preparing for an Academy Award winning performance, portraying Jake La Motta, in Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” (1980). While preparing for his own role of Szpilman (1911-2000), Brody gave up his apartment and his Porsche, lost about thirty pounds from his already slender frame and learned to play pieces of Polish-born composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) on the piano. This was a man who was prepared to suffer for his art: he wanted to live the hurt and despair of the Polish Jews who suffered greatly during the Holocaust.

Debuting at age 15 in a TV movie “Home at Last” (1988), he was picked up by Woody Allen a year later to appear in “New York Stories”. From there he gradually moved to the top, joined the Hollywood A list, played all sorts of different characters, and now his films vary from critically acclaimed dramas (including “Detachment” [2011], “Third Person” [2013]) to well made and highly commercial successes (“King Kong” [2005], ‘Predators” [2010]) which are rewarding and done in good taste. Switching from leading to occasionally supporting roles, he handles it all beautifully and knowledgeable, often inspiring his audience.

During the Film Festival Oostende (Belgium), Mr. Brody, often praised for many of his powerful performances, came over to present his latest film “Third Person” (2013), a Belgian-American co-production directed by Paul Haggis, and in Ostend’s prestigious Thermae Palace Hotel, he showed up for a press conference.

When he entered the conference room, it became pretty quiet, until, finally, the first reporter broke the ice.

Adrien Brody poster 3How did you get involved in “Third Person”?

I was interested in this film mostly because of Paul [Haggis]. I’m a fan of his work. We had mutual friends that had mentioned the project to me. I was very attracted to the complexity of the relationship between the characters, and it’s an elegant film. I like delving into characters that have a frailty and that must overcome their damages. It’s a very human condition.

Did you audition for the part?

No, unfortunately I am old enough that I audition very rarely (laughs). There is something to auditioning that’s good, to prove yourself perhaps, but I don’t feel I have so much to prove unless I have to portray a woman and if you wouldn’t take my word for it, I’d have to prove that. I can understand that. But playing a business man dealing with relationship aspects and some personal flaws, I think I can do that.

Did you do anything specific to prepare for the role of Scott?

You know, this character required less than some other roles I have playes. I’m very open to going pretty far, not for the sake of playing the character, but because it is a necessity for me. I think the key is to convey a type of person that I know that is very different from myself, someone who is emotionally bankrupt in a way, lead by different motivations in his life. I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by creative people in my formative years, and to have encouragement towards creativity. I’ve lived enough to understand the complexity of relationships and loss, and I have an imagination. Where the immersion comes from is not being able to purely rely on your imagination to honestly convey something. I can imagine that I am twenty-five pounds heavier and have the technical skills to operate certain weaponry efficiently, those are skill sets that you must know.

The film is much more than only the characters. How important was it to you that the characters were a part of a bigger picture?

That’s very interesting, it’s the storytelling approach: all the characters all intertwine and they all tell a bigger story. They share similar trades, obviously. It’s a director’s medium and it gives me the opportunity to collaborate with people that I admire. It’s interesting to consider how your character’s action or another character’s action affects you and how the characters play with each other, but you also have to live within your own character’s reality and disregard a lot of that. As an actor you make that its own storyline, its own film, but you have to live obviously within the confines of the overall picture.

What standards do you use to accept or refuse a part?

There is a criteria – it varies – and even though I take my work and my responsibility as an actor very seriously, I also try to be adventurous and have a sense of humor with my work. I have to live freely and follow my own journey, and so at different times I am attracted to different things and different sensibilities in the people that I am collaborating with. But ultimately it has to be a character and a journey that I am curious about or eager to learn from and go down that path. But so many other variables are really not a constant. The one thing that it has to be, is it something new and has it a degree of risk to it, or will it allow some growth for me, either in my work or in my understanding about life.

Did you ever play a character that was close to your own personality?

Meaning a parallel between myself and that character?

Yes

That’s a good question. I don’t think about it very often and I often select roles that are very different from me, personality wise. That’s the beauty about being an actor: to explore things that are unusual. But there is a part of me in most of the characters, obviously, there has to be something that I connect to and I’m relatively complex, so I have a connection to a lot of them in a way, but none of them are me. It’s hard for me to give an example, there would be times in my life that I was very connected to certain things, but the actions of those characters, the specific journey, were fictional or were not my life. But, as I said, they were things that I was attracted to at that time in my life.

You are one of the few chameleon actors, for every role you look different. Is that your idea?

It’s hopefully not just a physical shift, it’s the whole beauty of being an actor, to experience all these lives and inhabit such varied circumstances. My curiosity has always been present. The dilemma is that when you’re good at something in a role, you’re often only given an opportunity to repeat that and if you don’t repeat that, you will be appreciated by some people, but I think you confuse the people that hire you. The decision making process is unfortunately far less about ability than viability and that’s why you see the same handful of actors playing the same kind of roles. They’ve performed those roles before, those have generated profits, so they’re a safe bet to hire again. In one sense I have achieved my dream of diversity, but I also confuse people in the process, I think. It shouldn’t be a factor, it should be an encouragement, but people go for the safe reliable choices. I like the challenge, I like “Predators”. When I did that film, there was a real misconception – there’s often a misconception, but that I accept because everybody has to assume something. But the idea was that all I wanted to do was a commercial film, I sold out to do this movie, it must have been a huge lucrative deal. It was a true battle for me to convince the studio that the same actor who could portray Szpilman in “The Pianist” can also step in the shoes of Schwarzenegger and play a mercenary in a genre alien violent movie and do it with some integrity. It was a huge challenge, and I succeeded. It meant a lot of me, because it is also a genre that I enjoy and I like overcoming the obstacles, that’s part of the battle in the first place.

After you had won an Academy Award for “The Pianist”, did more doors open for you?

Adrien Brody poster 5Of course it opened doors – most doors. I have not seen a movie of the caliber of “The Pianist” since then. I am sure there are some amazing films that come out, but there have not been that enormous films out that have that level of immersion available to an actor, that kind of guidance from a master filmmaker [Roman Polanski], and that I am right for. So it is very difficult to find a comparable follow-up, so to speak. I haven’t created it and so I am reliant upon material that has been created. Some actors you see have waited in hopes of finding that perfect role again. In the interim they have been surpassed and have lost their relevance within that market, and that’s unfortunate. It’s an incredible competitive and simultaneously creatively limited space to exist as an artist and exist within the full capacity of what you can offer. So then you have to experiment and that’s what I have done. I have tried to take risks, I have tried to make choices that are not motivated by career trajectory or box-office results, but because of what inspires me. “Detachment” [2011] is a prime example of a film that clearly has no commercial endeavor, but has the impact that affects me to the core and will hopefully offer something inspirational to an audience that I feel is often overlooked – and the intelligence of the audience is often undermined.

Film Festival Oostende, Ostende (Belgium)
September 19, 2014

Trailer of “Third Person” (2013) starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody (Scott), Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Moran Atias, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger

FILMS

NEW YORK STORIES (1989) DIR Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese PROD Barbara De Fina, Fred Fuchs, Robert Greenhut, Fred Roos SCR Robert Francis, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola CAST Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Peter Gabriel, Deborah Harry, Heather McComb, Talia Shire, Giancarlo Giannini, Don Novello, Chris Elliott, Carole Bouquet, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Mae Questel, Julie Kavner, Mayor Edward I. Koch, Adrien Brody (Mel), Kirsten Dunst

THE BOY WHO CRIED BITCH (1991) DIR Juan José Campanella PROD Catherine May Levin, Louis Tancredi SCR Catherine May Levin CAST Harley Cross, Karen Young, Dennis Boutsikaris, Adrien Brody (Eddie), Gene Canfield, Moira Kelly, Jesse Bradford

KING OF THE HILL (1993) DIR Steven Soderbergh PROD Albert Berger, Barbara Maltby, Ron Yerxa SCR Steven Soderbergh (memoir ‘King of the Hill’ [1972] by A.E. Hotchner) CAST Jesse Bradford, Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Eichhorn, Karen Allen, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth McGovern, Joseph Chrest, Adrien Brody (Lester), Cameron Boyd

ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1994) DIR William Dear PROD Joe Roth, Roger Birnbaum, Irby Smith SCR Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Holly Goldberg Sloan (story by Richard Conlin; screenplay ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD [1951] by Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells) CAST Danny Glover, Tony Danza, Brenda Fricker, Ben Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew McConaughey, Dermot Mulroney, Adrien Brody (Danny Hemmerling)

NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994) DIR Oliver Stone PROD Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy, Clayton Townsend SCR Oliver Stone, David Veloz, Richard Rutowski (story by Quentin Tarantino) CAST Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Siezmore, Roger Means, Rodney Dangerfield, Adrien Brody (Cameraman, uncredited)

NOTHING TO LOSE (1995) DIR Eric Bross PROD Eric Bross, H.M. Coakley SCR Eric Bross, Tom Cudworth CAST Adrien Brody (Ray Diglovanni), Michael Gallagher, Sybil Temchen, Tony Gillan, James E. Moriarty, Lisa Roberts, Frank Vincent

SOLO (1996) DIR Norberto Barba PROD Joseph Newton Cohen, John Flock SCR David Corley (novel ‘Solo’ [1993] by Robert Mason) CAST Mario Van Peebles, William Sandler, Adrien Brody (Dr. Bill Stewart), Seidy Loez, Barry Corbin, Abraham Verduzco, Jaimie Gomez, Demian Bichir

BULLET (1996) DIR Julien Temple PROD John Flock SCR Eddie Cook [Mickey Rourke], Bruce Rubinstein CAST Mickey Rourke, Frank Senger, Adrien Brody (Ruby Stein), John Enos III, Ted Levine, Tupac Shakur

THE LAST TIME I COMMITTED SUICIDE (1997) DIR Stephen T. Kay PROD Edward Bates, Stephen Kay SCR Stephen Kay (letter by Neal Cassady) CAST Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody (Ben), John Doe, Claire Forlani, Jim Haynie, Marg Helgenberger, Lucinda Jenney

THE UNDERTAKER’S WEDDING (1997) DIR – SCR John Bradshaw PROD Nicolas Stiliadis CAST Adrien Brody (Mario Bellini), Kari Wuhrer, Burt Young, Jeff Wincott, Holly Gagnier, Nicholas Pasco, Darren Andrea

SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY (1997) DIR Adam Bernstein PROD Adam Bernstein, David Collins, Michael Naughton SCR Adam Bernstein, Marc Gerald (novel ‘Portrait Of A Young Man Drowning’ [1962] by Charles Perry) CAST Norman Reedus, Deborah Harry, Adrien Brody (Arnie Finklestein), Paul D’Amato, Holter Graham, Peter Appel, Kathy Lee Hart

RESTAURANT (1998) DIR Eric Bross PROD Eric Bross, H.M. Coakley, Shana Stein SCR Tom Cudworth CAST Adrien Brody (Chris Calloway), Elise Neal, David Moscow, Simon Baker-Danny, Catherine Kellner, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

THE THIN RED LINE (1998) DIR Terrence Malick PROD Robert Michael Geisler, Grant Hill, John Roberdeau SCR Terence Malick (novel ‘The Thin Red Line’ [1962] by James Jones) CAST Sean Penn, Adrien Brody (Corporal Fife), Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Nick Nolte, Elia Koteas, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Jared Leto, Dash Mohik, Tim Blake Nelson, John C. Reilly, John Savage, George Clooney, John Travolta

SUMMER OF SAM (1999) DIR Spike Lee PROD Spike Lee, John Kilik SCR Spike Lee, Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli CAST John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody (Richie), Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Anthony LaPlagia, Ben Gazzara, Bebe Neuwirth, John Savage, Spike Lee

OXYGEN (1999) DIR – SCR Richard Shepard PROD Richard Shepard, Mike Curb, Carole Curb Nemoy, Jonathan Stern CAST Adrien Brody (Harry), Maura Tierney, James Naughton, Laila Robins, Terry Kinney, Paul Calderon, Dylan Baker, Olek Krupa

LIBERTY HEIGHTS (1999) DIR – SCR Barry Levinson PROD Barry Levinson, Paula Weinstein CAST Adrien Brody (Van Kurtzman), Ben Foster, Orlando Jones, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna, Rebekah Johnson, David Krumholtz

BREAD AND ROSES (2000) DIR Ken Loach PROD Rebecca O’Brien SCR Paul Laverty CAST Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody (Sam Shapiro), Elpidia Carrillo, Jack McGee, Monica Rivas, Frank Davila, Lillian Hurst

HARRISON’S FLOWERS (2000) DIR Élie Chouraqui PROD Élie Chouraqui, Albert Cohen SCR Élie Chouraqui, Didier Le Pêcheur, Michael Katims (book ‘Le diable a l’avantage’ by Isabel Ellsen) CAST Andie McDowell, David Strathairn, Elias Koteas, Adrien Brody (Kyle Morris), Brendan Gleeson, Alun Armstrong, Diane Baker, Marie Trintignant, Gerard Butler

LOVE THE HARD WAY (2001) DIR Peter Sehr PROD Wolfram Tichy SCR Peter Sehr, Marie Noëlle (novel ‘Yi Ban Shi Huo Yan, Yi Ban Shi Hai Hui’ by Shuo Wang) CAST Adrien Brody (Jack Grace), Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier, Katherine Moenning

THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE (2001) DIR Charles Shyer PROD Charles Shyer, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Redmond Morris SCR John Sweet CAST Hilary Swank, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody (Count Nicolas De La Motte), Brian Cox, Joely Richardson, Christopher Walken, Hayden Panettiere

DUMMY (2002) DIR – SCR Greg Pritikin PROD Bob Fagan, Richard Temtchine CAST Adrien Brody (Steven), Milla Jovovich, Illeana Douglas, Vera Farmiga, Jessica Walter, Ron Leibman, Jared Harris

THE PIANIST (2002) DIR Roman Polanski PROD Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde, Robert Benmussa SCR Ronald Harwood (memoir ‘Smierc Miasta’ [1946] by Wladyslaw Szpilman) CAST Adrien Brody (Wladyslaw Szpilman), Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer

THE SINGING DETECTIVE (2003) DIR Keith Gordon PROD Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Steven Haft SCR Dennis Potter CAST Robert Downey, Jr., Robin Wright Penn, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Carla Gugino, Adrien Brody (First Hood), Jon Polito

THE VILLAGE (2004) DIR – SCR M. Night Shyamalan PROD M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer, Scott Rudin CAST Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody (Noah Percy), William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Bryce Dallas Howard, Brendan Gleason, Judy Greer

THE JACKET (2005) DIR John Maybury PROD George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Peter Guber SCR Massy Tadjedin (story by Tom Bleecker, Marc Rocco) CAST Adrien Brody (Jack Starks), Keira Knightley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel Craig, Kelly Lynch, Brad Renfo, Mackenzie Phillips

KING KONG (2005) DIR Peter Jackson PROD Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Jan Blenkin SCR Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens (story by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace) CAST Jack Black, Adrien Brody (Jack Driscoll), Naomi Watts, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Pake, Jamie Bell

HOLLYWOODLAND (2006) DIR Allen Coulter PROD Glenn Williamson SCR Paul Bernbaum CAST Adrien Brody (Louis Simo), Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Lois Smith, Robin Tunney, Larry Cedar, Jeffrey DeMunn, Caroline Dhavernas

THE DARJEELING LIMITED (2007) DIR Wes Anderson PROD Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Scott Rudin, Lydia Scott Pilcher SCR Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman CAST Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody (Peter), Anjelica Huston, Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky, Barbet Schroeder, Bill Murray

THE BROTHERS BLOOM (2008) DIR – SCR Rian Johnson PROD Ram Bergman, James D. Stern CAST Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody (Bloom), Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximillian Schell, Zachary Gordon, Max Records

CADILLAC REDORDS (2008) DIR – SCR Daniel Martin PROD Andrew Lack, Sofia Sondervan CAST Adrien Brody (Leonard Chess), Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the Entertainer, Columbus Short, Eamonn Walker

A MATADOR’S MISTRESS (2008) DIR – SCR Menno Meyjes PROD Andrés Vicente Gómez CAST Adrien Brody (Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez, a.k.a. ‘Manolete’), Penélope Cruz, Santiago Segura, Juan Echanove, Ann Mitchell, Joseph Linuesa

FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009, animated) DIR Wes Anderson PROD Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Allison Abbate, Jeremy Dawson SCR Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach (novel ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ [1970]  by Roald Dahl) CAST George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwatrzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody (Field Mouse, voice only)

GIALLO (2009) DIR Dario Argento PROD Adrien Brody, Rafael Primorac, Richard Rionda Del Castro SCR Dario Argento, Jim Agnew, Sean Keller CAST Adrien Brody (Inspector Enzo Avolfi / Giallo), Emmanuelle Seigner, Elsa Pataky, Robert Miano, Valentina Izumì, Sato Oi, Luis Molteni

SPLICE (2009) DIR Vincenzo Natali PROD Steven Hoban SCR Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, Doug Taylor (story by Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant) CAST Adrien Brody (Clive Nicoli), Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, Brandon McGibbon, Simona Maicanescu, David Hewlett, Abigail Chu

HIGH SCHOOL (2010) DIR John Stahlberg, Jr. PROD Arcadiy Golubovich, Raymond J. Markovich, Warren Zide SCR John Stahlberg, Jr., Erik Linthorst, Stephen Susco (story by John Stahlberg, Jr., Erik Linthorst) CAST Adrien Brody (Psycho Ed), Sean Marquette, Matt Busch, Colin Hanks, Adhir Kalyan, Michael Chiklis

PREDATORS (2010) DIR Nimród Antal PROD Elizabeth Avellán, John Davis, Robert Rodriguez SCR Alex Litvak, Michael Finch (characters created by Jim Thomas, John Thomas) CAST Adrien Brody (Royce), Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Louis Ozawa Chanchien

THE EXPERIMENT (2010) DIR Paul T. Scheuring PROD Marty Adelstein, Bill Johnson, Maggie Monteith, Scott Nemes, Dawn Parose SCR Paul T. Scheuring, (screenplay of DAS EXPERIMENT [2001] by Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstädt, Don Bohlinger; novel ‘Das Experiment’ [1999, a.k.a. ‘The Black Box’] by Mario Giordano) CAST Adrien Brody (Travis), Forest Whitaker, Cam Cigandet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Ethan Cohn, Fisher Stevens, Travis Fimmel, Maggie Grace

WRECKED (2010) DIR Michael Greenspan PROD Kyle Mann SCR Christopher Dodd CAST Adrien Brody (Man), Caroline Dhavernas, Ryan Robbins, Adrien G. Hughes, Adrian Holmes, Lloyd Adams, Mark McConchie, Jacob Blair

DETACHMENT (2011) DIR Tony Kaye PROD Carl Lund, Bingo Gubelman, Benji Kohn, Chris Papavasiliou, Greg Shapiro, Austin Clark EXEC PROD Adrien Brody SCR Carl Lund CAST Adrien Brody (Henry Barthes), Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Kendricks, Bryan Cranston, William Petersen, Tim Blake Nelson, Betty Kaye, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011) DIR – SCR Woody Allen PROD Letty Aronson, Jaume Roures, Stephen Tenenbaum CAST Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody (Salvador Dali), Mimi Kennedy, Carla Bruni

BACK TO 1942 (2012) DIR Xiaogang Feng PROD Sanping Han, Peter Lam, Guangquan Liu, Dai Song, Yiyang Wang, Zhongjun Wang SCR (memoir ‘Remembering 1942’ by Zhenyun Liu) CAST Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Li Xuejian, Zhang Hanyu, Fan Wein, Tim Robbins, Adrien Brody (Theodore Harold White)

INAPPROPRATE COMEDY (2013) DIR Vince Offer PROD Courtney Bingham, Ken Pringle, Robert B. Shapiro SCR Vince Offer, Ken Pringle, Ari Shaffir (additional dialogue by Adrien Brody, Christina Pazsitzky, Dante, John Ryan, Jr.) CAST Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, Adrien Brody (Flirty Harry), Lindsay Lohan, Ari Shaffir, Dante

THIRD PERSON (2013) DIR – SCR Paul Haggis PROD Paul Haggis, Paul Breuls, Michael Nozik CAST Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody (Scott), Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Moran Atias, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) DIR Wes Anderson PROD Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales SCR Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness; inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig) CAST Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody (Dmitri), Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwatzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban

AMERICAN HEIST (2014) DIR Sarik Andreasyan PROD Sarik Andreasyan, Govand Andreasyan, Tove Christensen, Georgy Malkov, Vladimir Poliakov SCR Paul Inglis CAST Adrien Brody (Frankie), Hayden Christensen, Aaron V. Williamson, Jordana Brewster, Laura Cayouette, Tory Kittles

TV MOVIES

HOME AT LAST (1988) DIR – TELEPLAY David Devries PROD Chris Brigham CAST Adrien Brody (Billy), Joel Savani, Tom Wees, Rod McCullough, William Duff-Griffin, Lanny Flaherty, Kenneth Freese

BULLET HEARTS (1996) CAST Adrien Brody (Chuckie Bragg), Rob Estes, Heather Graham, Leon, Roddy McDowall

HOUDINI (2014, mini-series) DIR Uli Edel PROD Ildiko Kemeny TELEPLAY Bernard C. Meyer, Nicholas Meyer CAST Adrien Brody (Harry Houdini), Kristen Connelly, Evan Jones, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Benedict Knight, Shaun Williamson