Greg Kinnear actually bailed on being an actor. Even though he performed in high school plays and hosted his own radio show as a teenager, when he started acting in college he decided it wasn’t for him. As Greg tells Marc, it felt like too much of a crap shoot. So he tried broadcast journalism instead, eventually hosting Talk Soup on the fledgling E! channel and Later on NBC. Greg explains how these gigs led him back to acting, and they discuss some of his best roles in As Good As It Gets, Auto Focus, Little Miss Sunshine, and his new movie Brian Banks. This episode is sponsored by Anchor (anchor.fm/maron), Good Boys from Universal Pictures, Capterra (capterra.com/WTF), and Google Fi.
After more than twenty years onscreen, with an Oscar nomination to his credit (for As Good as It Gets) Greg Kinnear has made his directing debut with a likable film called Phil, which opens in theaters and online this week. Leonard and Jessie ask him what inspired him to move behind the camera, and also touch on highlights of his career—from working opposite Jack Nicholson to playing JFK in a major TV miniseries. He’s got a lot of good movies under his belt, like You’ve Got Mail, Nurse Betty, Auto Focus, and Little Miss Sunshine, to name just a few…and a story to go with each one.
Join Kevin as he sits down with actor Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets, Little Miss Sunshine). Greg chats about the task of acting while directing, golfing with Jack Nicholson, and “if you win an Oscar, you pick up dinner.”
Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, As Good As It Gets) talks to Chris about his days on Talk Soup, how Greg went from cable to movies and spending his high school years abroad on a military base. They also talk about the time Greg was on The Larry Sanders Show with Tom Petty, being nominated for an Oscar and his new movie Same Kind of Different As Me!