In two separate projects airing in December on HBO Canada and the Movie Network the charming comedian plays a fish out of water; men whose lives have been turned upside down.
In the improvised series Family Tree he’s the thirty-something Tom Chadwick. Recovering from getting fired and being dumped, he inherits a mysterious box of “bits and bobs” from a dead great aunt. Among the old photos and clothing are hints to his genealogy. “It peaks his interest,” says O’Dowd, “and he has so much time on his hands he decides to explore his family tree.”
Directed by mockumentary master Christopher Guest, and co-starring a cast of comedy vets like Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr. and Fred Willard, it’s a lighthearted look at Tom’s journey, from England to California, in pursuit of his roots and life’s meaning.
The movie The Sapphires sees O’Dowd on a different trip…
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