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O’Dowd Trades Laughter for Tears

Chris O'Dowd.

By Tom Deignan, Columnist
June / July 2018

Roscommon native Chris O’Dowd is moving beyond his comedy roots. April saw the release (in select theaters and also streaming on-demand) of Love After Love, a drama about a family dealing with a terrible loss. O’Dowd plays Nicholas, whose father’s death shatters not only his own life but that of his mother (Andie MacDowell) and brother (James Adomian). As Nicholas struggles to keep his immediate family together, he ignores severe warning signs in his own romantic life. The New York Times hailed this “unflinching debut feature from [director] Russ Harbaugh,” and added that the film “delivers something rarely seen in American movies: a warts-and-all examination of extended grief.”

In August, O’Dowd returns to the somewhat more familiar turf of comedy-drama, in the film Juliet, Naked, based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. Juliet, Naked – which debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival – stars Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke alongside O’Dowd, and is about a love triangle that develops between the three. ♦

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