In the immortal words of Blues Traveler, “The hook brings you back” — and the hook of Rian Johnson’s “Poker Face” is Natasha Lyonne and Benjamin Bratt.
Lyonne plays the charmingly irreverent Charlie Cale (who she describes as more “Big Lebowski” than “Russian Doll”) in the murder-mystery “howcatchem” born out of her conversations with Johnson and executed as a mix of their voices. Bratt plays the menacing Cliff LeGrand, tasked with hunting her down and bringing her back to Sterling Frost (Ron Perlman). Charlie spends the 10-episode series on the run, solving murders all over the nation while dodging Cliff’s clutches, only to land in the crossfire between him and Sterling during the finale.
“I was blown away,” Bratt said of the experience of reading the finale and learning more about his character. “Cliff all of a sudden became this really idiosyncratic, bizarre weirdo. Yes, he’s dangerous, and yes, he’s good at his job, but he’s also got some some peculiar interests, I would say.”
Bratt and Lyonne sat down together as part of IndieWire’s Spotlight series to chat about their characters, delight in their friendship, and effusively praise Johnson’s creativity and intelligence. Their favorite scenes together included Charlie’s coffee-fueled Episode 1 monologue, Episode 4’s mosh pit, and the below-deck boat fight in Episode 10.
“It’s very helpful to be like a director, writer, producer-type person because you have so much more empathy for yourself as you’re embarrassing yourself,” Lyonne said. “Like when the dick ring doesn’t work and it keeps turning off and the entire crew has to surround you to like, trade out your dick ring, you just have a little bit more empathy for the process.”
Bratt had nothing but praise for Lyonne as both performer and person, pointing to her “patter, the inherent intelligence, the wit, the kind of offhanded humor that comes about” as he got to know her.
“Rian comes with a very specific tone and even cinematic vision of what he wants to execute, and he’s pretty final about that, I think always to a pretty spectacular end,” Bratt said. “He put all that in a page that’s kind of a happy marriage between this totally unique character and the person I’ve come to love… so he is now officially a magician.”
In true “Poker Face”-fashion, both Charlie and Cliff face unexpected twists in the finale, setting up the upcoming second season and showcasing Johnson’s razor-sharp writing. Every chase needs a killer antagonist, and Bratt got to develop his incrementally throughout the season, finally going toe-to-toe with Charlie.
“Ultimately, we’re characters who are circumstantially antagonistic, but who actually have respect for each other,” Lyonne said. “It almost felt to me like there was this genuine moment in the end where maybe they actually were just going to fucking run off — not like start a romance, but just more like, ‘We can get out of this together.’”
No detailed spoilers, but that’s not exactly what happens. Charlie and Cliff might not be out of it, but “Poker Face” viewers can look forward to the hook when the series returns.
Watch the full Awards Spotlight conversation between Bratt and Lyonne in the video above.
By: Proma Khosla
Title: How Natasha Lyonne and Benjamin Bratt Went Beyond Cat-and-Mouse in ‘Poker Face’
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Published Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2023 19:30:00 +0000
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Title: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Star Hattie McDaniel’s Missing Oscar to Be Replaced
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NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes
NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes – originally posted on Sportslens.com
For the second time in three weeks, the Miami Dolphins put on a historic offensive showing on Sunday. They scored the 3rd most points in NFL history against the Broncos, even forfeiting a chance at breaking the record of 73. It was a well-rounded effort that thrived in both the rushing and passing attacks, and it has quarterback Tua Tagovailoa all by himself when it comes to the favorite to win the NFL’s MVP award.
Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Overall Favorite For NFL MVP
Tua is on pace for:
5,600 passing yards
MVP. #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/Of98mwvs3M
— 𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙨 (@FinsPhanatics) September 25, 2023
The award was Patrick Mahomes’ to lose. The Chiefs quarterback is the reigning MVP of the NFL, and he entered the season with the shortest odds to repeat (+600). He was the outright favorite, but trailing close behind were guys like Josh Allen and Joe Burrow. Mahomes and the Chiefs got out to a rough start in Week 1, as did the other MVP candidates.
But not Tagovailoa. His 466 yard, 3 touchdown performance vaulted him to the top of the leader board, where he took a share of the lead with Mahomes at +650 going into Week 2. Tua’s performance against the Patriots in the second game was solid enough to keep him near the top, but the top of the leaderboard was cluttered heading into Week 3.
The clutter is gone. Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to their historic 70 point day, completing 89% of his passes en route to 309 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He achieved those numbers in just three quarters of play, and the oddsmakers at the sports books have taken notice.
Big Test For Tagovailoa And Miami In Week 4
Tua Tagovailoa ranks this season
Wins 3 t-1st
Pass Rating 121.9 1st
TD/att. 7.9% 1st
Yards/att. 10.1 1st
Yards/comp. 14.2 1st
he’s doing it again, you guys pic.twitter.com/9RscVnwqDu
— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) September 25, 2023
As of Monday morning, Tagovailoa was listed as the heavy favorite to win the NFL MVP award, coming in at +400, the shortest of any MVP odds so far this season. Mahomes was listed at +700 at the time of writing, though that number is subject to heavy change. The public will believe that Mahomes will eventually win the MVP award until it is firmly taken out of his grasp, and the more that they bet on him with longer odds, the more his number will come down.
Will it last? Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will face their biggest test of the young season this coming Sunday, as they travel to Buffalo to face the division rival Bills. They have had one of the top-2 defenses in the league through the first three games, and are familiar with Tua and the Dolphins, having played against them three times last year.
The Bills are currently 2.5 point favorites for Sunday’s game.
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By: Anthony R. Cardenas
Title: NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes
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