Steve Buscemi has always loved doing comedies versus dramas. As a child, he was more drawn to films that made him laugh, but his career has more focused on the dramatic. That’s OK, but one can see why Buscemi jumped at the chance to star opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
“I’ve always loved comedy. Growing up it was the comedies that I responded to. I don’t know why it turned out that when I started acting, I started getting a certain kind of role that I never saw myself in when I was growing up,” Buscemi told Movie Fanatic in Las Vegas recently.
He is no stranger to comedy, the actor starred in a handful of Adam Sandler movies, and of course the crime comedy The Big Lebowski. But those roles are pale compared to his dramatic work.
When the call came for him to play Carell’s magician sidekick Anton, he leapt at the chance. “I love when I get the opportunity to play a role like Anton where I can dive in and work with Steve, Jim (Carrey) and Olivia (Wilde). How can I not do this movie? When I read the script, I thought, ‘Thank God! This is the kind of stuff that I really love to do,'" Buscemi said.
“I hope to do more, but I’m just grateful that I got to do this.”
When asked which of the scenes in the comedy was the most enjoyable, he did not hesitate. Hint: It’s in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone trailer.
“To me, one of the fun things about the movie was the dancing that Steve and I did. I was just following Steve’s lead. It was so much fun,” Buscemi said.
Even though their boss, as played by James Gandolfini, begs them to change up their routine, Anton and Burt keep doing that little dance.
“These guys probably discovered it in the show and probably just kept with it. This is what works. They probably don’t even think about it. For us, it was so much fun to work out that stuff.”
The most compelling aspect of the entire film, Buscemi believes, is not necessarily what you would think.
“You know, for me it's the characters,” he admitted. “These guys (Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley) wrote a really funny story but with characters that I find really compelling and very funny. I'm just so happy to be in it.”
And we, for one, hope Buscemi gets his wish to appear in more comedies! Because as we stated in our The Incredible Burt Wonderstone review, Buscemi kills it with comedy.