After years in the wilderness, the actor had a juiced-up turning as Robert Kardashian in The People v OJ Simpson and now hes back with Feed the Beast
Friends has, for the most part, sent its starrings down distinct, easily defined routes. Jennifer Aniston is a star. Matthew Perry will play the quirky, quippy lead in mediocre sitcoms until he dies or get bored, and Courteney Cox will draw eyeballs on TV when she wants to( though shes taking a justified break after the end of Cougar Town ). Matt LeBlanc bounced around for a while( Episodes comes to an end next year) and is now hosting Top Gear. Lisa Kudrow continues to do weird, beautiful projects that get prematurely cancelled( The Comeback ).
But David Schwimmer has had, perhaps, the oddest, quietest career and after a few years of doing apparently very little, hes returned to TV with a pair of high-profile roles in FXs OJ Simpson drama and now in his own vehicle, Feed the Beast. Whisper it, but after the McConaissance( Matthew McConaughey) and the Reesening( Reese Witherspoon ), the Schwimmnaissance is ultimately here, and its been overdue.
Besides some theater work, Schwimmers big move after the end of Friends was providing the voice of Melman the giraffe in Madagascar. In an interview, Schwimmer explains why he was cast as Melman by describing the character as neurotic, and a hypochondriac, and paranoid. Then, jokingly recognise his affinity with the character, Schwimmer swivels his head around as if hunting for the person who tricked him into being complicit in his own typecasting.
Many of his other TV roles have boiled down to similar caricature, like an extended bit playing himself in the fourth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, where Schwimmer is brought in to replace his Madagascar co-star Ben Stiller as Leo Bloom in a production of The Producers in which Larry plays Bialystock.( Schwimmer mostly exists to fight with Larry about the cashew-raisin ratio in a bag of mixed nuts .) This seems ridiculous with hour, as Stiller has remained a huge star, but it wasnt so out of the question at the time Curbs fourth season aired in 2004, the same year Friends went off the air.
However, Schwimmers best post-Friends performances are largely against-type. As struggling performer Jared-turned eco-icon Greenzo on 30 Rock, hes an out-and-out asshole, rather than the asshole who thinks hes the nicest guy in the world. And the dramatic pinnacle of his career is a turn in Band of Friend as the small-minded, petty Captain Sobel, where Schwimmers capacity for resentment received a full outlet. But roles like this didnt keep up, or at least Schwimmer didnt keep taking them. Add that to the internets hatred for Ross Geller, and it seems clear: Schwimmer is a character performer trapped by the reputation accrued in a mistaken leading role.
So it induces sense that he turned to directing, though this didnt prove a much better option. Take his debut: Run Fatboy Run, a Simon Pegg vehicle about a cowardly man who leaves his pregnant fiancee at the altar, then wins her back by operating really hard. The script is instead bleak, and it would be easy to imagine a version of the movie that underlines the absurdity of the whole premise. But Schwimmer directs Run Fatboy Run as a altogether straight, inspirational narrative without only a hint of the misanthropy and surrealism the material seems to demand.
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