Nate Corddry is yet another talented actor to come from my home state of Massachusetts. You’ve seen him recently in the CBS show Mom, the hit film The Heat, with his brother Rob Corddry in Childrens Hospital and now you can see him in the absolutely fantastic film St. Vincent. Nate talks about working with Bill Murray, working on TV and if I’ll ever see more of Studio 60.
You have a small role in the new film St. Vincent, but have some funny scenes with Bill Murray. Is it even considered “work” when playing opposite Bill? How was working on that film? Nate Corddry, “It was certainly WORK. Maybe even MORE like work, because I had to squelch my inner fanboy and just do my job, and treat Bill as just another actor and a peer, when of course, that wasn’t the case. It was a bit of a dream come true to work with him. More than Belushi, more than Chevy Chase, more than any other SNL alum, Murray is by far my favorite.
“Working on the film was wonderful. Ted Melfi, the writer/director, created a very comfortable vibe on set, and everyone was at ease. Ted was a dream, and I hope I get another opportunity to work with him again. Only spent one day on set for this film, so would love more time with Ted. He’s great.”
You’ve done a lot of TV (Mom, United States of Tara, Harry‘s Law) and some movies, do you prefer TV and if so, what do you like about it more than shooting movies? Corddry, “I don’t really have a preference when it comes to which medium I’d rather work on. TV opportunities are certainly more available to me, but I’d love more film work. The great thing about TV work is that it’s steady, and if you’re lucky, you can work for several months in a row, which is almost unheard of in this town. To work steadily and to get a regular paycheck is amazing, so TV certainly has its perks. There are a lot of talented people working in film, of course, so I’d love more opportunities to work with people I haven’t met yet. Diversification in any career is important.”
Speaking of TV, I absolutely loved Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, tell me someone, somewhere is planning a Kickstarter like Veronica Mars to get it back up and running?! “There isn’t enough money in the world to make that happen. Too many people to pay and not enough people watched the show and liked it. We had subpar ratings throughout the season and it just cost way too much money to keep in production. Also, we weren’t exactly critically acclaimed. There was a bit of a Sorkin backlash with that show. We got murdered by the critics, and the average TV viewer didn’t care what happened behind the scenes of a TV show. It was the job of a lifetime, and I WISH it had gone longer and I was able to play that character for a few more seasons, but it was out of my hands,” Corddry explained.
I talked with Director Paul Feig and he compared the brothers in The Heat to the sisters in The Fighter. How fun was it working with Bill Burr and Joe McIntyre and having Jane Curtin as your mom? Corddry, “It was such a good time. Had a blast working on that movie. Everyone in that family is from Boston so we all knew what we had to do. And to actually shoot in Dorchester was so badass. Bill I didn’t know so it was great to work with him and get to know him. We share Red Sox season tickets together now, actually. Joe I had worked with before and we are good buddies. He’s the best. If you had told me when I was 13 that I’d be buddies with Joe Mac, I would have told you you were nuts. Jane Curtin was the sweetest, super funny, and TOTALLY down to tell SNL stories in the van rides to set. She was amazing. I just kept wanting to call her an ignorant slut. Glad I didn’t.”
You’ve worked with some really funny people, Bill Murray, Anna Faris, Melissa McCarthy, your brother Rob and the cast of Childrens Hospital, but who’s someone that others don’t realize is surprisingly funny? “Kathy Bates is hilarious. Super funny and a great presence on set. Allison Janney is laugh out loud funny. The rest of the folks I’ve worked with are traditional comedy peeps, so no surprises there on who is funny.”
You have Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and Ben and Casey Affleck, what can the Corddrys do to be the bigger set of Boston acting brothers? “I guess marrying celebrities help.”
What’s next for Nathan Corddry? What are you working on or have coming down the pipeline? “Just starting to record a new podcast for the Earwolf Network, based on a live show I do at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in LA. Very excited about that. A reading/written word podcast celebrating books and essays and authors, etc., etc., etc. Interviewing some great people, talking about stuff I really enjoy.
“Free of my contract at MOM so looking for new TV opportunities. Was lucky to do a play this past summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and would love to get back on stage, if I could. I want to be active in all 3 mediums.”
Make sure to check out St. Vincent, a film that will probably end up in my top 10 films of 2014. It’s in limited release, but opening wider soon.
You can follow Nate Corddry on Twitter here www.Twitter.com/ImNateCorddry
And me as well www.Twitter.com/Murraymaker