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Albert Brooks is not playing for laughs

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ALBERT BROOKS has a very long record of playing movie roles for laughs. Not in his newest role, however, and thereby hangs a tale. Mo Rocca has a Sunday Profile:

Albert Brooks kills in his latest film, “Drive,” and not in the knock-’em-dead funny kind of way.

“Well, I’d wanted to play a part that was different from something I’ve played before for a while,” Brooks said. “I didn’t put out on the casting call, ‘Want to kill.'”

Turns out Albert Brooks … who’s made us laugh for 40 years … can be a really good bad guy, too.

“Drive” is a neo-noir crime drama, with Ryan Gosling as a solitary wheelman, and Brooks as small-time mobster Bernie Rose. Film critics from New York to San Francisco named Brooks Best Supporting Actor, and he’s been nominated for a Golden Globe.

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