What we have here is one of Edward Norton’s more unusual choices, but then, almost every Ed Norton choice is unusual. In Leaves of Grass, he plays two twin brothers — one an Ivy League professor, the other a drug-dealing, hillbilly pothead fuckup who hatches a scheme and draws his straight-laced sibling into it. I’ll admit that Norton is not always in great movies, but Norton is great in every movie he’s in. He’s one of the greatest actors of our generation, and it’s pretty cool to see him working on a comedy. Under normal circumstances, gimmicks like playing identical twins can be really annoying, but then again, it’s a gimmick that’s usually used by either Jean Claude Van Damme (seriously, how many twin brother movies has he made) or some sort of Wayans Brothers-esque shitshow. This one, I’m actually pretty excited for.
Leaves of Grass is as of yet unsold and homeless, unfortunately. I’m sure it’ll find a distributor soon enough — it’s got too much pedigree not to. It also stars Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Keri Russell, and Tim Blake Nelson. Nelson, another great actor, actually wrote and directed the film as well, and I have to say there’s something deliciously sacrilegious about naming a wacky pot movie after a Walt Whitman collection of poetry.
In any event, here’s the trailer. Enjoy Edward Norton and Edward Norton.
(h/t to Film School Rejects)