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The most talked-about person at Monday night’s Girl Most Likely screening didn’t even speak to reporters. Glee star Darren Criss turned up at the New York City event sporting a scruffy beard and wearing a black ribbon on his lapel, presumably to honor his former castmate and friend, Cory Monteith, who was found dead Saturday.
Criss, who still hasn’t commented on Monteith’s sudden death, smiled as he posed for photos with co-stars Kristen Wiig and Matt Dillon along with the film’s producers and directors before ducking into the screening without talking to reporters gathered along the press line.
In the film, Criss plays a music impersonator, and though co-director Robert Pulcini hadn’t seen much of Glee, he quickly became aware of Criss’ musical abilities.
“I found this interview with him that he did for Rolling Stone where he was basically sitting there with a guitar and answering all the questions musically, and I thought that was really charming, and he had this ease, and he just seemed perfect for this role,” Pulcini tells The Hollywood Reporter at the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers-hosted screening.
Wiig both stars in and produces the movie.
She said that whether she decides to take on both roles depends on the project.
“It all starts with the script, if it’s something that I really relate to or read it and I just fall in love with it,” she tells THR. “And sometimes when there are smaller movies, you have to get onboard and try to get financing. Maybe you’re the first to read it and no other cast members are onboard yet, you’re sort of involved in the developing of the film.”
The movie’s cast also includes Mickey Sumner, the daughter of Sting and producer Trudie Styler, who gushed that she was “very proud” of her daughter and added, “As a producer, I can say that she’s a total professional.”
“I’ve always felt that there was room for independent films, smaller films — more specific, art-house-type films in the summer,” he tells THR. “But everybody gets sort of intimidated by the big studio releases.”
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