Now that James Murphy is leaving LCD Soundsystem behind (for at least the foreseeable future — these things seldom last forever), he'll probably have some more time on his hands. So when he's not being one of the big guys behind DFA records, Murphy can explore some new areas. Like acting! It turns out the affable front man has a role in an honest-to-god, Sundance-selected film, Tim Heidecker's The Comedy.
How will Murphy be spreading his thespian wings? Will he have to cut off his own arm? Undergo a brutal ballet regimen and make out with Mila Kunis? Look for his missing meth-dealer dad in the bleak landscape of the Ozarks? (My 2010 topical references, everyone! Stay tuned for my exciting think piece on the midterm elections.) Oh, no, he's kind of going to be playing himself:
"The film stars Tim Heidecker of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as a guy who "whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom." Murphy plays one of that group of hipsters. Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Heidecker's Tim and Eric partner Eric Wareheim, Richard Swift, and Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger) also appear in the film."
And, honestly, I am okay with that. Having seen Murphy on stage I know he's charismatic enough; I don't need him to go full Monster on us with his first foray into film. But also: random acts of recreational cruelty? I think I know what this calls for!