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Breakthrough Performer: Chris Messina

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the most intriguing independent films of the summer were written by the actresses who star in them, and both movies feature an actor I’ve admired for a while, Chris Messina.  in “Ruby Sparks,” he plays the brother of lead Paul Dano and in “Celeste and Jesse Forever” he plays a possible new love interest for the lead character played by co-screenwriter Rashida Jones.  Messina is perhaps most familiar from his role as the husband of the Amy Adams character in Julie & Julia and he also appeared on the Glenn Close television series, “Damages” as a traumatized employee of a government contractor working in Afghanistan.  He has a featured role in the new HBO series from Aaron Sorkin, “Newsroom,” as a network executive.  He is an actor of exceptional range and appeal.

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I’ve been a fan of Messina’s since the underrated gem, Ira & Abby.

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And I’m looking forward to seeing “The Giant Mechanical Man,” which was featured at Tribeca, and whatever else he has in the pipeline.

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