Ed Helms Discusses Being the Lead in Cedar Rapids, Plus 3 New Preview Clips
Posted 01.25.11 by Ryan
The indie comedy Cedar Rapids is doing the rounds at Sundance, which has given Ed Helms the opportunity to talk about the movie and debate ReelzChannel about whether Sigourney Weaver's character is a "cougar" in the movie. Helms, known for his roles in the TV series The Office and last year's hit comedy The Hangover, finds himself in his first lead role, and says that it's weird being in "an Ed Helms movie".
It's incredibly exciting and daunting. The insecurity kicks in. "Well, how's the movie gonna do? How's this gonna affect me in terms of the work I can get later? Will people give me a chance to carry movies?" All of these bulls**t career questions start swirling around. But I'm just really proud of the movie. The people that I care about and whose opinions mean a lot to me, are liking it, and that's all I can hope for.
Helms plays a Midwestern insurance salesman who heads to an insurance convention in the big city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the movie. "I think it's a real and poignant look at a real stunted man who has found a lot of self-protective mechanisms that have kept him in a very sheltered state," Helms said.
Helms' description of his character is evident in new clips just released. In the first Helms climbs a rock wall only to freak out when John C. Reilly points out how far he's climbed.
In the next clip, Helms is talking to Weaver as he checks into his hotel room, only to find Isiah Whitlock Jr. already inside.
In the final clip, Helms does shots with Reilly, Whitlock Jr., and Anne Heche.
Cedar Rapids was written by Phil Johnston, and was produced by Alexander Payne (Sideways) and directed by Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt). The movie opens February 11.