Kline won two Tonys when he made his film debut in 1982 as the enigmatic Nathan Landau in Alan J. Pakula’s “Sophie’s Choice”. After that, he quickly established himself as a warm and friendly man in “The Big Chill,” “Silverado,” and “Cry Freedom.” He comes across as the ideal suburban father, the kind nerd, the short-limbed Atticus Finch.
For those not familiar with Kline’s Broadway shows, his going wild in “A Fish Called Wanda” came as something of a surprise. Otto is a madman from frame one. He is happy non-stop. This is not the Kevin Kline that audiences fell in love with quickly.
Not only does Kline possess the ability to play a lunatic like Otto, but he’s not sure he can pull it off right now. As John Cleese, the star of the film, who also wrote the screenplay for it, said in oral history for Vanity Fair:
“Kevin has done some extraordinary things. But in the end, he’s always standing there, the epitome of indecision, trying to figure out if he’s doing the right thing. I don’t think he is. he used to do Let’s get him really happy. There’s always a doubtful expression on his face. He’ll just stand there in pain. And you’ll get used to it after a while. .”
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