Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby made his name with books like High Fidelity and About A Boy. His new novel, Funny Girl is about a British actress starring in a 1960s sitcom. Hornby talks with Jesse about old TV comedy, personal ambition and sitting on a couch next to Adam Sandler. Later, character actor Luis Guzmán tells about the role that changed his life, Pachanga in Carlito’s Way. Plus Jesse enthuses about the 1995 film noir, Devil in a Blue Dress, explaining why it’s so important that Easy Rawlins is “buying in”. Show notes
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Louis Theroux is an author and television host. His new book, "The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures." He's been reporting on fringe groups and subcultures since he started in television, on the Michael Moore series TV Nation.
In the 1990s, he hosted the series "Weird Weekends," which ran in the United States on the Bravo network. More recently, he's hosted the UK-only series "When Louis Met...", a series of long-form documentaries which investigates some of the odder corners of celebrity culture. His work is often distinguished by a very strong sense of empathy towards his subjects, which has sometimes been interpreted as manipulation for the purpose of mockery, particularly given the generally light tone of his work.
In his new book, Louis rekindles some of the relationships he'd formed in his first television series, and investigates how his subjects have changed and how the nation has changed around them.
Louis himself is half American -- his father is the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux.