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Jemaine Clement: New Zealand’s Finest Import

This is a post with links to an article I wrote about Flight of the Conchord‘s Jemaine Clement for I interviewed Clement by phone at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival after seeing him in the US premiere of Eagle vs Shark (New Zealand’s answer to Napoleon Dynamite). This was just before Flight of the Conchords came out on HBO. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

In Eagle vs. Shark, New Zealand’s latest cinematic export (nationwide from June 29th), Jemaine Clement plays Jarrod, possibly the nerdiest anti-hero since, well, since “Napoleon Dynamite.”

The comparison is an obvious one but Jarrod isn’t simply a carbon copy of Napoleon D. He’s more Napoleon Mach 2 than Napoleon Redux. He’s more settled in his nerdiness, happier with his inner geek, and with a lot more chest hair. As a result he’s a lot sexier, a lot darker and mysterious, and a lot more ready for the kind of romantic comedy that writer/director Taika Waititi thrusts upon him.

Read the full article here.

Movie Poster for Eagle vs Shark

HBO Poster for 2nd Season of Flight of the Conchords

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