"Some lives are better written than others obviously. Some are pretty tragic."

Adrien Brody first grabbed moviegoers' attention at the 2003 Oscars, when he won Best Actor for 'The Pianist' and -- as a little reward to himself -- proceeded to plant a famously swooning kiss on presenter Halle Berry.

Since then, it's critics he's had swooning, with acclaimed performances in such diverse fare as 'King Kong' and 'Hollywoodland.' He impresses once again as the morally conflicted half of a conman duo out to relieve an eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz) of her fortune in 'The Brothers Bloom' (in theaters May 15), a quirky dramedy best described as 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' meets 'The Royal Tenenbaums.'

In an exclusive interview, Brody chats about bonding with on-screen bro Mark Ruffalo, praises Weisz for her no-holds-barred commitment to zaniness -- and addresses reports that he was almost the Joker in 'The Dark Knight.'

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