Jemaine Clement in Gentlemen BroncosTalking to Jemaine Clement the man is a whole lot like talking to the character -- named, not surprisingly, Jemaine -- he's best known for playing on HBO's 'Flight of the Conchords.' The New Zealand-born actor-comedian-musician is deadpan funny, completely unself-conscious and refreshingly modest. So it's nice to see such a genuine guy nabbing some meaty big-screen roles, as Jemaine has done with his turn in 'Gentleman Broncos,' the bizarre new comedy (now in theaters) from 'Napoleon Dynamite' director Jared Hess.

Clement plays Dr. Ronald Chevalier, a legendary science fiction novelist with a hilarious accent -- we think it's half French and half, well, we don't know what the hell the other half is -- and a serious case of writer's block. Desperate for a hit, he pilfers the work of one of his biggest fans, a home-schooled teenager played by Michael Angarano. Hilarity -- as well as explosive snake pooping and Sam Rockwell as a transvestite space explorer -- ensues.

On the eve of his biggest big-screen role to date, Clement chats with us about the evolution of his accent, the possibility of a 'Conchords' movie, his apparent Milla Jovovich crush ... and his early days as a pitchman for Outback Steakhouse.
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