Rainn Wilson can do so much more than just comedy. Want proof? The actor (best known for playing the militant nerd Dwight Schrute on 'The Office') is garnering buzz for his role as a pill-popping, emotionally unavailable father in 'Hesher.'
The film premiered at Sundance over a year ago, and is just now starting to creep into theaters across North America in limited release. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('Inception,' '(500) Days of Summer') as the titular character, a moody metalhead who befriends T.J. (Devin Brochu, 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'), a young boy being raised by his grieving father Paul (Wilson) following the death of his mother.
Hesher's questionable mentorship of T.J. sparks the concern of a local grocery clerk played by Natalie Portman, who steps in to shield the young boy from Hesher's negative influence. As Hesher and T.J. spend more time together, Paul falls into a deeper funk on his mother's couch. (Yes, he lives with his mother.)