New Directions for Adam Brody

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Boaz Yakin’sDeath in Love” was greeted with downright hostility when it opened at the Sundance Festival. The drama, dealing with a woman who survived the Holocaust by having sex with a Nazi concentration camp doctor – and how her ruined psyche affected her now-grown sons — also garnered some raves, particularly for the performances of Josh Lucas, Lukas Haas, Jacqueline Bisset and Adam Brody. Now it’s going into limited release tomorrow (7/17).

“I love a good, interesting movie with good, interesting choices. I’d rather be in an interesting failure than a generic copy of a copy of a copy,” declares Brody. The one-time “The O.C.” actor tells us he had “no trepidations, not in the least” about getting involved in the upsetting, graphic film.

“From the first page, Boaz is such a smart guy and he’s throwing so many ideas at you, the writing gets to you,” he says. “For me, it was a classic New York indie film experience …I feel I get off really easy. Everyone else has to weep and/or disrobe. I’m the only one smiling in the movie,” he notes.

It’s a far cry from his famous Seth Cohen TV character, as in “Death in Love” his and Lucas’ characters “have a whole homo erotic thing going on with my teaching him to dance and so on. It would only have been uncomfortable if he’d been an a—hole, but he wasn’t at all.”

Brody’s back on the scene in a big way this year. He’s currently shooting the Kevin Smith comedy, “A Couple of Dicks” with Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Jason Lee and Michelle Trachtenberg. He also has the Diablo Cody-penned horror film “Jennifer’s Body,” opening in September. It stars Megan Fox as a possessed high school cheerleader on a killing rampage against men. For Adam, “It’s definitely the darkest character I’ve played. I’m a psychopath in ‘Jennifer’s Body’ – confident and dare I say a little sexual.” Does he weep or disrobe in that one? “No,” he replies, “but I do have a graphic thing I’m not going to talk about yet.”

with reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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