Payne gets Dern to rein in the familiar tropes, working with the echoes of previous roles to create a character more afflicted by melancholia than madness. He plays Woody Grant, a crotchety, senile old drunk mired in Billings, Montana, who becomes convinced that he will be the recipient of a $1m sweepstakes prize if he can just get himself to Lincoln, Nebraska.
Bruce Dern, a best actor prize at Cannes.
Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Dern, June Squibb,
Stacy Keach, Will Forte