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Wilson: New serious film was a 'challenge'

Wilson: New serious film was a 'challenge'
Luke Wilson, a cast member in the dramatic comedy motion picture "Henry Poole Is Here", attends the premiere of the film at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles on August 7, 2008. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Luke Wilson says his newest movie, "Henry Poole is Here," a drama about a depressed alcoholic, was a challenge for him.

The actor, who has appeared in less-serious movies such as "Old School" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," said playing a man who is forced to truly look at his troubled life after finding the face of Jesus Christ in a water stain was a stretch for him, the New York Post reported Sunday.

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"I feel like I've done dramas before, but nothing on the same scale as 'Henry Poole,'" Wilson said. "This was definitely more of a challenge."

Wilson said the film, which also stars George Lopez and Adriana Barraza, also forced him to rethink his acting approach.

"If you're doing a comedy, your goals are much clearer. You think, you want this scene to be funny," he told the Post. "Even if I'm playing the straight man, which I've done a lot, you're clear on what you're trying to do. With a drama, you have to go scene by scene and build the whole movie."

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