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Married sitcoms stars get 'Smashed' at Sundance

Published January 22, 2012 12:30 am
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Sitcom stars/married couple Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace," "Breaking In") and Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") are taking time out from the TV shows to attend the opening weekend of Sundance. And they couldn't be happier about it.

"We can only go for the weekend because we're both working, but I'm excited. Whoo!" Mullally said. Mullally and Offerman both have roles in "Smashed," which is entered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. "It's loosely based on 'The Days of Wine and Roses,'" she said.

"Smashed" stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad," "Big Love") as a young married couple "who are very happy, but their marriage is based on their consumption of alcohol," Mullally said. "And at a certain point, the wife decides that she's going to clean up her act because she's having trouble functioning in her job as a schoolteacher."

"I play the principal at the school. And Nick plays the vice principal," she said with a laugh. So they kind of work together. But not really. "We don't really have any scenes together," Mullally said. "We sort of pass each other in the hall. We're like two actors passing in the night.

And they'd like to find something that they could spend more time onscreen together. "Maybe something for Sundance," Mullally said. "We love working together. It's very easy for us to collaborate. It's a blast."

"The funnest things we've done, obviously, were the Ron and Tammy episodes [of 'Parks and Recreation']. Maybe something like that. Only dramatic."

— Scott D. Pierce




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