Bradley Whitford ’81 to come to campus

By A.N. Kini ‘13 [Bradley Whitford '81]

Emmy Award winning actor and alumni-elected trustee Bradley Whitford ’81 stars in ABC’s Trophy Wife and the upcoming film, Midnight Rider. At Wesleyan, Bradley majored in English and Theater. He then went on to study drama at the Juilliard School. Bradley will be on campus on March 1, where he will deliver closing remarks for Connect@WES. Register by Feb. 21

The following is from "22 reasons to watch Trophy Wife" on Yahoo! TV:

1.It’s really not about a trophy wife at all. Seriously. Pete (Bradley Whitford) is on wife No. 3, but Kate (Malin Akerman) is far from just being arm candy. And there are very obvious reasons why his first two marriages didn't work: First wife Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) was too much of a drill sargeant, and second wife Jackie (Michaela Watkins) was the complete opposite and a total free spirit. Kate is like his Goldilocks — he finally found the perfect fit. Now they just have to figure out the new dynamics.

10. The adult stars kind of all act like old married couples in real life. "Marcia will walk in and see the background actors for the day and say, 'Has Brad told you about his days on 'The West Wing'?," Madison said in her best Marcia Gay Harden voice. "And then Brad's like, 'Oh, has Marcia told you about the time she won the Oscar? That one time?' They go back and forth, and it is hysterical." (Whitford also mooned Harden while Yahoo TV was interviewing her, so... yeah.)

18. And Bradley Whitford is getting a solo performance soon. "I dig pretty deep in the wedding episode to sing a very emotional rendition of a Bangles song," Whitford revealed. Has to be "Eternal Flame," right? "Yeah. You know that song? Well, I think you're gonna hear it again for the first time. The wedding episode is going to be fun."

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Bradley will also star as Michael Lehman in Midnight Rider, an adaptation of Gregg Allman's biography My Cross to Bear, according to this article in Cinema Blend:

Randall Miller’s upcoming Midnight Rider, an adaptation of Gregg Allman’s biography My Cross to Bear, is the only music biopic that 2014 needs, and the final casting choices are being made as it heads into production. The latest three actors to join the band are Bradley Whitford, Eliza Dushku and Joel David Moore, who join William Hurt, Tyson Ritter and Wyatt Russell, among others. I never thought of any of these people when the project was first announced, but I’m going for it.

Hurt will play Allman in his mid-60s, as he comes to the realization that he has to give up the lifestyle he’d grown so accustomed to, or he wouldn’t be around to enjoy it for much longer. This is where Whitford comes in as Michael Lehman, the current manager whom the rocker credits with helping that life change turn into a reality. I want to know what alcohol companies will be on hand lending their name to the boozing that will no doubt occur.

Whitford has been all over the place in the last couple of years, and has had a string of true story films, starring as Nicky Gant with Moore as Joey Ramone in Miller’s 2013 film CBGB and playing Don Dagradi in Saving Mr. Banks. He can currently be seen on Drunk History repeats and on ABC’s Trophy Wife.

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