Best of Seattle: New Movie Star

Opening here August 22 at the Guild 45th and Lincoln Square, the indie road-trip movie Land Ho! has already received strong notices. The New York Times calls the comedy, about two divorced older gents visiting Iceland, “delightful,” and the Village Voice’s Amy Nicholson had special praise for Paul Eenhoorn, writing, “He holds the screen with an unassuming humility, the kind of power Fred MacMurray used to have. He plays his crank with the affectionate, tough, self-mocking tone of a skeptic reluctantly pounding the bongos at a drum circle.” And here’s the kicker: Eenhoorn, dialing down his native accent in the film, is a veteran Australian actor who’s been based in Bellevue for the past 14 years since marrying a Northwest woman. And finally, after years in the trenches, he’s got his breakout role in this indie treat for the AARP set—first a hit at Sundance and now clicking nicely with the same demo that made The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a long-running success. When I spoke recently to Eenhoorn—with more of our conversation to follow in two weeks—he was still stunned by Land Ho! ’s good fortune. “It’s a fucking miracle” to get into theaters, he says. “It’s nice to be appreciated.”

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