Between them, they have seven Emmys, two Oscars, two Tonys and a Grammy Award. Now, these two powerhouses team up for the first time to play very unique detectives in the new film "I Heart Huckabees."
They discussed their roles with The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
The movie can be described as a comedy about -- what it's all about!
Convinced that a series of coincidences involving a doorman hold some secret to life's largest riddles, Albert Markovski (played by Jason Schwartzman) seeks the help of a detective agency unlike any other -- which leads him down a path that questions the essence of existence itself.
In an attempt to ferret out the meaning of these flukes, he consults Bernard and Vivian Jaffe (Hoffman and Tomlin), existential detectives, a pair of married metaphysicians who fearlessly investigate the mysteries at the core of their clients' secret innermost lives.
When on a case, these two follow their clients around closely, observe their daily activities, query their friends and employers and intently examine the lives they lead.
Existential detectives seek the solutions to the most persistent mystery of all -- the one that lies at the core of reality and existence itself -- which means their investigations can get a little tricky.
Hoffman tells Smith the idea of existential detectives makes sense: "The amount of people on Prozac, let's say, in this country, they say you can tell by the pharmaceutical numbers that it's higher than people admit, or valium, plus the number of people in therapy, you know? If you combine that, the idea that before you can help someone with their neurosis or with their depression or whatever, you have to analyze what life means to them.
"And that's what an exessential detective is. In other words, if we had our druthers, wouldn't you love to have someone following you around and interpreting how you respond to (your unique life)?"
Tomlin observes that the existential detectives in the movie believe life does, in fact, have meaning "and that it's benign and collective and connected and worth pursuing. And worth living and enjoying and being in."
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