Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

D.A. Grad on the Road and in Theaters

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

D.A. Grad on the Road and in Theaters

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Byline: Matt Soergel

It was almost midnight, and Patrick Heusinger had just gotten off work, but over the phone he still sounded cheery and enthusiastic. And why not? You would too if, as part of your work duties, you get to tell someone that their mother was a hamster and their father smelt of elderberries.

Heusinger, a Jacksonville native and 1999 graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, is in a touring production of Monty Python's Spamalot, playing the roles of Hank Azaria in the Broadway version and many that John Cleese originated in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. That includes Sir Lancelot, Tim the Enchanter, one of the Knights of Ni and, of course, the taunting French guard.

His favorite taunt? "Clearly, 'I fart in your general direction.' That and 'Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.' "

Spamalot was in Florida for the past few weeks but, as you might have figured, it won't make it to Jacksonville on this tour. But you can still see Heusinger, starting today, in Sweet Land, an independent movie that opens at AMC Regency. And in April, he'll be on screen (briefly) in a speaking role with Scarlett Johansson in The Nanny Diaries. ("It's literally two seconds," says Heusinger. "It's like - ah, there goes Patrick.")

Sweet Land, an accomplished film with stars such as Elizabeth Reaser, Lois Smith, John Heard, Ned Beatty and Alan Cumming, gives him a meatier role.

And the filmmaker, Ali Selim, gave him prominent billing on the poster: "Introducing Patrick Heusinger," it says. "He called me up and said, 'I did something for you. One day I want you to do a movie for me when I can't afford you.' "

Still, the film's distributor later asked Selim to take Heusinger's name out of the ads - people don't know who he is, after all, and he's not going to sell any tickets.

For now, anyway. …

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