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Josh Hartnett is my new favorite. He’s tall, sensitive, thoughtful and has a soft spot for his past loves (just like me, ha ha).

When we are introduced at NYC’s Tribeca Grand Hotel during Cinema Society’s August premiere, Josh and I exchange “nice to meet you” pleasantries.  

The affable actor plays an aggressive dot-com entrepreneur fighting a downward spiral both personally and professionally in August, which is in select theaters now.

How does he compare to his character?

“Have you seen the film?” he asks me. Not yet, but Susan Sarandon is in the theater waiting to watch it.  

“I’m not very much like him, but I understand where he’s coming from,” Josh tells me. “How things can just start slipping and you let your idea of yourself get in the way of what you need in life. You just push until your wheels are coming off, not to mix too many metaphors. But he’s falling apart and everybody can relate to that. At one point or another, everybody feels that self-destructive pull. And I look a lot like him.”

He adds, “I am incredibly ambitious, but I think my ambitions lie some in work and some in my personal life, you know? I kind of try and work hard at both. I work hard at playing hard sometimes.”

Hm, speaking of personal life, has he congratulated Scarlett Johansson on her engagement? He looks at me expressionless, and lets his handler do the talking.

Onto the next one!

How did Josh and Adam Scott, who plays his brother, bond?

“We talked about whatever for a few days,” Adam tells me. “It was good. It set us at ease with each other. We went out a few times in big groups. We would all go out and drink. It was fun. It’s a good way to hang out. There’s no ego or airs about him. You wouldn’t know that he’s this famous movie star. If you didn’t already know that, you wouldn’t guess that just because of the way he carries himself.”

Sounds like quite a guy.

 

August is in select theaters now.

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