Bruce Dern teased comedian Will Forte about his "extracurricular" activities on the set of their new film "Nebraska" during a live interview Sunday at The Hamptons International Film Festival.
"He had a few interlopers who slipped in and out, but I don't know how much it had to do with movies," Dern told an audience at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor while Forte blushed and shook his head. "It might have been extracurricular."
The 77-year-old actor and the 43-year-old "Saturday Night Live" alum play father and son in the film, which screened Sunday at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Dern's ribbing came during an hourlong session in which the two unlikely friends bantered, bumped fists and sang each other's praises. The talk, moderated by Joshua Rothkopf, senior film writer at Time Out New York, was part of the Hamptons festival's annual "A Conversation With . . ." series.
Dern, an Oscar nominee for his work in 1978's "Coming Home" and recent winner of the best actor award at Cannes for "Nebraska," called Forte "the linchpin of the movie" and praised him as "the most courageous actor I've ever worked with."
Forte, star of the 2010 comedy "MacGruber," thanked Dern for being "an amazing friend and teacher throughout the whole process."
Forte respectfully let Dern do most of the talking. A seasoned raconteur with a decades-long career, Dern told stories about working with "legends" such as Bette Davis, Alfred Hitchcock and John Wayne.
"I did get to work with a legend," Forte said, looking at his co-star. "If you think you're not a legend, you're crazy."