We’ve heard actors talk about how weird it is to see themselves on the big screen, but this time it’s an author that “just cringe[s]” seeing himself portrayed on the screen.
Best-selling essayist David Sedaris finally let Hollywood take a stab at one of his short stories, Naked, C.O.G-Child of God. Young filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez decided to take Sedaris’ story about the wacky tales of his family and premiered it at the Sundance Film Festival. “I realize my fear wasn’t that they’d get us wrong. My fear was that they’d get us right,” Sedaris said.
In the movie, Glee guest star Jonathan Groff plays David, an idealist East Coaster who arranges to work as an apple picker in Oregon. However, the people he meets along the way make him question his ideas and how he feels about the world.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Even though there is no narration in [C.O.G] , it’s by far the most Sedaris-esque sequence from C.O.G.-you can easily imagine his NPR voice describing the motley collection of passengers that make his trek a living hell.”
To Sedaris however, it wasn’t as easy to watch. “I cringe, but I can’t deny it,” said Sedaris. “I can’t deny that I had to act like I was smarter than everyone else. It was embarrassing [to watch]. I just cringe.”