When Larry David walked out on stage at the Television Critics Assn. press tour Thursday afternoon to promote his new movie, “Clear History,” he did not receive any applause, as is the tradition.
"What a welcome. Thank you," he noted sarcastically.
He needn't have worried: By the end of the 30-minute conversation, the writer-actor-producer had easily won over the audience full of hardened TV reporters.
The only disappointing moment came when he indicated that the future of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which wrapped its eighth season on HBO nearly two years ago, is still very much in doubt.
“I don’t know, I really couldn’t say,” he said when asked if another season is in the offing. “Ask me in six months.”
David suggested it was not unusual for him to be so noncommittal. “I’m an indecisive fellow. You should see me in a restaurant.”
The non-news about “Curb” might have been a bit of a bummer, but otherwise David killed it in the room – though, to be fair, he was assisted by the journalists in attendance, who seemed content to lob him easy pitches.
In response to a reporter who, for some reason, opened her question by saying she wasn’t a fan of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” David had this to say: “Thank you for your kind, sweet words.”
Ever the cynic, the “Seinfeld” co-creator also seemed amusingly exasperated by questions about getting into character for “Clear History,” in which he plays an executive at an electric car start-up who gives up his share in the business, only to see it become enormously profitable. The film, costarring Jon Hamm and Bill Hader, premieres Aug. 10 on the premium cable network.
“I did a lot of research into this character. I wanted him to be world-weary. I played it like I was wearing weights on my ankles,” he said, with all the faux gravitas he could muster.
When another asked about the origins of his Jewish comedic sensibility, the Brooklyn-born David noted with more than a little sarcasm that “it comes from Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay.”
And as for whether he’s a beloved member of the community in Martha’s Vineyard, like the character he plays in “Clear History,” David had this to say: “Darling, I’m loved everywhere.”
Or at least at the press tour.
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