Funnyman Dax Shepard takes dramatic turn in "Freebie"

Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:06am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dax Shepard is primarily known for his comedic work in films like "When in Rome," "Baby Mama" and "Without a Paddle."

The past year, however, has brought many changes in the actors' life. On the personal front, Shepard got engaged to his girlfriend, actress Kristin Bell. Professionally, he returned to television with the family drama series "Parenthood" on U.S. network NBC.

Additionally, Shepard stepped away from the traditional studio comedies he's been known for, choosing instead to showcase a dramatic role in the indie feature, "The Freebie."

The film is out in U.S. theaters on Friday in limited release, before expanding in October.

Shepard stars alongside Kate Aselton as a married couple whose sex life has dwindled. They decide to give each other one night of freedom with another partner, hoping it might reignite their own relationship.

Aselton also directed the feature, and executive produced it with her husband Mark Duplass. Shot in under two weeks, "Freebie" had no script, only an outline from which the actors improvised.

Shephard spoke with Reuters about the "The Freebie".

Q: The film tackles a sensitive subject matter that couples often think about, but aren't always brave enough to discuss. Are "freebies" the answer for ailing sex lives?   Continued...