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A comparison of Owen Wilson’s roles in

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 28, 2008

A comparison of Owen Wilson’s roles in Wes Anderson films and his real-life goings-on.

Mapping the idea of “life imitating art” onto Owen Wilson’s biography and Wes Anderson’s films reveals their startling convergence. As Anderson’s works increasingly addressed themes of depression, psychiatric treatment, and “hitting bottom,” so too did Wilson’s life chart a course towards collapse. Wilson’s characters in Anderson’s early films-the sublime geniuses born of commingling depression, emotion and creativity-gradually give way to caricatured objects of psychoanalytic explication.

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