He may have struck gold with his latest project. In Crackle’s new series, StartUp, Brody ditches the comedy (for the most part) and showcases his dramatic chops as Miami-based financier Nick Talman, the son of a wealthy businessman who is forced to hide his father’s ill-gotten fortune by investing in an unorthodox startup pitched by a young tech whiz (played by Otmara Marrero).
“[Nick] feels very much stuck in his routine, but really wanted more in his life, and what that more is -- that’s interesting too, because if you ask him he would say, ‘I want to do good, I want to make a good mark. I don’t want to follow everything bad my father has done,’” Brody said, explaining that he took some inspiration from James Dean. “You can’t help but wonder if some of that is ‘I want to be powerful myself.’ It can be equal parts civil servant and self-servant.”