‘The Ride’ Trailer: Mark Duplass Shares the Real-Life Inspirations Behind the Sundance Comedy — Watch

IndieWire | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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Whether on foot or behind the wheel, Linas Phillips knows how to make an impression. The writer, director, and star’s first documentary, “Walking to Werner,” chronicled his 1,200-mile walk to meet Werner Herzog, and now he’s back with the new short-form series, “The Ride,” playing a rideshare driver who not only wants to take his passengers on a five-star trip, but send them on a spiritual journey to boot.

While “The Ride” is a scripted comedy, it too emerged from a true story about Phillips’ daily grind — as executive producer Mark Duplass told IndieWire in the below statement.

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“Linas had been Lyft driving since recently moving back to L.A. a couple years ago — and not loving it,” Duplass said. “One day, Jay [Duplass] called him and asked if he wanted to make a show about a very sad guy who was struggling with being a rideshare driver, kinda hoping he’d pull from his real-life frustrations. Linas told him about being so frustrated that he’d kicked out a few passengers, then pitched us on the idea his character being a wanna-be spiritual coach that annoys his passengers by trying to practice on them.”

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Inspired by his fascination with spiritual teachers, Phillips’ project has earned him a place in the Indie Episodic lineup at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Per the official synopsis, he plays Wayne, “a 40-year-old rideshare driver and spiritual coach, who recently moved back in with his mom. He discovers that the key...
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