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Nick Offerman's ode to 'Highlander'

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In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly out today, we asked Nick Offerman, currently in theaters in the coming-of-age indie The Kings of Summer, to play movie critic and name a film he loves, a film he hates, and a film he can’t wait to see. Below, we present his full description of his beloved Highlander.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The movie that you love?

NICK OFFERMAN: The 1986 classic Highlander: It’s definitely a movie for the fellas. I recently learned that Chris Pratt had never seen it because he’s too much of a young whippersnapper, and I immediately booked a screening room [laughs] and sat in there, just the two of us. It’s got a supernatural element, it’s got incredible broad sword fights. Clancy Brown as the Kurgan is unbeatable as the greatest film villain ever. He’s such a badass. And to top it all off, it has an incredibly rousing soundtrack of songs by Queen. When you render the exciting, hard-hitting action and heartstring-tugging romance of the film to the dulcet tones of Freddie Mercury’s voice, you’re hardpressed not to come out on top.

Were you happy with Chris’ reaction to the film?

Absolutely. Much as Sean Connery guides Christopher Lambert’s character into the ways of the chosen Immortal fighters, I like to hope that I have given Chris some guidance in recognizing the coming of the Quickening so that he’s able to now more fully feel the blood pounding and coursing through his magnificent veins and feel that he, like the mighty stag, is prepared to bound down the beaches of life to victory.

Tell me about the first time you saw it.

It’s almost homoerotic, the way these men have a camaraderie bound by the fact that they’re all in an ever-decreasing circle being drawn toward one another to ultimately kill each other, until only one of the Immortals can claim the “PRIZE” — in quotes and all caps. Much like more beautifully rendered versions of the Chosen One story, like Star Wars or The Matrix, Highlander was very exciting to us as teenagers. It came out in 1986. My Dungeons & Dragons compatriots and I all traipsed into Joliet [Ill.] to see it. And it was, and still is, the greatest film about becoming a man that I’ve ever seen. For Sean Connery alone — one of the most magnificent specimens of manhood we’ve seen in this modern age.

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