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Chris Lowell: Reporting For Duty

He romanced Emma Stone in ”The Help” and will fight to keep Kristen Bell’s affections in the ”Veronica Mars” movie (out March 14), but it’s brotherly love (and sometimes hate) at the heart of the 29-year-old’s new Fox comedy, ”Enlisted” (Fridays, 9:30 p.m.); Lowell, Geoff Stults, and Parker Young star as siblings working at an Army base in Florida — and trying not to kill each other in the process (spoiler: It’s harder than it sounds)

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Let’s start here because it’s topical: go-to military movie?
Definitely M*A*S*H [1970], in terms of comedy. I love military dramas as well — The Bridge on the River Kwai and Saving Private Ryan. But in terms of comedy, Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H is just amazing and so funny.

Are there any onscreen soldiers you find particularly compelling?
Alec Guinness from The Bridge on the River Kwai. He plays a British military officer, I think. And the character is a great one to watch because he’s technically a prisoner of war, so theoretically he shouldn’t be wanting to help the enemy. But at the same time, he’s trying to boost morale. I remember watching that film and thinking that was such a remarkable character to play.

You reprise your role as Stosh ”Piz” Piznarski in March’s Veronica Mars movie. Team Piz or Team Logan?
Well, I want to say Team Piz, but I think [saying] Team Logan is going to keep fans from assassinating me. So, for the sake of longevity on this earth, I’m going to go with Team Logan.

Purely for survival?
Yes. Why wouldn’t you be Team Piz? I’m the guy who’s reliable and not charged with murder or rape! I haven’t killed anyone! I’m a nice guy. Anyone with coherent brain function should be able to figure that one out pretty quickly, but I guess no one has their s— together when it comes to Veronica Mars.

What’s your favorite Emma Stone film not named The Help?
[Laughs] Oh, man. That’s a good question. Well, I saw this really cheesy VHS copy of her doing Fiddler on the Roof where she’s, like, 11. She’s got braces, and she’s so weird-looking, and she’s in this old-woman makeup. That kind of blew my mind.

It was an indie, obviously.
It was an indie film. Didn’t get a whole lot of exposure, but I think the audience that did see it really appreciated what they saw.