Face2Face with David Peck
Palmer, Family & Fisher Stevens
Fisher Stevens and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Palmer, Justin Timberlake, second chances, redemption, family and connections, limitations, and why it’s important to get out of your bubble.
Palmer appearing globally on Apple TV+
Former high-school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself twelve years in a state penitentiary. He returns home to Louisiana, where he moves back in with Vivian (June Squibb), the grandmother who raised him.
While trying to keep his head down and rebuild a quiet life for himself, Palmer is haunted by memories of his glory days and the suspicious eyes of his small-town community. Things become more complicated when Vivian’s hard-living neighbor Shelly (Juno Temple) disappears on a prolonged bender, leaving her precocious 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), often the target of bullying, in Palmer’s reluctant care.
In time, Palmer is drawn into a more hopeful world as he forges a connection with Sam through their shared experience of being made to feel different by those around them. Life improves for Palmer, and a romance develops between him and Sam’s teacher Maggie (Alisha Wainwright).
An inspiring and unexpected journey unfolds for the three of them, but soon Palmer’s past threatens to tear apart this new life.
Fisher Stevens has been in the entertainment business for almost 40 years. His versatility in the industry is evident from his wide range of credits from acting to producing to directing, and from feature films to television to theater. In 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature with The Cove. Political and environmental activism has been a main focus of his work.
Stevens’ recent credits include directing And We Go Green, a documentary about the electric car racing series Formula E, and executive producing the sensation Tiger King. He also currently holds a series regular acting role on the Golden Globe Award-winning Succession. Other recent directorial credits include The Confidence Man, the last installment of Dirty Money, executive produced by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney; Before the Flood, with Leonardo DiCaprio; and the Emmy-nominated documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which he co-directed. Previously, Stevens directed the Emmy-nominated Mission Blue and codirected the 2008 Independent Spirit Award-Winning Best Documentary Crazy Love.
He produced Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction and Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guoqiang. Stevens also directed the feature Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, as well as John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown.
As an actor, Stevens has been seen in numerous Broadway shows, television series and movies. His TV credits include The Blacklist, The Good Fight, Lost, Friends. Film work includes the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, Motherless Brooklyn and a trio of Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and now The French Dispatch.
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With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.