I wanted to take a moment to pay a brief tribute to Anton Yelchin, who died last weekend at just 27 years of age. By now, you certainly know the story, but in case you’ve been hiding under a rock here is the latest.
Yelchin gained international fame for his spot on turn as Chekov in the Star Trek reboot. But today I’d like to call your attention to one of his lesser known – but equally brilliant – performances.
Years before becoming a semi-household name in Star Trek, Anton Yelchin gave a memorable performance as amateur magician Stewart on Curb Your Enthusiasm. It’s a role you may have missed, but it’s absolutely worth checking out, even if you’re not normally a Larry David fan.
It’s worth noting that acting on Curb Your Enthusiasm is akin to performing without a net. Creator and star Larry David famously demands that his actors ad-lib the majority of the lines. It’s an intimidating feat, one that makes many performers uncomfortable. But even against two veterarn comedians, Yelchin never flinches.
You'll have to click over to watch, but trust me -- this is worth two minutes of your time. The role was brilliant in an understated way, and it truly showcases that Anton Yelchin was a natural. He will be sorely missed.