Simon Helberg Profile
Helberg's first picks are two Peter Sellers films of the 1960s: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and The Party (1968). "He obviously was a genius," Helberg says of Sellers to TCM host Robert Osborne, adding that, in addition to the hilarious comedy in a Sellers performance, "You're getting great acting and storytelling and drama... I don't even think of him as a comedian, really."
Helberg also admires writer/director/actor Albert Brooks, with a particular fondness for Modern Romance (1981), a comic tour-de-force in which Brooks plays a neurotic man enduring a romantic breakup. "When I saw this I felt I had found a home for my craziness," says Helberg. The wild card in his selections is Brief Encounter (1945), David Lean's understated film version of a delicate Noel Coward story about a genteel middle-aged pair who are tempted to commit adultery. "I love the intimacy of this movie," Helberg says. "It's so much about what's happening on their faces... I could watch it again and again."