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Emmy spotlight: Justin Theroux is a ‘Maniac’ who’s overdue for recognition after those ‘Leftovers’ snubs

Emmy spotlight: Justin Theroux is a ‘Maniac’ who’s overdue for recognition after those ‘Leftovers’ snubs

Justin Theroux doesn’t shy away from playing characters on the brink, from his role as a besieged director in David Lynch‘s surreal “Mulholland Drive” to poor, tormented Kevin Garvey in “The Leftovers.” He deserved an Emmy for the latter but never got one, and he’s worthy of at least a nomination for his supporting role in yet another mind-bending project, “Maniac,” which is all the more impressive for how much of a left turn it is from his last series role.

Maniac” is a 10-episode Netflix limited series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as strangers who become entangled in each other’s minds when they enter a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. Theroux plays Dr. James K. Mantleray, the scientist running the trial who struggles with confounding computer glitches and mommy issues that are oddly interconnected.

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