Christopher Abbott: ‘That’s it’ for Girls, focusing on film

Despite a season finale for Girls last season that amped up his role in the show, actor Christopher Abbott doesn’t expect the character of Charlie to return to the show again. “I don’t know. I think that’s it,” he said.

Instead, the actor plans to continue on the festival circuit with Burma, a film which played at the Sarasota Film Festival on Thursday night as part of the Spotlight Series. His focus then turns to Sleepwalker, another film which he expects to make a solid festival run. By summer’s end, he will be on stage in a play by Lucy Thurber.

Abbott was announced last month as a guest for the Sarasota Film Festival, where he plays the lead role of Christian in Carlos Fuga’s Burma. The film picked up an award for Best Ensemble at South by Southwest earlier this year and received a positive reception during its single showing at the Regal Hollywood 20.

Just a week before his arrival in Sarasota, though, fans of his character on Girls heard the bad news that he would not return to the show, citing other projects taking up his time. Abbott had not done press interviews between the time of that announcement and his arrival in Sarasota.

Burma came together because of a longtime connection with director Fuga, who had been impressed with Abbott’s performance in the Broadway play The House of the Blue Leaves.

“Over this last year been working with people i know, friends of mine,” Abbott told SRQ. “As far as the summer goes, it will continue to be that way.”

Listen to our complete interview with Abbott and Fuga, conducted this week in the Filmmakers Lounge in cooperation with WSRQ.


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