Heretofore known as Drew Barrymore’s boyfriend, Luke Wilson is undergoing a radical image transformation, thanks to the Toronto Film Festival.
“I was telling my dad I got a hat trick,” says Wilson, 26, using a hockey term to describe the triple punch of his turns in “Home Fries,” “Dog Park” and “Rushmore,” all of which are in the fest lineup.
Of course, those more familiar with the indie circuit already know Wilson — and his brothers Owen and Andrew — from director Wes Anderson’s 1996 debut film, “Bottle Rocket.” Luke plays a small role in Anderson’s “Rushmore,” but he’s pure heartthrob leading-man stuff in the comedies “Dog Park,” directed by Bruce McCulloch, and “Home Fries,” from first-time helmer Dean Parisot.
The latter pic, being released by Warners, actually wrapped two years ago. “It’s interesting to see that now,” Wilson says. “I did a good job, but I see little things, where (I think), damn, I missed something.”
And as for “Dog Park”: “They tell me it’s a gala film at the festival. So I guess that means it’s not terrible.”
Wilson fits nicely into the Gary Cooper mold of a Hollywood star, and he is the first to admit that the roles offered him fall into a certain category. “They’re everyday people. If I ran into them, I wouldn’t bat an eye.” Also, he and his directors, he says, usually share “a quirky sensibility.”
Beyond the festival, Wilson will be seen in “My Dog Skip,” “Kill the Man” and “Bongwater.”