"Butter" is exactly what it sounds like: a movie about butter. Charged by competition, rivalry, and sex, the film stars Jennifer Garner and “Modern Family”’s Ty Burrell. Bob Pickler (Burrell) is the long-reigning champion of Iowa’s butter carving competition. When he decides to retire, his zealous, indignant wife Laura (Garner) takes his place. Pressured by the competition of 10-year old Destiny and stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde), Bob’s would-be mistress, Laura seeks out help from her idiot, cowboy ex-boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman). But this is no cutesy small-town competition; it’s a power-driven, sex-hungry race to the top that goes beyond mere butter sculpting.
Besides its bizarre plot, “Butter” boasts an A-list cast. And who better to give acting advice than actors who have made it?
Garner, who also produced “Butter,” has a full resume that includes successes in film, television, and theater. Before her Golden Globe win and Emmy nominations, Garner started off on the stage working as an understudy and took roles in everything from “Law and Order” to “Dude, Where’s My Car?” She advised aspiring actors to “work for free” at the “Butter” press conference on Thursday. Garner said, “Just do anything you can to get credits on stage or on student productions to get a reel and experience.”
Ashley Greene, who plays Laura’s step-daughter Kaitlen in the film and is best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the “Twilight” series, said actors should take risks and try different things. “It’s about going outside your comfort zone because if you feel comfortable then you’re not doing your job,” she said. Greene also urged aspiring actors to work as much as possible, saying “You should always be moving forward.”
Wilde, who has appeared in “Tron: Legacy” and "Cowboys and Aliens," stressed the importance of actors to always take risks. Alluding to her stripper character Brooke in the film, she joked, “Take your clothes off, even if they don’t ask!”
The comedic types from the film suggested actors stick to their craft and do nothing but it, literally. Emmy-winner Burrell joked, “Don’t have any skills or the ability to do anything else for a living.”
Rob Corddry, who plays Destiny’s adoptive father and is known for his lead role in “Hot Tub Time Machine,” added, “If you have to have a temp job or a table-waiting job to pay the bills, don’t stay too long because you will fall back on it.”
Twelve-year-old Yara Shahidi who plays Destiny had the most honest and straightforward advice of them all. “Be yourself,” she said, “and don’t let anything change about you.”
“Butter” is now available to rent on iTunes and will go into limited theatrical release Oct. 5.