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Actor-writer-director Dax Shepard ("Parenthood") delivers a populist crowd-pleaser with his second film "Hit and Run," which debuted in July at Comic-Con. We sat down for an interview at the Hard Rock. While he admires director Steven Soderbergh's run-and-gun filmmaking, Shepard's role model as actor-director is Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit" mode. (Trailer and interviews are below.) And Shepard provides a model for Diy filmmakers. He puts everything on the line in this low-budget (under $100 million," he insists) digital movie, from his wife Kristen Bell ("Gossip Girl") to his two beloved cars, which miraculously survive the film's rigorous action sequences. Shepard plays a reformed getaway car driver  living under the radar in the middle of nowhere under the witness protection program; when his girlfriend (Bell) wants to go after a job in Los Angeles, he puts himself back in the line of fire of ex-cohort »

- Anne Thompson

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