Adam Brody Feels All the Feels With Surfing, ‘Avatar’ and Cate Le Bon

The “Shazam!” star revives himself with sprinkle doughnuts, Frank Black’s “Teenager of the Year” and daily naps.

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By Kathryn Shattuck

“Shazam!,” the 2019 DC Universe comic-adventure about some foster kids and their adult superhero alter egos, and its new sequel, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” might not change the arc of Adam Brody’s career exactly — though there are perks to being in a hit.

“I’ve been acting for so long now but have barely set foot in any sort of big action movie,” said Brody, one of the stars of the FX series “Fleishman Is in Trouble.” “Being on something of this size is a thrill, just the huge setups and huge wire rigs, and you’re being chased by a dragon. It’s a big part of the Hollywood acting experience in the modern age that I really hadn’t got to play with before.”

“Fury of the Gods,” opening Friday, finds the teens — including Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, with Brody as his grown version — fully endowed with otherworldly powers. Then the Daughters of Atlas (Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu and Rachel Zegler) show up, and they want their magic back.

But “Fury of the Gods” isn’t the only action Brody has seen recently. In an upcoming remake of “The River Wild” for Netflix, he’ll be occupying the same space, if not the same character, as the menace played in the 1994 original by Kevin Bacon. Brody’s wife, Leighton Meester, and their friend Taran Killam join him as distrusting siblings on a raft ride to hell.

In a video call from Los Angeles, where he and Meester live with their daughter and son, Brody talked about venturing into the trenches with “Hardcore History,” revering Frank Black and listening to NPR in lieu of college. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

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