Jim is a young man who, after deciding he can’t make it on his own, moves back to his hometown in Indiana — under his parents’ roof. He’s saved from his family’s dysfunction by a local woman and her son, who sees him as a father figure. —IMDb
One of the most important character actors of the 1990s, Steve Buscemi is unmatched in his ability to combine lowlife posturing with weasely charisma. Although active in the cinema since the mid-’80s, it was not until Quentin Tarantino cast Buscemi as Mr. Pink in the 1992 Reservoir Dogs that the actor became known to most audience members. He would subsequently appear to great effect in other Tarantino films, as well as those of the Coen Brothers, where his attributes blended perfectly into the off-kilter landscape.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 13, 1957, Buscemi was raised on Long Island. He gained an interest in acting while a senior in high school, but he had no idea of how to pursue a professional career in the field. Working as a fireman for four years, he began to perform stand-up comedy, but he eventually realized that he wanted to do more dramatic theatrical work. After moving to Manhattan’s East Village, he studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute… read more
I think what worked about "Lonesome Jim" more than anything else was its simplicity, its ability to tell a story without the flashiness of special effects or cliched dialogue, and instead with acting performances from Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler that felt like they were not even acting. Superb direction from Steve Buscemi added to the realism, making it feel like pages out of a diary instead of a motion picture.