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Greg Kinnear Reveals Which of His Projects Is 1 of His Favorites — and the Answer May Surprise You (Exclusive)

Greg Kinnear paved the way as the first host of Talk Soup, guest-starred in Friends and served as the lead in multiple movies — but it’s hard for him to nail down one specific favorite.

In an exclusive interview, the actor, 60, took a look back at his previous projects and revealed which one was most significant. “I’ve done quite a bit, so it’s hard to always kind of wrangle [a] specific one,” he told Us while promoting his new film, Sight. “A lot of people didn’t see it, but I liked this little movie we did called Flash of Genius a few years ago, which was about Bob Kerns, who invented the intermittent windshield wiper.”

“Nobody wanted to see a movie about windshield wipers, as it turns out,” he quipped.

Another film that sticks out? 1997’s As Good As It Gets, costarring Jack Nicholson. “It was a great experience for me. We had an incredible cast and I was always like, ‘Why aren’t we doing another one?’ I was always telling Jim [director James L. Brooks], ‘We should do another one,’” Kinnear shared of the film that earned him an Academy Award nomination. “But the truth is, his instincts were right. It’s best left alone.”

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Kinnear makes it clear he isn’t one to look back in the rearview mirror — “I generally don’t often think I should have painted the fence differently [even if] sometimes I say, ‘Eh, should I have made that fence?’” — but there are other films that hold a special place in his heart.

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Little Miss Sunshine is great,” he shared. “I just saw [directors] John [Dayton] and Val [Faris], and Abigail [Breslin] at a Searchlight screening. It was nice to see everybody from that movie.”

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Kinnear is equally as proud to star in Sight, a film based on the true story of Dr. Ming Wang (portrayed by Terry Chen), who revolutionized eye surgery. Though the actor admits the script sat on his table “for a bit” when he received it during the COVID pandemic, once he picked it up, he couldn’t put it down.

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“Reading Dr. Wang’s story and his history surviving the Chinese cultural revolution, and finding his way to MIT with literally a few dollars in his pocket was an incredible Chinese American story of immigration that I thought told an interesting journey,” Kinnear explained.

In the film, Kinnear portrays Misha Bartnovsky, Dr. Wang’s right-hand man who gently pushes him to not give up on making strides in the medical field. “The way they structured the friendship was that I’m kind of Tony Robbins-ing him forward and trying to inspire him and help him, but he doesn’t make it easy,” he told Us. “In a romantic comedy, I’d be the friend of the guy who’s saying, ‘You can do it!’ This is a different kind of story — but a kind of similar role, where it’s a guy trying to help his friend as best as he possibly can.”

As a father of three, Kinnear had to navigate a delicate balance when tackling some of the difficult material, including a “disturbing” story involving Kajal, a young Indian girl who went blind after acid was poured into her eyes. Having the real-life Dr. Wang on set to help guide the cast through the scenes was helpful, Kinnear said. “He was a really great resource and helped set the table for whatever it was we were doing at any given time, giving us all a sense of what was at stake.”

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Kinnear admits the film put “everything” into perspective during a tumultuous time — and he hopes viewers take away the same message, adding, “I thought it was really inspiring.”

Sight is now in theaters.

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