Alexander Payne (born Constantine Alexander Payne; February 10, 1961) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011), and Nebraska (2013).
When the film starts, the stubborn soul has set off on foot for Lincoln, Nebraska, 900 miles away, to claim a $1m prize promised to him by a piece of junk mail.
Eventually, he is driven there by his son, an electronics shop salesman hoping that the trip will help them bond.
“No, they’re just people that need to take a ride.” But a lot of people wouldn’t bother, I say.
He smirks at this: “I can’t control what other people do.” Such comments pepper his conversation.
According to the edition, 54-year-old Alexander and 27-year-old Maria are already married.