Jemaine Clement plays “Oliver Bird,” Melanie’s husband who is a brilliant scientist and a true bon vivant with a penchant for old world charms. Missing for years on the astral plane, Oliver returned, only to become a puppet for the Shadow King. But his friends are determined to get him back.
Clement starred as the lead villain in the DreamWorks feature based on the Roald Dahl novel, The BFG, opposite Mark Rylance and directed by Steven Spielberg, and played the role of “Tomatoa” in the Disney feature Moana. In 2016, he also starred in the Sundance breakout People, Places, Things, written and directed by Jim Strouse, and appeared in Jared Hess’ Don Verdean opposite Sam Rockwell and Danny McBride.
Clement was last seen in Mike White’s Brad’s Status, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, and will next be seen in Iain Morris’ upcoming feature, High Window for Film Four.
His other feature credits include the standout role of “Kieran” opposite Steve Carrell in Dinner for Schmucks, “Jerry” in Despicable Me, “Nigel” in Rio and Rio 2, and “Boris the Animal” in Men in Black 3. He also starred in the Jared Hess comedy Gentlemen Broncos, a role which landed him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male, and Taika Waititi’s Eagle vs. Shark. Clement and Waititi also collaborated and starred in What We Do in the Shadows, a vampire mockumentary they co-wrote and co-directed.
In addition, Clement and Bret McKenzie comprise the Grammy® Award-winning musical comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords. They have toured internationally and released four CDs: “Folk the World Tour” (2002), “The Distant Future” EP (2007), “Flight of the Conchords” (2008) and “I Told You I Was Freaky” (2009). The Conchords produced a six-part improvisational comedy radio program on BBC Radio 2 and have appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late, Late Show. After appearing in 2005 on HBO's One Night Stand, the Conchords were offered their own 12-part HBO series Flight of the Conchords, which turned into a two-season run. The show developed a massive cult following and garnered an Emmy® nomination for Best Comedy.