04/22/2014 11:48 am ET Updated Apr 22, 2014

Thomas Haden Church Jokes That He Was A 'Suicidal Has-Been' Before 'Sideways'

Thomas Haden Church was an unlikely Oscar nominee in 2005 for his performance in Alexander Payne's "Sideways." Just ask Thomas Haden Church.

"It came along, thank God, when it did, because I was a suicidal TV has-been at that point. Which is why I got the role, because the guy was a suicidal TV has-been," Church joked during an interview with HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps to promote "Lucky Them," a new comedy that screened at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. "It was a major pivot point [for me]. I wouldn't be sitting here today if it weren't for 'Sideways.'"

In "Lucky Them," directed by Megan Griffiths, Church plays a documentarian who follows a rock journalist (Toni Collette) as she tries to track down a famous, reclusive musician. Watch Church and Collette discuss the film here.

"Lucky Them" is now screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.



Tribeca Film Festival 2014