William H. Macy
Harleys and Ukeleles
By Michael Dunaway
You hear the low rumble first. Then as the Harley draws nearer, you feel it in your chest. Over a hill comes a lone rider, helmeted, leather-clad. He pulls onto set after one more loud squeeze of the throttle, and dismounts. As he takes off his helmet to reveal a tassled mane of gloriously unkempt hair, you notice that on his back he has strapped—a ukulele? Then Bill Macy turns around to greet you, plucks a few notes, and the fun really begins.
“Yes, it really does add to the atmosphere,” laughs Ben Lewin, the director of Sundance award winner The Sessions, in which Macy stars with John Hawkes and Helen Hunt....