Alexander Payne keeps saying that the thing he’s proudest of about his new filmNebraskais its casting and locations. His longtime casting director, John Jackson, is a fellow Midwesterner. Though born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa across the Missouri River from Omaha, Jackson can fairly be claimed as a Nebraskan in Film because of his work in Omaha community theater and the many years he operated an acting talent pool in the metro. Ever sinceCitizen Ruthhe’s been casting some elements of Payne’s films, including the director’s first three features, including Sideways and The Descendants, all made in Omaha and greater Neb., and starting withSideways Jackson’s been the director’s sole casting director. As my stories aboutNebraska(all found on this blog) detail Payne and Jackson went to extra lengths to find just the right faces and voices to fill out the story’s rural archetypes. The following story I did for Omaha Magazine gives some insights into how these two collaborators work together and what they found to create the world ofNebraska. Look for my posts of extended interviews I did with Jackson, Payne, and other key figures fromNebraska.