Dinner Party Download featuring Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin arrives at a screening of his new film 'The Beaver' at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
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Guest of Honor: Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin may be best known for portraying young Ensign Chekhov in the relaunch of the "Star Trek" movie franchise. But this week he co-stars in Jodie Foster's new film "The Beaver," in which he encounters a different alien landscape: the human mind gone mad. Anton tells Rico why pain can be fun and why a Lego set haunts his memories.

To hear more from Anton Yelchin — and a tune from L.A. band Alexander — download the podcast at www.dinnerpartydownload.org.

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