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Former Young Actor Josh Brolin Plays Agent K in 'Men in Black 3'

May 24, 2012

He's played a sitting president in "W."

Now he gets to be a younger version of an Academy Award-winning actor.

"I said yes because it almost seemed like failure was imminent, and I like that kind of challenge right now," says Josh Brolin, who plays a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones' character, Agent K, in "Men in Black 3," which opens Friday.

Looking relaxed in jeans - like a guy from Paso Robles, where he grew up until he was 12 - Brolin, 44, has been on a roll for the past few years.

The son of actor James Brolin, the actor had chugged along in Hollywood with a modest career until 2007 when he turned heads in four high-profile films, the Quentin Tarantino-produced "Grindhouse," "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington, Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah," and the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning best picture "No Country for Old Men."

Since then, he's received his own Oscar nomination for his performance as San Francisco supervisor Dan White in the film "Milk" and raves for his portrayal of George W. Bush in "W." Read More