Acting Like Nothing is Wrong, a documentary about Hollywood character actor Jim Hoffmaster,
is the fourth film from award winning writer/director Jane Rosemont. It was released in fall, 2022.
Jim's working credentials include Better Call Saul, NCIS, Brooklyn 99 and Mad Men. He played Kermit on the TV series Shameless on Showtime. But his journey began with childhood abandonment and abuse, ending up in foster care where he was erroneously thought to be mentally impaired. There was one loving foster mother in his life, but for the most part he was bullied, verbally and sexually abused. Eventually he redirected his trauma to creative expression, acting. "The reason acting worked for is because I was noticed. I was being seen. And I hadn't felt that before." When he made the move from the Midwest to Hollywood did he become"rich and famous?"
Despite what would seem to be a flourishing career, Jim struggles both professionally and personally.
Acting Like Nothing is Wrong explores his process of navigating life without a stable upbringing, using survival skills and optimistic perseverance. The film poses universal questions and illuminates mental health issues people experience on a daily basis. Do we ever completely overcome our traumas? What are our coping mechanisms? Glimmers of hope and healthy doses of comedy are vital elements in the film.
The film features special appearances by veteran actor and Academy Award winner Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Dances With Wolves, Hostiles, A Love Song), and Mike McGill, Shanola Hampton, and Steve Howey from Shameless.