The landscape of "Nebraska" is populated with such well-known actors as Bruce Dern and Stacy Keach as well as retired farmers making their debuts who live in the town of Plainview, Neb., where most of the film was shot.
"I did see a lot of people for every part," said Payne. "I pay myself few compliments as a filmmaker, but I think [casting director] John Jackson and I cast well."
Though he doesn't have much dialogue, Rance Howard stands out as Woody's (Dern) older brother Ray, a taciturn couch potato. The veteran character actor is the father of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and frequently pops up in his son's movies.