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Taxes on the Silver Screen

By Suzanne Woolley, with Ben Steverman - 2013-03-20T20:35:13Z

Photograph by Buena Vista Pictures/Everett Collection

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Danny Glover, 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

Danny Glover, who plays accountant Henry Sherman, is dressed better than many accountants in the movies. Still, his marriage proposal to the mother of the Tenenbaum brood, Etheline (Angelica Huston) is suitably awkward: "Appropos of my question regarding I-40 slash I-9 adjustments, um, it would probably be advantageous for your marital status to be legally established as single in light of the circumstances." Who could resist?
Tax takeaway: The motives of your accountant may not be completely pure.