I’m a bit behind on my TCFF write-up but yesterday was quite a whirlwind. I saw three movies from Noon until 9:30pm, starting with Like Crazy screening at Edina Landmark theater, followed by a family comedy indie Ordinary Family and Machine Gun Preacher practically back to back. Reviews of those two coming next week.
Right after the screening, I went to Cosmos Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis for a roundtable interview with director Drake Doremus and lead actor Anton Yelchin. I was feeling a bit nervous as it’s the first time I was invited as an ‘official’ media to interview Hollywood celebrities. Yelchin might not be a household name yet but he’s been involved in quite a few memorable projects of late (Star Trek, The Beaver, Fright Night). At only 22, he’s one of the brightest young stars today as he continues to seek out diverse and challenging roles.
Like Crazy Interview – 9/23 4 pm
There were only a couple of other interviewers with me (one from TheMovieMash.com and the other from Buzzbo Mpls) so it was quite nice to be able to ask both Drake and Anton more than just one question. I was even able to pose with Anton after the interview 😀
Take a listen of the interview below [Drake is the first one being interviewed]:
Like Crazy is a heart-wrenching and realistic portrayal of young love, which is a love story I don’t see depicted in the movies very often. It’s romantic yes, but it’s not saccharine-sweet or overly bleak, but the whole affair felt almost too real. I like the honesty aspect of it and the two leads did a nice job. Apparently it’s semi-autobiographical as Drake experienced a similar long-distance love struggles when he was in college, even though he claimed the characters are mostly fictional.
Like Crazy Panel 9/24 – Noon
The panel actually takes place on Day 5 which was earlier today. It was fun to see Drake explained how the casting and film-making process went. Anton also reiterated again how the intensive rehearsal process between him and Felicity Jones were crucial. It only took them about less than a month to shoot with a mere $250,000 budget – which is amazing considering they were filmed in California and London. Drake joked that it all went to Anton’s salary… “… and my huge trailer!” Anton added.
Drake and Anton seemed to have become good friends since filming this, which makes sense since the two lead actors and the director all spend a huge amount of time together during filming. It’s also interesting to learn the journey of their teeny-tiny film finding a distributor. Drake explained that he showed his film at noon at Sundance and by 6 AM the very next day, Paramount Studios already owned the film! That was before winning Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize which was a real breakthrough for the 28-year-old director.
So what’s next for both?
- Drake Doremus just wrapped up another drama Breathe In (now screening at MSPIFF, see trailer here) which also stars Felicity Jones with Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan. This time, Jones’ love interest is a much older man than in Like Crazy as Guy Pearce is 22 yrs older than Anton! The description on IMDb says it’s a film about love, fidelity, marriage and music. The director said he’s always fascinated by relationships and the dynamic between two people, so I’m looking forward to this!
- As for Anton Yelchin, he’s just wrapped a mystery thriller based on Dean Koontz’s novel called Odd Thomas due out next year. He’s apparently very excited to be working with Willem Dafoe, he said that he hasn’t been going to a film set with utter giddiness like this in a long time, ahah.
I will post the YouTube video of the panel as it becomes available. Again, I highly recommend Like Crazy, an intimate & sincere look at long distance love story. Those of you who are tired of romantic comedies but aren’t too jaded to watch a film about love, this is your film.
Any fans of Drake or Anton out there? Will you be checking out this film when it comes out near you?