Video: Variety studio talks to I Smile Back team

This is five minutes about I Smile Back with Sarah, screenwriters Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman (author), and director Adam Salky. The interview is in the Variety Studio at Sundance Film Festival 2015.

Topics include
Sarah on what she thought when she read the book
Amy Koppelman telling how it occurred to her to seek Sarah for the role
Co-screenwriter Paige Dylan on trying to be true to the book
Adam Salky on challenges of the shoot
Sarah speculating about if people will like the movie (transcripted below)
How playing the dark role of Laney affected Sarah (She talks about how the role led her to “lose her shit” and become “cunty” once a day during the twenty day shoot.)

One excerpt:
I’m curious to see what people think and what they take away from it because she may be a sympathetic character to some people. She kind of lives in anxiety and fear and ‘what if,’ and quells that by self medicating. I think a lot of times when people live in fear, they don’t have room for anyone else, even– especially the people closest to them: their children, their husband. And so people may find her very sympathetic, and other people may find her not at all sympathetic. You know, everyone’s got their own shit that they have to work through, so I can see it being not a sympathetic character, but that’s what’s interesting to me. There’s a self centeredness to self loathing and needing to self punish and all that stuff. It’s self.

 

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