Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins on ‘A Perfect Day’ and Balancing Humor with the Drama

     January 23, 2016

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Now available On Demand and playing in select theaters is writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa’s A Perfect Day. Set in 1995 somewhere in the Balkins, the film follows a group of humanitarian aid workers over twenty four hours as they deal with an unexpected crisis, layers of bureaucratic red tape, and the reappearance of an old flame. Unlike most Hollywood films where one of them might need to diffuse a bomb or deal with an over the top situation they aren’t prepared for, A Perfect Day really wants to tell an honest story about the less-than-glamorous realities of life in a combat zone. It’s a nice surprise. The film stars Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Melanie Thierry and Olga Kurylenko.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I sat down with Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins for an exclusive video interview. They talked about playing regular people dealing with what is really going on in a war torn country, memorable moments from filming, balancing humor with the drama, the way they like to prepare for a role and if it’s changed during their careers, and a lot more.

Here’s what they had to say followed by the trailer for A Perfect Day.


Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins:

  • Roger Deakins talk.
  • How the film doesn’t take the regular Hollywood approach where the main character gets thrown into a crazy situation. Instead they play regular people dealing with what is really going on in a war torn country.
  • Memorable moments from filming.
  • What surprised them while researching the role?
  • They talk about balancing humor with the drama.
  • How do they like to prepare for a role and has that process changed during their career.

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