Opening this weekend is The Way Back and it’s the first film from director Peter Weir (Witness, Master And Commander, & Dead Poet’s Society) in seven years. Starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ronan, the film is inspired by the true story of a group of “multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic life affirming journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries.” The film is based on Slavomir Rawicz’s acclaimed book, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, as well as other real life accounts. You can watch seven clips from the film here. Anyway, I recently got to speak with most of the cast and Peter Weir and I’ll be posting a new interview everyday this week. Yesterday I posted Jim Sturgess, and today I’ve got Ed Harris.
During my time with Harris we talked about what being on CHiPs (yes, the Erik Estrada show from the ’70’s) did for his career, how did he get involved in The Way Back, how does Peter Weir get such great performances from all his actors, and is he thinking about directing another movie soon. Hit the jump for the video:
- What was it about ChiPs that led him to where he is today
- How did he get involved in The Way Back
- How does Peter Weir get such great performances
- Any plans to direct another movie soon. Says he has been reading scripts but only wants to make a movie when he feels compelled to make one…