Opening this weekend, in limited release, is Stephen Chbosky’s fantastic movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Chbosky actually wrote the adaptation of his own novel and also directed the feature. In the film, Logan Lerman plays an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. The film also stars Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd. Over the past few years I’ve seen a number of coming of age movies. Usually they play out the same way and touch on the same themes. What makes Perks so special is that it tackles serious issues with honestly and believability. In addition, all the actors are great and it’s Lerman’s best work to date. I strongly recommend checking it out.
Last week Perks premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to glowing reviews. Shortly before the premiere I spoke to Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman. We talked about their reaction to the script, what makes this film special, what do they remember the most about filming in Pittsburgh, the junket game, and Miller reveals how he was cast even though he wasn’t in Scott Pilgrim. Hit the jump to watch.
Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman:
- The junket game
- How did Enra Miller get cast because he wasn’t in Scott Pilgrim
- What was their reaction to reading the script for the first time and the finished film
- They talk about what makes this film special
- What do they remember the most about filming in Pittsburgh