James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti/Kerry Condon, and Michael Hoffman Video Interviews THE LAST STATION

     January 14, 2010

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Opening tomorrow, in limited release, is writer/director Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station. As you might imagine from a cast featuring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti and Kerry Condon…it’s filled with great performances.

The Last Station is a historical drama based on Jay Parini’s novel about Leo Tolstoy’s final years.  It’s focuses on Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.  While he’s trying to balance everything and continue his work, the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren), his wife and muse, uses every trick of seduction on her husband’s loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.

To help promote the film, I recently got to sit down with James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti and Kerry Condon, and Michael Hoffman.  They’re all great interviews so take a look:

And before watching the interviews, check out this trailer.

James McAvoy

  • The Hobbit
  • Ian Fleming rumors
  • On his career and hearing he’s attached to all these projects
  • Talks about how long he’s been attached to The Last Station.  I also ask what was it about this story and character that made him want to be involved in this film
  • When working with this cast, did he feel like he had to raise his game?  Gives me a great answer at the end
  • Filming in Germany
  • I’m With Cancer talk

Paul Giamatti and Kerry Condon

  • Brazil talk
  • Boob job talk. Seriously.
  • Do they enjoy the promotional process
  • Filming in Germany
  • What was it about the film and the characters that got them involved
  • Paparazzi talk and how Tolstoy was the first one who got followed


Michael Hoffman

  • Manchester United and football talk
  • How quick did this project come together?  He explains how he originally had a different cast but with the difficulty of financing things changed
  • We talk about the actors and how great they were
  • What was the first thing that got him involved in wanting to tell this story

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