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. Up first is Jim Sturgess. During the interview, Sturgess talked about how he got the part and what it was like to meet Weir for the first time. In addition, he talked about working with a group of actors rather than having to play scenes on his own. Finally, we talked about his upcoming projects Upside Down (which stars Kirsten Dunst) and One Day (which stars Anne Hathaway). Hit the jump to watch the interview:
- What is it like to do so much press
- What was it like to first talk to Peter Weir about doing the movie. Talks about getting the part.
- How was it different as an actor working with a group rather than doing scenes on your own
- What’s the last year been like for him working on this and then Upside Down and One Day