Opening this weekend in limited release is director Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land. The film stars Matt Damon and Frances McDormand as natural gas salesmen who try to prey on an economic town in decline only to have their mission complicated by the citizens they encounter and an environmentalist played by John Krasinski. Damon and Krasinski wrote the screenplay, and the film deals heavily with the consequences of fracking. The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, and Titus Welliver. For more on Promised Land, here are seven clips and the trailer.
During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Krasinski. He talked about what surprises he learned when researching fracking, how they wanted to make sure the film showed both side of the issue, is he planning on directing a feature soon, Dunkin Donuts (we’re both from New England and L.A. has no locations), and more. Hit the jump to watch.
- T-shirt talk and Dunkin Donuts (we don’t have any in L.A.)
- How he wanted to make sure the film showed both side of fracking
- What surprised him when researching the issue that they wanted to make sure got into the story
- Is he planning on directing again