Now playing, in limited release, is director William Friedkin‘s controversial thriller Killer Joe. Based on the play by Tracey Letts, the NC-17-rated film centers on a son (Emile Hirsch) and his father (Thomas Haden Church) who hire a cop moonlighting as a hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to murder their mother in order to get her insurance policy. The film also stars Juno Temple as Hirsch’s sister and Gina Gershon. Loaded with great performances and an insane third act, Killer Joe is definitely worth checking out. For more on the film, here’s the trailer, a clip, and my interview with Hirsch , Friedkin and McConaughey.
The other day I sat down with Gershon and Temple here in Los Angeles. We talked about making Killer Joe, their initial reaction to the script, how they prepared for the role, favorite movies, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Gina Gershon and Juno Temple Time Index:
- 0:15 – Gina Gershon and Juno Temple talk about their favorite movies and which ones they’d absolutely have to have on a desert island.
- 1:00 – Gershon talks about her history with the piece, which was originally introduced to her as a play. She also talks about the dark thematic quality of the piece.
- 1:30 – Temple also talks about her initial reaction to reading the script and says she hasn’t ever read another character like the one she plays in Killer Joe.
- 3:05 – Temple comments on preparing for this role and channeling her character’s rage.
- 3:30 – Gershon talks more about focusing on understanding her character and getting the accent right and staying mentally fresh for the final scene.