Mischa Barton and Reece Thompson – Exclusive Sundance Video Interview

     January 27, 2008




One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was “Assassination of a High School President.” The film is the debut feature from Director Brett Simon, and it’s an intricately crafted high school mystery that’s laugh out loud funny.


Sophomore Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson) is a self-described newspaper dork whose social skills are severely lacking in the high school hierarchy. Determined to win a spot in a coveted summer journalism program, he finds himself at the epicenter of a story when the SAT’s are stolen. He realizes this is the perfect opportunity to make a name for himself. Of course, no one wants to help him out and every character he meets along the way is crazier than the last. Featuring very strong performances from the entire cast, this is a film sure to be talked about when it gets released late in the summer.



Anyway, I was able to interview Mischa Barton and Reece Thompson at Sundance and the entire interview is below. While most of you know who Mischa is… you might not be as familiar with Reece. But if you saw the indie hit “Rocket Science” last year, he was the lead in that. And based on his work in both that film and this one, he’s well on his way to being the new Anthony Michael Hall of high school movies. Don’t believe me? Watch some clips from the movie here.



As usual, I listed what we talked about above the video. Of course a big thank you to Mischa and Reece for giving me some of their busy time in Park City. And with that…enjoy the interview.


Mischa Barton and Reece Thompson


· They talk about being Sundance veterans and the experience this year


· How quickly did the project come together


· They each talk about the film and the characters they play


· As they were reading the script, how quickly did they realize they wanted to be in the movie


· Rehearsal process


· Working with the very funny supporting cast


· Did they add anything to the script


· Working with Brett Simon (the director)


· How difficult were the “close” scenes to do. Meaning sex scenes


· With extras that look the correct age, how does that help them act


· Upcoming projects talk















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