Nash Edgerton on ‘Gringo’, ‘Mr InBetween’ & Geeking Out on the Set of ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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With Amazon Studios and STX Films dark comedy Gringo opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with director Nash Edgerton for an exclusive video interview. During our wide-ranging conversation, he talked about how the project came together, if it was tough to get financing for a movie without lightsabers and superheroes, what David Oyelowo and Sharlto Copley brought to their roles, how he balanced the different tones, what he learned from early screenings, and so much more. In addition, if you didn’t know, Edgerton has done a ton of stunt work on films like The Matrix, the Star Wars prequels, and too many films to mention, so I asked what he learned on those sets that helped him as a filmmaker. Finally, we talked about why he geeked out on the set of Straight Outta Compton, his upcoming TV series Mr InBetween and what it’s about (a hitman looking after his daughter and dealing with his ex-wife while trying to date a girl he met at a dog park), and more.

If you aren’t familiar with Gringo, the film is scripted by Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone and stars David Oyelowo as a mild-mannered American businessman facing crushing debt who ventures to Mexico to hand-deliver a formula for a revolutionary new weed pill. But along the way, he tangles with volatile business partners, Mexican drug lords, mercenaries, and the DEA, all while trying to keep his cool. Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton co-star in the film as the heads of the business that is running the operation, and Theron absolutely delights in delivering filthy and politically incorrect dialogue with glee. Gringo also stars Amanda SeyfriedYul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley.

Check out what Nash Edgerton had to say in the player above and a list of what we talked about below. Finally, Gringo is a blast and I’m giving it a strong recommendation.

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