One of my favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Jake Schreier‘s Robot and Frank. The film is set in the near future and centers on an elderly ex-jewel thief (Frank Langella) whose kids (James Marsden and Liv Tyler) give him a caretaker robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), sparking an unlikely friendship. Susan Sarandon plays a librarian who serves as Langella’s only friend. Since premiering at the Festival, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films picked up the film for distribution, so you can expect to see it for yourself later this year. For more on the film, you can read Matt’s review.
Right after seeing the film I got to sit down with Frank Langella for an exclusive interview. During our extended conversation we talked about how he got involved in the project, how the script changed along the way, the design of the robot, the quick shooting schedule, filming on location, premiering it at Sundance, and a lot more. In addition, Langella talked about writing his first book. He told me, “It is called Dropped Names and it is about famous men and woman as I knew them from the age of 15 up to now, and I am dropping their names because they have dropped dead. It is about famous people who are dead.” Hit the jump for more.