Rosemarie Dewitt Talks KILL THE MESSENGER, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Working with Jeremy Renner, the POLTERGEIST Remake, and More

     October 9, 2014

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Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta’s (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Rosemarie Dewitt.  She talked about why she wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, the incredible true story, the Poltergeist remake, what traits Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner share, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rosemarie Dewitt:

  • Talks about the incredible story.
  • How the script balances the family and the story.
  • How they play a real couple. Did they find the relationship on set or through rehearsals?
  • Balancing fact and fiction.
  • Talks about the Poltergeist remake.
  • What traits do Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner share?

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