Set in New York in 1974, Blood Ties tells the story of 50-year-old Chris (Clive Owen), who has just been released after several years in prison for murder, and his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Even though Frank hopes that his brother has changed, Chris just can’t shake his past and a life of crime. From director Guillaume Canet (who also wrote it with James Gray), the film also stars Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and James Caan.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clive Owen talked about how filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron helped bring this project to his attention, what made him want to sign on, collaborating with Guillaume Canet (who was an actor in the original French film this was adapted from), his process for finding this character, why he doesn’t believe in over-rehearsing, and how much he enjoyed working with both James Caan and Billy Crudup. He also talked about his upcoming Cinemax drama series The Knick, about the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900, what drew him to the role, the tone of the show, and why he wanted to work with Steven Soderbergh, who is directing all 10 episodes. Check out what he had to say after the jump.