Jackson Rathbone leads The Wall of Mexico as Don, a handyman hired to work for a wealthy Mexican-American family, the Aristas. Don quickly realizes that there’s a significant rift between this family and the poor white townspeople, and that conflict is directly connected to a mysterious well on their property. The Aristas are selling the well water for astronomical prices and in an effort to keep it safe amidst increasing tensions, they task Don with building a wall around the well to protect it.
With The Wall of Mexico celebrating its World Premiere at SXSW 2019, Rathbone and his friend and co-star Xander Berkeley swung by the Collider Studio to talk about their experience making the movie. They cover how Rathbone encouraged Berkeley to join the project, the unique experience working with directors Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak, and so much more. You can catch all of that and a round of Collider Random Questions which includes an impassioned conversation regarding Steven Spielberg‘s stance on Netflix movies in the video interview at the top of this article. We’ve also got a handy breakdown of the full conversation for you below.
I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, A-List Communications. At the Moonfire Lounge venue in Austin, libations were flowing courtesy of Tequila Comisario, Blue Moon Belgian White, Line39 Wine, and Hint Water. Without these fine folks, we wouldn’t be able to share conversations about movies like The Wall of Mexico with all of you, so another big thank you to our partners for their support.
Xander Berkeley & Jackson Rathbone:
- What is The Wall of Mexico about?
- This isn’t a movie that spells everything out; what questions did they have for directors Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak?
- They discuss working with the ensemble; Cotler and Zyzak’s unusual filming process.
- Berkeley and Rathbone have known each other for a while; Rathbone encouraged Berkeley to join this project.
- Collider Random Questions begins! They reveal the TV show they’d like to guest star on, the movie they quote most often, the worst job they’ve ever had, and what they collect.
- Berkeley is developing filming locations where he lives so he can shoot projects close to home.
- They address the ongoing conflict between Steven Spielberg and streaming services.