One of the many films to show at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan. The best way to describe the film is to say it’s a modern romantic comedy that doesn’t stick to the archetypal genre tropes. Greta Gerwig plays a young woman that wants to have a baby and after coming up with a plan to have a former classmate (Travis Fimmel) artificially inseminate her; she meets a coworker (Ethan Hawke) that isn’t happy in his marriage to a brilliant Danish academic (Julianne Moore) and they begin to fall for each other. But things aren’t as simple as happily ever after and that’s when the film takes some interesting turns. Maggie’s Plan also stars Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Ida Rohatyn, and Wallace Shawn. For more on the film read Matt’s review.
Shortly after seeing the film, I sat down with Travis Fimmel for an extended video interview. He talked about being at Sundance, being part of Maggie’s Plan, his experience working with director Duncan Jones on Warcraft, the next two seasons of Vikings and what it’s been like making the show, and so much more. Check out what he had to say below.
0:35 – Talks about his first visit to Sundance for Maggie’s Plan.
- 1:00 – Comments on the smart script.
- 1:20 – Talks about how he got involved.
- 3:05 – Comments on his Vikings
- 3:20 – Talks about his upcoming roles, including
- 4:00 – Admits to being awful at auditions.
- 5:40 – Reveals the central conflict in
- 6:20 – Talks about his first time filming motion-capture and blue screen and his reaction to the final rendered footage.
- 7:05 – Comments on his experience working with director Duncan Jones.
- 7:45 – Reflects on a tense moment from filming that silenced the cast and crew.
- 8:50 – Revealed how many people it took to help him with the bigger-than-life armor and swords, and how close everything looked to the game.
- 10:10 – Fimmel talks about his experience through five seasons of Vikings and praises the crew.
- 12:25 – Teases the upcoming season, which is his favorite.