Now playing in limited release is director A.J. Edwards’ drama The Better Angels. The film spans three years of young Abraham Lincoln’s (Braydon Denney) childhood, as it explores how his family and hardships shaped him into the man he would become. It marks the feature debut of Edwards, who previously worked as an editor and second-unit director on some of Terrence Malick’s films. The Better Angels also stars Jason Clarke as Tom Lincoln, Diane Kruger as Sarah Lincoln, Brit Marling as Nancy Lincoln, and Wes Bentley as Mr. Crawford. For more on the film, watch the trailer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Wes Bentley. He talked about how he got involved in The Better Angels and what it was like to shoot with A.J. Edwards, Terrence Malick’s influence, how he researched the role, what he’s learned from the great filmmakers and artists he’s worked with, his experience with Christopher Nolan on Interstellar, upcoming projects like American Horror Story: Freak Show and After The Fall, what it’s like choosing between projects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- 0:14 – On whether he prefers Marvel or DC.
- 1:09 – On How he got involved with The Better Angels.
- 1:46 – Comparing the style of director A.J. Edwards with Terrence Malick.
- 2:58 – Bentley talks being in the moment as an actor.
- 4:41- On his reaction to the film the first time he saw it.
- 5:46 – Discusses atmosphere vs. incident.
- 7:04 – Bentley on what the last year of his career has been like.
- 7:59 – On working with Christopher Nolan on Interstellar.
- 9:09 – What he’s learned from the great filmmakers and artists he’s worked with.
- 10:04 – On what he brings to his roles as an actor.
- 11:05 – Discusses what it’s like to work with the IMAX cameras.
- 11:59 – On his favorite experience shooting Interstellar.
- 13:06 – Discusses his upcoming projects American Horror Story: Freak Show, After The Fall and what it’s like choosing between projects.
- 14:08 – How being a father factors into the projects he chooses.