‘Wounds’: Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz and Babak Anvari on Their Sundance Psychological Horror

     February 1, 2019

One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer-director Babak Anvari’s (Under the Shadows) psychological horror movie Wounds. The film is about a bartender (Armie Hammer) in New Orleans whose life starts to unravel after he takes home a phone left at the bar. Trust me, Wounds has some pretty messed up imagery and it’s definitely worth seeing when it comes out in theaters. It’s also one of those films where the less you know the better. The film also stars Dakota Johnson and Zazie Beetz.

Shortly before the world premiere I got to sit down with Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz and Babak Anvari at the Collider Studio in Park City for an exclusive video interview. During the wide-ranging conversation, they talked about what the film is about, what it was like filming in New Orleans, how they all first met, why working with cockroaches sucks, memorable moments from filming, and more.

In addition, the three played “Get To Know Your Sundance Attendee” which includes a number of questions like what TV show they’d like to guest-star on, what’s their favorite fantasy or sci-fi movie, what film scared them as a kid, their first movie or TV show crush, if they prefer Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, what got them interested in the entertainment industry, and a lot of other fun stuff.


Image via Kia Motors

I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, the all new 2020 Kia Telluride, which was transporting filmmakers to our studio in celebration of the debut of the all new model, Kia’s first eight-passenger SUV that is several inches longer and wider than the brand’s award-winning Sorento.

Libations flowing at the Collider studio and parties were provided by LIFEWTR, Tequila Comisario, Sensi Tuscany Wines, Blue Moon Belgian White and Dragonfly Coffee Roasters. Food during the evening parties was provided by Greene St. Kitchen of Palms Casino Resort helmed by Chef Du Cuisine Lanny Chin. Brand partners also active during the day-part include mou, a luxury footwear and accessories line, and The Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall who was on-site with the world’s first ‘virtual reserve’.

Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.


Image via Sundance

Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz and Babak Anvari:

  • What the film is about and who they play.
  • What was it like filming in New Orleans and why did they want to film there?
  • The casting process and what their first meetings were like.
  • What did they learn from early screenings that impacted the finished film and when did the cast see it?
  • Memorable moments from filming talk. Armie shares what he did to prank Babake.
  • Why working with cockroaches sucks.
  • They play Get to Know Your Attendee.
  • What TV show would they like to guest star on and what would Babak like to guest direct?
  • Favorite sci-fi or fantasy film.
  • What film scared them as a kid?
    What was their first movie or TV show crush?
  • wounds-armie-hammer-zazie-beetz-babake-anvari-interviewDo they own and movie or TV show props?
  • Have they watched any TV show all the way through more than once?
  • Star Wars or Star Trek?
  • Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad?
  • Han Solo or Indiana Jones?
  • Do they remember what it was that got them interested in the entertainment industry?

Here’s the Wounds synopsis from Sundance:

Will is a bartender in New Orleans. He has a great job, great friends, and a girlfriend, Carrie, who loves him. He skates across life’s surface, ignoring complications and concentrating on enjoying the moment. One night at the bar, a violent brawl breaks out, which injures one of his regular customers and causes some college kids to leave behind a cell phone in their haste. Will begins receiving disturbing texts and calls from the stranger’s phone. While Will hopes to not get involved, Carrie gets lost down a rabbit hole investigating this strange malevolence. They’ve discovered something unspeakable, and it’s crawling slowly into the light.

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