“A Monster Calls” seems like a very different kind of movie from blockbuster fare like “Avatar” and “Alien.”
I was looking ahead at the four “Avatar” sequels looming over me, and the idea of doing a small, intimate picture that was all about relationships was very appealing. We actually got to rehearse; we even had a read-through! To be able to hear Liam play the monster, and to have us all tell the whole story together in the same room — people don’t realize how incredibly helpful that is. You carry that with you for the whole shoot.
But as familiar as Fossey's story is (thanks to the movie), there's still much that remains shrouded in mystery, from the identity of Fossey's killer to how Sigourney Weaver was able to ingratiate herself with Fossey's own gorillas during the filming. Here's the details behind the film, including the hardships involved in making it, which gorillas were fake, and what became of the poacher-threatened primates after the movie crew left.
1. Producer Arne Glimcher and Universal had acquired the movie rights to "Gorillas in the Mist," Fossey's 1983 best-selling memoir. Glimcher traveled to
The Alien star will return to the stage to play a journalist who helps a fire captain memorialise the men he lost at Ground Zero.
Weaver first took on the role in the months following the 2001 atrocities and the actress is eager to revisit the production, so she can again honour the fallen.
She tells the New York Post, "(At first everyone enjoyed) being together in a room for an hour and a half and being allowed to think about what had happened... Once the lights go down, you are open in a way you are not open when you are watching the news or reading the paper. You can think about things and have emotions and disagree and experience what's going on in the world in a more personal way."
The Guys will be staged at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a two-night run, beginning on Wednesday.
Weaver's husband, Jim Simpson, will direct.
The Avatar star, 60, who has received three Oscar nominations and bagged two Golden Globes, believes managing her family – daughter Charlotte, 20, and filmmaker hubby Jim Simpson – is more challenging.
“I think most of my life changing experiences have been as a parent and as a wife – for a mother, just getting your child through the school system is a heroic job, and when I think of my life, I don’t.
The Alien star married the theatre director in 1984 after just two months of dating, and they have a 19-year-old daughter, Charlotte, together.
Weaver admits it was love at first sight for her, but it's taken a huge amount of effort on Simpson's part to keep their relationship on track.
She says, "We met at a theatre festival party in 1983. I asked him to dance and he said, 'No.' I was crushed. Later he agreed to a date and two months after that we got married. He is a strong man to be married to someone famous, you have to be.
"He handles the fuss with grace. I get far more attention than him, but it's clear for both of us that his work is as important as mine."
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