“I wrote this part for you.”
I’m fascinated by the phenomenon of writers writing parts for specific actors. It makes sense: a character needs a voice when you’re writing it, so you imagine it being someone’s specific voice. But that also seems like a potentially insulting situation. “Hey, I wrote this part for you in my movie: it’s about this junkie who beats up homeless people for kicks. You’d basically just be playing yourself! You have to do it!”
“A Bag of Hammers” writers Brian Crano (also director) and Jake Sandvig (also co-star) wrote Rebecca Hall’s part in the film specifically for her — no, she’s not a homeless abusing junkie — which led to a fun conversation about that very topic. We also spoke about the film, its complex mix of tones, and how that can make it tough to talk about with the press. Oh and hats made out of waffles. I promise, it will all make sense in context. We were joined in the interview by co-stars Jason Ritter and Chandler Canterbury who, as you’ll see, has nearly supernatural powers of cuteness (it’s all in the lower lip).