This was such a wonderful and expansive role for Woody Harrelson.
I’m happy to present it to the world and share it with people.
I’m going to enjoy that aspect without wondering if the cow is going to sell at the market.
] I’m just hoping I don’t try to fill up that space with angst about something else.
My hope is to go into the Festival and look at it as a celebration of the film.
You’re seeing it slightly at arm’s length, which can be helpful.
Sometimes there’s a danger when you direct your own stuff that you can become precious about it and cling on to things that don’t serve the movie as a whole just because you love them.
That’s actually every character in Many of the events in Wilson’s life are tragic, but you find the comedy in them. The real key to the whole piece is striking that balance between the hilarious and the heartbreaking. He’s the perfect example of someone who gets back on the horse.
Yes, there are a lot of heartbreaking events in his life, but I think it has a lot to do with Wilson’s attitude toward them. He does pass through something in his journey, whether it be a bit more self-awareness or a better sense of how to interact with the world. I think it’s the character that allows you to take these tragic events and see the comedic value in them.
It’s a rarified position to be in, so I’m not taking it for granted for a second.