Kelly Reichardt describes shooting scenes with Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning for Night Moves:
MM: These three characters are so distinctive and so alive in the way they interact with each other, the way they move. Could you talk briefly about working with the three actors? I was shocked to read in the press notes that you met Peter Sarsgaard on the set.
KR: Yeah, we had only spoken on the phone. We were both stressed when we met. It’s always bad because actors are in their own world: “I’m gonna do it like this.” “Nice to meet you. OK. Get rid of the glasses. Get rid of the hat. You’re not doing that.” “What?!” They’ve already worked, so you’re just like, “OK, we’ll have to figure this out on the way.” I sent them all kinds of stuff: films, books, pamphlets, newspaper articles, whatever. So I had the least amount of time with him, but he had already read a lot of the stuff. Jesse, of course there was no end of research that he would want, and it’s really fun research. There’s a lot to look at. He went and lived on the farm, stayed in the yurt. And Dakota said she never opened the box. [laughs] So you’re not really working it all out. Jesse and I would run a scene together, but they’re not all three talking to each other until you’re on the set. And the first scene we did with them, we did in the pouring rain. [laughs] I try to romanticize if for myself, like “This is the way it should be! It’s adding to the movie that it’s like this!” ’cause it’s just like, what we have.
MM: I would totally buy that.
KR: I guess on some level so do I. The productions have no more of a net than whatever’s happening in the movie, for all these films, and the actors are not off in a camper waiting for us. We need all hands. Jesse has to drive the truck whether he’s on camera or not. There’s this “in it” kind of thing. There are rough patches for sure. One of the biggest gifts is if an actor comes with their own ideas and is fully willing to trust you. That’s asking for a lot, and when people are that way, it’s a really big gift. Peter did something: He will do a character in a lot of different ways each take, and I hadn’t really had that experience before. It was really scary on set and it was really fun in the editing room. I was just like, wow.
MM: Just the way that they interact, like that diner scene, the way they talk to each other, her being sarcastic, trying to find a way in, socially, and him just quiet and then shutting her down with a single word, and Harmon being so lackadaisical about the whole thing.
KR: It’s sport, for him.
MM: It’s really interesting, that dynamic, and feels very authentic.
— Interview by Josh Ralske for MovieMaker — The 50-year-old road trip: Kelly Reichardt on Night Moves
Night Moves is showing in select US theaters
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