"That shit changed my life," Lawless star Shia LaBeouf said of Tom Hardy's Bronson. "I went home and wrote Tom a letter saying I was a fan. He sent me a script, and I sent him Lawless. He called me back and said, 'This is f--ing amazing.' "
"When John [Hillcoat] and Nick [Cave] get together, they are a particularly delicious pairing. John could get any actor he wanted. It would be like working with Martin Scorsese," Lawless co-star Guy Pearce told THR.
"We went to every other studio and every other distributor, and no one would touch it. They said there was no hope for a period film, and because it was a rural gangster movie, they couldn't wrap their heads around it," said Lawless director John Hillcoat of the arduous process of getting it to the big screen. He added that Shia LaBeouf was the only actor to stay on during the long process.
Lawless actor Dane DeHaan takes on the role of Cricket Pate in the John Hillcoat film. DeHaan, who also appears in the upcoming Devil's Knot and The Place Beyond the Pines, was one of a few actors who did a camera test to nab the part.
Australian actor Jason Clarke's Lawless casting happened at the best time. He has since landed Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Roland Emmerich's White House Down. "Good actors are putting material first," said Clarke. "Christian Bale is the automatic example. He's one of the biggest stars in the world, but look at his body of work: You don't know what he's going to do next."