'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Cast Talks About 'Kevin' (Cannes)
CANNES -- Oscar winning actor Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly both took on roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsay, for one major reason.
"I would have made any film that Lynne proposed we do together," said Swinton at the press conference after Ramsay's Competition entry unspooled to the world's press.
Swinton's unswerving commitment to the project and Ramsay for more than three years kept it alive amid budgetary turmoil.
Reilly said he had been talking to his agent about his aim to work with the next group of great directors. "Lynne [Ramsay] was one of those and it came to me. I wanted to work with her on this," Reilly said.
Ramsay and co-screenwriter and husband Rory Stewart Kinnear also countered any thoughts of comparisons to 2003 Palme d'Or winner, Elephant, directed by Gus Van Sant, which also featured a high school massacre.
"This is not Elephant, Elephant was a high school shooting movie, the definitive school shooting movie. This [Kevin] is a movie about a family," Ramsay said.
Kinnear agreed simply pointing to the focus of Kevin being firmly set on the relationship between mother and son. The film doesn't show the shooting itself but rather portrays the aftermath of it, as imagined by Swinton's character.
18-year-old actor Ezra Miller, who plays the teenage killer Kevin in the movie, told the gathered audience that "too my horror, I do feel a little connected to Kevin."
Miller said: "It's a little scary. One of the intense realities of being a human is all sorts of good exists in all of us and all sorts of bad exists in all of us too."
A star is born.