'The Long Dumb Road' Cast Talk Reinventing the Classic American Road Trip
"It just feels iconic. When you think of a road trip, you think of seeing the cacti, the desert, so it was sort of a no-brainer to set the movie in that landscape," Hannah Fidell tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The cast of The Long Dumb Road discussed the challenges of revitalizing a well known genre and retelling the classic American road trip narrative.
Director Hannah Fidell specifically pointed out her desire to film the American landscape, coast to coast, and highlight the Southwest — providing a picturesque backdrop to a nightmare trip.
“It just feels iconic. When you think of a road trip, you think of seeing the cacti, the desert, so it was sort of a no-brainer to set the movie in that landscape,” Fidell told The Hollywood Reporter.
Unlike the scenic production schedule, which was tightly monitored, co-screenwriter Fidell revealed that the film’s title was never taken too seriously.
“Honestly, my [writing partner Carson D. Mell] and I wanted to see if anyone would tell us no,” said Fidell.
The film stars Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas as two men, Nathan and Richard, stuck at personal crossroads who decide to embark on an unplanned road trip together.
Mantzoukas noted that the filming locations offered the perfect backdrop to the comedic script.
“It really is like the beautiful, oftentimes panorama of the American Southwest juxtaposed with the claustrophobia of being stuck in the minivan,” he said.
In order to build chemistry between the two leads, Fidell advised the co-stars to partake in a close quarters activity before heading to set.
“[Jason and I] were forced to go into this escape room. I think that genuinely set the foundation of like, ‘Okay, we’re locked in a room together. We have to figure this out.’ It was a quick and easy way of figuring out roles, positions and chemistry,” said Revolori.
Revolori discussed how his own journey in the film led him to re-evaluate his notion of the American Dream.
“It’s outdated a bit,” he said. “It’s kind of an old way of thinking that there’s one specific path to get what you want, and I think that’s the biggest lesson [my character] learns.”
Watch the video above to hear the cast of The Long Dumb Road discuss their own nightmare road trips, the possibility of a sequel and more.