with Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison
and Star of “The Iron Orchard”
Texas, February 20, 2019
Ronald P. Salfen, DFW Film Critics Association
Ron Salfen: One
of the things that struck me about the movie is that it started in 1939,
and I kept thinking, “Soon we're going to get some mention of World War
II, “ but there was none.
Ty Roberts: Yeah,
that was a whole tangent we explored.
In the book, it mentions that being an oil field worker saved him
from the draft.
because the oil production was vital to the war effort.
But when we filmed a scene about it, it didn't resonate like we
wanted it to, so it hit the chopping block.
It did not make the cut. And
my grandfather was in the oil patch in the 30's and 40's and did not go to
the War, because he was servicing oil rigs.
So I wanted to put it in the movie, but it's not a one-line deal.
It became an intricate thing involving more than 11 minutes, and I
decided there were other parts I wanted to include instead.
And we also weren't doing anything else in the society that
reflected the War effort, either, so it just didn't fit. Honestly, when we
do the television series, we'll devote a whole couple of episodes!
Lane Garrison: You know, usually you read the book
first and then the script, but I read the script first, and didn't know
the book existed. I was so
blown away by the script, and I was amazed to discover that many others
have approached this, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford,
producer after producer, but nobody could crack the code until now.
That tells you something about the power of the story.
RS: In the
“for what it's worth department,” I was waiting for you to get back
know, it's funny, my Aunt said to me, “You are such a jerk.
What you did to that poor young lady.”
(laughs) You know, it's
about the oil industry, but I'm kind of a good, old-fashioned romantic,
hey, I loved “Titanic,” and I'm not ashamed to say it!
There's a great love story there, and a great lesson for us
stubborn guys about what life and love is all about.
I'm blown away by all of it, and so happy to be out here promoting
it. You know, the first guys
we showed this to were oil men and their wives, and at the end of the
movie, we get a standing ovation, so I knew we had something special.
RS: I like
the way you developed that relationship with Lee, from the first glances
on the truck, then she offers you the ride, and it's all awkward.
funny, Ali's from Chicago, and the rest of us were Texans.
It's 115 degrees, a swarm of tarantulas, she'd never seen a cow in
his life. I remember asking Ty,
“I don't know about this actress; I don't know if I can work with
her.” And he says, 'Just
trust me, man.' “ And I
thought the romance part was beautiful---so beautiful my wife will not
watch this film! (laughs) You
know, when Ty was directing me, he would say, “Give me that Jim McNeely
swagger,” and he'd walk away.
TR: He had
the elements down; he didn't have to dig too terribly deep for that.
He was the person made for this role.
All I had to do was give him certain direction for specific
moments, especially when there were a lot of changes in the character.
But he is the guy; he tapped into it very easily.
book was such a great backstory. And
I had a very similar upbringing as Jim McNeely, and it just struck a chord
first reaction of you with Mazie was “How could you?”
And later I thought that it kind of vindicated your previous
rejection by her.
LG: Yes, I thought his motivation in general stemmed
from his early upbringing, he wanted respect.
But the finances are not what make men worthy.