Roundtable with Brett Haley and Blythe Danner

                        Director and Star of ďIíll See You In My DreamsĒ

                        Dallas, Texas, April 9, 2015

 

Brett Haley:  Itís good to meet you.  Iím just so excited about actually getting this project made, particularly after we had to go with some public funding, which was interesting, because we found another 600 subscribers that way.  And getting Blythe Danner, well, that was just fantastic; sheís such an accomplished actor.

Blythe Danner:  Well, Iím not an ďAĒ list actor, and I was like, ďAre you sure you want me for this part?Ē  But I read it and really liked the character.  It resonated with part of my own life, about being introverted, and spending a lot of time alone, especially after my own husband died 12 years ago. 

Brett Haley:  Youíre ďAĒ list as far as Iím concerned!  I just love the way she carries such nuance into a role, all that Broadway training comes into play here, Iím convinced of it; she just figures out how to tap into a character.

Presbyterian Outlook:  Speaking of that, I was really impressed with the content you seemed to put in certain contexts, like when you were doing your ritual of reading ďThe New York TimesĒ out on your patio in the morning, it just seemed like we could almost hear the wheels turning within you.  If you donít mind my asking, was there something particular you were thinking while you were doing that, that seemed to convey so much internal working of the character?

BD:  (smiles) No, honestly, I was just reading the paper!

PO:  I have a question about how you feel this movie will play with faith-based audiences.  I write for a church publication.

BH:  Well, I think thereís a lot of spirituality here.  Martin (Starr, who played ďthe pool boyĒ) is a big Buddhist, and I think the meditative, contemplative way he went about things is definitely something faith-based audiences could identify with.  But we werenít trying to make a religious movie per se.  This is about life and love and disappointment and carrying on when things arenít going your way.  If youíll pardon the expression, for when the shit happens.  And it happens to everyone.

PO:  I just have one little quibble.  A social bridge player would never not have her cards sorted into suits.

BH:  Wait, we knew that.  I remember from that guy who gave us a briefing about bridge, but he was so negative---always saying ďdonít do this, never do that.Ē

BD:  He should know that you never tell an actress ďNo.Ē  You just re-frame the question in such a way that it could be interpreted as a positive flow going forward!

BH:  Youíre the first one to mention it, but I knew that some bridge player somewhere was going to catch us, because none of us really knows how to play.  Though we have lots of respect for people who do---itís a mentally challenging game!  My fianceeís Mom is really sharp, and Iím convinced itís partly because she plays bridge every day!

BD:  And itís one of the ways that Carol, my character, kept herself sharp, as well.

PO:  Thanks so much for your time.

BD and BD:  A pleasure to meet you!

 

 

Dr. Ronald P. Salfen is the Supply Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Kaufman, Texas