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
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
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!
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
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