One of my favorite films from this year's Sundance Film Festival was The Hollars. You can find my review here. I was lucky to get some time with a few members of the cast, particularly Margo Martindale, Charlie Day, Josh Groban, and Sharlto Copley.
As we sat comfortably and cozily on couches inside the warm Acura tent in Park City, I was able to learn a great deal about all four of these amazing actors and their film.
Charlie Day discussed fatherhood in a rather comical fashion, with an interesting take on the moment after you are given the responsibility of taking care of a child, after leaving the hospital:
"I had a child and let me tell you. That's, that's the greatest and your heart is full of so much love and at times you're like 'this is the craziest decision that we've ever made.' And we're responsible for this person's life. They're in the backseat of a car.' Suddenly there's a child that's yours. And you bring it in your house!"
Margo interjected as well, talking about how you spend 9 months with the child inside you, and suddenly it's outside in the world and you have a surreal moment of joy and disbelief.
I thought that was one of the best moments from our chat, and if you see the film you'll understand even further as to how that familial bond plays into the themes within the movie.
The group agreed that when they go back to their hometowns, they're received warmly and pick up where they left off
"[Reconnecting] is very easy. I mean, we went to elementary school together and junior high together, and high school, and it's just how we were. Nothing changes."
"So, I've got a pack of neighborhood friends. And uh... I try to get home to see them once or twice a year. And I don't feel like myself when I'm not around them for a little bit. And the more I'm doing all this crazy Hollywood stuff... the further away from that person that I am with them I get. And that's the person I am and the person the audience sees and I always need to get back to that."
"I get it. It's really hard sometimes, you always become your truest self when you're with those people."
Charlie then interjected:
"They also don't give a shit about... anything you do."
To which, the whole group agreed and shared a hearty laugh.
Sharlto weighed in on the awkwardness of pursuing a creative life (and in his case succeeding) and having to deal with a little bit of a disonnect from relatives
"I know what you're talking about. All my family still lives in Cape Town, and they see each other all the time. And I can relate to [the film] and how they sort of feel maybe like I abandoned them or something. But I'll try to make efforts to talk once a week to my brother for example. When I'm not doing that for a while, I go back and I'm a little bit of an outsider. They kind of have their family stuff between one another and you're sort of safely removed from it, but not quite."
You'll certainly enjoy this film, and I hope this makes you want to go and see it. It's worth it, and I hope that this film gets the recognition it deserves.