Andrea Riseborough anod Christopher Abbott interview for Possessor Uncut

This week we got to sit down with the stars of the most excellent Possessor Uncut. The movie comes out Friday, I hope you all have the opportunity to check it out!



AJ Friar:
Well, Chris and Andrea, thank you so much for joining me at infamoushorrors.com What got you into Possessor Uncut?

Christopher Abbott:
How did we get-

AJ Friar:
Yeah, how did you get involved?

Christopher Abbott:
A long time ago, not a long time ago, but I got an email from Brandon about it and I had already seen his movie and loved it, and met with him shortly after in New York. And I don’t know, it was a no brainer for me. The script was precise and economic and smart, and being able to do a character where you’re essentially playing two people is actor wet dream. So it was pretty easy.



AJ Friar:
And Andrea, how about you?

Andrea Riseborough:
Similar. Shortly after that, shortly after Chris was on board, I was sent the script and then I agreed to meet Brandon and I just really think he’s an extraordinary director. I’d loved his first film and I couldn’t help but say yes.

AJ Friar:
And this movie was a little bit of a mind bender. So when you two were reading the script at first, did you have to read through it multiple times? Because I felt like it required multiple viewings after I had finished it the first time. So when you guys were preparing, reading the script, what were your thoughts after reading the script?

Christopher Abbott:
Well, the movie, it’s funny because the movie is quite… It’s very visual, so a lot of those elements that are in the movie that were, whether they’re camera tricks and stuff, that’s not necessarily on the page. So I think that adds, a lot of the visual elements, I think, add to the mayhem of the movie. But I think, no, I think the script was pretty… It was engaging and easy to read. I’m not saying that the material is easy material, but it was very, to me it was very clear. The characters were clear and what’s happening with it was very clear. So to read it again was only for out of enjoyment.



AJ Friar:
Andrea?

Andrea Riseborough:
Yeah, I echo those sentiments. I felt the same too. I felt it was very clear.

AJ Friar:
And how was it like for both of you to be working with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sean on this film? Because those are two legendary actors in the business and they’ve been around for so long. How was it like working with those veterans on set?

Andrea Riseborough:
Just extraordinary. Jennifer is the consummate professional. She was going through some pain. She had an eye thing going on and she just gave a sterling performance that was just incredible. And I felt like we were all holding our breath, watching her. It was a real pleasure.

Christopher Abbott:
Yeah. Agreed. You said Jennifer and Sean, is that what you said?





AJ Friar:
Yes

Christopher Abbott:
Yeah.

AJ Friar:
Yeah.

Christopher Abbott:
Sean was amazing, presence, offscreen and onscreen, and really enjoyed working with him and Jennifer, actually, I didn’t get to work with Jennifer on this. That was all Andrea, but Jennifer and I had done a play together years ago and I love her.



AJ Friar:
And while filming Possessor Uncut, were there any difficult scenes for you guys to film when you were on set with Brandon, given the physical nature or was there just anything difficult to film?

Andrea Riseborough:
I say, and please tell me if I’m wrong here, Chris, but pretty much everything. There was there was a huge sense of ease because Brandon has a very clear vision. Him and his DP Karim are so prepared and they’ve imagined everything before you’re there. In a sense, you slot in. So there’s a huge sense of ease to it in that way. But in terms of its difficulty, where we both had to go psychologically on a daily basis was pretty extraordinary. So I would say it was all pretty difficult.



Christopher Abbott:
I agree.

AJ Friar:
And this year being so on with how movies are being released, how do you guys react to the drive ins making a comeback. And with this film, it’d be cool to see this retro visual film at a drive in with people. So how do you feel about your film being released on drive-in screens?

Andrea Riseborough:
Yeah, that’s a great question rreally excited. Really, really excited. It’s strangely fitting.

Christopher Abbott:
Yeah, I agree, obviously this is all within the hope that everything’s temporary, but for the time being, I think it’s a cool way to see it. Obviously it would be nice if it was both regular theaters and drive-ins, but yeah, I thin very fitting in that way too. So can’t complain.

AJ Friar:
Yeah. With the visual and the sounds myself, I would love to see this in IMAX or Dolby cinema myself, but it is what it is this year. And guys, thank you so much for joining me infamoushorrors.com today.

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