It’s not a character that I’d like to play, over a period of months.
BANA: I like the premise of having two people who are at polar opposites of something, that were forced to sit down and try to communicate their sides.
We see people holding their ground in arguments in 2018, where there just isn’t room to move. We’re constantly disillusioned because we see people so unwilling to yield or to listen or to mediate or to compromise.
I thought the premise was a really interesting one.
ERIC BANA: I read the script and loved it, and couldn’t believe that Roland was asking me to do it.
At that stage, Forest [Whitaker] was already attached, so I was able to read it with him in that role.
I took last year off because my son was in his final year of high school and I deliberately didn’t want to be traveling.
He also talked about trying to figure out what to do next, what he looks for in a project, and the possibility he might direct again.
I was just beside myself that he was coming to me to play Piet.
We had a couple of great long telephone calls and I said yes, straight away. Every actor dreams of finding scripts like this, but they’re very hard to come across.
And shooting in a real maximum-security prison most definitely gave the production a sense of urgency and palpable reality that you just wouldn’t have gotten.
It would have cost us a fortunate to recreate that on a set. For me, whilst you’re very on edge and there are very real dangers, it was vital. There’s a couple of things I’m looking at, but I’m not 100% sure yet.