See how they run Director Tom George wants to create a new kind of Whodunit [Exclusive Interview]

I want to talk about the top two. You have this odd couple, a seasoned detective who is frustrated with his luck, and an eager young cop. Can you talk about putting those actors on the same page? The tone they attack is specific, these sometimes tragic characters are also goofs by the nature of their circumstances.

I think casting will do a lot of things. You need to find actors who are conscious of the material and how to act it instinctively. And in some people, especially in Saoirse, they got it from day one. They understand how performance should work or can work best in this piece because you’ve got a world where that’s the theater world and that’s the period world, and that’s a secret. hidden murder. There is a danger that the performance may grow and become something theatrical in its own right. Those actors end up somehow playing this stage or playing the idea of ​​past currencies they’ve seen. And I’m really clear that I think the performances have to be part of the thread that makes this film so clearly a contemporary piece. That they should have a contemporary comic book tone to them. And that’s where Sam and Saoirse’s instincts lie. I think in general, and especially in this part, trust their writing to be funny if it’s straight forward and that they don’t need to over-exaggerate the comedy to exploit it.

The movie has a leg in reality, because “The Mousetrap” is a real play and you have some characters who are real people, like the young Richard Attenborough. But it is telling its own story. Can you talk about crossing the line between reality and fantasy? Is this an alternate reality?

That is a great question. I think part of the fun of the movie is that it draws on familiar elements of both the whodunit genre in terms of the characters and the kind of devices that drive those stories. And some real life characters [are] rooted in the time and place that was London in 1953 and especially in the context of the West End theatre, where the film is based. And I think the balance is not being enslaved to… It’s not a faithful biopic. I hope that we are coming to characters who are real life characters with love and respect.

And especially in the case of Dicky Attenborough, that was certainly our intention. And it is something [actor] Harris Dickinson and I talked above, to what extent should this be informed by his real life? It’s clear that this version of Dicky we’re showing here is a pretty specific type because he’s the type of actor who always seeks to inform his craft with observations of real people or the world around him. that. He’s always looking to use one for his next great performance. And I think that’s the aspect of the character that both Harrison and I were drawn to and not getting too bogged down in trying to tell the story of Richard Attenborough, but hoping to show him in an affectionate light because of him. is one of the greats.

There are a few obvious and not so obvious theatrical references in the dialogue. A character who literally says “the play is the thing”, but works with dialogue. One character says “He’s a real hound, Inspector,” a reference to Tom Stoppard. Are there other minor references in there?

[Writer Mark Chappell’s] scripts are dense with them, and from memory, the ones you pick out are definitely key. One of my favorites, though not a direct reference, is when Sheila said, how Agatha Christie would love it if someone took one of her stories and twisted it and manipulating it just for fun, this is very similar to doing our part. But in terms of intent or obvious allusion, when Mervyn said that unusual sentence when he first came on stage, when he said, “Is that the idea? Let the jade wilt? Let’s gather all the suspects and then interrogate each of us in turn until the mystery is solved?”

Well, “the jade grimace” is a line from “Hamlet,” and the play in the Hamlet play is called “The Mousetrap.” That’s where the title for the play Christie [came from]. So you can see it all starts to eat up over time, but at the same time, it’s important that you have the right things with the right balance. If there’s too much, what feels like a joke, I think that pushes the audience away. You know what we want these little Easter eggs for the true fans of the genre or of these plays and books, but if you missed it, don’t judge. There’s plenty of other fun stuff to get into, if that makes sense.

“See How They Run” is showing in theaters. See how they run Director Tom George wants to create a new kind of Whodunit [Exclusive Interview]

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