Beautiful Boy, the film about a teen who kills himself after going on a shooting rampage at his college will be among those competing at the TIFF September 9 through 19. ¬†The film stars Maria Bello and Michael Sheen, and is directed by Shawn Ku.
A Movieline interview with Kyle Gallner about the film:
You‚Äôre also in a movie coming up called Beautiful Boy, where you‚Äôre the catalyst for a school shooting. Maria Bello told me about it and it sounded rough.
It‚Äôs an interesting movie. There‚Äôs been takes on Columbine and school shooters, and it‚Äôs always very sad and a difficult situation, but this is a movie where you see it through the eyes of the parents [of the killer]. The kid isn‚Äôt the main focal point; as you said, the kid is just the catalyst. People forget at the end of the day that these parents lost a child as well. They‚Äôre still going through a mourning process, and they have to deal with all the parents who blame them: ‚ÄúWhy did you raise such a monster? You must be terrible people.‚Äù Really, it might not have been their fault at all ‚Äî their kid could have been a loose cannon who never spoke to his parents.
How do you deal with the people who might not want to see that sort of story dramatized?
It is a difficult situation, but that‚Äôs the point of film: to push boundaries and tell things that have never been told and try to see things through different people‚Äôs eyes. I‚Äôve played a handful of evil or bad people, but for the most part, these kids kind of see what they‚Äôre doing as right. It makes sense to them, even if the rest of the world doesn‚Äôt understand. Everyone does something for a reason and these are terrible things, but it‚Äôs not like [Beautiful Boy] is making this kid out to be a hero.
Pics originally posted at Maria-bello.org.
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