Flight Star Kelly Reilly Talks Addiction And The Fear Of Acting With Denzel

By Sean O'Connell 2012-11-21 11:15:01discussion comments


Weíre making a big deal about Zemeckis and his return to live-action. He gets a lot of credit for being a technical director, but I feel he deserves even more credit for the performances he routinely gets out of his stars.
Yeah! I think that often gets overlooked. People talk about his eye for action, but they forget that the way he deals with characters Ö heís so layered, and so compassionate toward all of his characters. Even the ones that weíre supposed to hate, he makes us find ways to love them. And thatís not just the actors he gets to play them. Thatís Zemeckisí view on them.

As a non-actor, Iím not sure Iíd ever be able to overcome the butterflies knowing I had to perform opposite Denzel Washington. Was that an issue, or am I making a big deal out of nothing?
Well, I had to get over that during my screen test. On day one of filming, it was almost like Iíd already gone through training, and it was time to step into the ring, you know? Youíd already gotten yourself into the mindset. Itís not longer about Denzel Washington. You forget that. But mostly, I was just doing my side of things and working with this man. It canít be, ďOh my God, this is Denzel Washington!Ē Otherwise Iím not doing what I need to be doing.

But on my screen test, it really was like, ďHoly shit, this is terrifying! I really donít want to mess this one up.Ē The way I feel about it, though, is that Iím not 21 anymore. Iíve worked a lot. Iíve got a lot of experience. Iíve worked with some wonderful people. And I just reminded myself of that as I walked into the room. I can be in that room -- you know what I mean? I can hold my own in that room.
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