Toni Collette Tells Us What Makes The Way, Way Back Stand Out

By Kristy Puchko 2013-07-01 07:39:43discussion comments
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So, you guys shot on location in a real town. I heard the locals would gather around and watch you all and applaud. Jim Rash has said it was kind of like doing "theater in the round," how did that impact you guys working?
I forgot about that! It's true. Outside the house, which was Trent's Riptide, if we were shooting toward the house, pretty much everyone from the area would come (and watch). There was a field across the road and a little low wall, and everyone would just come sit on the wall. Day or night, there would be a little crowd. And the community was so welcoming, and the town itself was so endearing and more than leant what was necessary to the story. Sometimes it can feel off-putting to feel like you're being observed (while you perform) because that in turn can make you observe yourself when you're trying to be just present and free in the moment. But it never felt weird. It never felt weird. I mean, once or twice we maybe had a chuckle about it. But it was just such a lovely experience. It really was. We all lived on this one stretch on the beach.

I heard you got to bring your family too.
Yeah, yeah, my kids. And they were at the beach every day playing with other peoples' kids. We kind of just blended into the community. It was just a very positive energy to it.

I think that reads in the film.
Yeah, I think it comes through. You can feel it.

What do you think sets The Way, Way Back apart from its summer competition?
(Chuckles) Probably about $196 million dollars. (We both laugh hard.) Um…there's a lot of things that will set it apart. It's a great story and there are releatable characters. It will make you belly laugh. It'll move you to tears. I don't think that you'll get that (from the rest).

The Way, Way Back opens July 5th.
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