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Speaking with the stars of the new Child’s Play, it’s clear how much they enjoyed working on the film. After all, they did get the opportunity to try and scare the hell out of each other whenever cameras weren’t rolling. When it came time to being professional, though, director Lars Klevberg was able to run a tight ship… at least partially because he legitimately intimidated his cast.
This was something I learned earlier this month when I sat down with Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, and Brian Tyree Henry at the Los Angeles press day for Child’s Play. Apparently it wasn’t just Lars Klevberg’s physical presence that was a bit scary – as the filmmaker stands at nearly six-and-a-half feet tall – but that he also had a super intense job before pivoting his life and directing his first big Hollywood feature. Plaza explained,
I had asked the actors about the atmosphere on set, and how Lars Klevberg was able to set up a proper horror headspace for their performances. Apparently not much work was required, as when the actors weren’t goofing around, they were responding to military-esque structure. It was something that seemed to impress Brian Tyree Henry, who told me,
Lars Klevberg only recently got into the features game, but he has been directing for a few years now. In the past 15 years he has written and helmed a few shorts, and during the making of Child’s Play even had the opportunity to turn one of his shorts, Polaroid, into what technically exists as his directorial debut (as it was actually finished and released first – albeit only in Europe and Asia). The man has had an interesting life, and it could start taking some even more interesting turns following the release of the new Chucky film.
You can watch the stars of the new Child’s Play discuss their time working with Lars Klevberg by clicking play on the video below: