How The Glass Castle Prepared Stars For Blockbuster Roles

Woody Harrelson has had a long and colorful career. He is known for roles such as Billy Hoyle in White Men Can’t Jump, Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games franchise, Tallahassee in Zombieland, and serial killer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers. He recently starred as the Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes and is now starring as Rex Walls in The Glass Castle.

Brie Larson garnered massive success in 2015 in the movie Room, where she portrayed a troubled mother kidnap victim. She won several awards for the film, including an Academy Award for Best Actress. She then moved on to play a war photographer in Kong: Skull Island and was cast as Captain Marvel in the upcoming solo film of the same name. Brie is now starring as Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle.

Screen Rant got a chance to chat with Larson and Harrelson on press day, where we discussed how involved author Jeannette Walls was in the movie process, if Harrelson gave any advice to the kid actors, and how working on The Glass Castle has helped prepare them for future blockbuster films.

Quick question for the both of you. How involved was Jeannette in the process? Was she there with you guys?

Brie Larson: She came to set a couple of times, but mostly she was just available to answer all of the many questions that we had.

Woody Harrelson: Yeah. She made herself available. She’s super helpful.

How was the process of performing some of these scenes that she lived out? Because that must be a surreal experience for her and yourselves.

Brie Larson: Yeah.

Woody Harrelson: Yeah. I think the first time she came to set, we were doing quite an emotional scene and it was wild to be doing that knowing that she was sitting by the monitor watching.

Brie Larson: We were crying in scene and she was crying in real life...

Woody Harrelson: She’s crying.

Brie Larson: And then we’re all crying together. And it was a lot of crying.

Woody Harrelson: People think there’s a lot of tears. There is also quite a bit of laughter.

Brie Larson: In the movie?

Woody Harrelson: Yeah.

There is definitely some funny moments in there where Rex just punches the fiance right in the face. I love that scene. One thing I did have a question about Woody, specifically for you, was you got to act with all of these kids throughout different stages of life and the kids in this film were magnificent. Were there any bits of advice that you may have had for them as young adults?

Woody Harrelson: Well, I thought they were all pretty accomplished. All I did was try to make them feel comfortable and there was no way you could do wrong. Just to try whatever and not feel self conscious about it.

Another question I had was were there any stories from Rex and Jeannette’s point-of-view that may have not been told that were there? That maybe you wanted to see on screen?

Brie Larson: Hmm, I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean, there is so much more in the book. I mean, there is so much more in her life that we can fit into a two hour movie. But, I don’t know, we watched the movie last night and I feel really proud of it. I feel like it really takes you on this really incredible journey that has a beautiful path in the end, so I feel satisfied with the movie. There’s nothing that I wish was in it personally.

Woody Harrelson: That’s true. Yeah.

And last question I had for you is both of you have big blockbuster films on the way. Woody with the untitled Han Solo project and Brie with Captain Marvel and possibly The Avengers. How did this film in particular prepare you at all for those big future blockbusters?

Brie Larson: Well, it’s the same. They are the same thing really. It’s just more people on the set, but my job is exactly the same. It’s still just ends up being a scene with a person, feeling an emotion. I just feel like when you yell cut, you look out and there’s ten times more people. [laughs]

Woody Harrelson: That is true. [laughs]

Brie Larson: And the food is kind of better. That’s kind of the only difference.

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Key Release Dates
  • The Glass Castle (2017) release date: Aug 11, 2017
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