February 5, 2015


One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Ten Thousand Saints.  Co-directed and co-written by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman and based on the novel, the film takes place in the late 1980s and follows “three lost kids and their equally lost parents” as they navigate the ups and downs of coming of age in New York’s East Village. The film stars Ethan HawkeAsa ButterfieldEmily MortimerJulianne NicholsonHailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch. For more on Ten Thousand Saintsread Adam’s review.

Shortly after the premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Emile Hirsch. He talked about who he plays in Ten Thousand Saints and changing his appearance for the film, the large volume of “shades of grey” characters in the movie, if he noticed people responding to him differently when he was in his character’s makeup and wardrobe, upcoming projects like Vincent-N-Roxxy, Craig Roberts’ Just Jim, and the John Belushi biopic, what he’s thinking about doing in 2015, the reaction to Lone Survivor, and a lot more.

ten-thousand-saints-hailee-steinfeld-emile-hirschAs usual, I’ve time indexed the interview to provide an overview of the conversation.

Emile Hirsch Time Index:

  • :20 – Would he be in for attending a screening and Q&A for Speed Racer with the Wachowskis? Talks about the cult popularity of the film.
  • 1:31 – Talks about who he plays in Ten Thousand Saints and changing his appearance for the film. Says he went straight-edge during filming.
  • 3:52 – Did he notice people responding to him differently when he was in his character’s makeup and wardrobe?
  • 5:44 – Discusses the number of “shades of grey” characters in the film.
  • 6:21 – Upcoming project. Talks about Vincent-N-Roxxy with Zoe Kravitz and Craig Roberts’ new film Just Jim, which he recently saw a cut of.
  • 7:06 – Talks about the reaction to Lone Survivor and how it became a cultural talking point.
  • 8:11 – What’s he thinking about for 2015? Says he’s looking at a Little Miss Sunshine-esque movie, a horror film, and the status of Belushi.


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