Laura Dern on ’99 Homes’, John Lee Hancock’s ‘The Founder’ & ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

     October 17, 2015


One of my favorite movies of 2015 is Ramin Bahrani‘s heart-wrenching look at the foreclosure crisis, 99 Homes. Inspired by true events, the film stars Michael Shannon as a businessman who makes a comfortable living serving eviction notices and carrying out removals of people from their homes. Andrew Garfield is a single father who experiences Shannon’s work first hand, but is then given the opportunity to try and get his house back by working for Shannon’s character.

Besides the amazing performances by both Shannon and Garfield, what’s exceptional about 99 Homes is the way Bahrani lets scenes play out by refusing to embellish them. At times you feel like you’re in the middle of a documentary because Bahrani likes to use real people, and that authenticity works flawlessly in the film. Trust me, you want to see this movie. It’s one of my favorites of 2015. 99 Homes also stars Laura DernNoah LomaxTim GuineeJ.D. Evermore, and Clancy Brown.

During my video interview with Laura Dern, she talked about why he wanted to work with Ramin Bahrani, what about the subject matter surprised her, what it like for her after The Fault in Our Stars hit theaters, the Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project, her work in John Lee Hancock’s The Founder, and a lot more. Watch what he had to say below. 99 Homes is now in theaters.

Laura Dern:

  • What was it like after The Fault in Our Stars came out?
  • Was it an immediate yet when she got the script?
  • What about the subject matter surprised her?
  • How did the project change during development?
  • Talks about the Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project.
  • Talks about her work in John Lee Hancock’s The Founder.


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