Producers Thad Luckinbill, Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill Talk THE GOOD LIE, Working with Non-Professional Actors, Story Changes, and More

     October 2, 2014


Opening this weekend is the inspiring film The Good Lie.  Director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), the film tells the story of “Lost Boys of Sudan” who were uprooted by the brutal Sudanese Civil War that started in 1983.  Young orphans of war, both boys and girls, trekked thousands of miles on foot through hostile, treacherous terrain to escape the violence and find safety.  Before 9/11, the United States had a program to bring survivors to America and help them get acclimated to their new lives.  Thousands were brought over.  The Good Lie tells the story of a few of these survivors.  Starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, and Sarah Baker, The Good Lie will remind you about what’s really important.  For more on the film, watch this featurette or the trailer.

Last week at the Nashville press day, I spoke to producers Thad Luckinbill, Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill.  They talked about how they got involved in the project, the use of non-professional actors in key roles, if the story/script changed during production, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Thad Luckinbill, Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill:

  • How tough was it to get the project made?  They talk about their production company and why they wanted to make it.
  • How they used non-professional actors and how it came about.
  • Did the story/script change during production?


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