Arnold Oceng (Mamere), scriptwriter Margaret Nagle, and Kuoth Wiel (Abital) were in high spirits for the press junket of “The Good Lie” in Nashville. They are all proud of the film starring Reese Witherspoon. In this interview, we talked about the inspiration in writing “The Good Lie,” how Oceng got the part, and Kuoth’s passion to helping refugees. “The Good Lie” opens nationwide on Friday, October 3rd.
“THE GOOD LIE”
They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In "The Good Lie," Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar(R)- nominated Foreign Language film "Monsieur Lazhar") brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war, star alongside Academy Award(R) winner Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll. -- (C) Warner Bros.
• Reese Witherspoon as Carrie
• Corey Stoll as Jack
• Sarah Baker as Pamela
• Thad Luckinbill as Matt
• Sharon Conley as Erin
• Mike Pniewski as Nick
• Joshua Mikel as Dave
• Arnold Oceng as Mamere
• Kuoth Wiel as Abital
• Ger Duany as Jeremiah
• Emmanuel Jai as Paul
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“The Good Lie” is a powerful movie about the strength of the human spirit. Reese Witherspoon is front and center in the film but the breakout stars are the Sudanese actors like Ger Duany playing the role of Jeremiah. Sitting next to him is comedienne Sarah Baker with Corey Stoll right beside her. In this interview, we talked about their interest in making the movie, Duany’s personal story, and what they want viewers to feel after watching the movie.
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So I was preparing to do my stand-ups for “The Boxtrolls” when lo and behold, Fish, scared the bejeesus out of me! And I laughed out loud!
Offiical “The Boxtrolls” Synopsis:
A family event movie from the creators of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" that introduces audiences to a new breed of family - The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family. Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable. (C) Focus
• Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Eggs
• Elle Fanning as Winnie Portley-Rind
• Ben Kingsley as Archibald Snatcher
• Toni Collette as Lady Portley-Rind
• Jared Harris as Lord Portley-Rind
• Nick Frost as Mr. Trout
• Richard Ayoade as Mr. Pickles
• Tracy Morgan as Mr. Gristle
• Simon Pegg as Herbert Trubshaw
• Dee Bradley Baker as Fish, Wheels, Bucket
• Steven Blum as Shoe, Sparky
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Back in July, I was invited to visit Laika in Portland, OR for “The Boxtrolls!” And let me tell ya, I’ve visited most animation studios but none can compare to the wonders of Laika! I mean, they have carpenters! They make physical things! Not just digital computers and a click of the mouse! So that was a great opportunity that I will cherish forever! But I will also cherish meeting Laika’s main guy, head animator and CEO, Travis Knight, and Isaac Hempstead Wright, the “Game of Thrones” actor who voices Eggs in “The Boxtrolls.” He is such a great and wise young gentleman and I had a fun interview with the actor. Take a look!
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The inclusion of Sir Ben Kingsley as the voice of the villain, Archibald Snatcher, adds gravitas to “The Boxtrolls.” How did he prepare for the role? You will be surprised and intrigued why he chose to add physicality to voicing his character. Take a look!
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