Watch: Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell on ‘Conviction’, true stories, and the power of dancing

10.13.10 7 years ago

Thinking about it now, I’m surprised I wasn’t more nervous when I walked into this room.

After all, Hilary Swank’s got two Oscars, and Sam Rockwell is… well, he’s Sam Rockwell.  He’s just awesome.  That’s an impressive room.  One of the reasons “Conviction” is a film you sort of have to pay attention to, no matter what your feelings about the true story being told, is because of that casting.  The two of them together are indeed the best thing about the movie, the real heart of it, and putting the two of them together for an interview at the Toronto Film Festival was an irresistible opportunity.

In addition to being actors whose work I admire, these are people who always seem to be serious about their work, and who are very direct interviews.  You don’t want to walk into that room with nothing to discuss.  By this point in the festival, I was already starting to get a little punchy, but I made sure that when I walked in, I was bright-eyed and ready to go.

I’m actually surprised this was my first time sitting down with either of them, but it’s just never come together on any of their earlier films.  I think the end result is a good conversation that just got cooking about the time we had to wrap it up, but as frustrations go, that’s not a bad one.

Meanwhile, if you missed it, you can check out my review of the film.

“Conviction” opens in limited release on Friday and will be rolling out in the weeks ahead. 

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