‘The Way, Way Back’ Cast & Crew Interviews: Nat Faxon And Jim Rash

nat and jimThe Way, Way Back is the coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell), the gregarious manager of the Water Wizz Water Park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget. This film is the directorial debut for Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) and this is the third of four posts where you will hear what the cast and crew had to say about being a part of the film.

This interview features Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.  Nat and Jim are the writers and directors of The Way, Way Back.  While having written together before (winning an Oscar for their script for The Descendants), as well as having acted in other films and TV shows (many may specifically know Jim Rash as the Dean on Community) and additionally having small roles in The Way, Way Back as employees at the water park, they guys gave themselves the additional task of making this their directorial debut.  In the interview, the two discuss developing the story, production problems, how they handled stress versus having fun on set, acting while directing, casting the film, and developing a style as directors.

The following clip is a recording of this interview, which was done in a roundtable style, featuring Faxon, Rash, myself, and a few other film journalists.  I will note that there may be a few spoiler-ish elements discussed about the film, along with some language for those who may be concerned on that level.  Regardless, please enjoy the clip, as I had fun participating in the conversation!

The Link Can Be Found Here

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The Way, Way Back opens in limited release on July 5 and will expand to more theaters during the summer.

My review for the film can be found HERE

and the other interview posts can be found HERE.

You can learn more about the film at its official website: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thewaywayback/

Check out the trailer for the film below:

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Aaron is a writer/reviewer for WhySoBlu.com. Follow him on Twitter @AaronsPS3.
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