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The new film is a dramatic biography of troubled musical genius Wilson. The Beach Boy is played as a young man by Paul Dano and in later years by John Cusack, with Paul Giamatti playing his therapist, Eugene Landy, who involved himself in his patient’s life in unprofessional and exploitative ways.
The two actors sharing Wilson’s character worked in perfect harmony, Pohlad said. “I can’t say enough about them. There was great positive excitement on the set every day.” The script was written by screenwriter/director Oren Moverman, who splintered Bob Dylan’s personality into half a dozen incarnations in “I’m Not There.” Atticus Ross, composer of “The Social Network,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” remake and “Twilight,” is writing the musical score.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve done this, over 20 years. I wasn’t sure. If you’ve not directed for a while, you have dreams about not being prepared or getting to the set and having it all fall apart. It turned out great and felt very natural to get back into it.” As he prepares to show the film to distributors next week, “I’m excited about that but kind of keeping my head down to get the last needle dropped.”
Pohlad envisions it as a “late summer, early fall kind of movie” for next year, but he’s currently focusing on last-minute production details.
“I’ll let other people argue about” the release date, he said. “Until it’s done. Then I’ll argue about it.”
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