But what did he think about filming the movie in Pittsburgh?
Filming a pivotal scene inside the Fort Pitt Tunnel: ”It was incredible, it was really cool. I mean, the freedom that we had to go in there and do it, and there was nobody else and they shut it down at that time of night. The first time you did it, it was a rush, it really was,” bringing a flood of different emotions. “It was very powerful.”
Staying in the suburbs: ”Well, I liked the isolation. It helped me through the role, but then, on the weekends and some days off, I’d be able to travel into the city but rarely. I did only a few times.”
Researching the role: ”I did a lot of different things, but I’d say the key element to it all was isolation. Alone to my thoughts, alone with the script, just reading it over and over again, saying the words aloud, figuring out what’s going on in his mind and creating a clear arc for him. For his journey.”
Sharing the spotlight: ”It’s nice. Everybody has a great part. Stephen did a fantastic job of creating an amazing story but creating very complicated characters. I’m proud of everybody in the film and what they did.”
Translating a beloved book: ”Because of the fact that it’s so loved and has such a big fan base, it’s surprising that I didn’t actually have it on much of a pedestal for that reason. I was more focused on the challenges of the character’s arc.”
Pittsburgh memories: ”It was a beautiful place, and I had a really great time, great food and people. … I went to a Pirates game, that was a lot of fun. And it was just the most beautiful baseball stadium I’d ever been to, the way that it’s angled to the Downtown, it’s gorgeous.”
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