Liv Tyler Video Interview On 'The Ledge,' Patrick Wilson
Born into celebrity as the daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and model Bebe Buell, actress Liv Tyler, 35, has carved out a place in American popular culture that is all her own. She has appeared in such cult classics as Stealing Beauty, amassed critical acclaim in films such as That Thing You Do! and appeared in blockbusters like Armageddon, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Incredible Hulk.
Now, she is opting for darker fare by starring in The Ledge with Patrick Wilson. “There’s something sort of interesting about just not overthinking it too much and just fully trusting in the material and the talent involved and just kind of going off to make the film,” Tyler told Uinterview exclusively. “I had never really done that before and it was interesting.”
Tyler’s trust was tested again — she even had to be bound and gagged at one point in the Ledge shoot. “There’s a scene where I’m tied to a chair and I have a gag in my mouth and in some strange way I kind of enjoy those scenes, when there’s crazy things happening, or you’re under rain machines, or there’s crazy effects or action going on, or an intense emotion,” Tyler told Uinterview. “That heightened state is quite amazing — the challenge of that.”
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- Q: Hi Liv, this is Kat from Houston. What attracted you to this role? - capncat
- A: I actually met [writer/director] Matthew Chapman for the first time, I think, almost four years ago, and I read the script and had just never read anything quite like it before. It was really… obviously it’s a lot of complexities going on in there with all the different characters and beliefs and just the story. The movie didn’t exactly happen then. I always find it so interesting how things come together, and suddenly many years later, my best friend who’s a cinematographer, his name is Bobby Bukowski…Charlie [Hunnam] got attached to do the movie, and Bobby and I are friends with Charlie, they’ve been friends for years. It all sort of came together in this way, and Bobby was going away to make the movie, and literally got there and Matthew wrote me a letter and sort of re-offered it to me. I decided [to do it] and within four days got on a plane to Baton Rouge to make the film. There’s something sort of interesting about just not over thinking it too much and just fully trusting in the material and the talent involved and just kind of going off to make the film. I had never really done that before and it was interesting.
- Q: Hey Liv, this is Angel from Dallas, Texas. I wanted to know what scene in the movie was the most difficult for you to film. - Angel Belikov
- A: Honestly, a lot of times the scenes that are the most challenging are my favorite because they are so scary and the lead-up to actually doing them is so hard, and then I find that once I’m actually in them and doing them I really enjoy it. There’s a scene where I’m tied to a chair and I have a gag in my mouth and in some strange way I kind of enjoy those scenes, when there’s crazy things happening, or you’re under rain machines, or there’s crazy effects or action going on, or an intense emotion. That heightened state is quite amazing, the challenge of that, in a way.
- Q: Thanks. And did you know any people that were really religious like Patrick Wilson’s character? - Angel Belikov
- A: I’ve grown up around so many different kinds of people in my life from a very young age. I lived in many different places, and was raised by a lot of different kinds of people with different beliefs, politically, religion-wise. So I’ve always been quite curious about that in a way, and I have my own sort of beliefs. I found it very interesting being in the South, where we were shooting, because there was actually quite close to where we were shooting a very large Evangelical place – a huge building with a giant in the middle of this field. Honestly, Patrick is such an incredible actor and such a convincing person that I feel in some ways that just sitting with him and listening to him articulate these words and with such conviction express his beliefs, I saw a side…I felt like I could understand where he was coming from. It was quite a breakthrough for me. In general, in life you realize how quick you are to judge people based on their beliefs, not only in religion, but sort of people’s actions in life, and things that they do, and I had quite a profound understanding while making this film, just that we’re all so fragile, you know? Things happen in life that you don’t expect, and the way that, as a human, you cope with those situations is really different and unique for everyone and I found myself, instead of judging that, just sort of sitting back and thinking, wow, you meet someone and you really have no idea what they’ve been through in their lives, or how they’re getting through each day, and whatever it is that makes them be able to do that, and to have the hope and the belief to live their lives is, you know, okay.
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