“Trouble With The Curve” Cast Interview

Collider has published an interview with Trouble With The Curve cast done last Saturday during the press meeting. Check some excerpts:

Trouble with the Curve is one of those classic Hollywood movies that will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart. The drama tells the story of Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but whose age is finally catching up with him. With an associate director of scouting (Matthew Lillard) chomping at the bit to replace him, in favor of computer predictions of players, his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) joins him on his latest scouting trip, in order to help him save his career, but quickly realizes that they may never be able to mend their strained relationship.

Amy, you have two incredibly contrasting roles opening right now, with Trouble with the Curve and The Master. What was it like to do those roles?

ADAMS: I shot them a year apart. I was glad I didn’t have to go back-to-back, or shoot them at the same time. That would have gotten difficult. But, I always enjoy accepting challenging and playing roles that are different. [Trouble with the Curve] was a lot of fun, playing a contemporary character who was someone that I could have been friends with and who has a lot of the same issues that I have. That was really a great challenge because I felt really exposed and vulnerable, playing someone who was so similar to myself, but at the same time, it was a great opportunity to explore a father and daughter relationship. You don’t see that a lot in films, so I was happy to do that. [The Master] was a totally different, surreal process that was completely and absolutely different from this. I had to lose myself in a character to which any similarities I had were not similarities that I wanted to bring out of myself. To lose myself in a character like that, it doesn’t feel as good, at the end of the day. Let’s just put it that way.

Amy, your character is very skilled at a lot of things, between baseball, playing pool and a little bit of gymnastics. How much of that is movie magic and how much of that are you really good at?

ADAMS: I’m really good at gymnastics, and that’s about it. I worked with a baseball coach on this, which was very empowering for me because I’ve never been a girl that was very good at catching a ball or hitting a ball, or anything like that. And I come from a family of jocks, so for me, it was really exciting to work with somebody who actually taught me that skill. I’ve always been really comfortable around athletics, I’ve just never been comfortable playing anything. So, to get to be on the side where you actually can at least pretend to have skill, it was empowering.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: And she’s an extremely good clogger.

ADAMS: That’s true!

Amy and Justin, you guys have such great chemistry in the film. Had you known each other, prior to this? What were your first impressions of each other?

TIMBERLAKE: Well, it was really uncomfortable for me ‘cause I had to beat [Amy] off with a stick.

ADAMS: Oh, yeah! It’s true! We met out at events and stuff, but I wouldn’t say I knew Justin until we worked together. My first impression of Justin, on set, was that he came in with a ton of energy and a lot of ideas. He just has an amazing work ethic, so he really surpassed any expectations I might have had of him, just as an individual. I have a lot of respect for work ethic, and Justin has got an amazing work ethic. There was an ease about working with him. I can tend to be very serious, and it was great to get to have that kind of banter. It felt very natural.

TIMBERLAKE: Well, I like to under-promise. No. We had a really great time working together. It’s interesting because Amy is elite, in this craft. We can start there. She talked about playing someone that’s close to her, but I really think she’s so amazing at finding so much of herself in every character that she embodies. It just so happened that this character happened to be a lot more serious. In talking to Rob, after I read the script, I had a lot of ideas on what kind of humor we could work on together, to inject into Johnny, and the fact that his character becomes what makes him so attractive to her. I don’t mean the character in the movie, but his actual character. But, he really antagonizes her and I felt like, if there was a way to do that and keep it grounded, at the same time, it would make for a nice connection between the two of them. At the end of the day, I think that her character does see that he is being honest. We all have issues with our parents, growing up. It becomes a thing, as adults, where we either break that chain or it continues to be the thing that holds us back from maybe our relationships with friends or significant others. But, there was an underlying consistency to Johnny that helped break that chain. And it was just fun to antagonize Amy, as well.