Flight is the latest film that will star Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Don Cheadle. In this mystery/thriller film, Denzel Washington plays the character of Whip Whitaker a very good airline pilot who was able to land his plane after experiencing a catastrophe in mid-air. He was able to save everyone onboard which basically makes him a hero. But as he studies the reason for the malfunction of his plane, he begins to find more questions than answers. These questions will lead him to question: Who was really responsible for what happened. Let’s take a look at an interview with Melissa Leo on her experience with her co-star Denzel Washington in the movie: Flight
“Co-Star Melissa Leo Talks About Her Scene With Denzel Washington In The New Movie Flight
The new suspense-thriller, “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington, had its world premiere on the closing night of the New York Film Festival Sunday, and the stars and director Robert Zemeckis were on hand to introduce the film.
In “Flight,” Washington plays Whip Whitaker, a pilot who lands a malfunctioning plane (in the most spectacular fashion) and saves most of the passengers on board. But an investigation into the incident reveals troubling truths about Whitaker’s lifestyle. (Watch the film’s trailer below.)
As Zemeckis called his actors onto the stage at Alice Tully Hall, including Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman and Melissa Leo, it became clear that while Washington is the lead, this is a strong ensemble movie, with even the smaller roles carrying — and stealing — crucial scenes.
One of those roles belongs to Leo, who performs in just one scene opposite Washington. But it proves to be a pivotal one.
Speakeasy caught up with Leo, who won an Academy Award for her performance in “The Fighter,” at the “Flight” after-party at Stone Rose Lounge. Read the edited transcript below.
How did you prepare to play a National Transportation Safety Board attorney?
Mostly I worked by myself learning those lines. Very complicated, different kind of language for me. I can’t remember anymore what a “rotor pin” is, or whatever it is I was talking about. You sort of learn it by yourself. The rest of them were all busy shooting the film already. But I’ll tell you, Mr. Zemeckis’s team had an incredible costume. That little red jacket [worn by Leo's character] in a sea of blue is fantastic. The hair and makeup, the property department, it actually put the entire script into those pages I’m looking at.
Your scene with Denzel Washington is powerful. How many takes did you do?
We worked all day long. We did it again and again, from this angle and that angle. As you see, both of us show up on these screens, and that was being shot in a different manner than the rest of the film being shot. So you never really knew which camera was facing which direction, which was a blessing to both actors because we just played the scene all day long. Denzel, by my witness, was perfectly willing to go there. Just sit in Whip’s [state] all day long and answer the questions, and come to the climax — not once as it does in the film, but again and again and again throughout the day.”
Click here to read the rest of the interview at Wall Street Journal
Flight is going to be released in cinemas on November 2nd 2012 and is directed by Robert Zemeckis.
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