The Call is an upcoming thriller starring Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Evie Thomspon. Directed by Brad Anderson (known for the movies: The Machinist and Transsiberian), this new film is about a veteran 911 operator named Jordan Turner (Berry). It was a normal day at work until Jordan receives a desperate call from a girl who has just been abducted. Turner must now face her worst fear when she finds out that this killer is from her past and she must harness all her strengths to save this young girl’s life. The Call also stars Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli and Jose Zuniga. Check out the interview with Halle Berry and Morris Chestnut on their new movie: The Call.
“Interview with Halle Berry And Morris Chestnut
SERGIO: So getting to The Call, you spend a lot of time talking to the kidnap victim (Breslin) on the phone which is difficult for any actor since there’s really no one there to have eye contact with and to relate to face to face. You basically have someone off camera feeding you her lines. How difficult is it to get you into a mindset as if there’s a real person in danger on the other end on the line?
HALLE: Well that’s where the imagination of the actor comes in. I have to imagine what’s happening But I did have, luckily for me, Abigail and I when it was my days to shoot she would come in and be sitting in a room next door talking to me. So I at least I had her real voice on the other end of the phone and not some reader who would give it no energy. And I did the same for her and that helped a lot. But I still had to create in my mind what was actually happening. So the horror of what I didn’t know is what I used. I didn’t know. I couldn’t see. I had to imagine what was happening.
SERGIO: Did you actually go to 911 centers and observe what they actually do and what the environment is like?
HALLE: Oh yes, I spent hours doing that days with the people listening to real life calls. They have a very intense training process that they go through, really intense and the statistics are that 80% of the people who go through training don’t graduate and don’t become operators.
SERGIO: It’s too hard, too intense.
HALLE: You have to be very intelligent, you have to be able to type at a record speed and you have to be able to spell because you have to type in names of random streets. If someone calls you for help and tell you where they are you don’t have time to ask: “Honey how do you spell that?” You have to type it out and then this gets translated to the police or the fire department or the ambulance. So you have to be able to spell, think on your feet and talk to the person on the phone and instruct them to do what you want them to do, then put them on hold and inform all these other people . So the person who can do that and stay calm and always be thinking is a different kind of bird, that’s a different kind of individual.
SERGIO: And Morris what about you, you play a cop in the film so you hung out with cops?
MORRIS: Yes we did several ride alongs for a couple of shifts prior to making the movie. It was very eye opening. (laughs) Just understanding to see what’s it like to see the world through their eyes being in a police car and seeing people look at you and automatically judge you. Some are happy to see you and some aren’t so happy to see you. So if was definitely eye opening to me.”
The original article can be read at IndieWire
The Call is scheduled to be released in cinemas on March 15th 2012.
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