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Isabel Lucas: Gender & Love Complexities in Adventure

Isabel Lucas stars in the recent film In Like Flynn. The film shows you the high lengths a man named Errol Flynn that went on to explore what life has to offer. Lucas talks about her character’s connection, family and more.

ATM: What can you assess about Errol’s perspective of adventure?

IL: Imagine someone putting all his coins in one basket to buy a boat and go to a journey to somewhere he has never been before. I am not sure. What is an adventure? It is all so relative to each person. He went on these big random escapades. In the film, we follow him through the earlier years of his life. I did not know this myself that before he became an actor Errol Flynn had gone on all these adventures. This is what made him the charismatic man he was and is.

ATM: What is an adventure for you?

IL: Good question. Maybe it’s easier for me to consider what an adventurer is. An adventurer is not afraid of taking risks, someone who wants to get closer to the juice of life, be passionate about their life and doing things that are not safe or easy but makes them feel alive. – What about you? What do you think is an adventure?

ATM: An adventure is not necessarily dangerous, but it is that internal moment when you take a risk and you are able to overcome this risk and feel happy.

IL: Yes, this makes sense.

ATM: Do you think your character Rose had a chance to dabble into adventure like the men?

IL: That was such a different time then. These days, women can do this more easily, they are liberated. They can make choices that feel freeing for them. I don’t think women were able to do this in the same way as men were during Errol Flynn’s time. Maybe they were dabbling in adventure as you say, but they’d certainly have to face a backlash. Rose was attracted to someone who was an extreme daredevil. She was incredibly brave to go on her own adventure looking for him, traveling from coast to coast. She shared this with him in the scenes. You know, maybe when we fall in love, we become an adventurer in a more internal sense. We go out on a limb. We are going to places where we have not been before. We make these irrational decisions, but they feel right. They are bold decisions, but they are from a place of love, passion, and wanting to live on the edge. Maybe in this way – more internally – she was very adventurous.

ATM: So, women are more of an adventure internally and with their emotions. They are adventurous with love and it shows with the words they say. Also, in the charismatic or passionate words women say to their male lover or lover. This is typically in a literary sense taking a risk also. You are saying words that are based on your emotions, but you do not know how the male or the other person is going to react.

IL: Exactly, this is the point. When we are in love, we become like an “adventurer of the heart.”

ATM: We become like little kids again.

IL: Yes. This is why we all love this experience and why an adventurous spirit is attractive to us and a beautiful thing. It’s attractive to see it in people and when I feel this in myself. It’s about completely living on the edge of life, feeling closer to why we are all here and being really alive.  In this way, this energy inspires me and connects us to the love of kids. They are playful, young, and have not been hurt by life.  

ATM: Sometimes when people fail or mess up at something when life hurts them it closes the internal need for an adventure. They do not try anymore and just become more content in life. The adventurous streak is gone. This could be with a heartbreak or a relationship.

IL: This is why resilience is important whether we get our heart broken or have a car accident. We get hurt physically and emotionally. This is life. The real question is how do we still say yes to life and open our hearts again and soften rather than become over-protecting and guarded? It is important to repair, nourish and nurture yourself after you have been hurt. It is important to know to get this feeling back -the childlike, joyful, and adventurous spirit. Otherwise, we become hardened and close down our hearts. You then do not care for yourself or other people as much because you are afraid of being hurt. It is good to learn about being hurt and come back from this.

ATM: When has been a time you have sought an adventure or lived on the edge of life?

IL: I feel this happens when doing a movie. Most actors have a huge amount of self-doubt. I have talked to Christian Bale, John Hurt, Ben Mendelsohn and have learned mainly that actors all go through the same internal struggle, “What am I doing here? I cannot do this…” and it can happen right before shooting. It feels like this, “Yes, this is my job and I like doing it, but it is also scary” right beforehand. – It is also a risk. What is everyone going to think about it? This is an unknown territory. I take it day by day. So, for me living on the edge has been mostly related to work. 

ATM: Describe the authenticity seen in Errol Flynn during the times of pre-Hollywood?

IL: It does not mean that when working in Hollywood you become fake. A lot of people do care what other people think of them. It is a human trait to want to be liked and look for validation, but wanting to get a positive response from people, I think, can also be unhealthy. We can become quite inauthentic and very concerned about what people think. This is why I think Errol Flynn was attractive. He was living his own truth.

ATM: What is the difference between the customs and social norms in America and Australia?

IL: I have heard people describe Australia as being comparable to America during the 40s, 50s, 60s. In that sense, they really appreciate Australia because it felt like the 40s in America when everyone came to start their own dream. It is kind of related to openness to life. Australia is not as important on the world scene as America and political issues and baggage that weigh down society are less impacting.  Maybe there is a little bit more freedom here.  

ATM: How and what did your young adult self-view as life in Australia?

IL: My family moved around a lot which affected me considerably. We lived in different parts of Australia which are all very beautiful in their own way: in the south (Melbourne), the north (Kakadu National Park) and on the north-east coast (Cairns, near the Great Barrier Reef).  My mother grew up in Switzerland and we spent some time there as well. I went to school in Switzerland when I was 7 and again at 15. I felt a new familiarity with nature in Australia when I returned. In noticing the difference in the landscapes between the two countries, the beautiful land, the forests and the rainforests, and I discovered the coral reefs. It was such a colorful, very aesthetic and beautiful underworld treasure! Nature had and has a big influence on me. 

Tammy Gillis Talks ‘A Dog’s Way Home’

Photo Credit: Jostin Del Rosario

We had the opportunity to speak with Tammy Gillis of ‘A Dog’s Way Home’. Read this exclusive interview where Tammy tells us about working on the beautiful film.

ATM: In ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ a dog, Bella, travels 400 miles in search of her owner, Lucas. She completes the journey.

 I find that some humans would maybe not take on this type of expedition, do you feel like this is the type of adventure that only a dog would be loyal enough to travel that far?  

TG: This is interesting that you say this. There are a lot of distractions in life. The connection that Bella makes with Lucas in the beginning when he gets her as a puppy, is such a strong connection. Dogs have this amazing loyalty. Something that just popped into my mind, my mom was sick for quite a while and we had a rescue dog that would not leave her side if, ands, or buts. He was there for her 100%. It made me think about George H.W. Bush who just passed away recently. They have a beautiful picture of their dog laying on the floor beside his coffin. A dog’s loyalty is absolutely incredible.

ATM: Since dogs cannot talk English or any human rhetoric, why do you think they take on these humanistic traits like we do?

TG: We are all essentially animals in some sense. There are some absolutely hilarious and amazing pictures online of dogs. They look like they are smiling. My sister has a lab and she come to greet you at the door every time. She smiles and shows her teeth. It’s pretty adorable but also intimidating. Some people can be a little concerned. She’s not angry, she’s smiling because she is happy you are here.

ATM: I think that dogs see the smaller things in life. Whereas, we tend to miss the smaller things and see the larger things in life.

TG: We all need to be more like dogs.

ATM: It is in human nature for us to miss the smallest things. We always concentrate on the larger things in life. Sometimes there is not much beauty in the larger things. There is more beauty in the smallest things, which one day becomes the larger things.

How can concentrate on the smaller things in life boost someone’s sense of living?

TG: I love the idea of this. It is something I actually practice in life. The older that I have gotten, I have realized the things that make me the happiest and are the most important to me are the smaller things. I have a couple of these candle holders in my house that say, “Something Beautiful Is On The Horizon.” At the end of the day, I always take a moment to look back and think about something I am grateful for. More often than not, I find that there is always something to be grateful for, even a small thing. It could be a small encounter with a stranger. You help them out or they helped you out and it just made a big difference in your day.

ATM: Had you worked with animals on set before ‘A Dog’s Way Home’?

TG: I have! There was a movie where a director had just rescued a dog after the floods in Texas. He only had her for about a month, she was terrified and would not come out from under his desk when he first got her. She opened up and started to trust him. It got to the point he would bring her onset. We were shooting in Victoria, BC on the water. It was a really emotional scene for me. The dog kept coming over and putting her head on my lap because she could tell I was upset. Dogs can really tell when someone is hurt, and they can very much be there for you. They can help take care of you and let you know you are not alone.

ATM: How was it working on set of ‘A Dog’s Way Home’? Were there any challenging moments?

TG: There is a scene that is a tough moment between Lucas and Bella being parted from each other, this scene personally was so hard to do. It was heartbreaking to think about taking this beautiful dog of its owner. It was hard to be separate those feelings while playing a police officer.

ATM: What traits does a dog carry have that are similar to a police officer? I would think territorial

TG: Territorial, protective, and loyal. They are willing to get in the line of danger to protect someone. Especially, if they are really loyal to their owner and also for children and puppies.

ATM: Regardless of whatever species, it is in a women’s nature to be guarded. When you see females, they often times do not leave the sight of their puppies no matter what. This is in a women’s nature period.

TG: I agree. The momma bear comes out in everyone.

ATM: If a woman is pushed far enough, then that momma bear comes out. Has this trait ever came out in you?

TG: For sure. I am also a Scorpio, which makes me really protective of my family and friends. I always have their back. I am willing to take a hit in order to protect them.

ATM: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ was filmed in Vancouver, BC. Tell us about filming there.

TG: Vancouver is such a beautiful place. When you watch the movie, you can just see the incredible landscape. This is a beautiful and heartwarming family movie and the surrounding areas really embrace the telling of the story.

ATM: If you were to plan an afternoon of watching this movie, then what would you take with you to watch it?

TG: I am from a really small town called Manitoba, which is in the middle of Canada. Over three quarters of the people in my hometown has gone to see this movie in this year already. I could not imagine a better experience than gathering a big group of friends, bringing popcorn, and settling down with Kleenex because it is a tear jerker.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Prepare for Kubo’s epic quest with an all-new motion poster.

 

 

Take a sneak peek at the magical adventure by watching a recently released CLIP that showcases the bravery of Beetle, voiced by Matthew McConaughey.

Kubo’s quest begins nationwide August 19, 2016 from animation studio LAIKA and Focus Features.

 

Synopsis:

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Director: Travis Knight

Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)

Voice Cast: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara, and Matthew McConaughey

 

Teaser Trailer: LAIKA’S Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA.  Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kamekichi (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro).  But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.  With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara)  to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Director: Travis Knight

Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)

Voice Cast: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro

 

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