Interview by @Rmediavilla, w/ actor Danny Pino (@TheDannyPino) on his role of Larry Mora from the Universal Picture’s movie “Dear Even Hansen”. #DannyPino #DearEvanHansenMovie @DEHMovie

Interview by Rafy Mediavilla, w/ actor Danny Pino on his role of Larry Mora from the Universal Picture’s movie “Dear Even Hansen”, Where we spoke about what translated from the play to the movie, Larry’s perspective on the story, and working alongside Amy Adams.

The breathtaking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.

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Criticólogos:

Did you have the chance to watch the play or did they give you a recording of the play before coming into the movie?

Danny Pino:

I did not have the opportunity of watching the musical prior to doing the film. I mean, I could have watched it. No, you know video of it. Uh, but I thought that you know, Michael Park, who plays Larry on stages, is such a fantastic actor and I didn’t want to be influenced by, you know, his choices or his performance. You know, I’m one of those people when I watch something, it just it absorbs into my brain. It’s hard for me to find my own way in so I tried to preserve. Uh, preserve that you know to have my own way to express Larry and his journey. While still paying tribute to you, know the other men who’ve played Larry.

Criticólogos:

 What was going to through his mind in your opinion when he found out what happened to his son. And then obviously, what was going through his mind when he found out what Evan did?

Danny Pino:

You know Rafy, It’s a really good question, man. It’s such a traumatic thing to find out that your son, who had threatened to commit suicide? Finally, did commit suicide. I mean, it’s unspeakable, you know, being a father of two adolescent boys of 14 and 15 year old to put myself in Larry’s position and to feel that loss, that being unable to find a solution for your son, being you know, unable to help your son. That devastation was something that I felt incredibly you know deeply. But then, on top of that, to understand that I was imagining it. You know, I had the luxury of imagining that even though it was brutal, and there were moments you know, as a father that were really difficult on set that were difficult at home and preparing for the role in certain scenes that you know it took a while for me to get over. I was imagining that you know, and it struck me in a profound way that there are families, there are brothers and sisters, there are parents, communities, schools who are dealing with this in real life and to me, you know. That was very difficult to swallow.

[Second part]

I feel like there’s so many different ways of grieving you know, especially when it comes to suicide, I think what you see with the song Requiem that that Larry sings along with you know his his wife Cynthia, who’s played by Amy Adams and his daughter in law Zoe, who’s played by Kaitlyn Dever, both amazing actors and singers in their own right. What you see are three different people in the same family grieving in three different ways. You know, I think Larry goes from trying to be the strong person in the family, the strength for everybody else. I think he also, you know has anger towards the situation, and as the movie progresses, you start to see the different phases of grief in all three characters and Larry. Ultimately, you know comes to grieve in a way that is perhaps more healthy, and you know, ultimately, I think that’s also one of the messages in the film is to be yourself. You know is to accept who you are and to try and lean into that to accept it, and a lot of different characters I think are attempting to do that.

Criticólogos:

Let’s talk about working with Amy Adam. What were you able to grasp from her? How is she personally?

Danny Pino:

She’s amazing, Amy Adams. She’s not only an Incredible actor, uh, she’s a fantastic singer. Uh, but she is an equally genuine, authentic person. And you know, given the pandemic and our, you know inability because of COVID protocols and to not be in the same room very often to work with an actor who leads with authenticity. Uh, there was a shorthand that we had to build, you know that relationship between Larry and Cynthia and that you know that’s something that I will always be grateful for.

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