2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #15. Charlie Tahan (Love is Strange)

2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #15. Charlie Tahan (Love is Strange)

Charlie Tahan Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Charlie Tahan: Samantha Morton gave me the movie Kes, it is one of my favorites now. I also just discovered the film Magnolia, I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it until recently… And I am obsessed with the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Lavallee: In Love is Strange, you play Joey. Could you describe your character, what his relationship is in rapport to the central characters and from his perspective ­ how does he perceive the world around him.
Tahan: Joey is put out when his Uncle Ben moves in and he has to share his room with him. Joey loves his uncle but feels invaded and is resentful. He eventually comes to terms with his family as he matures.

Lavallee: You’ve worked on large Hollywood items for the likes of Tim Burton and Francis Lawrence and now you’re appearing in more “indie” fare such as Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Canet’s Blood Ties. What are some of the differences that you’ve noticed and what do you appreciate the most with smaller films?
Tahan: Indie film shoots actually seem to run more smoothly, maybe because there are fewer people making decisions. It’s hard to say if I like one more than the other though – every project is different. I guess I’ve been lucky because I have never had a bad experience on any set I’ve been on, big or small.

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2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #15. Charlie Tahan (Love is Strange)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)