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Inside Cannes 2012 Day 4: Five Quotes from the Lawless Press Conference

1. “I actually play Scrabble”. – Tom Hardy

What Tom Hardy does in between takes to prepare in order to be badass in his current string of tough guy roles.

Lawless Tom Hardy Guy Pearce2. “It was child’s play to write it.” – Nick Cave

Cave had any easy time in adapting Matt Bondurant’s book as all the elements were there – including incredible dialogue.

3. “It’s messy, its dirty and its realistic, and so it’s not rehearsed like a ballet, it’s rough around the edges”. – Shia LaBeouf

Actor portraying Jack Bondurant discusses how John Hillcoat’s styles and choreographs scenes involving violence.

Lawless Shia LaBoeuf Nick Cave

4. “It titillates me…sentimentality and brute violence”. – John Hillcoat

Hillcoat mentions that he loved the combination of the classical love story and excessive violence.

Lawless Jessica Chastain John Hillcoat

5. “His own distaste and disgust of everything around him, that his vanity played a big part of that”. – Guy Pearce

Pearce discusses the allure and how he responded to the antagonist character of Charlie Rakes on paper. Note the haircut was not in the text when he read the draft.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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