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Inside Cannes 2012 Day 9: Five Quotes from the Paperboy Press Conference

1. “Felt like I had been let out of some cage.” – John Cusack

Lee Daniels proposed that the actor visit some of the qualities found in the character Cusack played in The Grifters. He didn’t have any qualms about taking on such a role.

Paperboy Cannes Press Conference Nicole Kidman

2. “I don’t think I was supposed to be comfortable.” – Zac Efron

On being eroticized for the camera – Efron had fun playing the character.

3. “You get just a abbreviation of who they may be… you get a past, a whisper, an approach and exit path.” – Matthew McConaughey

On the mysterious nature of the film – the characters in the film are not as they seem.

Paperboy Cannes Press Conference John Cusack

4. “Zac is in his underwear in half the movie.” – Macy Gray

First time actress’ take on the characters, the film and the numerous distractions and directions of the film.

Paperboy Cannes Press Conference Nicole Kidman

5. “John and I never met as John and Nicole, we met as the characters.” – Nicole Kidman

Actress discusses how they approached their scenes together including the infamous jail scene – Kidman states she needed to step into a place where she got into character.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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