'I Think We're Alone Now': Peter Dinklage and Reed Morano discuss their latest film
Emmy-winning director and cinematographer Reed Morano, best known for her work on "The Handmaid's Tale," stopped by BUILD Series alongside actor Peter Dinklage, from HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones," to discuss their upcoming film "I Think We're Alone Now."
The science-fiction film explores the concept of solitude amongst the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world. Dinklage plays Del alongside castmate Elle Fanning, who plays Grace, as survivors of the post-apocalyptic world.
Coming off of "The Handmaid's Tale," Morano was interested in exploring a new world and a different concept. She said that directing "I Think We're Alone Now" allowed her to explore human behavior and relationships.
"It felt different enough from 'The Handmaid's Tale,' like a totally different world. Kind of a different tone and weirdly more like a realistic scenario of what would happen. I just like any story where you can examine human behavior, and I thought it was an interesting psychological study of two people who are very different and what would you do and how would you connect," Morano explained.
It was the script of "I Think We're Alone Now" that motivated Dinklage to join the film.
"It always starts with the script," he said. "I got hold of the script luckily enough and wanted to put a team together. I talked to Reed and I knew Elle from another movie I had worked on a couple years ago, and we all thought it would be great to make a movie together."
When Dinklage was asked whether or not he was aware that he's a captivating actor, he revealed that acting is still a mystery to him and credits working with other talented actors that bring out his acting abilities.
"I don't know what acting really is, it's a mystery still," Dinklage responded. "It's really who you work with. You're only as good as the actor you're working with, and I've been lucky enough to assure myself with very talented actors and Elle is top of the list. She's one of the most gifted actresses I've ever worked with, and she's such a professional for somebody so young."
Dinklage also revealed what attracted him to play this character specifically.
"No one wants to be lonely. We're all creatures of the pack. There are millions of people and we surround ourselves with them and enjoy that for the most part and he comes to understand that through this young woman. I just love unconventional love stories," Dinklage adds.
In terms of the storytelling power of filmmaking, Morano believes that it's important to break from traditional standards and allow viewers to observe characters in different environments that reflect real life.
"I love this story because, once the crazy stuff goes down, you're not expecting it because you're so comfortable and that's what life does to you, just when you least expect it. I like making anything that makes people uncomfortable," Morano explained.
The obsessiveness with solitude foreshadows a darker intent in the film.
"The whole idea is, no matter how meticulous you are and how organized you are, in the end chaos will find you," Morano told the audience.
"I Think We're Alone," starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, hits theaters on September 21.