On April 14, byteclay.com was on the red carpet for the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” at John Zuccotti Theater in BMCC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Notables in attendance included Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Bill Purple, Jayson Warner Smith, Ryan Batt, Richard Robichaux, and Justin Timberlake. The film tells the story of an an architect named Henry (Sudeikis) who struggles to get his life on track after his pregnant wife Penny (Biel) tragically and suddenly dies. Before she passed, she would talk about helping a mysterious runaway who she saw in their neighborhood. Mary Steenburgen, Orlando Jones, and Paul Reiser also star in the movie. Justin Timberlake makes his scoring debut. After the screening, the cast headed to an official after-party sponsored by Sauza901 at 1 OAK.
“I had great fun working with Jason. His character on the film is very much at a sticky point in his life and is very vulnerable for the majority of the movie, and so obviously Jason had to channel that every day. I just rocked out like, ‘I’m here for the party, guys.’ I was very aware that he was definitely a lot more quiet on set, and so it was really great to come and do press actually, and now he’s not got to worry about any scenes or any tears or anything like that, and he’s just been cracking jokes the whole time, and it’s been amazing,” Maisie Williams told byteclay.com on the red carpet.
When asked what attracted her to the role Williams continued, “Well it wasn’t really necessarily about the role, because one thing I’ve really learned from Jason is it’s about choosing a film because of the story, because characters can be developed, but it’s very hard to change major plot points of the story … and this film made me laugh in places and also made me cry. When you get that all in one project, it was just phenomenal and I guess that was really what drew me to it, and then from there you can develop your character and you can change that, but originally you need to have a strong story in order to be able to feel comfortable to adapt on your characters.”
Jayson Warner Smith loved working with Williams. “She was wonderful. She was very professional. She knew her lines, she knew everything and she’s a great actress, we know this. But in between, she was fun and approachable and full of jokes, and surprising jokes, and we had a great time.” On working with director Bill Purple, Smith continued, “Bill was fantastic. I wish every director I ever worked with was like him. It’s not that the other ones are evil or bad. He spent many years as a first Assistant Director, and they run everything near the boss. It was funny on the set a lot of times we’re like, ‘Bill, Bill, Bill, just direct, okay? We got it. We got it, buddy.’ He’s picking up stuff, and handling props and fixing things, he’s just one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. For him to be the boss and be on the set and be my director, there was never any miscommunication, and if he didn’t like what I was doing, he’d just say, ‘Hey, let’s try this.'”
Richard Robichaux spoke about his character. “I’m Pascal. I’m a Cajun day worker who works for Jessica Biel and Jason Sudekis’s character. I’m the only character in the movie that doesn’t speak English. I speak almost completely Cajun French. It’s a little bit of English, a little bit of Cajun, a little bit of French. I don’t know if anybody will be able to understand it, but it’ll be authentic … My family is from Louisiana and we shot it in New Orleans. To be able to go back to Louisiana as an actor, and work, and not only that, but then speak Cajun was like seeing ghosts. It was a beautiful thing. My grandfather used to speak Cajun to me when I was a little boy.” On working with Jessica he said she “was pregnant in the movie, which was amazing. We would show up on day one and your boss is 9 months pregnant, and also acting opposite you, and she had every reason to be uncomfortable and wasn’t. She just was kind, and generous, and always led with that. I was so grateful.”
“I’ve always wanted to explore what it would be like to score a film. I was one of those child freaks that would watch a movie and probably listen to the score more than watch the movie … You know, really quickly, I guess the process in diving in was, you know, you had these three characters. Two that are Maisie and Jason’s characters and Jess’s character, Penny, and sort of completing this triangle. I guess I really looked at those three characters. Honestly, I think it went back to Peter and the Wolf, in that every time a character was introduced they had their own melody. They had their own instrument. They were specific to them,” Justin Timberlake said during a panel following the screening.
Also that night, Robert Schwartzman, Jason Schwartzman, Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Marc Coppola, Talia Shire and Frankie Shaw celebrated 2016 Tribeca Film premiere of “Dreamland” at Berlin where guests were seen enjoying specialty cocktails from Effen Vodka. Shaquille O’Neal, Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden celebrated 2016 Tribeca Film premiere of “30 for 30: This Magic Moment” at the official after-party sponsored by ESPN and Mohegan Sun at Dream Downtown. Reid Scott and Director Chris Prynoski celebrated 2016 Tribeca Film premiere of Nerdland at the official after-party sponsored by Bira 91 at Invite Only.