Patton Oswalt on Life, Love, and Catfishing
Patton Oswalt is a good dad. His character in I Love My Dad is absolutely not. Oswalt plays Chuck, a lying loser of a father who, when he discovers his son has blocked him on social media, resorts to creating a profile based on a charming young woman he met at a diner. As “Becca,” he strikes up a conversation with his son. One thing leads to another, and all of a sudden Chuck is stuck in a faux-relationship that he can’t extricate himself from without risking his son cutting him out of his life for good.
Think that’s cringe-worthy? Consider this: The plot of I Love My Dad is based on writer/director/star James Morosini’s relationship with his real-life father. (One can only hope that Morosini didn’t fall prey to some of the more, er, “physical” stuff his character, Franklin, does with “Becca” in the movie.)
A twisting walk between actual reality and the reality so many of us create for ourselves on social media, I Love My Dad ponders the nature of connection, as well as how well we really know anyone online. WIRED talked to Oswalt about those very conundrums, as well as how he keeps his own daughter, 13-year-old Alice, safe amid the winding world of the web.
WIRED: How was your character, Chuck, explained to you?
Patton Oswalt: I remember getting the script, and I responded to it first cinematically because of how it was structured and how the story was told. It had this great quality that I love in movies, which is, “How in the fuck are they going to pull this off?” That’s the kind of stuff that gets me excited.
When I met James and we started talking on Zoom, he told me more background about his dad and his mom and all of their relationships. That’s when it just became, “I have to do this.”
The movie’s dialog is great, because it transitions really seamlessly from actual conversation into text-speak. It’s pretty charming.
They found a really clever way to build it and personify it through Becca and through Claudia Sulewski’s amazing performance. She’s playing Franklin’s ideal version of how he wants her to be responding and how he wants her to be talking, even though she’s just saying the stuff that I’m typing.
via Wired https://www.wired.com
August 1, 2022 at 04:17AM