CST by Capone Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Aselton's "script" was really just a six-page outline that she used to direct the narrative, allowing all the actors to improvise their dialogue. And while THE FREEBIE does have a kind of loose and free-floating feel at times, the story about a loving married couple who decide to each sleep with another person one time in an effort to spice up their suffering sex life feel much more deliberate and guided than other films of this nature have in the past.
The film's non-linear structure really brings it to life congrats to editor Nat Sanders, who also edited last year's magnificent HUMPDAY, starring Mark Duplass , and turns this simple story of a couple over-thinking their relationship and making a bad choice into a bit of a mystery. The emotional rawness of the movie is dead-on perfection, and Aselton and Shepard playing a character not unlike the one he plays on NBC's "Parenthood" are phenomenal. It opens this weekend in New York and shortly thereafter in Los Angeles, and I'm really hoping it gets a wider release on top of that.
I'd love to do a screening in Chicago hint, hint. Meanwhile, if you want a look at Aselton, she's a regular on the FX series "The League," which begins its second season Thursday.
And guess who else is in that series? But the two don't play a couple, so it's cool, I guess. This interview was set up in a conference call fashion, in that each of us dialed into a number.
Katie showed up soon thereafter, and Dax was late and very apologetic, but we still got the chance to talk for quite a while. And while I tend not to get overly conversational during my interviews, that's basically what happened with Aselton and Shepard, because those are the kind of people they are and why they are so perfect for the characters in THE FREEBIE.
Do you have Dax? I saw the film for the first time at SXSW. Yeah and I think it was the film's last screening of the fest. It was a rainy morning, really early. Oh my gosh, yes. It was the perfect day to see this kind of movie, though, since so much of film takes place in bed, which is where most people want to be on those rainy mornings. But at the time, all I wanted to do when I talked about the film with people was talk not so much about the film, but about the things that you bring up in the film.
Then seeing it again the other day, I noticed more of what you were doing stylistically as a filmmaker and really being impressed by that as well. Was that always the intention, to edit it as a mystery? So the outline, before we even started shooting, was very nonlinear and sort of choppy and I felt like it was the only way to keep the audience really engaged.
Or at least it was a way to attempt to keep the audience engaged. I absolutely think it did, and part of the reason that I wanted to talk about it so much is because you left a lot of the big questions unanswered at the end. The thing is we are putting the audience in their position. I feel like a lot of movies try to tie everything up very cleanly in a nice little bow at the end for the audience, which is great except for that's not reality.
I just wanted to present this window into this world and show the week before and the week after these traumatic events. I know a lot of people want to know sort of what happens and I understand that too. I won't insult you by asking what happens to them. Truthfully, we shot for safety what did happen in case we sort of needed that in the edit room.
What is it about that time frame that seems to be the number of years when trouble rears its ugly head? You know, I think we did it without even really thinking about it. Is it a choice or is it not? There have been more than one that have placed a couple in turmoil at seven years. Exactly, there you go! Just shake it up a little bit to get the blood flowing. Can you talk just a little bit about where the idea for the story came from and were you interested… [Dax Shepard Enters the conversation.
I am so sorry. I started editing something like an hour and a half ago and I thought 20 minutes had gone by. I did the same thing too, this poor guy has been sitting on the phone forver waiting. They told me that I only had until 4: So let me finish this question, then we will move to something that both of you can talk about. Getting what out of my system.
I think because of the Marilyn Monroe movie. Were they the first to come upon that seven-year thing? It cools off way before seven years. You just speak for yourself. Please tell him I said hi. Yeah, we shot I would say probably 98 percent in chronological order.
I think what Lynn Shelton told a me was that for HUMPDAY that the film, although it sort of wrote itself with the actors and I assume it was the same way with you two, that it really came together for her when she was editing it. He really brought it back and narrowed it down and really honed in on the original story that we had and then let that sort of rise up, and he built it from the ground up. It seems very natural.
I feel like you get a lot more of a natural moment. It makes just as much sense to do it in a dramatic set scene than in a comedic scene. Dax, I love what you said on Kimmel last night! You were so cute. What did you say? Have sex with your wife before you go. Dax is letting people know to have sex before they go to the movie. Because that way you will not question yourself or your relationship.
Did you want people to really think about their relationship. It really was about this particular situation. This is the craziest experience. It's like those old party lines from the '90s. Of course that's a dumb thing to do. Which Katie and I both admitted that we have been victims of this thought process in the past.
We definitely fancied ourselves the super-evolved couple. We were digging at ourselves. So before I let you go, let me just ask you about a couple of things you both have coming up. You are one of the first ones back. I had auditioned for "Parenthood. He polished his chops. Had you ever done anything like this before? So this was the first time I had been asked to just be honest and be me, which is great and then, by coincidence, "Parenthood" wanted the same of me.
I forgot about that timeframe. I feel like the movie gods just sort of shined down on me real quick. Yeah, Katie and I had never met and within… KA: We met like four hours before the dinner party scene. Five hours, if I'm generous. And then 24 hours after that, we filmed all of the bedroom scenes. That whole bedroom conversation was shot in one night, and it was the second night that we even knew each other.
It was a crash course in intimacy. I collect Mark's work as an actor and a director. He is a little bit. That was the first time I actually ever met him. I come to Austin all of the time and our website is headquartered in Austin.
Will you be down at the Austin Film Festival? Are you going to be down there for something? I have a movie I directed that will be there. Oh, I was going to ask you about that. Oh crap, tell me about that, because that looks really great. Oh God, I do fear people will compare it to that. I know and I did mine two years before him, but I feel like his is more of an exploration into ego.
Yeah, I feel the same way. I thought it was. Some people really like it, so who knows. There are a ton of really hilarious cameos in mine.