Opening in theaters this week, BERNIE is an oddball take on a real-life Texas murder that involved a fastidious mortician and the notoriously hateful rich old woman he befriended and, eventually, stood trial for murdering. Directed by RICHARD LINKLATER from a magazine article by SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH, the cast features JACK BLACK, SHIRLEY MacLAINE and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.
Ten years in the making and shot in and around actual Texas locations, the film is elevated by an outstanding performance by JACK BLACK as well as a fascinating story of small town hypocrisy and mores. At last week’s press conference to promote the movie, director LINKLATER talked about what attracted him to this story. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
BERNIE opens in theaters Friday