In theaters and On Demand April 25, Blue Ruin centers on Dwight Evans (Macon Blair), an outsider who remains haunted by the murder of his parents. Upon the killer’s release from prison, Evans steps out from the shadows and drives down a bloody road of vengeance. Tautly directed and refreshingly unforgiving in tone, Blue Ruin is a viscerally thrilling suspense tale that is hard to shake even after the credits roll.
Part of a film’s creative success lies in the collaboration between the filmmaker and his actors. Director Jeremy Saulnier and Blair have been close friends for over 25 years, and with that bond comes months of working through the material. This shorthand enabled Blair to put his body and soul into Dwight Evans, and since this drifter is a man of few words, much of the performance hinges on the actor’s pure physicality and behavior.
“The key was an extremely long period of development where Jeremy and I, before any money was sunk into it, when the stakes were relatively low, that we could talk at great length about everything that this character was doing,” said Blair, who also starred in Saulnier’s 2007 debut feature Murder Party.
Blair discusses his collaboration with Saulnier on Blue Ruin in the following video:
I also posted a video which has Saulnier offering up directing advice. You can check it out on Deepest Dream .
Here’s a pivotal scene from Blue Ruin, which sets Dwight Evans on his unrelenting journey:
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi