Actress Elle Fanning’s work in 2016 includes excellent performances in The Neon Demon and the new release 20th Century Women. Although she has a smaller part in Ben Affleck’s gangster epic Live By Night, Fanning once again delivers scene stealing work.
Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel and set in the Prohibition Era, Live By Night centers on Joe Coughlin, a bank robber who climbs the ranks of the criminal underworld with his ruthless as well as savvy business skills. Coughlin’s bustling empire may be threatened by Loretta Figgis (Fanning), the daughter of a sheriff (Chris Cooper) who captivates people with her sermons. Devout religion and liquor often don’t mix, and Loretta ends up being a thorn on his side.
“Her character was so breathtaking to me in a way,” said Fanning. “I’d never read anything like it and I’ve never had to do such a challenging role . . . there’s so many different layers to this girl. Because essentially, she’s just a little girl.”
Though Loretta should be fearful for her life, she doesn’t cower in Coughlin’s presence. Rather, both parties share an inexplicable kinship. Click on the media bar below to hear Fanning discuss Loretta’s bond with Coughlin:
Now playing in select theaters, Live By Night opens nationwide January 13.