The Leisure Seeker centers on John (Donald Sutherland) and Ella Spencer (Helen Mirren), a couple who take a cross country road trip to the Florida Keys to visit the Hemingway House. Ella has cancer and John is suffering from dementia, and the couple’s beat up RV (which they call “the leisure seeker”) isn’t the most dependable vehicle on the road.
Sutherland has been acting since the early 1960s, and during his career he has starred in his share of classics (1900, Don’t Look Now) and big budget hits (most recently The Hunger Games films). For him, staying passionate about his his craft is a key to staying engaged in his life.
“The business of acting, of working, is a passionate endeavor,” said Sutherland. “To call out the truth. To persuade people to advance, maybe a little bit in their lives, because of my experience with the characters that I’ve played. I think my work is a constant exploration into the human condition.”
Click on the media bar to hear Sutherland discuss a memorable cross country trip with a Ferrari during the production of Kelly’s Heroes (a flick which co-starred Clint Eastwood).
The Leisure Seeker is now playing in select theaters.