Press Conference To Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk With Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund

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Press Conference to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk with Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 15, 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Poster

Earlier today, TriStar Pictures held a press conference for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee and starring Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

The film will be the Closing Night for the 54th New York Film Festival. 

Based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel, the film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.

Kristen Stewart plays the role of Kathryn, Billy’s older sister. Garrett Hedlund plays Sergeant Dime, the elder soldier in the group. Chris Tucker plays Albert, a film producer who has the rights to the Bravo story and is trying to sell it to Hollywood.

Moderated by MTV’s Josh Horowitz, here’s what Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund had to say on their experience with the film.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Kristen Stewart

How do you view Catherine? She’s overtly anti-war and is she the conscious of the film? How do you view her function in the story?

Kristen Stewart: I was a lot younger when all this went down and I think that I share a really generalized, remote relationship to it that most people my age do. Once you have a family member serve and unless you become involved politically, and to be honest my generation has very little to do with. What I found most interesting to that you have somebody who is essentially a pacifist. In the film, she never describes her liberalism in more words, in anything that doesn’t sound completely humanitarian. That doesn’t just sound like someone who’s provoking somebody or really requiring to think for themselves; and acknowledging a massive gap between herself and someone who she’s known intimately her whole life and now could never hold as close as she has because they’re different beings. That experience changes someone to an extent that you can’t hold them as close enough as you’d like to to love them as much as you want to. I think what she’s doing is good timing. It’s fucking perfectly appropriate timing.

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Have you actually consider the fact that these inexplicable pieces are affecting and you’re my brother and you’re so inside of something that you haven’t ever been given the opportunity to understand and is that fair? Can you be proud of that? That’s a first person situation and now take all of us out of it. I have so much more distance than someone who may have served does, yet I still have that same feelings. Can I own my feelings? Do I really understand it? I don’t think that she’s completely left wing and anti-war. Let’s just understand what we’re fighting for. It’s a personal thing but she worries for him. What’s going to happen when your training fades, and all of those mechanical default responses and then you become a human being that doesn’t know how to contend with what happened. Further than that, how do we contend with putting those people there? It’s really hard. It’s not something that anyone has done yet. She’s the epitome of question rather than opinion. It’s pretty cool.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Garrett Hedlund

For you Chris, does this film feel like a momental step as an actor?

Chris Tucker: Yes. Working with Ang was a great experience. That’s one of my career goals, to work with great directors because they bring together great cast. This only enhances you and it was just a great experience.

Garrett, can you talk about establishing a relationship with this core group of guys. How do approach that?

Garrett Hedlund: Joe would like to chat with me on this. Everybody went though a boot camp, which consisted on the Navy Seals with a Master Chief and an Instructor. Ran through one of the most intense situations of my life. Joe would say the same. He did a week before I did and I did a week later and it was raw reck rums and open telephone poll over the shoulders and a lot of stuff and having to wake up at 2am and doing crazy things. Ang was really nervous about this because we had a lot of time, but it was powerful and the guys that put us through this situation and Master Chief Ottman and Bran and everybody, they kicked our ass. Everybody that git their ass kicked was deserving of it and it made a difference and it showed in character. Everybody was sad that they didn’t have their phone for their tweets, and twitter and all their friends on myspace and Facebook and whatever. They benefited from it and it was a character altering thing that I think everybody was appreciative of.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Chris Tucker

Was there a personal connection to doing this? 

Chris Tucker: I bump into a lot of soldiers coming home and one incident I offered a soldier a seat in first class. He had one leg and we were talking and we got on the plane. I was in first class and going to do a show and told the stewardess to go back and tell that he could have my seat and I was really tired. I really didn’t want to do, but I said to myself, “Yeah, I gotta do this,” but he sent a note back saying, “I know you’re really tired and you’re getting ready to go do a show. I really like you, love your movies and I loved you in Fifth Element.” I was like, “This guy is great.” He’s a hero in my book and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this story. It’s a personal story about a soldier and his perspective and meeting all these guys at airports I can connect to this. My character really roots for the Bravo guys and wants to sell their movie rights and get their story told in a bigger way. That’s a personal reason.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk hits theaters on November 11. 

BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK PRESS CONFERENCE with Joe Alwyn, Director Ang Lee, Ben Fountain, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund

Chris Tucker Talks


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