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Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons on Chris Kelly’s “Other People”

Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons play mother and son in “Other People,” a weepy dysfunctional dramedy from first-time director and “Saturday Night Live” writer Chris Kelly. The actors spoke with W Magazine’s Erik Maza from the Acura Studio at 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Released on 1/28/2016

Credits

Starring: Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons
Featuring: Erik Maza
Director: Marina Valle
Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Produced by: Emoticon Productions

Transcript

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Basically, it's about a writer who just broke up
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with his boyfriend, who's having a little bit of a hard time
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in his career, and he goes back home to Sacramento
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to spend time with his mother who's dying.
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Each part was written so poignantly and with so much
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substance and room, and then with filming it,
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I was just amazed that he was a first-time director,
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because he wasn't at all overcompensating, but he was
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confident, but also just really allowing us
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to have fun with it, and not feel tied to recreating
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beat by beat what happened.
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As a mother in real life, I just really related to how
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her children, her son, her daughters, are her whole world,
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they're everything to her. And that she would fight so hard,
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she would go to the end of the earth to just
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like fight to survive. I remember reading that one line
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where he says he wants to take her around the world
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on a trip, and I said, I get to see my whole world of
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dinner tonight? I just remember being like, (sighs).
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There's this one scene in particular that sticks out
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that you were waiting outside, and it's a hospital scene,
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the door is slightly cracked, and we're just listening
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to you sobbing and saying like, I don't want to do it.
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And we didn't even see your face, but just hearing you
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was like everyone outside the room was like,
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Oh God, I gotta get out of here.
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Yeah.
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Chris Kelly is so talented, and he has such a gift
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for comedy and drama. You know he's a huge writer at SNL.
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He writes all these hit sketches. But then, with this script
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he really wrote from his heart, so he combines comedy
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and drama in the most delicate way, which is a hard thing.
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I don't think everybody has those skills where they
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can do both. And Chris really has that ability.
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