Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Joel Kinnaman, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, and Ryan O’Neal…with that cast, and others unmentioned, one would think Terrence Malick would have enough actors for a single movie. Apparently, that’s not the case, as Malick has added another name to his project about life, love, and probably other poetic things of that nature.
That name is Jason Clarke.
While speaking with us today about John Hillcoat‘s Lawless, Clarke revealed he just finished shooting on Malick’s Knight of Cups. When discussing the visionary filmmakers he’s worked with lately - Michael Mann, Baz Luhrmann, Kathryn Bigelow, and so on - the actor made sure to mention Malick’s name in that list, “I did a film with Terrence Malick as well. Knight of Cups, it’s another one that he’s producing.”
As for how the experience was, Clarke enthusiastically discussed Malick and his process, “It was great. Terry’s out on his own journey, as a filmmaker, with where he wants to go. You can’t dismiss Terry has deep, deep thought and emotion behind what he’s doing. It’s not, like, willy-nilly. It’s very complex and, yet, very simple at the same time.”
Clarke also confirmed a detail we already knew about Malick: he’s packing, as the actor calls it, some balls. “He’s also got the balls to let something run. He knows a piece of work or art or anything creative is going to have its own breathing apparatus; it’s going to walk its own way, if you let it. It could possibly be scary, but it can also be amazing.”
Considering what we know about Malick, we probably won’t see a few of those earlier mentioned well-known faces in the actual film. Hopefully Clarke, along with the rest of Malick’s gang, make the cut.
Make sure to check back next week for our full interview with Jason Clarke.