Writer and filmmaker Hannah Fidell and actors Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas talk about their upcoming buddy comedy ‘The Long Dumb Road’
Meaww sat down with the stars and filmmaker of ‘The Long Dumb Road’ as they spoke to us about what makes this buddy comedy unique.
Starring Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas, Hannah Fidell’s ‘The Long Dumb Road’ is about two strangers who end up on a crazy road trip that changes both of their lives forever. The film dives deep into an unexpected friendship that isn’t just between two strangers but between two men. While men have been writing female characters for years, it doesn’t often happen that a woman is at the helm of a male-centric buddy comedy. Fidell expanded on this sentiment and spoke to Meaww on what drove her to create the film.
“I had a friend who picked up a drifter on a road trip from Boston to California and I thought that was such a great starting point for a film, so I took that and ran with it. For me, as a woman, there is no way I would ever pick up a drifter, so it was fun to step into someone else’s shoes and get to experience something that I certainly never would have done myself. It was great to write for someone who wasn’t myself. As a creator, I think it's important to not do the same thing over and over again. Forever, guys have been writing female parts and I don’t understand why it is a big deal for a woman to write guy’s parts!”
As for Mantzoukas, this isn’t a new role for him, as he is constantly cast as the wacky, over-the-top comic relief. However, this film delves deeper into the emotional reasons why his character Richard is the way that he is. Interestingly enough, Mantzoukas revealed to us that he is not at all like the characters he portrays.
“I am not a crazy dude in real life. People are always disappointed to find that out. I think a lot of times when people meet me if they know my work, they think they are meeting a crazy person, and I’ll take that as a compliment that I’m doing my job well. I am in many ways the opposite of the characters I play, which is why I have such a fun time exploring these chaos-driven monsters who are charming and vulnerable and wear their emotions on their sleeves but are still these chaotic creatures. It’s really fun to play that because that’s not how I am in real life and it’s a way to exercise that safely.”
The real heart of the film is Revolori’s character Nat, whose outlook on life completely transforms after meeting Richard. The audience sees Nat’s character evolve from a boy to a man, which is something that every male goes through at some point in their lives. Revolori expanded on this and spoke on the way that both he and the audience can relate to his character.
“I feel like everyone at one point is like Nat and has that naiveness. The character learns to grow up and he starts making decisions for himself. I think it’s really nice that we see someone grow up, albeit in a crazy way with a crazy stranger, but he learns his lessons in the world and I think that’s really cool.”
‘The Long Dumb Road’ is a fun, crazy and heartwarming ride that will hit theaters on November 9th!