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Cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, John Doman, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Running Time: 118 minutes

Synopsis: Welcome to Kehoe, it's -10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren't used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplow driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town's bright white slopes blood-red.

Cold Pursuit
Release Date: February 7th, 2019

A Supporting Cast That Plows Ahead

Tom Bateman is Viking
As deranged as he is dangerous, Bateman's Viking is a cinematic gangster boss for the ages "He's a murdering creep, but then he's tender and jealous."

Question: You've said that this story 'erupts' from your character, Viking. In what way?

Tom Bateman: Well, Viking doesn't really operate on the same wavelength as anyone else. He's a psychopath. I read a book called The Psychopath Test before I started, and it looks at people who don't really function on the same wavelength as everyone else, but function in society. It's very interesting to see someone making decisions like shooting someone in the face on a whim – even if that person happens to be close to them or work with them – because the audience never knows what's going on in this guy's head.

Question: He's a slippery character to pin down, isn't he?

Tom Bateman: Absolutely. Just when you think he's going down one road, he flips it and goes down another. So, you might think, 'Oh, he's about to be violent', and then he might be seductive and charming. Or, 'Oh, he's about to be funny', and then he cuts off someone's head. He constantly keeps the audience guessing – and me guessing, as an actor. I rehearsed my scenes on my own in my hotel room, and I found that there were about a hundred different ways I could play this character, and each scene could be played in a hundred different ways. I could play them deadpan, as they're written, or I could play around with them and go, 'Actually, what if I make this line funny even though what I'm saying is horrible?' It's been like being in a candy store, where I can just pick and choose what I like.

Question: What does Viking do with his days, when he's not shooting anyone in the face?

Tom Bateman: Viking's job in this – if he has one – is that he runs a club, but really that's just a front and a bit of a vanity thing for him. He likes the idea of being a club owner, but, really, his main job is a drug dealer. He supplies cocaine for the town of Kehoe, and he's got a lot of people who work for him and do that. But he inherited that from his father, so, really, he hasn't built up an empire, he's one of those spoilt brats who's inherited something but wears it like a crown. He loves that he's seen as this powerful guy. But he hasn't done himself anything to deserve that status.

Question: He's not the greatest family man either, is he?

Tom Bateman: No. Viking's wife, played by Julia Jones, and Nicholas [Holmes], who plays my son, Ryan, they are a wonderful window into this. They're another dimension to this bizarre character, because you think he's this psychopath, a drug dealer, a murdering creep – which he is – but then suddenly you see him being very tender to his child and jealous of his wife, so he still has human attributes that we can all connect to. His wife has divorced him and they're in the process of fighting over the custody of their child. They both obviously want custody, but I think Viking wants it more as he sees his child a bit like a sports car, you know? So, when he gets taken from me, it's not that they've taken my son – it's that they've taken my son. And that's the difference.

Question: Should we feel any sympathy for his predicament?

Tom Bateman: He is still a human being underneath it all, and that's interesting to play, this idea that where most people get upset, he gets interested at why he's getting upset, or he's confused about these feelings. You know, this idea of, 'What are these feelings? I'm not supposed to feel them.' And the vanity is there as well, that his wife has left him. She's so beautiful and glamorous and she leaves him, and that dents his pride above anything else. It's not necessarily that the love of his life has left him and he's heartbroken, it's that this wife doesn't need him anymore, and she's got out from his grasp. He likes to hold everyone in the whole world in the palm of his hand and have control over them. When they exercise their own independence, he doesn't like that at all.

Question: Is Viking the catalyst for everything that happens?

Tom Bateman: Pretty much! The whole film spins off this catalyst moment of my guys accidentally killing Liam's son. We kill him on purpose, but kill him because we think he's done something that he hasn't. And that sets off this whole story. This world of ours [in the movie] sits on a precipice. Nel's, Liam's character, and Laura as his wife, their marriage isn't necessarily working very well, my drug ring rests on a knifepoint – everything's very tense. And there's also this tension between Tom Jackson's character, White Bull, and mine, between their rival gangs. Anything could disrupt that and set off this huge chain of dramatic events, and when it does, it comes out of something that isn't actually true. And you watch this disintegrate, watch this psychopath who should never have been in his position get taken down, you watch Liam going through the process of losing a son and then his wife leaving him, and the lengths to which he's willing to go to satisfy that pain in him. Really, Nels is doing everything he's doing because he's hurting, and he thinks that the only way to ease that is revenge. And revenge runs throughout the whole film. He wants revenge for his son, then, as soon as he starts killing my men, I want revenge on that, then I accidentally exercise that revenge on someone else and they then want revenge on me. It's this huge, big mess of a web that comes to a huge climax, and leaves everyone really screwed.

Tom Jackson is White Bull

The cartel leader going – literally, sometimes – head to head with the evil Viking "This is as entertaining as any other movie I've been in. It's no Walt Disney…"

Question: This movie is tonally pretty unique. What was your reaction when you first read the script?

Tom Jackson: Well, I have an agent, Alicia. She reads everything before it gets to [my wife] Alison, and Alison reads everything before it gets to me. And I was sitting one night, at my wonderful little habitat, and Alison was reading this script, and kept breaking into belly-laughs. I said, 'What are you reading?' She said, 'A script Alicia sent, called Cold Pursuit.' And I said, 'Well, am I supposed to read it?' She said, 'No. It's very funny...'

Question: That seems a little harsh! What did you both respond to about it?

Tom Jackson: That it was a satirical piece, a dark piece. It was really interesting to me to play a character who is in fact 'Indian', who by and large doesn't get represented that way in the movie. It was also different, for me, to play a villain. I don't very often play bad guys in my life. Because I often think that art imitates life. So I had to consider all of that, and at the end of the day, I just thought this was a really nice challenge for me.

Question: How did you find working with Hans?

Tom Jackson: "He's brilliant. He's a very sensitive man, and I like that. We shook hands once. Since then, we hug. We only had one handshake.

Question: Tell us about the cartel White Bull is in charge of…

Tom Jackson: My comrades, they aren't a tribe, they're a collective group of Native American men who come from all parts. And I once said to them [on set], 'Do I look like a homeless guy to you? Do I look like an addict to you? Well, 30 years ago, I lived in a hole in the ground, and the guy who dealt me drugs lived in the house above the hole that I lived in. And that man came to me one day and he stuck out his hand and he made me a deal. And it was a good deal. Not a great deal, but a good deal.' That's a conversation I had with my fellow actors, we shared stories about our backgrounds. You should have been in that room. That built the character of the group. You know, we're actors, but we still believe in each other as a group, and I think that's what you'll sense when you'll watch this movie, that there's something different about this group of people.

Question: You have a fascinating relationship with your rival, Viking. What was that built on?

Tom Jackson: In the movie, the guy my character shook hands with was Viking's dad. So, I made a deal with his dad [establishing which cartel had control of what]. And White Bull doesn't know much about Viking, other than he's maintained the flow. But he's not like his dad. So, I don't really have any affinity for him until he takes something from me, and I want something in return.

Question: Even though you're not on screen much together, your character and Liam's share an understanding. How was that process, building that rapport?

Tom Jackson: I only have one scene with Mr. Neeson, but I dare say it's the best scene in the movie. We didn't spend much time together, but one night we worked together until 2:30am. And the conversations that we had outside the scene, you would like very much to have been in that room. I was going on, as I have a tendency to do, about certain journeys I've had in my life, and he shared some of his, and talked a little about fly fishing – that I knew nothing about but know a lot more about now. We talked a lot about this inherent ability for Native American people to live closer to the land than others, and to understand what that actually is. And how do you find all that out if somebody doesn't tell you? You have to go looking for it, but where do you start, right? How do you find out that the planet is alive? So, we explored that together. You know, you wonder if people sit around, drink coffee, and Martinis or whatever… or if they change the world. Well, I can say we changed each other's. And I wish I had more time. Maybe we will one day.

Question: Do you see similarities between White Bull and Nels?

Tom Jackson: I don't know that the characters are dissimilar… It's like, my cat had a stand-off with a coyote [recently]. Now, if that coyote that my cat had a stand-off with had got my cat, I'd be feeling different about my cat and that coyote. I think when there's a gap created in your world, a gap that is founded in love that is removed from you, vengeance is maybe not the proper instinct to go and find, but it may be the only instinct that brings comfort.

Question: This movie also has some great action. How did you feel about shooting that?

Tom Jackson: I like the shoot-em-up part! I mean, I always wanted to be The Lone Ranger. Okay, maybe the other guy… So, as much as I philosophise about this, the reality is that this is as entertaining a movie as any other I've been in.

Question: Should we feel empathy for these characters, do you think?

Tom Jackson: These are all bad guys. There are no good guys in this movie. So you have to start there, and then decipher, 'Well, how bad is that guy?' Remember The Wild Bunch? Remember those movies? I think throughout there's this thread – not honour amongst thieves exactly, but this thread that does definitely give you a hero's perspective in the midst of all these bad guys. You feel for them. And that's bizarre!

Laura Dern is Grace

Nels' wife talks her lost hopes and dreams, her love of pot, and her fears for her husband: "Liam's a nightmare, but somebody's got to do it. Somebody's got to kiss him."

Question: How did you find working with Liam?

Laura Dern: He's a nightmare. It's not easy, but somebody's got to do it. Somebody's got to sit there and kiss Liam Neeson. I said, 'Really? If I must, I'll show up.' It's like the greatest thing in the world. I adore him as a human, and he's the greatest storyteller. And he makes me laugh so hard that we barely got through our last scene. We started telling each other stories, then we just kept the stories going and kind of in turn got them into the scene somehow. I was laughing out loud, and it wasn't supposed to be funny! I had the best time with him.

Question: Was he the draw for you, or the script?

Laura Dern: Well, first and foremost, I've always wanted to work with Liam Neeson, who's a dear friend, and the gift of us working together came to me via text, with Liam seeing if it could work out if that we could be together on this. I was thrilled because I have dreamt of that for many, many years. And he introduced me, really, to Hans Petter [Moland]. Before, I just knew his work a little bit, and have a great kinship toward it because I'm of Norwegian descent, my grandmother's family. So I've always dreamt of being in Norway and I love his films, and his actors, so it was a dream to come together with this Norwegian crew and work with this filmmaker, who's beautifully irreverent and, you know, a great visionary. So both things were really intriguing to me.

Question: Had you seen the original when Liam's text came in?

Laura Dern: I hadn't until I was asked by Liam about doing it. And what really struck me about that film, that I feel like he's [Hans Petter] held true to – which is so important – is that the film feels so dark and desolate, and the loneliness of this man you feel so completely, and perhaps his inability to communicate what he's walking through. And you're immersed in that, and then suddenly this really black, irreverent comedy takes over, amidst all the mayhem. And I love the theme of what can go wrong when revenge is your destiny. Or the path you choose. And in reinventing this, Hans gave room to the new actors to make it their own. For Liam and I, and Hans, we wanted to develop further the relationship between this husband and wife, to deepen what was at stake.

Question: What happens to your relationship in the movie?

Laura Dern: There's a chemistry and intimacy and friendship between two people, but when a tragedy occurs, and two people handle it so completely differently, they can lose each other, not only themselves, in it. Grace needs to process it, and Nels needs to completely shut off. So there's no conversation, no healing, no dialogue – and the intimacy is lost. And he has a way that he's going to manage his agony. And not only is it entirely opposed to how I'm dealing with it, but also I'm left removed from it because he's on this mission. He's lost himself in this drive for revenge.

Question: How would you describe Grace?

Laura Dern: Grace is, I think, a rebel, but in a very different way than Nels. She's probably into punk and deeply invested in music, and was a hippy of sorts. And as she was taking off towards what she was expecting to be, to live this sort of wild, free life, she fell in love, and ended up choosing to stay for this man. And then they had a family. So, as has happened for many women, you have this very driven passion, but make a choice. So there's a longing she may have always had. And somewhere in the back of her head it was like, 'Well, maybe when my son's grown I'll continue that.' So it gives a seed to some place for her to go in her pain. She wanted to travel the world, and maybe, for her, [smoking] pot sort of takes the edge off the fact that she's stuck – literally – in the middle of the wilderness, without many people to talk to, even her own husband, because he's out all day.

Question: Beneath the surface narrative, what's this movie actually about?

Laura Dern: It's about what happens when you don't consider what you're feeling, and you take, oddly, what you think is the path of least resistance, which is revenge. As a way to deal with your feelings, you're just going to create hell, and end up far worse off than when you started. I find that heart-breaking, terrifying and ultimately kind of hilarious, in its brokenness, because so many people get into so much trouble with that agenda. I think through grief – which we all understand and have experienced in some area of our life – we all want revenge. And we play it out in a daydream, many of us, or seek it in subtler forms, emotional revenge on people who have hurt us, which is still potentially damaging. So any character taking on our wildest contempt and acting it out is delicious and can be quite funny, and horrifying. Perhaps it'll make us see the mess we could make, if we actually stayed true to the shadow of what we're feeling. It's a cautionary tale, but a very irreverent one.

Emmy Rossum is Kim

Meet the female cop rising to the surface in a sea of male stupidity. "Everyone feels like a secret weirdo"

Question: After your acclaimed run on Shameless, you could have picked anything for your first feature in four years. What made Cold Pursuit the one?

Emmy Rossum: What intrigued me was seeing a young woman fight for herself and what she believes in in a maledominated world. Not just within a criminal world but within her own workplace in the police force, too. That's just a really interesting picture to draw. In the end, it doesn't really matter if she solves the case or gets the bad guys. It's really that she sticks to her ideals and to her guns – no pun intended – throughout her journey. And I was really impressed by the tone [of the script], the bizarre, slightly surreal dark comedy set against really intense violence. That's not something which I'm usually too keen on, but this was handled in a very kind of comic and strange way that really got my attention. I'd heard that the characters were drawn in unique ways that I hadn't seen before: bad guys that weren't all bad, good guys that weren't all good. And then I read the script, and wasn't quite sure that I was reading it correctly because I found myself laughing at things that I wasn't sure I was supposed to be thinking were funny. And that had me sold. It's a movie about how strange life is, and how bizarre people can be.

Question: What can you tell us about Kim?

Emmy Rossum: She's an eager young rookie cop, idealistic and highly moral but shaded too, being shown the ropes by an older officer – played by John Doman, who I loved in The Wire – who's a little bit jaded, and she's very idealistic about right and wrong. And the town she's in is one where there doesn't seem to be a lot of crime. And when all these dead bodies start piling up, it's kind of exciting for her because suddenly she has something to do. She's living in a slightly misogynistic world where her partner, who's kind of like your stereotypical white male, is very interested in her dating life. And not that interested in doing the right thing. So it's a great role. I felt that I had kind of a weird, bold take on the character that they were either going to like or not, and I guess they did!

Question: You've worked with Liam Neeson before. How did he compare on this?

Emmy Rossum: Well, l love Liam. He is tall and handsome and kind and funny. And annoyingly professional. He cares about the little people on set. He's really just everything that you could imagine him to be. He can go in and out of character completely seamlessly. He's not the kind of person that needs 30 seconds before the camera rolls to get into character. Working with him is very organic. And obviously I've been such an admirer of his work for so long that I was really looking forward to doing scenes with him. My character is initially intrigued by, and very empathetic to, his struggle and the loss of his child, so they have some kind of connection, until the bodies start piling up. And that's interesting, because we're all the heroes in our story. He is a hero in his story. Kim is the hero in her story. Nothing is black and white.

Question: Did you do any preparation to play a cop?

Emmy Rossum: I did get a ride along in Brooklyn with NYPD and that was really, really fun. It was really surprising to me because I always think of the police force as being older than me because they're authority figures and what I found was that the people I did the ride along with were younger than me. It was so incredible to be with people who were armed and arresting people and in their quest for justice and right and wrong who were 27 and 24 years old. It was fascinating because I think we naturally have kind of like a fear of the police, you know, just in terms of getting in trouble or being on the wrong side of things or in the wrong place at the wrong time. And so getting to see the other side of that was really fascinating. The woman [police officer] reminded me a lot of Kim. She was 27, and had just taken the Sergeant's test as she wanted to move up the ranks. She was a fierce driver. I'm a terrible driver which was definitely one of my challenges because I actually have to drive a vehicle in this picture, which is never advisable. And just getting to see how powerful she was behind the wheel, it was just very inspiring and eye-opening.

Question: Cold Pursuit is such a unique movie when it comes to tone. How do you describe it to people?

Emmy Rossum: I think all of these characters are strange in their own way. I don't think they're normal, everyday people. They're surprising and bizarre. They're weird, and I think everyone feels like a secret weirdo. In this movie there's a gangster who only wants his kid to be macrobiotic and super-healthy, and a family man who becomes a murderer, and a young cop who's eager to see a dead body because that means something to do. These are all strange things that we wouldn't necessarily admit about ourselves. It has something really tangibly bizarre that feels weirdly familiar in its specificity.

John Doman is Gip

Kim is less than ably abetted by Gip, her police partner who would just like to live and let live "His idea of community policing is to the let the locals do what they want"

Question: What kind of cop is Gip?

John Doman: He's a pretty laid-back character. I mean, this is the town [Kehoe] that he grew up in, and it's a ski town. And his idea is live and let live. His idea of community policing is to let the locals do what they want to do, and try to stay out of their way.

Question: And his partner, Kim, is quite the opposite, right?

John Doman: Yeah, my partner, Kim – played Emmy Rossum – is this hard-charging, aggressive young police officer, and she wants to make her mark. She's dying to pull out her gun and shoot somebody, I think. And it kind of makes my character a little nervous. He's constantly trying to put her back in her box. And Emmy is a terrific actress. She has a great sense of humour.

Question: What appealed to you about the role of Gip?

John Doman: What I liked about the Gip character was that he provided a little bit of comic relief, I think, in the midst of a lot of murderous things going on. I don't get a chance to play comic relief very often, so I thought this would be a wonderful chance to do just that. Also, the first thing that appealed to me about it was the fact that Liam Neeson was going to be the lead guy. I had never met Liam and never worked with him, but I admired his work and I've heard through people who do know him, what a great guy he is. So that right off the bat made me very interested in doing it. And the script was really well written, the characters are very well drawn. And there's a lot of action, and I really hadn't done a movie that had that kind of action in it before. So that was interesting to me as well.

Question: Your fellow cast members have said how much they loved being directed by Hans Petter Moland. Was that your experience, too?

John Doman: Very much. Hans has a very light touch as a director, which is wonderful, really. You know, there's no shouting or yelling or screaming, he just comes over and gives little touches here and there. And he knows what he wants. I mean, he's made this movie before. So he has a lot of insight into the characters, which is very helpful!

Question: Would you describe Liam's character, Nels, as a hero?

John Doman: Well, it depends on how you define hero. But Nels is certainly a sympathetic character. I mean, he's lost his son. And his wife. So yeah, I mean, depending on how you define hero, he is the hero of the story. And he's getting rid of a lot of bad guys! My character doesn't really know Nels all that well. We've grown up in this town, but we're not buddies. We know each other. He is a very – in my eyes – a very strong, upstanding kind of guy. I know his background, and I know that he didn't follow the same path as his brother and his father did. And I respect him for that. And the way he handled the death of his son – at least my first impression of that – was that he's kind of amazing, the way he handled it. He went right back to work and, of course, I don't know that he's actually out there killing the drug dealers. You know, he's the last man you would suspect. He's an upstanding citizen…

Question: What's Gip's take on all the bad guys in town? Does he care?

John Doman: I'm aware of the criminal element in town. In fact, I'm also aware that Nels' father and grandfather, I believe, were both involved with the crime in town. But it's always been a very low key, behind the scenes, nobody gets hurt, kind of crime. Basically dealing with the drug trade, and servicing people who come there to ski, to have sex and get high. And my philosophy has always been to let them do what they want to do, and now the bodies are starting to pile up, and I'm still trying to not deal with this. And, of course, my partner is hot to trot and get out and get the bad guys, and I'm trying to keep her in the squad car.

Question: How did you find shooting on location? Cold, we're guessing?

John Doman: Well, yeah! I mean, we'd leave the resort area where we were staying, the ski resort area, and we'd drive for maybe, I don't know, a half hour or so to the base camp, where we had all the trailers set up. We'd do hair and make-up, and get changed there, and then we'd get into a snow cat, and go for another half hour, up into the Rockies, up over the ridge line – we were at the top of the world up there. It was very impressive. It was enjoyable, too. And we were well protected from the elements. I was wearing a rubber suit under the costume, which cut down on the effects of the wind, so I was comfortable up there the whole time. It was great. A real highlight was a scene I had in a ski lift, which was a lot of fun. Just going up, shooting on the way up, shooting on the way down. We did quite a few runs at that, and it made me want to get on skis again, being up there. I haven't skied in 25 years, but being up in that atmosphere really got me wanting to get out there again. But of course, I couldn't ski [while we were shooting] because the contract says you can't!

Julia Jones is Aya

One of the few people not scared by Viking his Aya, the woman who married him, and survived "Viking is a raging lunatic. His house is like the lion's den. But she won't let him win."

Question: How would you describe your relationship with Viking, your ex-husband?

Julia Jones: Right, well, Viking is a lunatic. I mean, Viking is a raging lunatic. And they had a relationship, they were married, they were together. So when, at a certain point, she wanted to get out, everything just went to hell. And now she still has to deal with him because they have a kid together, Ryan. Her whole objective is trying to get full custody of Ryan. And it's a challenge because with her and Viking it's almost like a tennis match, the power goes back and forth. But she wins all the time, and that's her whole point – every time she sees him, she goes in to try and win a battle. She starts a fight, and then she needs to win it. And each one makes Viking get more and more and more angry, until he just goes over the top and does something so horrible that she will be able to get full custody. That's her goal. But it's hard, because he's a nightmare. Going to see him is like going into the lion's den, and it takes a toll. So, for me, it was a challenge to show the toll that it takes, but also be in control and win the battle at the same time. It's like two very different things going on at the same time, in every scene.

Question: What do you make of Viking, as a character?

Julia Jones: You really want me to answer that? I mean, Viking's a mobster, Viking's a psychopath. Viking kills people, Viking is a drug dealer, Viking is, you know, he's a very, very bad man. He does whatever he needs to do, he doesn't think twice about it. In fact, he doesn't think once about it.

Question: Does he love his son?

Julia Jones: I don't know. I don't think he knows what love is. I think with Viking, everything revolves around Viking – the worth of things is determined by how they make him feel, or how valuable they are to him that they are his. And Ryan is one of those things. It's a completely different way of looking at relationships or parenting, or anything!

Question: He does care about his son's diet, though, doesn't he? He's got an obsession with his diet being super-healthy…

Julia Jones: I don't know if Viking has this healthy obsession [for his son] as a way to consciously make up for the fact that he's such a terrible person, or if it's just random and he's… I don't know. I mean, I could diagnose him with literally five different disorders, but I would say he's just compulsively, obsessively into what he's into and everybody has to just march according to that tune.

Question: In the movie, pretty much everyone seems to be scared of him, except you.

Julia Jones: It's interesting, because I do think that the two characters that are not afraid of Viking are Mustang [his most long-standing henchman] and Aya. And I think we've just been around him for so long that we've seen through it. We know we're like, 'I have already hit my breaking point, I'm out.' And I think that Mustang's journey is to get out too, and that he helped me get out. That sort of feels right to me.

Question: How about your character? How would you describe her, as a person and as a mother?

Julia Jones: I think Ryan and her are really close. I think she's a very conscious, loving, attentive mother. And I think she's trying to be smart, and that dropping Ryan off every week at Viking's house is something that she can only think about to a point, because there are points where Viking is in one room shooting somebody, and Ryan is literally 12 feet away, watching his iPad. Like, that's the reality, that's how horrible it is. You can't think about stuff like that. So that's what drives her to be as crafty as she is; the pain of having to go into that house and deal with that psychopath every day. And I think there's an element of shame or guilt that she carries with her, because she was involved with Viking, and she was a part of that for a long time. So in a way, as a mother, it's sort of partly her fault. It must be terrible to not be able to protect your child. Like, that's like the keenest maternal instinct, or instinct on the whole planet even – a mother's instinct to protect their children. Her battling with Viking throughout this film is a manifestation of that.

Question: How would you describe this film?

Julia Jones: It has so many different worlds and different characters. And what makes it unique is when those worlds – White Bull's gang and Viking's gang and Nels' world – collide outrageously. They're just totally different, they would never in the real world have the amount of interaction that they do. So there are so many crazy variables. There's a lot of mayhem. And it all leads to this sort of wonderful, ambiguous, comedic, serious ending. It's like everything at once.

Question: Would you describe Liam's character, Nels, as a hero in this story?

Julia Jones: No, I don't think he's a hero. I think he's an everyman. He is very human, very universal, and I guess in that way he is a hero, but not in our conventional sense. He doesn't save the day, he just is true to himself; he does what he needs to do. And I think that's all you can do. I think you probably go wrong when you do something else, even if it's supposed to be the right thing, you know?

Cold Pursuit
Release Date: February 7th, 2019


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