Closing night at Sundance had the red carpet buzzing with reporters just waiting to lay eyes and questions on the stars of one of the last premieres of the festival, “The Words.” The 96-minute film stars rumored real-life couple Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana. Co-directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, “The Words” is about a struggling writer, Rory Jansen (played by Cooper), who discovers a manuscript in a weathered briefcase. Going against what is morally right, Jansen publishes the manuscript under his name.
The film examines the consequences of the choices people make.
“I think the biggest hope for this movie is that this will be the type of movie that when you see it, you want to leave and discuss it. And you want to have a discussion about some of the choices that some of the characters made.I think this is hopefully, the kind of film that inspires that kind of conversation,” said co-director Brian Klugman from the red carpet, shortly before the film premiered.
“And you just hope that peple enjoy a good story. We tried to write a compelling story and film one and we hope that they enjoy it,” added co-directed Lee Sternthal.
When asked about how they selected the cast for the film (Cooper, Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Ben Barnes), the directors didn’t really answer the question, but talked about their enthusiasm over the actors in their movie.
“We got our dream cast, that’s the truth. If we had unlimited resources to make this movie we would try to get the exact same actors. Look at them, they’re amazing actors and amazing talent” said Klugman.
The “amazing talent” from the film were quite selective with who they would interview with. Some choosing not do interviews at all. Zoe Saldana, who looked simply stunning on the red carpet, made an appearance for photos and then ignored all reporters. Cooper answered questions for reporters with cameramen and Dennis Quaid selected his interviewers at random.
The Salt Lake Tribune talked to Ben Barnes, who said that there were moral questions that never got answered in the film, and that did not settle well with him.
“I honestly still don’t know how I feel even about my own character because he makes some choices that I don’t necessarily agree with. He abandons somebody that he is desperately in love with for something that is much more about himself and I think it’s not always about your own ambition in life,” said Barnes.
— Autumn Thatcher