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"WILD YEARS-THE MUSIC & MYTH OF TOM WAITS" BY JAY S. JACOBS

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Emile Hirsch

Takes Some Severe Steps Into the Wild

by Brad Balfour

You probably know Chris as well as anyone who ever met him. What would he like and not like about this movie?

I think he would like the inspiration that people will draw from the movie which hopefully they will. I think he would really like that. I hope they would appreciate that this was someone who wanted to change the world. Since high school, Chris would go downtown [to the] city of Washington, D.C., buy McDonald's and hand them out to homeless people to try to help them on his own on a Friday night. What I don't think he would like is seeing his parents and sister in so much pain onscreen; I don't think he would like that at all.

Though no one can say for sure what motivated McCandless, what was the driving force to your depiction of him?

It was a combination of the spirit of adventure that I've felt in my life; I know what wanting and craving adventure feels like when you combine that with pain, you get a need to seek love. To me, there was not a lot of why did he do this and why that, even if I didn't agree with the decisions he made, I felt I understood.

Was it a restlessness that you had as well?

Yes. In one of the letters Chris wrote [to Ron Franz, played by Hal Holbrook] he said that the core of man's spirit comes from new experiences. He thrived off of those experiences. He was living his life going forward and continuously seeing new things.

Isn't that an actor's job as well?

I related to it a lot. I don't know what the future holds for me. What films I'm doing next. There is that whole kind of adventure aspect of the unknown. I love when they promote films that are about fighting other countries, that's the kind of stuff I love.

Do you remind Sean of himself?

I don't know, I kind of doubt it. I think he is his own guy, he definitely knows I'm my own guy, so he would probably say no. So I say no.

With that in mind, being an actor with his own mind, did he tell you things to do and things he didn't want to do?

He gave me so much freedom, more freedom making the film than I could ever imagine as an actor. That's the way he would want to be treated in that situation, and I think that's how he thinks you get the best work out of people also particularly actors is giving them a lot of freedom. So I was just overjoyed making the film, because it was a way I never worked before. It was awesome.

Would you work with him again?

I would love to!

Do you hope to do more films that convey a message?

I would love to work on more films that I'm passionate about like this film.

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