Boy Erased has been adapted into a film, due for release this autumn. Directed by Joel Edgerton, it stars Russell Crowe as Conley’s father and Nicole Kidman as his mother. Early last autumn, as filming commenced, a producer called Conley to ask if he knew where Russell Crowe was. “How the fuck would I know where Russell Crowe is?” he replied. “Isn’t he on set?” He wasn’t, as it turned out. Instead, Crowe had taken a private plane to Mountain Home to attend a Baptist service led by Conley’s father. “My dad called up two hours later, and he said: ‘Well, you’ll never guess what just happened,’ and I said, ‘Did Russell Crowe just show up at your church?’” Conley laughs uncomfortably at the memory. “It made a little bit of a scene – it’s a very small town, a lot of people have been on meth,” he says. “And then Russell Crowe comes in with his entourage and sits down. I was told my dad paused in his sermon for about two minutes, before continuing.”
Crowe went to great lengths to study Conley’s father, even coming away from Mountain Home with his lapel pin, a wooden cross from the Galilee, that he wore throughout filming. On set he sent a case of watches to Conley, asking him to select the one his dad might wear.
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Excerpt: Focus Features will release “Boy Erased” in select theaters September 28. The release date falls in the thick of awards season and suggests the studio is most likely going to premiere the film at one of the major fall festivals.
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This is very cool – as per Russell’s suggestion during his Art of Divorce auction, the person who purchased the Master and Commander violin has loaned it long term to Bridget O’Donnell, the musician who demonstrated its beauty. Read about it at Russell’s twitter.
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Variety reports that filming will take place in Victoria this July
“True History of the Kelly Gang” is a coming-of-age tale charting the rise and fall of the Australian rebel who swore to wreak vengeance and havoc on the British Empire. MacKay will star as the notorious bush ranger Ned Kelly and will depict the colonial badlands of Australia. Nurtured by another notorious bush ranger, Harry Power (Crowe), and fueled by the arrest of his mother, Kelly recruits a wild bunch of warriors to plot a rebellion.
Tanja Meissner, head of sales at Memento, said that “the scope and ambition of the project convinced us immediately, it’s the perfect acquisition – a film which will not indulge in period or genre but be a burst of energy, buzzing with electricity, loud, brash and full of color.”
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In opening scene shown, Jared (played by Lucas Hedges) stands in his kitchen, apologizing to his distressed parents for breaking up with his girlfriend and being attracted to men. Jared seems to be a well-rounded kid with a bright future — he’s on the basketball team, works at a car dealership, and attends church. Still, his father gives him an ultimatum: attend gay conversion therapy, or move out. Jared chooses the former.
“I’m a very anxious and nervous actor, so I tend to get very paranoid and afraid of scenes before we film them,” said the 21-year-old, an American on set with Aussies who put him at ease. “I have several memories of Nicole where I just forgot everything, forgot everything about where I was, just looking at her. I’m just like, ‘What’s going on here?’ But not even like, ‘It’s Nicole Kidman.’ She’s my mom, and everything about her centered me…It’s the same with Russell.”
Boy Erased is set to be released September 28 in the U.S.
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