RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – Josh Hartnett: “In independent films things directly come from the heart of the filmmakers”

Our fantastic film and celebrity reporter Liselotte caught up with Josh Harnett at the Raindance Film Festival opening gala and premiere of his new film ‘Oh Lucy’.

Hi Josh, welcome to Raindance. Excited to be here?

Yes of course. The fact that the movie (Oh Lucy!) will be shown here means that the people are very interested to see that this film has to offer. It’s very heart-warming and very unusual to see that a movie like this, a Japanese-American co-production, and from this size is getting so much attention. It’s really odd but I’m very happy to be a part of it. Especially because Atsuko (Atsuko Hirayanagi, director of Oh Lucy!) is so talented.

So you guys filmed in both Japan and United States then?

Yes, in Tokyo and America.

How was it to film a movie in a city like Tokyo?

I loved it. It was a great experience working with the Japanese crew and I got to know Tokyo and it was fantastic. There are work differences in making a movie in a different country. In Tokyo, everything was very achievable and everyone was insanely polite. We made the movie there without even trying.

Raindance is all about independent movies. What do you think is the strength of movies like that?

I think independent films are more personal because they don’t need to focus on making a massive amount of money. When you don’t have to focus on making a certain amount of dollars, you can focus on making a movie that’s for everyone. In independent films, things directly come from the heart of the filmmakers. It’s fantastic to be a part of it.

Now you have this film coming up but do you have other films planned for the near future?

Yeah, I have a few more films coming up. One of them is called 6 Below and it’s very different type of movie than this one. It’s just basically me, sitting in the mountain and trying to survive. It’s based on a true story actually. I’m also making another independent film, which should come out somewhere next year and I also have a bigger production coming up.

One last question then: Do you have any advice for people who want to get into the industry?

No, not really. Cause this happened to me by accident. I didn’t really choose it. I actually wanted to be a creator when I was at school someone there asked me to be in a play. A casting director came to see me in that play and asked me if I wanted to do an audition for some other things. I started making money with acting and I thought well maybe I’ll try this. And here I’m. So many years later! I don’t really know what it’s like to work your way up into this industry in the way that a lot of actors do. But as I can see from other people, you just have to work very hard.

Sometimes it can just be luck too as well then.

Yeah indeed sometimes it can. But apart from that, I think you need to work very hard to get into the industry.

Just Celebrity Magazine Film and Celebrity Reporter Liselotte Vanophem

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