Paul Mescal wants to make more small independent films like Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun”.
Paul Mescal’s Oscar-nominated turn in “Aftersun” helped land him bigger roles in films like Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Gladiator” sequel, but indie fans needn’t worry about losing him anytime soon.
Speaking to IndieWire on the blue carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards, Mescal reiterated his commitment to continue appearing in films like “Aftersun” and giving back to the independent film community.
“Indie cinema is where I want to live and be. So I’m really proud of this movie, I love Charlotte (Wells), I love Frankie (Corio), so it’s an easy and happy place to be right now. ” Mescal said, before pointing out that the film’s many award nominations are due to people still caring about smaller films. “It’s a really cool dual product to make a movie that has landed with people. And it’s just important to remind ourselves that it’s because people still want to see independent cinema.”
The comments should come as no surprise to those who have followed Mescal’s career closely. The actor has always been vocal about his commitment to keeping the independent film industry thriving.
“I love a blockbuster as much as the next person, but the only point is that we have to be careful not to leave a little bit more room for movies like ‘Aftersun’ or movies like ‘Close,'” Mescal said. in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I really don’t think I’m a snob about it. In fact, the only fear is that this space (for independent films) will be invaded. And if we don’t balance the ecosystem, we’ll only have one kind of movie.”
In a separate interview, Mescal explained that his passion for making short films meant that he was unlikely to join a major franchise that would require a huge commitment of his time.
“I would be devastated if that was taken away from me,” Mescal said. “And I think sometimes you have to decide to leave it for 5, 10, 15 years, and that would be very sad… I know if I make that decision, I’m not going to wake up in five years.” The time and surprise I didn’t get time off for two months to go to Turkey and make an independent film. Knowledge is power.”
Check out IndieWire’s interview with Paul Mescal below.
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