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Third Person (starring Mila Kunis, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody) comes to DVD & Bluray on September 30,2014. Both editions includes special features: Audio Commentary with Paul Haggis, Moran Atias, Laurence Bennett, Jo Francis and Michael Nozik, The Making of Third Person, Q&A with Writer/Director Paul Haggis. You can pre order the movie on Amazon for suggested prices of $21.69 and $25.19.
Third Person tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome: three couples who appear to have nothing related but share deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found. In New York – Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her 6 year-old son with her ex-husband Rick(James Franco), a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia is reduced to working as a maid in the same upscale boutique hotel where she was once a frequent guest. Julia’s lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) has secured Julia one final chance to change the court’s mind and be reunited with the child she loves. Rick’s current girlfriend Sam (Loan Chabanol) is a compassionate onlooker.
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Julia is caught in a custody battle for her 6-year old son with her ex-husband Rick played by James Franco, who is a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia’s lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) has secured Julia one final chance to change the court’s mind and be reunited with the child she loves. Julia’s sole motivation in life is to gain joint custody of her son but her fragile psychological state and the circumstances of her marriage break-up make that a big challenge.
A fan of the director’s works, Kunis had no qualms joining the cast, “I’ve been a fan of Paul’s work and he has a very specific way of writing so I didn’t necessarily know what to expect but I knew it was going to be intertwining storylines. I can honestly say that there are those movies that come along that they make you realize why you love doing what you do and working with Paul Haggis made me fall in love with my job again. I love it, I love every aspect of how he works, how he interacts, how, confident he is and how confident he makes you feel. I think we just kind of get each other’s work ethic and work rhythm. He trusts me and I trust him that’s just so incredibly important”.
“Given the complexity of the film, Julia is a hard character to explain,” says Kunis of her character. “She’s slightly misunderstood but she means well. Technically speaking, she’s in a custody battle with her ex-husband Rick for their child Jesse. At heart, Julia’s a sweet person but she’s always late and if a person has to make a right or a left turn, she always makes the wrong choice, but it’s not on purpose so you can’t blame her for it. Maybe she just has the world’s worst luck, or maybe not. She seems to be constantly put in situations where she’s just being attacked or accused of not being good enough.”
Mila spoke to Collider about not worrying about how sympathetic her character is, how she drew on the emotional depth of her own mistakes in life for this role, how selfishly gratifying it is to play a character like this, how fun it was to play a mom, that she prefers to turn the emotion on and off while she’s at work and not take it home with her, collaborating with James Franco, and what Paul Haggis is like, as a director.
Collider: Was it important to you that your character be sympathetic or likeable?
MILA KUNIS: I think that sometimes being unlikeable makes you likeable. It makes you human. I don’t think that anybody ever goes into a character thinking, “I can’t play this character because they’re not likeable.” I think that people are different because of the mistakes that they make. How they function after they make those mistakes is what makes everybody special. I think my character is incredibly sympathetic and likeable, for her faults. Actually, I think all of the characters are. But I don’t recall ever going into any project thinking, “I’m a little tentative playing this character because she’s not as likeable as I’d like for her to be.”
You’ve played a lot of characters who are the girl next door or the romantic lead. Was it fun to play someone like this?
KUNIS: Yeah, I loved it. First of all, I wanted to work with Paul [Haggis]. And then, reading the script and having it not be a girl next door character was a relief, so to speak.
What did you draw on for this role?
KUNIS: Everybody has mistakes that they make in life. It’s just relative to who you are and how they impact you. And so, it wasn’t hard for me to figure out a way to get to a place where I understood the character and understood her emotional roller coaster ride. I may not have had a child that I’ve lost, but that doesn’t take away from the experiences that I have had, in my life, that are equivalent to that emotional depth. It was great. Paul allowed me to explore that.