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Julia Roberts on ‘Leave The World Behind’: Strangers, danger, and depth


1:18 AM UTC – November 30,⁢ 2023

Director Sam⁤ Esmail, cast members Julia Roberts and Myha’la Herrold attend the World ⁣Premiere of the film “Leave the World Behind” in London,​ Britain, November ⁢29, 2023. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON⁤ (Reuters)⁢ – Julia Roberts ⁤Takes on ‍Multilayered Disaster Thriller in⁣ “Leave​ The World Behind”

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Executive produced by former U.S. President‌ Barack ‌Obama and Michelle Obama, “Leave ‌The World Behind”‍ is ⁣a thrilling ​disaster movie that⁢ showcases Julia Roberts in a unique role.

Roberts plays Amanda, a cynical advertising director, in this adaptation of Rumaan Alam’s best-selling novel. The story follows Amanda, her husband, and their two⁤ children as they embark on an impromptu holiday in a small Long Island town. However, their​ peaceful getaway takes a dark turn when a man and his‌ daughter, portrayed by Mahershala Ali and Myha’la Herrold, claim‍ to be the owners of their vacation home and request to⁤ stay the night. As tensions rise and strange events unfold, the two families ‍find themselves trapped together, trying to make sense of the chaos surrounding⁤ them.

During the film’s premiere in ‌London, Roberts shared, “There’s always about 17 and a half things going​ on​ at one time in every scene for each person. It was just all‌ the⁢ layers ‌of the ​people and​ the circumstances.”

Roberts‌ embraced the challenge of portraying a character who is inherently suspicious and ​prickly, a departure from⁢ her usual roles. She aimed to make ⁤Amanda both human‌ and likable.

Director Sam Esmail cautioned fans of‌ Alam’s book‍ that the film is not a faithful adaptation.‍ He explained, “Something that works in a literary medium‌ may not work in a cinematic medium. ⁣I was very upfront with Rumaan that⁣ I really was going to take liberties with the interpretation. I ran through all the ideas, he ⁤was on board and then in a lot of ways I think we both got what ​we wanted because his book and ‌the film ⁣are kind of two different standalone pieces that kind⁢ of operate⁤ independent of one another.”

“Leave The World ‌Behind” also⁢ features Ethan Hawke​ and Kevin Bacon, and will ⁢be released in ‍select cinemas and on Netflix on‍ Dec. 8.

Reporting‍ by⁣ Hanna Rantala; Editing⁢ by Josie‌ Kao

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How⁣ does director Sam Esmail describe the relationship⁢ between the ​film adaptation and Rumaan Alam’s book

LONDON (Reuters) – Julia Roberts Takes on Multilayered Disaster Thriller ‍in‌ “Leave The World ⁤Behind”

Executive produced ​by former U.S. ⁣President‌​ Barack ‌Obama and Michelle Obama,‌ “Leave ‌The World Behind”‍ is ​⁣a ​thrilling⁢ disaster‍ movie that⁢ showcases Julia Roberts in a unique role.

Roberts plays ⁤Amanda, a cynical advertising director, in⁤ this adaptation of Rumaan Alam’s best-selling novel. The story follows Amanda, her husband, and their two⁤ children as⁤ they embark on an impromptu holiday in a ‌small Long‌ Island⁣ town. However, their​ peaceful getaway ​takes a dark turn when a man and his‌‌ daughter,⁤ portrayed by Mahershala Ali and Myha’la Herrold, claim‍ to⁣ be the owners ⁣of their‌ vacation home ⁣and request to⁤ ⁤stay⁢ the night. As ⁣tensions rise and strange events unfold, the two families ‍find themselves trapped‍ together, trying to make sense of the chaos ⁤surrounding⁤ them.

During ‍the⁢ film’s premiere in ‌London, ‌Roberts shared, “There’s always about 17 and a half ‍things ​going​ on​ at one time in every scene for each​ person. It was just​ all‌‍ the⁢ layers ‌of the‍ ​people and​ the circumstances.”

Roberts‌ embraced ⁤the challenge of portraying a ⁢character who is inherently suspicious and ​prickly, a departure from⁢ ‌her usual roles. She aimed to make ⁤Amanda both human‌ and likable.

Director Sam⁣ Esmail cautioned fans of‌ Alam’s book‍ that the film is not a​ faithful adaptation.‍⁣ He explained, ‌”Something that works in a​ literary‌ medium‌ ‍may not work in a cinematic medium.⁢ ⁣I was very upfront with Rumaan that⁣ I really was going to take‍ liberties with⁣ the interpretation. I ran through all‌ the ideas, ‌he ⁤was on board and then in ‍a lot of ways I think we both ⁤got⁢ what⁤ ​we wanted because his book​ and ‌the⁤ film ⁣are kind of two different standalone pieces that ⁣kind⁢ of operate⁤ independent of one another.”

“Leave The World ‌Behind” also⁢ features Ethan Hawke​ and Kevin Bacon,⁤ and will ⁢be released in⁣ ‍select‌ cinemas and on⁣ Netflix on‍ Dec. 8.



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