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THE MOVIE: The House of D

David Duchovny • Anton Yelchin • Robin Williams • Tea Leoni • Erykah Badu
DIRECTOR: David Duchovny

Son (Anton Yelchin & David Duchovny) and father (Robin Williams) over the years THE CONCEPT:
An American living in Paris re-examines his current life through the eyes of his 13-year-old self in the 1970s Greenwich Village and the people he met

U.S. RELEASE: April 15 2005, Limited • Rated: PG-13


“My own personal story is not the stuff in the movie. I wanted to make a universal film about growing up, but in order for me to be keenly specific, I used stuff from my own childhood, images and things that I knew. I knew the city, I knew the time, and I knew that the House of D was there. I thought that was an interesting, dramatic situation that I’d never seen before, a prison in the middle of the city where, like a Fellini movie, you can talk to prisoners.”

“The script was so beautiful and touching. There are certain parts that are obviously made to be like a fairy tale, like the lady in the tower [at the House of D], and Pappass is like a protector. And at certain points it was so real, like the fights with his mother, which I thought were perfect.”

“Every day my character looks forward to meeting with [Tommy] whom she becomes a surrogate parent and friend and big sister to. She’s like a lady in a tower, and he’s like her savior every day, and vice versa. I think they need each other more than they imagined they ever could.”

“As an actor, Anton has it all going on. He himself is very moral, and very intelligent, very ethical, which is what Tommy is, too. He’s got this outsider/insider sensibility that makes him capable of doing both. He’s kind of on the outside, but also right there looking and observing, and finding things, and being open to things.”

“I didn’t write any of the roles for anybody. But late in the process Tea [his wife] said, ‘I’d like to play the role of the mom.’ And I said, ‘Fine.’’ It was that easy. I think that we both realized shortly after that, that she’d be playing my character’s mother. So that was just an added bonus.”

“Everything was a lot of fun because Robin’s like the only person who can make me cry from laughing. He opens his mouth and I’m already like, ‘Please, stop it.’ There’s a scene in the hallway before we deliver something to someone, and for about an hour and a half all we did was screw around in that hallway. We played football, we hit each other, there were times when I fell on the floor and made him drag me. So probably the most fun I had was hanging out with Robin.”

“Robin doesn’t cut up on camera, he does that with the crew in between shots. I think people have this image that he’s this uncontrollable force of Nature, and in fact he’s a professional actor, and just a pleasure.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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