28th Toronto International Film Festival Coverage: Day Two
Started the day off with a 9:30 presser for Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. Not only did the assembled journos applaud the film, their applause grew when Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s names appeared in the end credits.
In the film, Murray plays a world-weary actor who’s in Japan to film some whiskey commercials. While hanging out in his hotel bar, he finds a friend in a young woman whose photographer husband is too self-absorbed and busy to pay any attention to her. The unlikely duo strike up a tender friendship while tooling around Tokyo.
Murray can do more with his face than many can do with their entire bodies. We also went to the press conference for Matchstick Men and three premieres: I Love Your Work, Matchstick Men and Lost in Translation.
24-year-old Alison Lohman, who plays Nic Cage’s daughter in Matchstick Men, said that she had to hang out with her 14-year-old cousin and her friends in order to remember how to play that age.
Speaking of inspirations, Nicolas Cage said that for him, it was James Dean’s performance in East of Eden that first got him interested in acting.