If you’ve read the best seller “The Girl on the Train,” you know it’s filled with twists and turns. And hopefully you haven’t ruined the ending for your friends who haven’t read it, because the book is in theaters this weekend. And Deco’s Chris Van Vliet headed to New York City to chat with Emily Blunt who is the aforementioned girl on the train.
Emily Blunt (as Rachel Watson): ” I used to watch this perfect couple, they were the embodiment of true love.”
After a messy divorce, Emily Blunt’s character Rachel turns to alcohol. On her daily commute, she watches people from the train wishing she had the lives that they do. One day she sees something, or at least she thinks she does, that may provide clues to solving a woman’s disappearance.
Emily Blunt (as Rachel Watson): “I saw her. I saw her from the train.”
Chris Van Vliet: “Here’s what I think is ironic — when people are drunk, they’re trying not to act drunk. In this film, you have to do the reverse. You actually have to act drunk and there is so much subltly that goes into this. Can you talk about what it’s like to play someone who is drunk, but not act overly drunk?”
Emily Blunt: “I think there are pitfalls aren’t there? There are sort of pitfalls to lurching around and it being comical and this is a very dark film. The mistake is to go too big and a drunk is really trying to hold it together.”
Since we only get a small glimpse into these people’s lives from the train … we’re not sure who to trust and everyone becomes a suspect.
Allison janney (as Detective Riley): “So what did you do during those hours that night?
Emily Blunt (as Rachel Watson): I don’t remember.”
Chris Van Vliet: “I want to know if you could take a train ride and peer into the lives of one of your previous characters. Who do you think would be the most interesting to look in on?”
Emily Blunt: “Oh my God! I don’t know.”
Chris Van Vliet: “Come on, you’ve played so many great characters.”
Emily Blunt: “I know, but I don’t know who it is. Who do you think?”
Chris Van Vliet: “Man, that’s such a hard question.”
Emily Blunt: “Exactly!”
Chris Van Vliet: “Your ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ character is fantastic.”
Emily Blunt: “Oh yeah, I wonder what she does.”
Chris Van Vliet: “But if she was standing on the balcony of her house, I don’t know if she’d be doing anything interesting.”
Emily Blunt: “Other than like doing some squats and pushups. Just practicing shooting Tom Cruise.”
Luke Evans is about to play Gaston in the live action “Beauty and the Beast” and I was really hoping that’s who he’d say.
Luke Evans: “I’d probably go down Gaston’s story. That would probably be the most fun.”
Chris Van Vliet: “What do you think is the one line in Gaston’s song that best describes Gaston?”
Luke Evans: “I’m especially good at expectorating.”
OK, back to the “Girl on the Train.” It centers around a love triangle with some of the people seen from the train — including Luke Evans and Justin Theroux who plays Rachel’s ex husband.
Justin Theroux: “Everyone has these crazy dark sides, arcs, secrets and things that they’re not entirely forthcoming about.”
Now you can see “The Girl on the Train” at any AMC theater any Monday through Thursday. Enter to win tickets by emailing your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
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