"It's great to have an American genre film in that kind of arena, where what you're coming to do is just share storytelling and the love of filmmaking as opposed to national boundaries," says Hillcoat. "That's what's really exciting about Cannes."
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"He's actually very nuanced and incredibly subtle and very real," says Hillcoat. "There's a real tenderness, as well. For him, it was something that he's been dying to do for some time."
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