“The Box,” which opened in theaters last Friday, stars Cameron Diaz (right) and James Marsden (left) and was directed by Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”). The three joined together to answer some questions about the making of the movie, preparing for the movie and some bloopers that occurred while shooting the film.
Q: What was your initial reaction when you first read the script?
A: Well, I was a huge fan of Richard’s from “Donnie Darko” and “Southland Tales,” and I just really wanted to work with him. So when I read the script, I was – I felt that it was one of, you know, those very authentic stories that he tells. There was a lot of – you know, sort of this existential quandary, and I just knew that Richard would tell the story uniquely as he does, and I wanted just to be a part of that.
Q: How is this 1970s set film relevant to our society today?
A: Well, I think it’s a film that kind of puts in the cross hairs the idea of the nuclear family. In our film, it’s, you know, a married couple, under the age of 40, with a single child, and they have a lifestyle that they really can’t afford, and they’re sort of living on credit, and they have a mortgage that’s beyond their means, and they’re, you know, driving a car – or Arthur is driving a car that’s a little bit too expensive, and they have a son in private school with a tuition that’s a little too much for them to handle.
Q: So what would you say was the one of the funniest things that happened on set?
A: I remember laying in bed having a heart-to-heart scene with Cameron, then, getting up and vomiting in the bathroom, and then washing my mouth with soap then coming back and asking if it was OK if we finish the scene and Cameron being really gracious and sweet and saying it’s totally fine. It wasn’t really funny – it’s kind of funny now more than it was then. And they were able to fix my green face in post.