Riley Stearns’ darkish satire Dual brings his signature type of dry, deadpan humor to a narrative a couple of girl within the not-too-far future who’s compelled to battle her own clone to the death with a purpose to resolve who lives out the remainder of her life. It’s an enchanting idea brimming with potential, and Stearns takes the movie to some surprising locations as the story unfolds.
Guardians of the Galaxy franchise actress Karen Gillan performs each Sarah and her clone. She’s joined within the movie’s small solid by Breaking Unhealthy and Westworld actor Aaron Paul, who portrays Trent, the fight coach Sarah hires to arrange her for the struggle.
Digital Tendencies spoke to Paul in regards to the expertise of working with Stearns and his distinctive movie aesthetic, the backstory he got here up with for Trent, and the shocking hip-hop dance scene he shares with Gillan within the movie. The Emmy-winning actor additionally mentioned his upcoming return to the role of Jesse Pinkman, his Breaking Unhealthy character, within the closing season of the critically acclaimed prequel collection Higher Name Saul.
Digital Tendencies: Riley Stearns has such a singular strategy to dialogue and timing and storytelling. How did you regulate to that deadpan type?
Aaron Paul: I adjusted fairly seamlessly, I feel. It’s clearly very completely different, however I’m such an enormous fan of his work, so I knew what I used to be getting into. Such as you mentioned, he has such a singular voice. However that distinctive voice is tied in to such lovely, distinctive tales. And I do know him. He’s a buddy of mine who I’ve identified for years. When he requested me to leap on board, it was such a no brainer for me. So whereas I used to be making ready for the position, it simply felt proper, ? I’m comfortable, as a result of after I bought to set, it felt like I knew what I used to be doing, despite the fact that it’s in such a wierd, completely different setting.
Riley has indicated that some actors have a troublesome time acclimating to the tone he goes for in his movies, nevertheless it sounds such as you didn’t have a lot hassle with it.
Effectively, it was positively an adjustment, however I knew the world I used to be getting into. Perhaps it helped that I do know Riley. He’s not dry by any means, however in actual life, he’s very matter-of-fact. Numerous the dialogue, I can see Riley saying — not essentially in that dry format, however I can see him saying it.
We don’t be taught quite a bit about Trent within the movie. Does that make issues simpler or extra difficult in your finish once you’re determining methods to play the character?
Oh, simply wait till the sequel, my good friend, you’re going to be taught much more!
I’d positively watch a sequel all about Trent!
Proper? However yeah, each time I’m diving right into a mission, it at all times helps me to get some kind of backstory, to provide extra layers to the man you see on display. For me, [Trent] lives and breathes coaching. In my thoughts, he lives at his studio and actually believes that he was born to do that. That is his calling. He’s low cost, which is sweet, and he simply desires to assist, ? He’s educated individuals for duels prior to now. Some have misplaced, some have received, however that is his calling.
The hip-hop dance scene within the movie is wonderful. How did that scene come collectively?
Yeah, that scene was hilarious. I like that [Trent] has this secret want to learn to hip-hop dance. It’s simply such a twist. Our dance teacher would snigger at Karen and I after we have been studying the strikes. She had tears falling down her face, she was laughing so exhausting. At one level, she informed me, “I’m sorry I’m laughing, since you’re actually attempting.” And I used to be like, “Oh, wow. That’s … good. Um …” My character’s not a professional, although, despite the fact that he’s a perfectionist and desires to get it executed completely. So I didn’t prepare as a lot as Karen did. I shot all my stuff in 4 days, and there can be moments on set the place I’d see Karen dancing with the teacher, and I’d simply select to not go in there — as a result of Trent’s not alleged to be that good. I didn’t wish to know the strikes that properly.
And on high of that, you needed to preserve a straight face whereas dancing, which I’m positive wasn’t simple.
Oh man, that scene, and the slow-motion struggle sequence, truthfully, have been two of the very best moments I’ve had on a movie set. It was simply so ridiculous, so over-the-top, and so enjoyable. I had the very best time doing them.
Your chemistry with Karen is nice. Was that simple to develop throughout the framework of Riley’s dry, very unemotional tone for the movie?
Effectively, we simply had a lot enjoyable. I’m an enormous fan of Karen and have been for a few years, and I see why she has had such a fantastic profession. The street forward for her is a fantastic one, and I’ll at all times be in her cheering part. She’s simply such a delight on-screen and off, so enjoyable to work with. I hope I get to do it once more along with her sooner or later.
Your profession has gone so many locations since Breaking Unhealthy, and now you’re returning to the Jesse Pinkman character once more within the closing season of Higher Name Saul. Is it simple to get into that headspace once more after so lengthy?
Jesse will at all times be kind of part of me. I lived and breathed each second we noticed on display [in Breaking Bad] after which some. So I like the man, and as quickly as I feel I’m executed, I preserve dipping again into that world. The Breaking Unhealthy household — now the Higher Name Saul household — is a fantastic household to be part of. So yeah, after I bought that telephone name from Vince [Gilligan] and Peter [Gould], we bought on FaceTime and I knew what it was going to be about. I knew once they needed to get on a name with me that that they had some information to share.
Riley Stearns’ Dual premieres April 15 in theaters and can be obtainable Might 20 for on-demand streaming and on the AMC+ streaming service.