From Actor To Director: Paul Dano Makes A Film For The First Time

Paul Dano shows his creative side while taking on the role of being a director for his first film called WILDLIFE. Adapted from the 1999 novel by Richard Ford, and co-written by Zoe Kazan, Dano turns it into a realistic masterpiece.

The film centers around a teenage boy who must deal with his mother’s complicated ways after his father leaves for dangerous and precarious job. This film’s bittersweet essence takes us on a journey of the real life issues of adulthood and the heartache that comes with abandonment.

Dano has also mentioned in an interview with Variety that he always thought he would make films about family or at least a theme to explore and Richard Ford’s book captured just how much love there is in family but also how much struggle and hardship . Dano creates his own sense of style and allows the characters to have their own breathing space, Dano’s background of acting came in handy when directing. He knows how to direct actors in a way gives them tools and an understanding.

Could this be Paul Dano’s directorial debut? It’s a beautifully designed film that unleashes emotion and turmoil within a family that’s fractured, trying to keep it all together. The actors carry the film from start to finish, it’s a film not to be missed.

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