How Nicolas Cage and Gary Oldman inspired Nat Wolff in Stephen King’s adaptation, ‘The Stand’

Nat Wolff has been taking his place in the history of Stephen King’s adaptation for a long time to come. However, with Stand after we debuted on CBS All Access, the time has finally come.

The nine-part miniseries was developed and executive produced by screenwriter, producer and director Josh Boone.

“Josh asked me to play Harold when I was about 17 or 18,” Wolff recalled. “We have been working for A mistake in our stars, and said he wants to adapt The Stand. He told me that, and I guess someone heard us and ran with the story. It was 2014. So it turned out that I was in too Stand before he had any rights to the book at all, so I’ve been kind of loosely involved for a long time. “

When it comes to casting, the actor actually ended up playing another important character, Lloyd Henreid.

“It was great to work with Josh again. He didn’t get to direct me because I wasn’t in any of the episodes he directed, but he was an executive producer. However, we managed to develop everything together for the character “, explained Wolff. “Before we started, he sent me a picture of Nicolas Cage Wild at heart, and I sent him a picture of Gary Oldman State of Graceand then we started and ran. “

“He’s a wild character, but I saw him as someone a little weak and pathetic and a good target that Randall Flagg took under his wing to turn him into a guy who would do his evil job. It reminded me of one of those cult leaders in documentaries where that charismatic leader exists. Somehow these people are doing these horrible things, but these people used to look relatively normal. Simply the power of someone with a lot of charisma gives you purpose, and you do whatever they say. It is a fascinating phenomenon. ”

Flagga is played by Alexander Skarsgård, Wolff’s teammate in Killing team. Stand marks the third time he and Boone have collaborated, and the second time Wolff and Greg Kinnear are acting together. However, the actor has never met a large number of his Stand co-stars.

“I didn’t meet Whoopi,” Wolff said, sounding disappointed. “I haven’t met her yet. It was kind of like the villains were in their camp for the bad guys, because all my scenes are with Alexander and Ezra Miller, Kat McNamara and others, so these are the people I was around in the end. I have to do a few fun scenes with Greg Kinnear near the end, but I’m not going to spoil anything. “

When it comes to Stephen King, Wolff considers himself a serious fan, but with a warning.

“On a scale of one to ten, I’d say nine, but only because there are people who have read every single book, and I haven’t,” he admitted. “The ones I read, I read over and over again. I’m a big fan. He has an amazing ability to write things that hit you, and dark, fun, smart, and scary ones are available. At the same time, they always say something deep about humanity. It’s amazing the way he can achieve such important themes in this and invite pop culture and hit the zeitgeist. It is absolutely unique. ”

This is because he respected the iconic author’s work so highly that his character enters such a dramatic and bloody entrance during the attempted robbery.

“It was a scene I struggled to stay in the script,” Wolff exclaimed. “When I originally read the book, it was one of my favorite parts, that he was still robbing stores like an idiot. It was just talked about in the script, and I said, ‘I really think you need to see that.’ So I kind of begged Josh and then they were very happy that we inserted him because he has influence and gives Lloyd a little past. “

Right or wrong, connections are established StandThe story of the pandemic and the mini-series that will be published during the pandemic. The two words approached the collision frighteningly.

“It was crazy,” Wolff explained. “I wrapped up on March 5, flew to LA, and then four days later I was in quarantine. We filmed a show about a pandemic, and then the pandemic hit. It was really creepy. I threw burning toilet paper through the bars of a prison in one scene, and then that night I read that prisoners in Europe do exactly the same things. It was bizarre. “

Stand is the latest in a series of projects for Wolff, but there is one incredibly personal, his directorial debut, a remarkable short film The youngest.

“It was a purely artistic experience,” he delighted. “You do something so many times and you get kind of cynical about this job, and this revitalized me. He made his debut at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, and he did really well there. It has just been handed over to Tribeca. They watch it. I hope to play more festivals as well. “

The youngest starring June Van Patten, Olivia Boreham-Wing and Michael Gandolfini. Van Patten plays a young Autumn girl who is at her older sister’s house party and documents the experiences and emotions she goes through.

“June is actually my girlfriend’s younger sister,” explained Wolff, who also wrote the screenplay. “I spent a lot of time with her because I spent a lot of time with my girlfriend’s family. June is just a brilliant, beautiful little girl that I also saw that she didn’t understand many things around her, but she accepted it emotionally. That was interesting to me. I would also notice how other people treated her. Some people would talk to her like she was just a little toy or a puppy, and others would treat her like a person and it meant a lot to her when they treated her like one of them. ”

“I was just starting to write the script, and a lot of the things she said came back to me and came in. I called some of my friends and filmed them in my parents’ apartment.”

He added, “I said working with her was what I envisioned working with Joaquin Phoenix. About five to ten percent of everything she does is absolute gold, just the way you want it, and then the rest of the time she’s that force of nature that gives you more and more. Whenever the line started to feel too scripted, we would change it and try to catch something unique, stay open and put that lightning in the bottle. Many of my friends who worked on the team were actors and said that watching her is like watching a lesson because she doesn’t have a bad acting habit. She was just completely id. “

Casting and working with Gandolfini paid off for Wolff in a number of ways.

“I met him immediately after his father died and he became like a little brother to me. He became like a family, ”he thought. “It turns out Michael has known June since she was born and he was about 14 years old, so they already had the perfect relationship. That was one of the reasons he was perfect for the role. Michael had to have ten percent of his acting brain involved, but because she was such a wild card, he had to lead the scenes where they needed to go, even if they were going on a five-minute impromptu diversion. They’ll take him back. It was really great and I was very lucky. The youngest it was a fun, artistic experiment, but it ended up being one of the things I’m most proud of, of everything I’ve ever done. “

Stand is on CBS All Access, with new episodes decreasing every week until Thursday, February 11, 2021.