I am not sure which to thank, coincidence or kismet, but somehow the planets aligned this week to land me on the red carpet of the Opening Night of the San Diego Film Festival with the talented Will Reiser, cancer survivor and writer of the new movie, 50/50. This film, a semi-auto-biographical story about a young guy in his twenties who is diagnosed with cancer, depicts this real, raw subject matter through humor and friendship.
The coincidence/kismet of interviewing Reiser comes from the fact that one day prior to meeting him on Wednesday, my best friend Amy, the one who had terminal liver cancer, received half a liver from a family friend and is now in remission, was interviewed on Anderson Cooper’s new talk show, on the SAME program where Reiser and the cast of 50/50 were promoting their film.
This was my first red-carpet interview so I was thankful for this connection and also that Reiser is extremely gracious and chatty, two traits any interviewer prays for in the interviewee. Take a peek at our convo and find out which scene he thinks is one of the best in the film.
Also, I got a few questions in with Philip Baker Hall, the long-time actor who plays a fellow cancer patient in the film. I have been a big fan of PBH since the film Magnolia, one of my favorite movies of all time, so it was a thrill to meet him too.
CLICK HERE for my full review of the film. Though it is a tear-jerker in parts, it is overall a hilarious, feel-good movie. The darling Joseph Gordon-Levitt is simply perfect in this role and Seth Rogen is funnier than ever. Don’t miss this film!