About The Cast
360, a film which spans the globe with English, Viennese German, French,
Russian, Arabic, Slovakian and Brazilian Portuguese all spoken, required a truly
international cast to bring the central protagonists to life. The narrative of
360 is driven by the characters and their scenarios, and each story strand
stands up in its own right. The universal link to each, and the theme that runs
throughout, is that we are privy to just a fleeting moment in their lives and
have no knowledge of these individuals before this moment in time. The decisions
they make, which may or may not be for the greater good, leads to each of them
being redeemed in some way within their own story.
The appeal of developing a fully-fledged three dimensional character within
their story arch that could carry a whole film, when in reality it forms just a
small part of an ensemble piece, was for the cast in no small way influenced by
the opportunity to work with Meirelles. The chance to work with him, and knowing
that he was helming an intelligent piece written by Morgan, was both an exciting
and challenging combination.
Meirelles is very calm and methodical, and also collaborative, in the way he
works with his actors, allowing them to improvise within the structure of the
script and experiment. His warm approach leads to a relaxed vibe on set, where
the cast feel they have had the opportunity to fully explore and develop their
characters. This coupled with Morgan's script with the detailed characters, each
drawn in a very distinct way, and the overall structure was extremely appealing
for the actors. They all met with Meirelles, and in some cases they then needed
to spend some time researching the background of their type of character, and
each actor created a back story in their minds to breathe life in to these
individuals. Once the camera started rolling, with most of the cast having just
few days on screen, they had a brief but significant opportunity to play
protagonists that were both authentic and realistic, and to convey the emotional
truth in that moment for their characters within the circle of 360.
The catalyst for the chain of stories and events which unfold stems from the
moment Jude Law's character, Michael Daly, makes the decision not to go through
with his frisson with the prostitute Mirka. However fleetingly, from this point
onwards the consequences of his choice reverberate throughout all of the stories
connecting or linking them in some way.
Jude Law and Rachel Weisz play the married couple Michael and Rose Daly. On the
surface they appear to be two beautiful people who have worked hard to create a
perfect home for their young daughter. Yet somehow you get the impression they
are no longer communicating, and that affection and intimacy has fallen away
from their relationship.
Jude Law describes his character thus, "Something Fernando said to me before I
started, which really warmed me to this project was that everyone in it is
trying to do the right thing. Michael is a normal, regular, flawed human being.
He's a father who perhaps knows he should be at home a little more to see his
daughter growing up. He's working hard but at the same time kind of missing his
life. And he wants to do right by his family and wants to do right by himself.
But there's nothing particularly special or spectacular about him. He's just a
regular Joe. It's more about the rhythm of how your life can affect other
For Rachel Weisz, having won plaudits and awards for her role in Meirelles' The
Constant Gardener it was the opportunity to work with him again and the written
material, as she explains, "I love the script and the idea that it's a true
ensemble, everyone does their little story and then they pass the baton on to
the next actor that comes along. The chance to spend five days with Fernando,
someone I hugely admire, and the Peter Morgan script is really wonderful and
unusual. In some ways it's easy and light, and in some ways it's challenging
because you don't have as much time to establish your character you just have to
dive straight in."
Anthony Hopkins character is the older man, John, who is en route to Phoenix to
a mortuary to discover if the unidentified girl that has been found is his long
missing daughter. She ran away from home many years ago after she uncovered her
father's affair and they argued. Hopkins explains his take on his character, "We
all get caught up in relationships and in life with things we don't expect. And
we're only human. We can make a lot of mistakes. And I think that's what I like
about this guy. He's an ex-drunk and he's made a lot of mistakes in his life and
he'll still go on making them. But he's learned something about himself. He's
learnt something about life."
Maria Flor plays Laura who heartbroken and alone boards a flight home to Brazil
and sits next to the older man. They share a connection that helps them both
move forwards in significant ways even if they do not quite realize it at the
time. Flor interprets her character and situation as, "I think Laura looks naive
and fragile, but that she is strong and she has the power to change her life.
She is really sad and distressed, and totally alone at this point, so when she
finds the older man it is good because he's warm to her like a father, he's
someone she can trust, and I think he is really important for her at that moment
in her life."
Flor also shares some powerful scenes with Ben Foster, as he plays a sex
offender who has spent the past six years behind bars and is about to restart
his life. For Foster the opportunity to work with Meirelles was one which he
immediately knew he wanted to be a part of before he had even turned a page of
the script, "You start with the script, and it's a gift to have material as
thoughtful and interested in the human beings rather than the exposition of
moving story forward, although that's handled beautifully. It's about people
trying to make choices, and not always making the right choices, and sometimes
there are very dark circumstances but I believe every character in this film is
attempting to make the right choice."
Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays Fran, the psychologist, who has been treating Tyler
and has been working towards this moment with him when he will be gradually
released back into the world through a rehabilitation program. Jean-Baptiste
explains the appeal of 360 for her as, "For me what I found really striking is
you get a glimpse of these people at a point in their lives where they are faced
with a choice. And you just kind of go "Oh, what are they going to do, is he
going to go this way, or that way." Which I thought was a really beautiful thing
and I really enjoy that element. You start with something very simple and raw
and they all end up back in a place where things are really simple and raw."
Moritz Bleibtreu plays the salesman who uncovers Michael Daly's proposed liaison
with the prostitute. He was delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of
this ensemble and explains his interpretation of the script as, "It's about hope
and keeping hope alive. It is about certain people who give up hope and say 'No,
there is no hope.' and others that say 'No, hope is still there, even though
everything is bad and my life is f**ked up- hope is still there', and I think
that's what this movie does. You are going to end up seeing a film where you
come out saying, with every dark side that a human being has and all the
sinister areas that this movie shows and reflects - there is hope and love is
going to survive."
It is desire and love, along with being young and ambitious, that propels
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