Instant parents to share
THERE’S nothing like kicking a soccer ball around and then fetching it from a neighbour’s yard to help players or actors bond.
That’s how Joel Edgerton and young CJ Adams ‘‘found a real fondness for each other’’, the adult co-star of The Odd Life of Timothy Green says.
Edgerton plays the husband of Jennifer Garner’s character in the G-rated fantasy. They are childhood sweethearts who would love to have a son or daughter – and they do, although not in conventional fashion.
A boy named Timothy magically appears to them one stormy night, and, in a flash, Cindy and Jim Green are transformed into Mum and Dad.
Garner is married to actor Ben Affleck and is the mother of three, while Edgerton says: ‘‘I’m not a qualified father, but then my character in the film is also unqualified and has fatherhood thrust upon him and deals with it in an improvisational kind of fashion.
‘‘Now, interestingly, tons of my very close friends, a lot of people I work with, I’m watching them have their own crash course in parenthood.’’
Edgerton, 38, is the younger (by 18 months) of two boys. Brother Nash started out as a stunt performer and added actor, editor, producer, writer and director to his resume.
Nash directed Joel in The Square, nominated for seven Australian Film Institute awards. The brothers run a company together and are best friends, although Joel jokes about something their mum said.
‘‘Nash and I were working on a movie together, and she said, ‘Does Joel have to do anything dangerous in this movie? ’Cause you better do it for him.’
‘‘And he’s like, ‘What? It’s good for me to get hurt and not him?’ She said, ‘It’s your job.’’’
Edgerton says a lot of actors claim they do their own stunts, but that’s not always true.
‘‘Look, there’s a line in the sand that’s drawn by the insurance company. You can take a fake bullet hit or you can punch or be punched, but if you have to fall off a building or get set on fire, that’s your stunt guy or CGI.’’
Edgerton says The Odd Life of Timothy Green was a refreshing change of pace.
‘‘This is a really wonderful movie to go out and share with people. That’s one of the reasons that we all do it anyways.
‘‘Moviemaking is there to be shared and that means you’re looking forward to what you’ve created in the backrooms or the dark shadows to bringing that out and showing it to people.
‘‘I like things that have a resonance and an emotionality to them. This movie, to me, it’s warm and it’s funny and it’s entertaining, but it also says something cool . . . and you can see people take something from it. I really like that part of the process.’’ – BARBARA VANCHERI, Pittsburgh
The Odd Life of Timothy Green opens today.
CJ Adams (left) and Odeya Rush in The Odd Life of Timothy Green.