In­stant par­ents to share

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.

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