Toni finds way to waves

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

TONI Col­lette was taken back to her child­hood days splashing around in Syd­ney while film­ing at a wa­ter park in the US for her new movie.

Col­lette, who plays a di­vorced woman with a teenage son in the com­ing-of age­film The Way, Way Back, ad­mits she took ad­van­tage of the wa­ter­slides while on lo­ca­tion at the Mas­sachusetts park.

‘‘I re­ally utilised my time there, let me just put it that way,’’ she says.

The low-bud­get movie was pri­mar­ily shot in Marsh­field, Mas­sachusetts, and nearby ar­eas – in­clud­ing the Wa­ter Wizz park, which plays it­self.

‘‘I grew up go­ing to a wa­ter-theme park not dis­sim­i­lar from Wa­ter Wizz in the movie, called Wa­ter Works in the western sub­urbs of Syd­ney. That was very fa­mil­iar,’’ Col­lette says.

The Os­car-nom­i­nated Aus­tralian ac­tress and her fam­ily ar­rived in Mas­sachusetts for film­ing on the evening of July 4, 2012, and were treated to a fire­works fan­fare cel­e­brat­ing Amer­ica’s In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day.

‘‘I re­mem­ber, all of a sud­den, there were th­ese mas­sive noises. It sounded like bombs go­ing off and things ex­plod­ing. We walked out­side, and we were to­tally jet-lagged, hav­ing flown from Aus­tralia,’’ she says.

‘‘We were stand­ing there with our mouths agape. This is like a won­der­land; what is hap­pen­ing? And it went on and on for hours, and it was lovely. I can’t be­lieve we ac­tu­ally slept through some of it.’’

In The Way, Way Back, Col­lette plays Pam, who goes to her boyfriend’s beach house with her 14-year-old son in tow.

Steve Carell is the beau, Trent, and Liam James plays Pam’s son, Dun­can.

The Way, Way Back.

The teen and the au­di­ence wit­ness a side of Trent that Pam doesn’t in the open­ing scene. Pam’s son helps to re­veal Trent’s true na­ture in the course of the dram­edy also fea­tur­ing Sam Rock­well as Owen, the man­ager of the Wa­ter Wizz park who be­friends Trent.

The film had been years in the mak­ing by ac­tors, writ­ers and first-time di­rec­tors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon.

‘‘I per­son­ally absolutely adore this movie, and I chal­lenge any­one to dis­like it. I don’t think you could; it has such a good heart,’’ Col­lette says.

‘‘When I read it, I just thought, oh my God, this script is just so beau­ti­ful and so true and so funny and so sad and just very hu­man and re­lat­able.’’

Dur­ing pro­duc­tion, many of the ac­tors rented homes in the area used for the beach house scenes.

‘‘It was pretty great, we were right on the beach. I’d just ride my bike to the end of the street to go to work,’’ Col­lette says.

As a child, Col­lette en­joyed lots of hol­i­days.

‘‘I think it’s im­por­tant to re­lax in gen­eral. I don’t try to save up my re­lax­ing for one-month pe­riod of the year; it’s kind of a daily prac­tice that I’ve tried to re­main aware of.’’

Col­lette is about to be­gin work­ing on a new CBS tele­vi­sion se­ries, Hostages. In the sus­pense drama se­ries, she plays a tho­racic sur­geon whose fam­ily is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent who wants her to kill the US pres­i­dent.

– BAR­BARA VANCHERI, Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

The Way, Way Back opens to­day.

Toni Col­lette and Liam James in a scene from

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