Movie was filmed over 12-year period
“Boyhood” only opened in theaters today, but it’s already made history.
Starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and two unknown youngsters, it’s the first film to capture over a decade the life of its characters using the same actors throughout.
Writer-director Richard Linklater shot the movie over 12 years, showing the fictional and the actual transformation of a boy into a man. It’s an audacious project, but in thinking about it for a few minutes, a question inevitably rises: Why hasn’t anyone done this before?
“I know. It’s so simple. But at the end of this whole journey, I can tell you exactly why no one has done it,” Mr. Linklater says, laughing, on a recent visit to Washington to talk about the film. “It’s crazy. It’s so impractical. It fits in no world of commerce … I think the so-called risks involved — and the unknowns — overwhelm the coolness of the idea.”
If anyone was going to take on such an unwieldy project, it was going to be Richard Linklater.
“I’d spent my whole cinematic life, probably thinking in this area about narrative and time and structure and plot,” he says.