Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2013

Ruth Wilson discusses ‘Saving Mr Banks,’ the challenges of the role

The Lone Ranger star Ruth Wilson plays a key, yet low-profile role in Saving Mr Banks. Talking with HeyUGuys in a Nov. 27 interview Wilson confesses to the “sadness” of  the role, which has few lines, which can be challenging.

Saving Mr Banks Ruth Wilson Colin Farrell“Yeah it is a bit, but if you haven’t got a great deal to do on screen, and there isn’t that much dialogue, you have to pitch out that character quite carefully. That’s not the focus of the attention, that’s with P.L. Travers and her father, but her mother is equally as responsible for abandoning her child at one point, and for who she ultimately becomes, and they’re really dramatic scenes. So you’ve got to work out how you get to that dramatic feeling without it feeling out of the blue and odd, without much time on screen. You want to make it as detailed as possible without being boring – the miserable mother in the corner! So you want to try and put as many elements into that and make her as rounded as possible. It is quite hard but it’s a good challenge to have. I enjoy those challenges.”

Wilson plays PL Tavers mother in flashbacks portraying “the neglected wife of a chronic alcoholic” which required some research.

“Yeah and I did a lot of research into post-natal depression and dealing with alcoholism in your family. She just couldn’t cope with the situation she was in and it wasn’t a life she had expected she might lead. It is interesting, because without that section of the movie it wouldn’t be the same – you need that heart, you need that understanding of where she comes from.”

Wilson reveals how strange the publicity tour is with stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, even though they have no scenes together.

Check out the full interview HERE

Saving Mr Banks opens in theaters on December 20, 2013.



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