Blood Ties That Bind
U.S. Release Date: 3/21/14
“You sacrifice all of yourself for your family,” he says.
For the Almost Famous actor, however, it’s impossible to imagine anything remotely close to the scenario experienced by his character in French director Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties – a crime thriller that unfolds in ’70s New York.
His character in the pic, a remake of the French film Les Liens du Sang, is Frank, a highly respected cop whose brother Chris (Clive Owen) is released from prison after serving several years for a gangland murder.
Frank, whose former girlfriend is played by Star Trek‘s Zoe Salander, helps his brother find a job and re-connect with his children and ex-wife (Marion Cottillard). But old habits, it seems, die very hard, and it’s only a matter of time before Chris walks the crime path once again.
“From the begining, Guillaume said Frank was someone who had a lot of sensitivity and vulnerability, but had been so oppressed by his family and his family’s idea about how he should be,” says Cudrup. “So he has a lot of built up resentment and I think disappointment in his family.”
The actor believes Frank is seen as the “black sheep” of the family – simply for doing good.
“It seemed so perverse,” he says. “I think Guillaume was really shrewd in maintaining the undercurrent of Frank’s sadness and frustration. I did get a chance when Clive and I had a little wrestling scene to let out some of the aggression, so I wasn’t pent up completely for the entire experience, but I think that was part of the character study.”
Silence, says Cudrup, is the manner in which members of this family relate to one another.
“Years and years have gone by without people confronting the authentic story of their family. This creates an enormous tension and crisis between Frank and his brother, and therefore I think that is added to the complications of Frank making the decision to save his brother or to let him rot in jail.”
Meanwhile, veteran actor James Caan plays the father who seems to favour Chris, despite his vicious criminal habits, over Frank.
“I grew up a great fan of James as a man, and James as an actor. and it can be intimidating working with someone who you have such a history with from afar,” notes Cudrup. “But I found the experience of working with him very easy. He was very accessible, and liked to take over the set. But Guillaume did a good job keeping him in line and we ended up having a really good time.”
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Guillaume Canet
Stars: Clive Owen, Billy Cudrup, James Caan, Marion Cotillard, Milla Kunis, Zoe Saldana
Screenwriters: Guillaume Canet and James Gray
Producers: Guillaume Canet and Alain Attal
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