The actors also opened up about what drew them to the dramatic thriller from Focus Features, now in theaters.
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane reunite on the big screen as George and Margaret Blackledge, a couple fighting to rescue their grandson from his wicked stepfather, Donnie Weboy (Will Brittain), and his villainous family in the Focus Features film Let Him Go.
Lesley Manville plays Blanche Weboy, the matriarch of the mysterious Weboy clan at the center of the dramatic thriller set in the 1960s. Costner, Lane and Manville spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what it was like working together on the film, as well as what drew them to the script.
“I thought it was one of the best screenplays I’ve read,” said Lane. “It kind of has everything going for it. I mean, so much heart. I mean, you’re watching people cope with a tremendous amount of grief and how they process that. And different characters handle it different ways.”
“I think movies are at their best when they are surprising us, when they do take us some place we didn’t expect to go,” said Costner. “When I read Let Him Go, I didn’t really know where it was going and when I started to feel it, hopefully the audience will start to feel it and it put a lot of dread in me. But I just kept reading, because I couldn’t stop watching a couple who were in love and were really going the wrong way.”
“The character, really,” said Manville of what drew her to the project. “I do enjoy playing a bad girl. There’s something I can’t quite put my finger on that makes it terribly nice. Really enjoyable.
The film marks a reunion for Costner and Lane, who played Superman’s adoptive parents Jonathan and Martha Kent in both Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). The pair knew they wanted to work together again, according to Lane, “… because we only had a few minutes in the times that we’d gotten to work together before.”
Let Him Go is the first time the two Hollywood heavyweights have starred opposite each other in a feature, which Lane calls “a dream come true.”
“I don’t think my heart could’ve handled it if he’d said, ‘no,'” Lane revealed with a laugh. “You take a big risk on being rejected, but you know, nothing risked, nothing gained.”
“Well, she’s one of our great leading ladies, I mean, in any decade,” Costner said of Lane. “You understand why she is a leading lady, because she commands the screen. She comes in with such a point of view that it’s just easy to play with her, against her.”
“They’re two fantastic actors,” Manville said of the pair of stars. “The three of us are roughly in the same age territory, so we’ve all been doing it for a long time. So, it just felt like hooking up with some really other experienced actors.”
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Let Him Go is now in theaters.