Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. on Practical Effects With Come Play [Exclusive Interview]

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Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. in Come Play

Too many horror films are laden with CGI effects nowadays.

For decades, actors perform with monsters in costumes or as puppets. With computer technological improvements, many film productions rely on green screen technology. Today’s actors perform around the imagination of a tennis ball on a stick.

Not with Come Play.

Director Jacob Chase blended practical effects to portray the sense of horror by using darkness, shadows, and flickering lights. In a sense, the film returns to the old school horror roots.

Come Play stars newcomer Azhy Robertson as the young boy with Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. as his parents. Jacob Chase directed and wrote the screenplay.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the film:

Newcomer Azhy Robertson stars as Oliver, a lonely young boy who feels different from everyone else. Desperate for a friend, he seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses Oliver’s devices against him to break into our world, Oliver’s parents (Jacobs and Gallagher) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr., who played the parents. We talked about the practical effects used by Chase and the superb performance by the young actor Azhy Robertson.

Gillian Jacobs made her debut in film with the 2005’s film Building Girl and later on television for three episodes with The Book of Daniel in 2006. She earned accolades for her performance for CJ in 2010’s Nonames, but earned her biggest break as Britta Perry in the television show Community: Study Break for several seasons. Her career blossomed as she made numerous appearances in films including The Box, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Don’t Think Twice, Made in Cleveland, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

John Gallagher Jr. started off his career with appearances in television series The West Wing, NYPD Blue, and Law & Order. He later starred in HBO’s The Newsroom as Jim Harper that earned him notable recognition. Also, he starred in several films, including Margaret, Short Term 12, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Hush, The Belko Experiment, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Most recently, he is on HBO’s Westworld as Liam Dempsey.

Come Play opens in theaters this Friday, October 30.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Focus Features

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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