The Hollywood Reporter
July 2, 2012
An adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel, the film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbentand Weaving, each playing multiple roles – sometimes unrecognizably — in different locations and time periods. “[The movie explores] the idea of being reborn and souls being reborn through time,” Weaving says.
“What’s fascinating about the adaptation of the book was that sense that you get in the book about souls being reborn, a particular soul, and then they thought, ‘What if we bring back actors to multiple roles in these stories?’ So to take that idea and run with it actually kind of became one of the key propellers for the project.”
Weaving reveals that not unlike the film’s narrative itself, the various roles he played started to connect and influence one another as the shoot continued. “Because the film’s told in a sort of mosaic way, where all six stories are told at once, at the beginning of the shoot you’d move from one character to another,” he says. “But as the shoot progressed and it got towards the end, you were seeing more links between the characters. And indeed, there might be a cut from one of your characters to another character, so there’s a link between them.”
He says that though there’s not a specific throughline connecting the various characters he plays, each of them served a similar purpose in each part of the narrative in which they appear. “You’re fulfilling a particular role, so the six characters I play have a similar thematic arc, similar role to play, and as the film progresses, you get a strong sense of playing one [character] rather than six separate ones,” he explains. “So initially you’re feeling the separateness of the characters but increasingly feeling like they’re facets of the same being.”
Warner Bros. is set to release Cloud Atlas nationwide Oct. 26. Last Ride opens Friday.