If I were to draw you a picture that explained my thoughts about an Americanization of 'Let the Right One In' a year ago, it would have been of a stick figure with a speech bubble filled with asterisked-out swear words. I wasn't just skeptical about the idea, I was downright angry about it. But when Cinematical had the opportunity to talk to director Matt Reeves in March, I quickly realized that I could lower my guard a bit. If anyone was up to the task, Reeves was the person.
Now that 'Let Me In' is out in the wild and fans have had an opportunity to see what Reeves was able to do with his version of John Ajvide Lindqvist's darkly beautiful vampire story, Cinematical was given a second opportunity to chat with the director as well as with the star of his film, Kodi Smit-McPhee. The interview was originally supposed to be with Reeves and Smit-McPhee at the same time, but due to scheduling conflicts they ended up being separate.
Below you can find Reeves relating the advice Steven Spielberg gave him about directing child actors, how best to intertwine performances with filmmaking spectacle, and what exactly is going on with 'Cloverfield 2'. Below that is the very talented Smit-McPhee explaining what it's like to be an Australian child actor working in an American industry, as well as his plans to transition from acting to directing and editing.