Interview with Insidious: Chapter 2's Patrick Wilson

A talk on low-budget horror, Tomatometers, and how to dream in America.

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PW: We talk about it half-jokingly. Half "is there really anything in there for me."

RT: You could be Sung Kang's half-brother.

PW: [laughs] Yeah, I'm not sure there's anything really in there, but it's not for lack of trying. We always keep trying, but that's a much bigger... It's fine, it's fine, it's all good.

RT: I've been thinking a lot recently about achieving dreams and accomplishing goals. You're quoted on IMDB as saying you've sort of achieved your dream on the theater stage, whether you should dream higher from there on. It is kind of funny that, as you accomplish your goals, for me, I say, "What's next?" For yourself, is there a constant reinterpretation of your own ambitions?

PW: Yeah, there is. There absolutely is. Well, I think also, don't your goals sort of shift on the track that you're on? You know, it's like, you don't know the whole career you're going to take. Did you think you'd be working at Rotten Tomatoes? Probably not, right? Did you?

RT: I expected interesting things out of me as a kid. So I worked hard, got the job at 22, and I was like, "Okay, what now?"

PW: And then the more you're there, you're gonna be like, "Okay, now where do I go from here?" I mean, I just had that pow-wow with my team. Like, "Okay, I'm 40. I'm happy, I just wrapped five movies or whatever it was this year. Alright, so, let's think about the next five years and what we want to do, and what kind of roles we want to find, what I don't want to do again." It's very exciting, it's always exciting. Yeah, I think it's important to reinvest in everything, because, like anything, my business changes all the time, like yours does. The journalism business is insane. It's always changing, so you have to stay on top of it. You have to stay present in your own career. You can't be complacent.

RT: I agree. I'm approaching 30, so I guess I'm thinking about these things. It used to put me in a state of anxiety, trying to figure out what to do. I'm starting to relax a little bit more, like, this is kind of nice. It's nice to have the room and space to explore the things you want from your life.

PW: That's exactly right.

RT: Last question. You're doing Stretch with Joe Carnahan. I think The Grey is a masterpiece, so I'm excited to see what's going to happen next with him.

PW: Yeah, that movie's awesome.

RT: What can you tell us about Stretch and your character?

PW: I play Stretch. I play a limo driver who, when you meet him, he's coked out, drunk, smoking, a limo driver all at the same time. [laughs] He gets in a car accident with the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on, and for some reason, she takes a liking to him. Then you find out that she, of course, broke his heart, so he's back in a hole, a shell of a person, driving a limo, being miserable, wanting to be an actor in L.A., and he's in debt for a lot of money and has to come up with six grand by the end of the night. He falls into a client that Chris Pine plays, this incredible, crazy, eccentric billionaire, who sends him on this crazy night of escapades. It's completely insane in a sort of excessive, R adult comedy, that fits in with After Hours and Bachelor Party and every other sort of '80s excessive movie. Brooklyn Decker and Jessica Alba and Ed Helms. It's insane!

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