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Post  Emile on 4/24/2012, 5:42 am

I'm sorry guys, I don't know if this has been posted, you search and find everything faster than me and I can't follow, LOL.

Anyway:


Tribeca – Chris Colfer INTV
I was fortunate enough to have a chance to sit down with Chris Colfer, the breakout star from TV’s Glee, and talk about his upcoming film ‘Struck by Lightning’ premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Not only does Colfer star in the film as spitfire Carson, but he also wrote the screenplay when he was just in high school! It’s pretty impressive stuff. I can honestly say Chris Colfer is not only one of the most talented young actors out there, but he is also one of the nicest! Completely humbled and charming, and also extremely funny! Take a look at some highlights from the interview below:


Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the process of writing this screenplay, how long did it take you?


COLFER: Well the concept of the project came to me in high school and I really just kind of used it as a way to vent therapeutically about my frustrations in high school, and my peers, and my teachers, and my parents. And I internalized everything in high school, I never said how I felt out loud and I really kind of created this character who did. And I did it at home on my computer where nobody could beat me up for saying it. And it kind of took on a life of its own and I thought wow this could be a really great movie with a character like this because I had never seen a character like this before so passionate about writing, except for maybe Harriet the Spy? I could teach teenagers maybe some valuable lessons along the way. I would work on it here and there as a little side passion project for myself. Then I got on Glee and found myself in a place where I said wow this Glee thing could be really big and if it is big I could maybe use it as a platform to get this done. And I did and I wrote the script, the first draft was 150 pages, which is a ridiculously long script about a high school movie!

Q: What I loved about this character was that there was no romantic sub-plot, there are so many teen movies out there where the lead has to have a love interest but that wasn’t even addressed so why did you decide to exclude that from the script?

COLFER: Many reasons! For one I didn’t want to do, me of all people, did not want to do another sexually identification story. And I definitely in my opinion, I feel like if you address a characters orientation and the have a really strong message to tell, kids who don’t identify with that orientation wont identify with the message being told. So I felt that if he was gay in the movie kids wouldn’t listen as much and if he was straight the gay kids would stop listening. I think selfishly being on Glee I did not want to do another couple. I just wanted the point of the movie to be the message not who he was sleeping with or not what he jacked off to. To identify Carson’s orientation I think he has a crush on Rachel Maddow and it confuses him!

Q: During the entire film your character only wore colors of the sky
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COLFER: Yes that was (director) Brian’s idea he wanted every character to have their own set of colors and of course I picked blue immediately because its my favorite color and my eyes pop. I thought it would be ironic for him to wear sky colors sense he is struck by lightning.

Q: Are you working on anything new now?

COLFER: Yes the next movie that we are doing hopefully will film this summer when I am on hiatus from Glee. I wrote it as well and I play a supporting character in it this time. It’s a little different it’s a genre change for me it takes place in a 1930’s asylum, which is similar to high school! But it’s a very different type of movie.

Q: The story behind the making of this movie is so inspirational because you wrote it when you were in high school. What advice can you give other young writers out there who are writing things and don’t think it will amount to anything, what advice can you give them?

COLFER: I can show them pictures from last night! I cant believe that when I would sit in my small bedroom in my house that I grew up in with my view of the side yard with gardening tools that’s what I looked at growing up. And now here we are looking at the Chrysler building. Like I mean it’s crazy so I would just tell them that it’s possible.

Q: Did you ever think that it was possible for you?

COLFER: Yeah I mean thankfully for me I am a Gemini I was 100% eager drive it’s going to happen and then 100% it’s not going to happen! Like you should just stop now. I think everyone has those voices in their head, the angel on the left and the demon on the right. And thankfully I just listened to the angel.

Q: Do you want to direct someday?

COLFER: I feel like I love staying at home in my pajamas at my computer creating from my home. I feel like directing is in my future, its definitely not my biggest goal or aspiration, but it would have to be incredibly special and incredibly close to my heart to do it. But I feel like it will probably happen and I should probably learn how to.

Q: Are there any actors or directors out there that you have not had a chance to work with that you are just dying to?


COLFER: Oh yeah Tim Burton! For sure! I feel like I am a living, breathing Tim Burton character so I am just waiting for that phone call. Who else? Tons of people, tons of people I have already embarrassed myself in front of so that will never happen. But yeah Tim Burton I think he is my number one.

Q: Compare this character Carson to the character of Kurt on Glee.


COLFER: Oh gosh! They’re very different people and they handle situations so differently. I think Kurt comes form a very, very long line of really harsh bullying and has unfortunately learned to keep quite. You are in a conservative town and you do not make yourself really known in this environment. So Glee constantly Kurt is very subdued and internal where Carson doesn’t give a crap about anything. He will never die of a heart attack he just lets everything out he has no filter and says whatever he wants whenever he wants. They just come from very different backgrounds!

Q: What can people expect form the Glee graduation?

COLFER: I have no idea! We haven’t filmed it yet, we have not gotten the script yet. So I do not know about the graduation episode yet. I know that we have a really, really amazing NYADA audition episode coming up for Rachel and Kurt where they audition for the NYADA school and Whoopi Goldberg plays the NYADA Professor that comes out and recruits people so that’s all I really know and we are shooting Nationals next week and that should be really fun too! I don’t want to give anything away though.


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Post  arina on 4/24/2012, 5:45 am

I love the quote about angel and devil.
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Post  ColferInspired on 4/24/2012, 6:13 am

arina wrote:I love the quote about angel and devil.

And that to all those haters out there is what Chris really meant when he said about voices in his head.
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Post  arina on 4/24/2012, 6:52 am

ColferInspired wrote:
arina wrote:I love the quote about angel and devil.

And that to all those haters out there is what Chris really meant when he said about voices in his head.
Some people were rather offended that he does not take schizophrenia seriously (in their opinion) as they were offended by his "I'm a crazy ass patient, crazy crazy patient" comment, because of course everything they say is political correct all the time.
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Post  Emile on 4/24/2012, 7:41 am

I can understand that everyone has a different level of sensitivity about certain topics, but sometimes I have the impression that people, or at least the moralists in this fandom, reacts only according the "socially correct" reactions. Without even trying to be more informed about issues, limited by being hypocritically offended.

Who never said "crazy" even over stupid things? Come on.
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Post  Delight on 4/24/2012, 7:59 am

arina wrote:
Some people were rather offended that he does not take schizophrenia seriously (in their opinion) as they were offended by his "I'm a crazy ass patient, crazy crazy patient" comment, because of course everything they say is political correct all the time.

Oh for crying out loud! :angry:

And why are they assuming that the character Chris is playing has schizophrenia anyway? Why don't they just pull that self-righteous stick out of their--

Okay, I shan't continue, given that this isn't the S&B thread.

I just get angry when people try to censure or control what Chris says all the time. I'm not even sure if rulers of whole countries cop as much flak with the politically incorrect stuff they say (because, hey, these anonymous judgmental people online with too much time on their hands are probably not interested in real life politics). And seriously, what is politically incorrect about what Chris had said? 'I'm a crazy patient'. What else should he have said instead to make it politically correct? 'I play a person with a mental illness'? 'I play someone with [name of specific mental illness]'? I mean, can't Chris be allowed to say what's in his mind without people judging every little thing he says? It's like he's not even being allowed to use his own words to say what he wants to say anymore. He's a celebrity and therefore he's not entitled to his own opinions? His own ways to express himself?

Some aspects of the Glee fandom are driving me crazy. Yes, there I've said it. Are there people who are going to jump on me now for being offensive to the depressed, the schizophrenics, the bipolars, the ones with personality disorders etc?

Ridiculous. dryy
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Post  Delight on 4/24/2012, 8:02 am

Oh, hi brisallie!

Don't get dragged down by my foul mood and my angry post. Just continue to post your lovely words of appreciation for Chris! fanny2
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Post  tanita_mors on 4/24/2012, 8:04 am

People should just get over themselves. We aren't PC all the time. Non of us. We all make tasteless jokes or say something that may be interpreted as offensive by others without that intent from time to time. Those who say they don't, are big, fat, fucking lairs.

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Post  brisallie on 4/24/2012, 9:12 am

Delight wrote:Oh, hi brisallie!

Don't get dragged down by my foul mood and my angry post. Just continue to post your lovely words of appreciation for Chris! fanny2

It's ok Delight, I understand if you have the urge to express your anger here because it makes you feel better, right? I've read that keep the anger inside is worse.

And why are they assuming that the character Chris is playing has schizophrenia anyway? Why don't they just pull that self-righteous stick out of their--

I guess you're talking about his next film but still don't getting why some people are assuming things before know the official information humhum And is really bad to say " I'm crazy patient", personally I don't see what's wrong with it, so what's the argument that people who feel "offended" have? Have relatives or friends in a hospital with a mental illness?

Ok this my very personal opinion: I think everybody has a level of crazyness. At least half of population has been through depression or under stress because of current lifestyle.


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Post  Emile on 4/24/2012, 9:28 am

brisallie wrote:
And why are they assuming that the character Chris is playing has schizophrenia anyway? Why don't they just pull that self-righteous stick out of their--

I guess you're talking about his next film but still don't getting why some people are assuming things before know the official information humhum
Nono, no one is assuming that his next role is going to be a patient suffering from schizophrenia.

People felt offended when, talking about his book via twitter, he said something about the voices in his head, adding the #schizofrenia tag at the end. And now people are complaining over the "crazy ass" statement for his new role, saying that he has no manners at all and whatever.
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Post  brisallie on 4/24/2012, 9:49 am

Emile wrote:
brisallie wrote:
And why are they assuming that the character Chris is playing has schizophrenia anyway? Why don't they just pull that self-righteous stick out of their--

I guess you're talking about his next film but still don't getting why some people are assuming things before know the official information humhum
Nono, no one is assuming that his next role is going to be a patient suffering from schizophrenia.

People felt offended when, talking about his book via twitter, he said something about the voices in his head, adding the #schizofrenia tag at the end. And now people are complaining over the "crazy ass" statement for his new role, saying that he has no manners at all and whatever.

Call me a pervert but when he said that about the "crazy ass" i thought immediately "Yes, you have a crazy ass boy" Razz But going back to the schizophrenia, first thanks Emile for explain me in which context he said that and still thinking that some people are overreacting, they should know Chris makes this kind of comments without any bad intention behind, is just him.

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Post  Delight on 4/24/2012, 10:08 am

brisallie wrote:
Call me a pervert but when he said that about the "crazy ass" i thought immediately "Yes, you have a crazy ass boy" Razz But going back to the schizophrenia, first thanks Emile for explain me in which context he said that and still thinking that some people are overreacting, they should know Chris makes this kind of comments without any bad intention behind, is just him.

Truth! People are overreacting.

I think I've vented on this same topic in another thread (I think it was the S&B thread) when there was a mention of people overreacting to his 'schizophrenic perks' hashtag and his Tourette's line in ITAS. Worse still, that incessantly annoying group of people still have to bring up this exact same topic when more details of Chris's second movie came out and we finally found out why the names of mental disorders occasionally pops up in his tweets or interview.

And you can be sure that at least one of the online people leading the charge about Chris being rude or whatever for harmless things he says would be the infamous GA dryy

Aahh! But, this is the appreciation thread, so I'll try to put this aggravation behind me and comment on more positive things!



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Post  Emile on 4/24/2012, 10:12 am

^Haha, in that Q&A he was adorable, like the way he said "because that's my favourite cooooolour" and the "HI POLLY!".
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Post  Emile on 4/24/2012, 12:39 pm

Chris Colfer Explains Why He Didn’t Cast His ‘Glee’ Co-Stars in 'Struck by Lightning'
Chris Colfer has already proven himself singing, dancing and acting his way into the hearts of fans worldwide in Fox’s hit TV show “Glee.” On Sunday, Colfer proved himself to be a quadruple threat after world premiering his snappy and ambitious screenwriting debut, “Struck By Lightning,” at the Tribeca Film Festival, to a standing ovation.

Colfer, who’s 21, started working on the screenplay when he was 16, before “Glee” came along. He began by developing the many characters that make up his coming-of-age tale and in his junior year molded it into a 10-minute piece for a speech and debate event, Original Poetry and Prose, where he played every character. Fast forward five years later and Colfer’s expanded script finds its way to the screen with “Saved” director Brian Dannelly at the helm, and a cast that includes Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks and Dermot Mulroney.

In “Struck By Lightning,” Colfer plays Carson, a senior who will do anything to get into his dream school, Northwestern University, and away from his depressed and alcoholic mother (Janney), who keeps holding him back from realizing his dreams.

Indiewire caught up with Colfer the day following its world premiere.

I feel like I’m interviewing one of the Beatles.

Oh God!

I’ve never experienced the “Glee” mania before.

It’s crazy.

Do you ever get used to it?

No. I hope I never get used to it.

I want to know about last night in terms of the nerves you must have been feeling.

I don’t think I’ve ever physically been that nervous before in my entire life. Aside from maybe auditioning for “Glee.” The studio network tests, probably. But never before. I felt like I was getting married. I felt like it was my wedding. I saw relatives in the audience, there’s some strangers. Everyone was waiting for me. And yeah, it was crazy.

How did it go over?

Pretty well, I think. We’ve gotten a really good reception to it. And the fans who were there, who I pretty much made the movie for, seemed to really enjoy it. So that’s all that matters.

About the film’s genesis, I know it started back when you were in high school, but I want to know exactly what inspired the initial 10-minute piece.

Basically, day-to-day frustrations. It was a screenplay in my head before it was the speech and debate. And I would just come home and I’d vent into the script about my frustrations with my classmates and my teachers and my hometown and high school. And then I found out what OPP was and I was like, “Oh I gotta use this for that,” and I did. And I did horrible in it. I don’t think I even made it to the finals round with it. And then I was on “Glee” and found myself on a platform where I could make the movie and I jumped on it.

How did you whittle it down to 10 minutes? Because the script is so expansive. There’s so many characters.

I whittled it down to four characters. I was Carson, the mom, the grandmother and the principal. So those were the only four characters that made it.

I was still writing the screenplay when I transferred it to there, so it wasn’t like a finished project or anything. But I really just made it a story that focused on Carson’s journey and kind of how he found happiness right before he died. Did the same thing in the movie where it’s flashbacks to people speaking at his funeral and how they really treated him in life.

Carson’s such an interesting character. I’m so used to seeing you on “Glee” so it was kind of jarring to see you play this… you know, he’s likeable but he has qualities that are kind of hard to…

There’s no reason to like him, but you like him for some reason, yeah.

Is he you?

I wish! I was never brave enough to blackmail anybody in high school. Much.

Obviously, you share some similarities.

Yeah, we look almost identical (laughs). He really is who I wish I was in high school. And there’s tons of traits that are me. I guess the drive, for one. The need and wanting to get out and do something. But I was never brave enough to blackmail anybody in high school. Much.

Much?

Well, the whole blackmailing came from me from when I was in high school and I did a show called “Shirley Todd” which was a spoof of “Sweeney Todd.” None of my friends wanted to be in it so I kind of blackmailed them into being in it. There was a vegetarian, a die-hard vegetarian, and I found a hamburger receipt in her car. I was like, “You’re going to be in my show.”

Obviously people are going to be comparing the character to you given the fact that you were the head of your own writing club…

Right, but that’s really the only autobiographical element there is.

Are you ready for people just presuming that this is your story and that you’re putting it on film for the world?

Yeah, but it’s funny. I should remind people that I’m not dead.

That’s true.

So they should know that it is a work of fiction because I am, in fact, still alive. But I’m not really worried about it as much as my parents are worried about it. My mom is scared shitless because she’s afraid people are going to think that’s her. And those are not my parents. My parents are still happily married. And I have a sister. I never had a traumatic divorce that I had to be a part of. But there’s some real-life elements in there.
“My mom is scared shitless because she’s afraid people are going to think that’s her. And those are not my parents. My parents are still happily married.”

So it seems like you come from a healthy upbringing.

For the most part. I have a sister with special needs, so I had a very rough upbringing because it’s really hard to watch your sister go through that and not be able to help her. So I think that’s one of the reasons why I had Carson’s parents go through this horrible divorce because I wanted to show something that made him, the reason why he was so smart. Too big for his britches. The reason why he had to grow up at this young age.

What inspired the character of the mother because she’s so clearly defined and the relationship between you two, so beautifully rendered.

Honestly, what inspired me the most was this woman that I saw at Legoland once.

Legoland?

There was this woman at Legoland who was in a bathrobe, dark sunglasses, was with her kids, did not want to be there and she was really kind of the inspiration for Sheryl. And also just the contrast of him. Carson is a guy that’s stuck in the future, and she’s a woman that’s stuck in the past. And that’s why they clash so much.

What was it like seeing an actress like Allison Janney speak your words?

Well, Allison was the only actress I ever had in mind to play that role. In fact, when I did it in speech and debate, I kind of imitated Allison. She’s the only actress I’d ever envisioned. And it’s so crazy that we signed her on. She’s an incredible woman and so so talented. It was just an honor to get to work with her.

And Polly Bergen. It almost hurts my soul that people my age don’t know what a legend she is. I mean, I could list her resume, but she was the first woman to ever play the president ever in anything. That’s crazy. And a Broadway legend. She’s just an icon. And I’m so glad that she was a part of it. And we got Christina [Hendricks] and Dermot [Mulroney] and won the jackpot. And Rebel [Wilson] was cast the night before we started filming.

I love Rebel.

She deserves it. She deserves everyone to be in love with her. She’s awesome.

I interviewed her recently at Sundance and she did this 30-second impromptu rap in the middle of her interview. It was very good.

Were you the only one in the room?

Yeah, I was the only one there. I asked her to, but she did it.

(Laughs) Yeah!

So take me back to the first day on set and what it was like to see it come to fruition?

The first thing we filmed was the death scene. When I died. And we went over and filmed the scene where I’m beating the sign. So that was the first day. And I was exhausted because I had literally gotten off a plane the night before from the “Glee” tour. So I had just gotten in from London and I was jetlagged and so tired. So maybe in that breakdown scene, I was really having a breakdown (laughs). But yeah I was tired, but so excited. Physically exhausted, but so mentally alert and ready.

Let’s talk about the grueling schedule because the press always makes note of the fact that Ryan Murphy runs you guys to the ground on “Glee,” with all the touring, rehearsing, recording and shooting. When did you find time to write/shoot this?

I honestly wrote this script on set on “Glee,” in between scenes, in between lighting setups on set. Which doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but we’re there so much it actually was quite a bit of time to sit down and write. I just wrote it on set.

What gave you the drive to get this made with the fact that you’re so busy?

It was “Glee,” it really was. It was meeting kids that loved “Glee” and hearing their stories about how they had all these aspirations but no drive and no support. A lot of them didn’t have any support in their life to set them in the right direction. And I really wanted to show the story of a kid who did not have any support. The only support system he had was his grandmother who doesn’t even remember him. But he’s still driven because all he had was drive. I was so sad to hear these stories meeting these kids with all these aspirations, but no belief in themselves. And I thought that was really an important story to tell.


Ryan Murphy must no doubt be very supportive of this endeavor.

Yeah, he hasn’t seen it yet, but I’m assuming so, yeah.

Is there a reason you didn’t include any of the cast [of “Glee”]? People are going to be curious given that it’s a high school-based film.

We had just got off the tour! I didn’t want to have any of them do the movie. I was the only crazy schmuck doing a movie between the tour and set. But it was funny because they were all like, “Why didn’t you include…?” or “I would have been in the background.” You were taking a nap, come on!

But you wanted to?

Yeah, I think. Well, I don’t know. I think I’m too young in my career to have those tongue-in-cheek moments like “Oh this is my best friend in real life.” I should keep my roles separate for a while.

You’re probably going to get this question a lot, but is there a reason why you didn’t clearly define the sexuality of your character?

A big reason, yeah. I feel like the character has a major message, a story to tell. And I was afraid that if we labeled him as gay or if we labeled him as straight, whatever orientation we identified him with, anyone watching with the opposite orientation would not identify with the message. And just in my experience with “Glee,” you have this story about gay kids, the straight kids stop listening. You have a story about straight kids, the gay kids stop listening. You think, “Oh this isn’t about me, I can’t relate to this.” I want to make sure anyone can relate to him. But to sum up Carson’s sexuality, I would say that Carson has a crush on Rachel Maddow and it confuses him.

(Laughs) Rachel Maddow?!

That’s his pin-up girl. That sums up his sexuality.

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Post  arina on 4/24/2012, 12:43 pm

Great inteview, but can someone, please, explain to me this answer? I kind of cannot understand what he meant by it. And my dictionary does not help very well :-)


But you wanted to?

Yeah, I think. Well, I don’t know. I think I’m too young in my career to have those tongue-in-cheek moments like “Oh this is my best friend in real life.” I should keep my roles separate for a while.
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Post  Emile on 4/24/2012, 1:03 pm

arina wrote:Great inteview, but can someone, please, explain to me this question? I kind of cannot understand what he meant by it. And my dictionary does not help very well :-)


But you wanted to?

Yeah, I think. Well, I don’t know. I think I’m too young in my career to have those tongue-in-cheek moments like “Oh this is my best friend in real life.” I should keep my roles separate for a while.
^The tongue-in-cheek is a figurative espression that indicates that what you just said is ironic/sarcastic, but with a double-meaning, an innuedo; so, in this case, something like "he's my best friend in life" > "give him a role"?
...I'm not sure. arghh

But probably the general meaning is that he didn't want to cast any of the Glee people because he wanted to separate himself and mostly the film, from Glee and him/his role in Glee. And, of course, casting one of them, wouldn't help.
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Post  Buenos on 4/24/2012, 1:19 pm

It's understandable that Chris would want to keep some *distance* with his first outside project from his Glee identity and cast mates. Besides, he's only human and I would think his "baby" SBL, is something he would want to be identified solely by Chris Colfer and not Kurt Hummell in any way, shape or form. The whole project/dream preceded Glee in that he started writing it back in high school at the age of 16.
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Post  Emile on 4/24/2012, 1:22 pm

^Oh yeah, I'm glad he did that, it was sure an understandable and intelligent move.
He needed to begin to separate himself from everything shitty Glee related.
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Post  fantastica on 4/24/2012, 1:37 pm

that's a great interview and very good questions that many didn't bother to ask. I think he's smart not to cast any glee peers.
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Post  kac on 4/24/2012, 1:51 pm

Thank you guys for all the interviews and stuff you find, you make it so I can be lazy and just come here to find what I want to read!

It is much appreciated!
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Post  Buenos on 4/24/2012, 1:52 pm

I could see Chris down the line getting involved in other projects with Glee cast and producers. He really seems to bond with Lea Michelle and of course Ryan Murphy appears to be his fairy Godfather for life.

What's tricky for Chris is that Kurt is such an indelible and distinct TV persona, so that IMO while he's proud of the Kurt persona and what it's brought him, he doesn't want to be identified solely by it. It's a fine line he has to toe, being appreciative and not appear ungrateful and yet still establish himself as much as possible as Chris Colfer, the actor/writer. It's hard since he's so young and Kurt/Glee was his ticket to stardom. So far he's doing a very impressive job, what with the books, the SBL movie, the "8" stage reading, etc, etc.

Once again, it's hard to get over he's only 21.
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Post  tanita_mors on 4/24/2012, 2:00 pm

Buenos wrote:I could see Chris down the line getting involved in other projects with Glee cast and producers. He really seems to bond with Lea Michelle and of course Ryan Murphy appears to be his fairy Godfather for life.

What's tricky for Chris is that Kurt is such an indelible and distinct TV persona, so that IMO while he's proud of the Kurt persona and what it's brought him, he doesn't want to be identified solely by it. It's a fine line he has to toe, being appreciative and not appear ungrateful and yet still establish himself as much as possible as Chris Colfer, the actor/writer. It's hard since he's so young and Kurt/Glee was his ticket to stardom. So far he's doing a very impressive job, what with the books, the SBL movie, the "8" stage reading, etc, etc.

Once again, it's hard to get over he's only 21.
I know. I feel so incompetent and like a complete professional failure because of him.

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Post  fantastica on 4/24/2012, 2:34 pm

^ and you are still young! I am old enough to be his mom and I have nothing! :( so ashamed!
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Post  sahhar on 4/24/2012, 2:52 pm

Count me in, I feel useless too, compared to Chris. Embarassed .

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Post  arina on 4/24/2012, 3:03 pm


Chris Colfer on Struck By Lightning & More!

ComingSoon.net is thrilled to have gotten the able aid of Jeremy Wein, host of This My Show, to help us cover this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, having met him when he won our Tribeca Film Festival contest last year.

Jeremy’s coverage begins with an exclusive interview with “Glee” star Chris Colfer who came to Tribeca with his first movie based on his own screenplay, a high school comedy called Struck By Lightning. Jeremy (who is the same age as Colfer!) got him to talk about that and upcoming episodes of “Glee,” his children’s book and even the next movie he’s writing!

Struck By Lightning tells the story of Carson Phillips (Colfer), a young man, who after being struck by lightning and killed, recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine. The dark comedy, which also stars Allison Janney (Juno), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) and Dermot Mulroney (“New Girl”), recently had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

ComingSoon.net sat down with Chris to talk about the movie, the future of “Glee,” his next film project and being named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential people.

ComingSoon.net: Congrats on a great premiere I heard it went really well. It’s very deserved; the movie is fantastic.
Chris Colfer: Thank you!

CS: Can you talk about what the genesis of the film was? I know it started as a project for your speech and debate club.
Colfer: I’d always known that I’d wanted to screenwrite from a very early age, since I knew what it was I’ve wanted to do, and I started this project when I was 16 (laughs) - I’m talking like it was official. It really started as like a diary almost of sorts as a way to vent my daily frustrations at public high school. I was in speech and debate and I used this story as an OPP which is a “original prose and poetry,” which is an event in the speech & debate world. So I performed all the characters as a little mini one-man show, and then I knew I always wanted to try to turn it into a movie if I ever had the chance and then the success of “Glee” kind of came, and I was thinking, “Wow I could possibly have a platform to actually make this happen” and I did.

CS: Are all the characters then somewhat loosely based on real people that you knew in high school?
Colfer: Yes, there are some that are dead-on certain people that I knew in high school, like Malerie (Rebel Wilson’s character) was my best friend growing up in high school and she actually got to be in the movie, the real Malerie, actually, but a lot of the people are just loosely based on collectively a lot of people.

CS: In what ways did you try to portray high school differently in “Struck By Lightning” than it is portrayed on “Glee”?
Colfer: You know I really never thought about making it a different portrayal. One thing I love about “Glee” and “Struck By Lighting” is that I feel they are very accurate portrayals of high school. I really enjoy the fact that in the movie I could use bad words. That was a great element, because there is so much bad language in high school. It was great to actually use the real language instead of having them say “This is bull.” We can say, “This is bullsh*t,” the way it’s really supposed to be said.

CS: What’s awesome is that this is your first feature you worked on and wrote and it’s just populated by an amazing cast of people. Allison Janney, Angela Kinsey, Sarah Hyland, even Ken Marino, which as a comedy nerd made me really happy. What was it like to you that this was the first big thing you worked on, and that you were just surrounded by amazing actors and actresses everyday.
Colfer: I was so spoiled. I mean I’ve seen the movie a hundred times and every time Christina Hendricks comes on the screen, I’m like “Oh my God! I still can’t believe she’s in my movie!” I still can’t believe that we got Polly (Bergen) and Allison (Janney) and I mean Polly she is a living, breathing legend. I would just sit on set and for hours just listen to her tell the stories that she has of Hollywood from back in the day. I mean it’s like crazy. And Dermot (Mulroney) and Rebel (Wilson), I mean Rebel was a miracle. She got cast the night before she started filming, “The Night,” I mean thats really cutting it close. But we really lucked out.

CS: I especially want to say Allison Janney, without getting into details, there is one scene she is in towards the end that just almost had me in tears, its just an amazing performance.
Colfer: Oh God, she is amazing, and it’s crazy to me hat she’s in the movie because when I was writing the character of Sheryl she was the only actress I ever had in my head for that part.

CS: What’s your favorite movie that she has been in?
Colfer: Probably “Drop Dead Gorgeous.” I mean, she’s amazing in that.

CS: I would say thats a pretty good choice. So I was curious. You’re 21, only a couple of months older than I am, and TIME magazine names you one of the hundred most influential people in the world. Is that just kind of mind-blowing and surreal to be this young and have this huge magazine say this?
Colfer: It’s crazy, right? Yeah, it’s a lot of pressure, it’s a lot of pressure to give a young guy. It’s like, “Oh and now I have to live up to this. Why can’t I just be a college student? I have to be inspirational now.” No it was a complete honor, but God, it’s a lot of pressure… and they never said I was a good influence.

CS: That’s a good point. I think you’re a good influence.
Colfer: Well, thank you.

CS: The last couple of episodes of this season of “Glee” are about to air. Can you let us know what we can look forward to?
Colfer: Well, this week we have our big Whitney Houston episode for which I recorded the song “I Have Nothing” and it was the scariest song I have ever had to tackle, because it was so hard to sing so many riffs and runs and the song is all over the place and I did it in Whitney’s original key which is crazy. It was really nice to honor her because I’m a hugh Whitney fan. We also have a big NYADA (New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts) episode coming up where Rachel and Kurt audition for Whoopi Goldberg who is playing the NYADA recruiter and then we have our nationals episode and our graduation episode.

CS: It’s been talked about that next season, the seniors that are graduating this year are going to come back and that it’s going to be done in a revolutionary way. Do you already have kind of an idea of what that is or are you still kind of in the dark?
Colfer: Every time I think I know what it is, it seems like it changes, but at the time, I thought it was a great idea and I was really excited about it. I’m really not sure what’s going to happen. I honestly don’t, I think its a great idea but I’m not sure how they’re going to do it, if that makes any sense.

CS: Yeah like it sounds good in concept but how is it going to be executed?
Colfer: Right.

CS: On top of everything else, you also have a young adult book or I guess a children’s book coming out?
Colfer: Yeah it’s a children’s book, but I hate to use that phrase because then people always think it’s like a picture book. It’s a children’s novel, but I have friends that are my age that have read it and they love it and yell at me to write the next one.

CS: And it’s called “The Land of Stories” and comes out July 17th right?
Colfer: Correct.

CS: Could you talk about this other screenplay you are currently working on writing?
Colfer: Sure. One of my biggest pet peeves is people saying, “I hear you’re working on or writing a project when it’s written. When it’s finished I’m like, ‘oh no you have to know its finished.’ Probably because when I finish something it’s ike a miracle, it’s like I finished something! But yeah it’s definitely a different setting for me, because it takes place in an asylum in the 1930’s.

CS: Wow, that’s a total 180 from this movie. That got me really excited, and I’m interested to see what that looks like. Is it like a noir kind of film?
Colfer: It’s very, I don’t know, I can never really compare it to something. It’s kind of like when people ask me is it a horror movie? I’m like, it’s more like the events after a horror movie. Like if someone had really gone through a situation like characters do in horror movies, like the mental effect that it would have on them and how they would carry it with them. Like even though their safe now, the situation never died.

CS: Like it starts with them in the rubber room six months after the events?
Colfer: Exactly, like it’s with them forever. Like they’re traumatized forever.

CS: So what else are you working on right now?
Colfer: ”Land of Stories Two,” the title of which I’ll announce later. Hopefully people will care, and the next movie and that’s pretty much officially everything I’m working on.

CS: Aren’t you working on a project for Disney as well?
Colfer: Yeah, that’s still up in the air. Disney originally asked me to adapt it into a screenplay, which I did and they bought it, then they asked me to adapt the screenplay into a television pilot which I did and we kind of went back and forth a few times. I created three or four different versions of the pilot with different variations of the same story, and now they want me to adapt it back to a screenplay, so we’ll see. That’s up in the air.

CS: Well, I’m knocking on wood that it all goes through and is successful.
Colfer: Thank You.

CS: Is there anything else you want to say to the readers of the site?
Colfer: Oh, gosh. I hope I don’t annoy you. That’s probably my biggest fear. Please don’t find me annoying. I know I annoy the crap out of myself and I hope you don’t find me annoying.

CS: Thank you so much for sitting down and talking with me.
Colfer: Of course. Thank you so much, appreciate it.

Struck By Lightning is playing a couple more times throughout this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and will be released in theaters this fall.
Sourcehttp://www.comingsoon.net/news/tribecanews.php?id=89561
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