The Inside Track.
Today's post is an interview with a screenwriter who lives in my house. He wrote the film Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Rodrigo Cortes. His name is Chris Sparling, and he has some thoughts he'd like to share with our fabulous diabetes community.
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Kerri: Hi, Chris. Welcome ... to our home.
Chris: Thank you for having me. (He grins, tolerating my ridiculous questions.)
Kerri: So Buried came out in limited release on September 24th, and it's been expanding into more theaters ever since.
Chris: Yes, it's a very expansive film. (He smiles again. Ruefully this time.)
Kerri: The full release is October 8th, right?
Chris: Yeah. It's going a little wider this weekend, but there are still some theaters that won't be getting the film until after October 8th.
Kerri: How do you feel about the finished product?
Chris: I couldn't be happier. I saw it for the first time back at Sundance and, like everyone in the crowd, I just marveled at what Rodrigo had done with my script, and the incredible performance that Ryan turned in.
Kerri: So what has the response to the film been like?
Kerri: What about "real people." Like actual people going to the movies?
Chris: For the most part, they're enjoying the film, too. It seems that if people aren't liking the film, they went into it thinking it's something that it's not.
Kerri: Like a cartoon?
Chris: No, they definitely knew it wasn't a cartoon. But I think some people thought it was a horror film.
Kerri: Guy in a coffin kind of sounds like that, doesn't it?
Chris: In 99 out of a 100 films, that would be the case. It would be a horror film. But that's what makes Buried different. Even though it's a horrific situation that the main character is faced with, it's not a horror film: it's a dramatic thriller. It's not about torture, and you're not going to be scared by this movie - unless you're severely claustrophobic. Buried is an intense, movie-going experience - and a lot of people have been surprised by the amount of drama and social commentary in the movie.
Kerri: Wow. That's a serious answer. Have you been practicing that?
Chris: No, I think scripts are over-rated.
Kerri: Hang on, let me get my rimshot. Okay, so did you know that the whole diabetes community has been rallied behind you and your movie?
Chris: Yes, I have. And I've been so incredibly grateful for that support.
Kerri: Did you know that George and Scott went to see your movie the other day together?
Chris: Yeah, those guys are awesome. I've had the pleasure of meeting both of them and I can see why they're such rockstars in the diabetes community. They're genuinely kind human beings.
Kerri: And Scott didn't even get mad when the baby puked on him at CWD.
Chris: I still owe him one for that.
Kerri: So overall, you've had the critics giving high marks to Buried, but you've also had a whole pile of people with diabetes who've had your back. We've been following and supporting your journey since it was announced last year, and I'm telling you, the theaters that are screening Buried better have plenty of juice on hand because their seats are packed with insulin-pumping PWDs.
Chris: All I can say is thank you. That's what I've always found amazing about the diabetes community, is that it's not just about the people who are living with diabetes, but the people who love them, too. And that's the way it should be, because at the end of the day, we're all in this together.
Kerri: (mimes violin playing on her shoulder)
Chris: Kerri, I'm serious.
Kerri: I know. I'm just so proud of you, and I know our daughter, our friends and family, and the whole diabetes community is proud of you, too.
Kerri: And Siah is also proud of you, you know.
Chris: I can't stand that cat.
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Buried opens nationwide on October 8th. You can like it on Facebook, or on Rotten Tomatoes, or on IMDB. If you'd like. And, as always, thank you guys for all of your support. It means the world to me and my family.