‘Stillwater’ writer-director shares how film starring Matt Damon got its Oklahoma soul | Movies

Matt Damon (left) and Stillwater Director Tom McCarthy speak on the set of the film on July 30th. “I’m a filmmaker from New York who stopped by in Oklahoma and, man, I had the best time and met some great people and had a lot of great meals and heard great music,” McCarthy told Tulsa World.

Matt Damon in Stillwater

Matt Damon plays Bill Baker, an Oklahoma oil brink who travels to the port city of Marseille, France, to rescue his imprisoned daughter in director Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater,” a Focus Features release.

Matt Damon, Abigal Breslin and Tom McCarthy in

Actors Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin are starring with director Tom McCarthy on the set of Stillwater, a Focus Features release filmed in Oklahoma and France.

Stillwater film promotional image

This is a promotional image from Stillwater, a Focus Features film starring Matt Damon that was shot in Oklahoma and France.

Matt Damon and Camille Cottin in

In director Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater,” a Focus Features release, Matt Damon stars as Bill, an Oklahoma oil thug, and Camille Cottin as Virginie, his French ally.

Matt Damon and French friends in

Matt Damon hugs Camille Cottin (Virginie) and Lilou Siauvaud (Maya) in director Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater”.

Interview with Jimmie Tramel from Tulsa World from July 2021

In the movie Stillwater, due out on July 30th, Matt Damon plays an American father who travels to France to rescue his imprisoned daughter.

It’s a fictional story, so Damon’s character Bill Baker could presumably be from any number of states. But during the development of the story it was decided that Baker was an oil brimstone from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Why was it important – or was it important? – that the main character of the film is from Oklahoma?

For an answer, let’s go to the source.

Tom McCarthy, who directed the Oscar-winning Spotlight, is the writer and director of Stillwater. He took part in a Zoom interview with Tulsa World to discuss his new film, which was shot in Oklahoma and Marseille, a port city in France.

Why Oklahoma? McCarthy, who asked similar questions about Marseille, said it was really just instinct.

“I was thinking about this story,” said McCarthy. “I wanted a guy from the middle of the country somewhere. That’s as wide as I started, isn’t it? And it will end up somewhere in Europe. And then I started looking at cards, thinking about stories and reading. “

Over time, McCarthy decided that “the” location on the US map was Oklahoma.

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