Posted at 6:11 PM on October 13, 2006
by Euan Kerr
Ned Beatty and Tim Guinee should take their show on the road. The dynamic duo were part of the hoard of people who dropped into the Twin Cities for last nights premier of "Sweet Land." Today they did the media rounds and ended up at MPR.
Tim Guinee, "Sweet Land" director Ali Selim, and Ned Beatty
The two ribbed each other mercilessly, but also swapped acting stories. Both are stage guys, and both talked at length about the delights of performing medieval passion plays. Guinee told an unsettling tale of being sent on a tour to perform at the quaintly named "Huston International Hospital for Criminally Insane Juveniles" in Texas. Apparently it didn't go terribly well.
Beatty points out that while the plays were bible stories, they were deliberately raunchy to draw in larger audiences. Also they were often performed in open spaces in town rather than in a theater. He remembers doing a Shakespeare in the Park show in his hometown of Louisville.
"I was playing Fallstaff one time in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." You would do these silly soliloquies, sitting on the edge of the stage, and kids would come over and sit with you. It would be just like sitting on the porch. And they'd laugh at you and they say 'Aw, come on!'
Both Beatty and Guinee clearly love "Sweet Land." Beatty describes the film as "the best love story you'll ever see." Guinee says he thinks its the best film in which he's ever been involved. From these two guys, that's pretty strong praise.
Looking forward to seeing Tim Guinee this weekend in "Sweet Land". Have heard so much about it and it is finally within driving distance for me to see. The driving distance is 1 1/2 to 2 Hrs. Have followed Tim's career since 1997. Hopefully with this movie he will have more leading man roles.
Drove the 1 1/2 hrs to Rochester, MN to view the movie yesterday.This independent film was a true joy and very mesmerizing. It was everything that I had read about it. Tim Guinees'performance of the shy Olaf was just so moving. All that he conveys with his face and few words. The same is for Elizabeth Reaser as Inge. Loved the independent spirit she showed standing up for herself. How these two people they portrayed over came all the obstacles in there way and found love.
Being from the midwest and coming from a farm family it touched my inner spirit so much.
Must tell you also that as soon as the movie started the theater audience was so quiet. Everyone was drawn in from the start to the story. Going out of the theater I had this urge to cry and it stayed with me all the while I drove home the 1 1/2 to Iowa.
That's how moved I was by the story.
I will be the first in line also for when the movie comes out on DVD.
We are looking forward to seeing "Sweet Land" here in Hutchinson, MN. It starts at the historic State Theatre on Jan 26th. www.statetheatrehutch.com .
Hope to see you there.