When Barbarian gets released at San Diego Comic-Con, we've got an upcoming horror film that might make a lot of noise. To be fair, the crowd was quite enthused!
The film centers on a young lady (Georgina Campbell) who goes to Detroit for a job interview. When she arrives at the property she's renting late at night, she notices the location has been double booked. She agrees to spend the night with the other renter, played by Bill Skarsgard.
We have only scratched the surface of how writer-director Zach Cregger interprets events in this film. In fact, we haven't even touched on Justin Long's participation in this film. However, Long must gain attention to a disturbing headspace while playing Cale.
Long took a moment to meet with the Collider interview studio during the screening of Barbarians SDCC 2022 in order to discuss his experience filming the film? What exactly does Long need to see in a script and in a character to commit himself to playing a guy who makes so many selfish and terrible decisions?
All of these things were there in spades, and I just loved this movie. I would have wanted to play him like a [bad guy] in the film.
Is it how naturally the text is written? Is it flow? Is it a natural language? As you said, the character is a really evil guy, and so I thought, Can I connect with it enough to find some humanity? I didnt want to play him like a bad guy, so I had to find a way to connect with him.
Barbarian is a work in progress. You may watch it when it arrives in theaters in September. However, given how difficult the role of Cale appears, the complex set pieces, and the many layers of this narrative, I asked Long for his most pressing Cregger question. Sure, Long had one, but it was not specific to his character.
Because it was a question that I kind of forgot to ask him early on, and he only answered it a couple weeks ago. I wanted to know why exactly he named it Barbarian. And the answer was really, I wont give it away obviously because he was always a funny, kind of plucky guy, and I knew him a lot from Whitest Kids U'Know and his previous comedy work. So he always seemed like a positive person and so I asked because, you know, the
Because it was a question that I kind of forgot to ask him early on, and he only answered it a couple weeks ago. I wanted to know why exactly he named it Barbarian. And the answer was really, I wont give it away obviously because hes gonna love that I called him plucky but for the lack of a better term, he always seemed to be kind of positive and so I wondered because, you know, the story is obviously so dark.
Are you looking for more from Long on Barbarian? The entire SDCC 2022 discussion can be seen in the video at the top of this article!