Set in post-WWII Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All The Time is a mid-western story that explores the themes of faith, family, violence, and redemption amongst small-town folk.
Written and directed by the critically acclaimed Director, Antonio Campos, the film was adapted from Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 hit novel with the same name. The film features never before seen performances from a remarkable cast of actors whose roles in the film are unlike anything they’ve done in the past.
The ensemble includes Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Bill Skarsgård (the It films), Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, American Honey), Jason Clarke (Mudbound, First Man), Sebastian Stan (Captain American; I, Tonya), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Crimson Peak), and Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse, Good Time) among plenty others.
However, the most shocking part? Robert Pattison’s scene-stealing accent. Pattinson plays Preston Teagardin, the new reverend in town who just moved from Tennessee and also happens to have a thing for young girls.
The Knockturnal caught up with Director Antonio Campos recently where he shared how Pattinson’s unexpected accent came about. “He wanted to have his own process. He wasn’t so interested in being authentically Tennessee, he wanted to create his own character through the voice.”
While the actors were provided a dialect coach, Campos expressed Rob was “hard to pin down” and didn’t actually know if he even talked to the coach or not. “He didn’t want to be held down creatively by the reality. He wanted to find something that was fully original.”
Original, to say the least, is an interesting take on the actor’s choices. Without a doubt, Pattinson accomplished just that and singlehandedly managed to steal the spotlight away from the plethora of talented actors (I’m so sorry Tom Holland).
The Devil All The Time is now streaming on Netflix.