The cast of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film ‘Old’ hit the red carpet for the world premiere.
The Knockturnal spoke to the film’s stars at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Monday night as they walked the tan carpet.
Rufus Sewell, who plays Dr. Charles in the thriller, spoke about one of the main themes in the film- aging – and the fear of growing old.
“I decided a while ago… that I actually liked – because I was a little bit of a screw up when I was young or rather it took me a while to land in myself – I actually quite like being 53. I’m not sure if I’ll keep on liking it. But it’s not something I’m particularly paranoid about as long as it works okay and as long as I keep working.’
Alex Wolff, who plays an aging Trent, said M. Night Shyamalan taught him how to ‘go with the process’.
‘I have a lot of energy and a lot of intensity. I’m a very raw actor and I think he’s found a way to put my rawness in precision,’ Wolff said.
Vicky Krieps, who plays Wolff’s mother in the film, spoke of the challenges while filming on a hot beach in the Dominican Republic for hours at a time.
‘It was in the middle of the lockdown in the pandemic,’ she said. ‘Working hours were really long, and we really were for a lot of the time outside on the beach. It was very hot and one day it was so hot I couldn’t find my lines. My brain was literally cooking!’
We also spoke to the younger actors in the film, Alexa Swinton, Nolan River, Mikaya Kenzie Fisher, Kailen Jude, and Luca Faustino Rodriguez, who for many were on their first red carpet.
‘I got so pumped, I got so excited!’ Faustino Rodriguez said of seeing the trailer for the first time.
‘I’m really excited! I’ve never been to a premiere before. I’ve also never been to New York before!’ said 9-year-old Nolan River.
‘Old’ is about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach they’re on is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Aaron Pierre, who plays a rapper named Mid-Sized Sedan, said what drew him to the script was ‘the really interesting question it asked about time, perspective, and values.’
‘Those are some things that really interest me as Aaron, separate to the actor, so to get to tell a story about these things was a really special opportunity,’ he added.
‘Old’ hits theaters Friday, July 23.