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Watch: Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank Talk Westerns, Women and the Poetics of ‘The Homesman’

Watch: Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank Talk Westerns, Women and the Poetics of 'The Homesman'

Director Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” is the latest film to be dissected in the Academy Awards’ conversation series. Jones, alongside Hilary Swank sat down to chat with Anne Thompson about the film, a pre-Civil War western that highlights the insanity that three women fall into due to prolonged exposure to the harsh realities of pioneer life. Over the course of the film, Swank and Jones’ characters become responsible for transporting the three women to receive aid but face difficulties both physical and mental in their Nebraska travels.

“Women are at the heart of the story,” Jones said. “I thought that was part of the originality we could bring to the screenplay.” 

“First of all it’s hard to find a movie with one great female lead, let alone a nice handful of them,”  Swank followed. “So I jumped at the opportunity.” 

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Meryl Streep, “The Homesman” will see a limited release by Roadside Attractions in theaters tomorrow, November 14. 

Check out the full conversation below:

READ MORE: ‘The Homesman’ DP Rodrigo Prieto on Working with Tommy Lee Jones and Reinventing The Western

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