Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy” became one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films when it was released earlier this summer. Starring both Paul Dano and John Cusack as the Beach Boys co-founder in two distinct decades of his life, the film juxtaposes the making of the group’s heralded “Pet Sounds” in the 1960s with Wilson’s tortured soul in the 1980s and his second chance at life with Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks).
While the performances were unanimously praised, much of the acclaim surrounding “Love & Mercy” was focused on the unconventional split storytelling device, something that many critics believed made the film stand out at the top of the biopic genre. In the exclusive clip above, director Bill Pohlad discusses how he came to the decision to break down Wilson’s life to these two pivotal periods.
“Love & Mercy” hits DVD and Blur-ray on September 15 and Digital HD tomorrow, August 25. Watch the exclusive clip above.