With a strong showing at the Golden Globes, BAFTA, and the PGA, Mel Gibson‘s WWII epic “Hacksaw Ridge” looks well on its way to a ton of Oscar nominations. This Lionsgate release tells the true story of U.S. Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who served during the Battle of Okinawa while refusing to carry a weapon. Garfield and co-star Vince Vaughn, who plays Sgt. Howell, recently sat down with Gold Derby to discuss their roles in the film.
Garfield has been on a roll as of late, with noms from the Globes, SAG, Critics Choice, and BAFTA. “I’m not going to complain about it,” he admits. “I feel very grateful about it and very surprised and moved by it. It’s lovely to feel like your work is being appreciated.”
Vaughn reveals that he called upon personal experience to prepare for his role as Doss’ commanding officer. “I’ve known a lot of military guys,” he explains, “and it was his job as a sergeant to prepare these guys for war, for the worst of circumstances. In this case particularly, they’re actually going to go and he will be with them, so it’s really life or death.”
Among the below-the-line contenders, we spoke with screenwriter Robert Schenkkan, composer Rubert Gregson-Williams, production designer Barry Robison, and sound re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell.
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Andrew Garfield, who plays Army Medic Desmond T. Doss
Vince Vaughn, who plays Sgt. Howell
Robert Schenkkan, screenwriter
Barry Robison, production designer
Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer
Kevin O’Connell, sound re-recording mixer
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