"One of the triumphs of 'Promised Land' is that you really care about the land," Rosemarie DeWitt says in our webcast about her new film with director Gus Van Sant. "Sometimes you see movies and they don't give you a real sense of the place, but here the landscape is so sweeping and so important." That's because the idyllic rural farmland featured in the film is threatened by corporate goons seeking to plunder the natural gas bubbling underfoot.
One of those goons is portrayed by Matt Damon, who becomes DeWitt's love interest in the drama to be released on Dec. 28. She portrays a small-town gal who strives to find his inner decency.
DeWitt burst onto the acting scene in Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married" in 2008 and now appears in four releases. In addition to "Promised Land," she also starred in the ultra-low-budget "Your Sister's Sister," the high-concept comedy "The Watch," and the family-friendly "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."
DeWitt just received an Indie Spirit nomination for her role in "Your Sister's Sister" as a suddenly single gal who hooks up with her sister's best pal (Mark Duplass).
While "Promised Land" shot over three or four weeks, the largely improvised "Your Sister's Sister" was filmed in just 12 days. DeWitt didn't even have time to meet her costars before filming began. She met costar Duplass on a plane prior to shooting the film's sex scene.
"We just sort of rehearsed it in front of the camera," she adds. "There was no time."
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