Yesterday I had the very awesome fortune to accompany my friend Leah and about 100 other invited fans and filming extras to a private screening of Struck By Lightning.
This is a nice review, but I really do NOT agree with making the assumption that it is a ‘Queer’ film and therefore will be entered into mainly ‘Queer’ festivals. For some reason this the person who wrote this has made the assumption about Carson’s sexuality, yet all others who have been lucky enough to see the film have stated that it is NOT mentioned and is certainly NOT an issue. Brian Dannelly said that one of the wonderful things about the character of Carson Phillips is that his sexuality does NOT come into the equation. He said the ONLY thing that Carson says is that he is an ‘outed outsider’ In other words he is different and is made to feel that way all the time. This does NOT mean that he is Gay. Please DO NOT put your knowledge of a minor part of who Chris Colfer is as a person and project it onto the Character he is playing. If it is NOT said in the film, then we cannot assume that because Chris is gay then Carson is also. This film is NOT autobiographical. Carson is NOT Chris. Chris is an amazingly talented actor who could act anything and that includes ‘straight’ roles.
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There’s a whole interview with Rebel Wilson with the Film Stage, but here’s the part about Chris Colfer and Struck by Lightning:
Yeah, I think that’s why I really liked it so much. You’ve been working on a few other projects, do you wanna talk about some of them?
Yeah, I’ve got six…
The Glee star, who’s just 21 years old, wrote the script for and stars in this dark comedy (release date TBD) about teenager Carson Phillips, whose titular encounter with electricity is anything but positive. ”My character dies on page 1,” explains Colfer, seen here with Allison Janney, who plays his mother. ”He gets struck by a bolt of lightning and is killed. Then we journey to my funeral, and then everything else is a flashback to his last year in high school.” As for whether Carson bears a resemblance to Colfer’s TV persona, Kurt? ”Well, they look alike,” jokes Colfer. —Tim Stack
The first one is me immediately after he sat down behind me, covering my face with my hand and feeling so many conflicting emotions I almost exploded.
The second one is after I calmed down a bit, and tried not to focus on the fact that my FAVORITE CELEBRITY WAS CHILLIN IN THE SEAT RIGHT BEHIND ME.
Then me with Chris, me and my brother with Chris, and my family with Chris. I promise I will finish the story later :)
The Chris Colfer movie, Struck By Lightning is a beautiful, beautiful movie that I’m very proud to be a part of. Josh Radnor’s movie Liberal Arts is going to Sundance, and I’m excited about that. I’m anxiously awaiting both of those movies, and I think that they are going to do really well.
— Allison Janney
Jason, you’ve been a busy guy lately. You were one of the producers on The Dry Land that was at Sundance 2010, JESS+MOSS last year at Sundance 2011, this summer you had Seven Days in Utopia, and this fall you had The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best at Toronto. And now you have three films in post – LUV, The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On, and also Brian Dannelly’s new film, Struck By Lightning, which also has a fantastic cast (Kristina Hendricks, Chris Colfer, Allison Janney). What is it about producing that you really enjoy?
Jason: What is it that I enjoy about producing? It’s very simple and straightforward. I love working with creatives and assisting them to realize their own dreams and visions and helping to tell their stories. I love the challenge of putting a film together, casting it up and raising the financing. There are so many intricate pieces that need to fit into place at the exact time to make a film happen, and I love helping to orchestrate that. I love pushing boulders up hills on a daily basis. And most importantly. I love being a part of the process of creating and being there from inception of a concept or story on paper, to finishing the final product within the medium of cinema.
Small Chris Colfer and Struck by Lightning mention in this Film Independent interview with Jason Berman, apparently one of the producers.
I think the reason I loved it so much was because I went in the movie expecting it to be one way, and it wasn’t that way at all. I expected it to kind of be like a movie on Chris’ life in high school, but it really wasn’t. Chris used aspects of his life to help inspire the plot, but it was really only one part of the movie, the movie is so much more.
After thinking about it for a little while, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie that was directed to teens that told a story like this. It really makes you think about how you really see high school, your future, and your dreams. I think it’s really important for teens to see a movie like this. The humor really attracts you and keeps you extremely entertained, but then you start to see what the movie is really trying to say and it’s just beautiful. Chris is such a good writer and it really shows in this film.
This honestly is my new favorite movie. There wasn’t a thing about it that put me off. It was wonderful. It exceeded my expectations. I was so sad when it was over and that boy just made me care SO much about Carson by the end that I was embarrassed that I was still crying when they handed us our paperwork to give our responses on the film.
There’s no doubt in my mind that every single one of you will enjoy it. The best part was, most of that audience didn’t even know all that much about Chris or come to see it because of him. There was a handful of fangirls and casual glee watchers, but so many of them were just people here to see a free movie. The best part was hearing the theatre roar with laughter SO many times because the movie was just brilliantly funny. There was actually a moment of applause for Carson at one point and I just welled up with joy knowing that people other than the fandom enjoyed the movie just as much as I did.
It’s going to be so worth the wait, I promise you. My friend and I ran in and out of that theatre to take our phones back to the car and our other electronics because of security and we were dead on EXHAUSTED by the time we took our seats, but the movie was SO worth all that frustration. It was SO worth waiting in line for hours.
It was just a really, really excellent movie.