Clive Owen upset by Boys scenes
Published 21/01/2010 | 16:08
Clive Owen says he wanted a more realistic portrait of a family in his new film The Boys Are Back.
The movie, based on journalist Simon Carr's memoirs and shot in Australia, sees Clive play Joe Warr, who struggles with being a single parent to his six-year-old son after his wife dies of cancer.
He said: "I'd seen lots of family movies where the family is in this lovely, warm bubble, and even when things get tough, everyone is very lovely and it's all very sweet - real families aren't like that, it's much more volatile than that and this script explored that in a very honest way."
The Coventry-born actor said: "It wasn't sentimental, it was precise and I found it terribly moving when I got to the scene where Joe was telling the young boy that his mother might not be around for much longer - I found the whole idea of that conversation upsetting."
Clive, married to Sarah-Jane, brought his real-life experiences as a dad into the role, particularly the trying times.
"I didn't have the huge, big tragic loss that they have, but in terms of the ups and downs of parenting, I felt I've experienced quite a few of them," he said.
"I was always interested in the scenes showing the tougher times in the film, for example when the kid has a tantrum in the car. I've been in situations like that with my kids - they go into a funk."
:: The Boys Are Back is released in cinemas on Friday January 22.