Dannelly, whose last film "Saved" covered plenty of the same thematic material, spoke of how he came into the project: "I really don't like writing, so when you have something similar to what you would write, it's nice." However, he signed on when he met with Colfer to discuss actors. When it came to the role of Colfer's grandmother, Dannelly said he was worried that the film would have to have a "Betty White moment." Colfer, however, said he wanted someone like Polly Bergen.
Bergen, who was present and looking fabulous, was rapturous in her acclaim of Chris. "I arrived on set and I didn't have to work for one moment. I didn't even have to think about who Grandma was. the script was so honest and profound and they picked the right actors, so we just had to be who we were. Every day was a joy and a surprise and a revelation. It was one of the best experiences in my 70 years of acting." The Gleeks awwed.
As soon as the moderator opened the panel up to audience questions, there was no going back. Every question was aimed at Colfer, and they ranged from the "I don't have a question, I just want to say..." to "Did you mean for the movie to be an emotional roller coaster? I was bawling all the way through." If only the other Apple Talks at Tribeca were packed with such enthusiasm.
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