For his part, actor Viggo Mortensen was anxious about the naked exposure the movie would require: the man and his boy are on their own in a world stripped of all life but for roaming bands of violent human scavengers many of whom resort to cannibalism to survive. Mortensen was also worried about finding a child actor capable of carrying it off. But Kodi Smit-McPhee fit the bill. (Here's my video Mortensen interview.)
After a rigorous shoot which was delayed by weather around Mt. St. Helens, the movie went through a lengthy edit. Hillcoat reluctantly submitted himself to the preview process, showed the film to many filmmakers and friends, took input and notes from the Weinsteins, and finally worked his way through to something everyone was reasonably happy with, including McCarthy. While certain things wound up on the cutting room floor--deemed too tough for audiences to handle on the big screen --the novelist said he liked the film and asked only that four lines from the novel be reinstated.
The four parts of my Hillcoat interview from Telluride are on the jump: