Q&A: Actor Logan Marshall-Green Talks ‘The Invitation’
A man sick of spoon-fed narratives and comfort zones.
Logan Marshall-Green’s character in The Invitation (Will) has layers of emotions. Everything from sorrow and grief to finding inner peace and mental instability. While the movie’s focus is not solely on Green’s character, his ability to bring this complex performance to life definitely makes him stand out from the bunch. Here’s what he has to say about his character, the cast, and director in The Invitation.
What were those intentions that you were worried about not lining up with Karyn’s?
Logan: The intentions were to be able to go places that were unsafe and to know that she’d build an environment that’s safe to be unsafe in. Very specific moments–not sentences, but moments–that I needed to know she wanted to go to that level of vulnerability and pain and hurt and let that be the centerpiece. So it’s a dramre (drama/genre), not a genre or drama, but a dramre. And she was absolutely at the tip of her tongue ready to do that–so I wanted to do this movie with her.
And she’s there for him throughout the night too, but Will blows her off more than once.
Logan: Yeah that was something I had real problem with. I had to make sure I really understood those moments since when I blew her off, or when I was not leaning on her for support, there were real reasons why. Because she is an incredibly strong character, and I also wanted that to show at the end. I was advocate for taking the hero out of Will and giving it to her. And I think that pays her patience off staying in this situation all night long. She is one of the most likable characters, certainly. There are times on the couch where he tries hard, and I think any other night he wouldn’t but he pushes her away. It’s outside of his body and mind, and he isn’t really thinking, so the one person that can help him, he is un-reliant on.
Would you say Will has lingering feelings for Eden holding him back from fully committing to Kira?
Logan: I haven’t been asked that yet, but I have to say no. I don’t think so. I think he is hung up on her, but not in an emotional romantic sense. I think he is hung up on her because they have one thing in common, the boy who lived for seven years in their household that they shared, and he died in their arms. So they are linked forever, Eden will always be Ty’s mom. I’m someone who is able to say his name is Ty; she isn’t even able to say that. So there are differences, but I don’t think he is hung up on her emotionally.
Basically the chemistry on camera was the exact opposite of the chemistry off camera.
Logan: That’s right. We really needed to turn it off. In fact, Karyn had to tell us to turn it off sometimes or quiet down. There is just a lot of laughter, and I think that it’s important in making movies with this kind of content and subject matters. If you start taking it too serious it starts to drip, and you don’t want it dripping. You want it real, and you want it to come from a real place so that you laugh when you cry and you cry when you laugh. And I think that’s the only way to do it.
People in this party wanted to get closer to Will, but then his actions would completely push him away from rest of the group.
Logan: Yeah he is antisocial, and I can be antisocial, so it was great to have a cast that just constantly having fun, and it made me not take myself so seriously.