Ask The Dust: Stephen Vaughan
EW Staff
February 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Ask the Dust

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/10/06
performer
Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Justin Kirk, Donald Sutherland
director
Robert Towne
Producer
Tom Cruise
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Robert Towne
genre
Drama, Romance
We gave it a D

Writer-director Robert Towne (Chinatown) returns to familiar turf with an adaptation of John Fante’s novel about a bottomed-out novelist (Colin Farrell) who seeks his fortune in L.A. and falls for a prickly Mexican waitress (Salma Hayek). Towne was unable to drum up interest in his project for over a decade. ”It’s a dark story, the characters are mean,” he says, recalling the rejections that kept coming until ”this crazy Irishman showed up at my door.” Once production started, Towne had to rein in his fearless stars. ”Both of them are very volatile,” he says, recalling their gusto for a wet and wild beach love scene. ”They said, ‘Let’s use the ocean.’ Then before [we shot], a surfer had his leg bitten off by a shark.” The ocean idea bit the dust. (March 10)

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