Netflix releases Triple Frontier in select theaters on March 6th, 2019 and on Netflix on March 13th, 2019.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Did you work with any kind of people who helped to train you for the physival aspects of your role?
Ben Affleck: Yes, we did. We worked with these great trainers and tactical advisors. We shot live weapons, and we tried to learn how to emulate them the best way we could. We hung out with them and they stayed with us a month. There were stuntmen, but the idea was to let us do as much as we could.
Charlie Hunnam: The Delta Force guy blew my mind, just with his proficiency across the board. He had such a diverse skill set, really intelligent, and obviously incredibly disciplined. I was shocked by how much trust they put in us very quickly. They allowed us all to be on the range with live fire, and doing increasingly more complex maneuvers and stuff with live fire, particularly the first day I was there. We ended up doing things like simulating ambushes and shooting through our windows and operating movements, which I didnít know how to do. I had just read Sebastian Junger's book Tribe and he puts forward a really interesting theory that Post-traumatic stress disorder is this one-all explanation for the difficulty of re-integration into civilian life really doesnít do justice to the difficulties that veterans face after being removed from a very specific purpose, and belonging to a community thatís hierarchical, where everyone has a specific role and there's a deep sense of inter-reliance.
Oscar Isaac: One of the first things we did was go out into the desert in California, and go to the shooting range. I think that was the first time that we all got together in Simi Valley. We met these incredible Special Forces advisors. To me, that was the most important part of this whole process. They helped build our confidence, helped us take these things seriously and focus on what really matters, which wasnít necessarily how many push-ups we could do, but more about how to think in a tactical way. By the end of the first day, they gave us live ammunition, and trusted us with that.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How did you work on the camaraderie between you and your co-stars?
BA: It just came from spending time together. These are a bunch of actors who I really like and respect. I think we all knew that the movie would fall apart without some sense of history between these people, and I think everyone was invested in that.
Garrett Hedlund: All of us have known each other in different facets throughout the years. This was Oscar and I's third film together. Weíve known each other for 10 years. Charlie and I have been pals for 15 years, and have always wanted to do something together, so when J.C. approached, I think he was chatting with Charlie about it and then the characters weren't initially planned to be brothers. He was looking at either me or Charlie for something because he saw a similarity because he flipped the script and made us brothers.
NYC MOVIE GURU: What do you think are the basic elements that turn a crime thriller into a classic?
BA: It's hard to say. There are so many great heist movies from the recent Ocean's 11 to the old Ocean's 11 and all the movies in between. I've fooled around with that genre a little bit myself as a director. One of the things that I try to do that J.C. Chandor does so well is that he gets you to root for the characters to pull of the heist even though that, on reflecting, it's morally dubious.
NYC MOVIE GURU: What would make a great double feature with Tripple Frontier?
BA: Creature From the Black Lagoon!
NYC MOVIE GURU: Who do you think is ultimately responsible for opening the window into a character's heart, mind and soul?
Pedro Pascal: I think there is serendipity that goes into any project. With this one, there were a lot of changes in the cast, but we were the ones who were meant to be in it. We all did know each other before we signed onto this film. I did my first professional play in New York with Oscar about 14 years ago. I know Garrett through Oscar, and I know Ben through Matt Damon. I also met Charlie when he was 19, and just coming out to LA. So for me, all of these connections put us into this great ensemble cast on the mountains and in the jungle and water. Every job has its own thing to show and teach you. Then you have to find your entry way through that, in terms of opening your souls to the characters, which is something that you hope just happens, really.
GH: I remember when you called me and asked, "Are you going to jump in on this mission, buddy?" I was unsure at first, but he was like, ĎLook, Iíve worked with J.C." and I knew J.C. from when he brought All Is Lost to Cannes. Padro was like, "Look, he encourages improv, and itís a really easy set. The collaboration becomes something very creative, and thereís room to build on these characters. We can organically grow." I was like, "You donít understand--I did Four Brothers and Iím 34 and still playing the younger brother!"
NYC MOVIE GURU: Oscar, how would you define charisma?
OI: The idea of charisma is not just something that's existing in one person, but that it come out in th eir interactions. At the root of it, there's a sense of generosity. When you see the actors interacting with their environment or their own thoughts, there's a generosity of soul that draws you to them.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How do you feel about lumping Triple Frontier into a genre, i.e. a heist movie?
Chuck Roven: While its structure is a heist movie, it's just really a cautionary tale that has a great deal of entertainment tied to it and hopefully that gives it a universal theme.
NYC MOVIE GURU: J.C., what appealed to you about directing Triple Frontier?
J.C. Chandor: I had made three films that all originated with myself and quite on purpose, I was looking for source material to free me up as a director. When you think of an idea and write it, and then shoot it, you become very attached to all if those elements and it can kind of tie a hand behind your back. So before I became too locked into one way of making a movie, I wanted to try something else. When I read this story, what was neat about it was that Iím a huge fan of Kathryn Bigelow, so there was something fun it in from that standpoint. The story isnít something that I would have ever come up with myself, which is what I was looking for, so that I could stretch myself a little bit. The thematic element is something that I have looked at before, and will continue to do in my future projects, the actual structure of the story isn't actually something that I would've written. That was freeing as a director to not feel so limited by your own imagination. I became attached to the project during the summer of 2015. The casting was an amazing and bumpy process, but I always believe that the right people are in the film. Iíve had crazy casting processes on all of my movies, but this one has been a little more publicly known. As things happened to this film, a lot of people knew about it. What happens with casting is that the people who are on set the first day of principal photography are meant to be in it. They believe in something enough to actually show up and be there.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Which film(s) influenced Triple Frontier?
JCC: When I first read the script, Tom Hanks was attached to the movie and our agents were trying to put us together, so we both wrote each other an email that crossed paths. In the first paragraph of the both emails, we both referenced The Treasure of Sierra Madre as one of our favorite films that was a hallmark for this. Triple Frontier should feel, hopefully, like a universal, classic throwback to it.