Thanks to Geena Davis director Pat Mills is in a league of

first_img Login/Register With: Mills wrote his icon into the script from the very start, and when it was eventually sent to Davis, the director added a personal letter, hoping that this intimate plea might persuade her to sign onto the project. Soon after, Mills got news that he should expect a call from Davis.READ MORE Twitter After nine years in the making, Pat Mills finally got to premiere his love letter to Geena Davis, in the optimistic and endearing film Don’t Talk to Irene. The director’s second film (after 2014’s Guidance) debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and stars newcomer Michelle McLeod as our titular Irene. A fat wannabe cheerleader who is bullied at school, Irene finds her resolve by confiding in a poster of dear Geena. This poster, plastered to Irene’s bedroom ceiling and featuring Davis in the baseball movie to end all baseball movies A League of Their Own, talks back.The Academy Award winner known for her roles in Beetlejuice, The Accidental Tourist, and Thelma & Louise only appears on screen in one dream sequence, but Davis’s distinct voice is a constant throughout the empowering, body-positive film.In an interview during TIFF, Mills recalls first seeing Davis in Thelma & Louise. “It was such a different movie about really flawed people. Her character was a bit naive, and she makes mistakes. And she had this big character arc – she had this bad-ass inside that had to be released, and I kind of felt like I related to that,” said the director, who first broke into the industry as a child actor on the Canadian sketch comedy show You Can’t Do That on Television in the 1980s. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Pat Mills, director of Don’t Talk to Irene, stands on the red carpet at TIFF’s program announcement on Aug. 9 , 2017. (CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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