TIFF 2021: ”We’ve both been saying how wholly we felt these two characters were written,“ Richardson says
“Montana Story” follows two estranged siblings as they return home to their ranch in Montana for their ailing father. Scott McGehee and David Siegel directed and also wrote the script alongside Mike Spreter.
Gilbert Owuor plays Ace, essentially the caretaker of the siblings’ father, and the Kenyan-born actor said he also felt very drawn to the script because it encompassed the feelings he had having been an actor in the United States for 10 years now.
“Having worked as an actor in the U.S. for almost 10 years now, I’ve gotten so used to having to inhabit someone who is not from anywhere close to where I’m from,” Owuor said. “Ace was not originally from Kenya, but he was written I believe as West African initially. But what he was dealing with in trying to navigate amongst the members of this family was something I’ve experienced throughout so much of my time in the U.S. where you are trying to balance your identity as a man but also trying to fit in as smoothly as possible… and here was this script that had all of these elements.”
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