In “Blue Ruin,” which opens Friday, May 2, Blair plays a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Blair by clicking on the image above this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actor discusses what he hopes that moviegoers take away from “Blue Ruin.”
“Story-wise, I think that it is a cautionary tale about the nature of violence and how actions have consequences. It is definitely a tragedy about indulging in those kinds of violent impulses and how it is not going to end cleanly, well or in a ‘cool’ way.
“The whole idea that you can solve problems by lashing out violently was always something that I was kind of hesitant about with this story and that was one of the things that [writer/director Jeremy Saulnier] and I went round and round about. The notion that there are peaceful ways of dealing with problems was something that I came into it with and that is kind of what I came away from it with as well.
“But outside of just the world of the story, it is about a group of friends that really wanted this really badly and put everything they had on the line to try and make it happen. It would have been easier, safer and perhaps wiser to just stick with our day jobs ... but there was something about us wanting to take one last stab at it.
“So we decided to do it that way and - very luckily - it paid off. It could have just as easily not gone that way. But it did what it did and now it is hopefully about trying to figure out a way to not squander that opportunity and to just proceed gratefully and try to build on it.” - Macon Blair