Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment before the release of his latest film, Last Flag Flying, Linklater says that he and the movie’s trio of stars — Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne — took great enjoyment in each other’s company. “These guys are very funny and smart, but also very dramatic” Linklater says. Adapted by Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan from his 2005 novel, Last Flag Flying tells the story of three Vietnam veterans who embark on an impromptu road trip to bury a young Marine.
Laurence Fishburne believes that his new film, about mourning a dead serviceman, should be the kind of story Hollywood embraces.
Cranston adamant he's not playing a version of Jack Nicholson in Richard Linklater's spiritual sequel to "The Last Detail."
Bryan Cranston had one mission when he signed on to play Vietnam veteran Sal Nealon, in Richard Linklater‘s new Last Flag Flying alongside Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. “I know guys like him! He’s that kind of guy who takes up air in the room, and yet he’s also a tried and true friend.” Even friends can have disagreements, of course, and Cranston reveals that there are some fundamental differences between him and Sal.
If you took three middle-aged war veterans and turned their lives into an earnest, pious, watchable, but naggingly inauthentic TV dramedy, the result might look something like Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying. The movie is adapted from a novel by Daryl Ponicsan, who wrote the book The Last Detail was based on, and it’s a kind of spiritual sequel that mirrors the abstract outline of that celebrated 1973 film: a trio of military men thrown together on a scattershot road odyssey. In this case, though, the setting is December 2003, and the three men are old comrades (two Marines, one Navy) who all served together in Vietnam.
Potential Oscar contender is the long-delayed sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 Jack Nicholson drama "The Last Detail."
Randy Quaid, Jack Nicholson, and Otis Young in ‘The Last Detail’ (Photo: Columbia Pictures)