Randall Wallace and Secretariat Cast Interviews
Secretariat was ________________ and wasn't supposed to win.
Randall Wallace: "Well, our world is full of cynicism and doubt and fear, and Secretariat had none of that. Secretariat was pure and he was hope and he was courage, and he acted on it. And it's a movie that everybody in the movie can go see and come out inspired by. All of my films have said that courage matters and love prevails, this one says love wins."
Carissa Capobianco: "Well basically that the horse was kind of like the underdog. It wasn't supposed to win and so basically what the movie is about is when life gives you an opportunity, you need to take it and go all in and just go with it. Which is what they did with the horse - they went all in like family-wise and money-wise, trying to get all the money for the [races]. It's an amazing story so I'm really glad that they made a movie about it."
You said that it's not just a horse story, it's also about Penny. How was it to have Diane play your mom?
Carissa Capobianco: "Diane Lane is the most down-to-earth person you will ever meet. I expected her to be this professional, which she is really professional, but I expected her to be just that and kind of standoffish. But she wasn't. We really did have a mother/daughter connection."
You didn't get to work with the horses very much but you did a little bit. How was that?
Carissa Capobianco: "It was nice. The horses were absolutely beautiful. I live in Georgia so I see a lot of horses, but nothing like the ones that were on set. They were amazing, just silky and just beautiful."
Are they a little intimidating because they are so huge?
Carissa Capobianco: "I mean, I don't know. I'm not a professional horseback rider, obviously, but I've seen a lot of them and they are beautiful horses. They were big."
Sean Cunningham: "I just talked to the real Chris. He's a great person."
Had you talked to him before?
Sean Cunningham: "Yes, ma'am. I met him at a beginning party. He's pretty awesome."
Did you pick his brain on what it was like to be this person?
Sean Cunningham: "Not really. We just had a nice conversation. He's a really down-to-earth guy."
Are you into horses?
Sean Cunningham: "I've never really studied horses. I mean I've obviously heard about a horse and horse racing, but I never really got into it until I worked on this set."
What's the most interesting thing you learned about Secretariat from working on this?
Sean Cunningham: "Well, his heart was actually twice the size of a normal horse's heart."
Isn't the crazy?
Sean Cunningham: "It is crazy. It's very crazy. And also out of a 100 named athletes on ESPN, 99 of them were humans and the last one was Secretariat. So I thought that was pretty interesting."
Tell me about working with Diane Lane as your mom.
Sean Cunningham: "Oh my gosh, she's so incredibly sweet. She's such an amazing person and so down-to-earth. She really inspired me to be a better actor."
And you also have The Fields, right?
Sean Cunningham: "Yes, ma'am, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloe Grace Moretz."
And Sam Worthington.
Sean Cunningham: "And Sam Worthington."
Who do you play?
Sean Cunningham: "I play Jeffrey Dean Morgan's son. He's such a great person; he's really funny. Me and Chloe developed a good friendship on that set."
You said he's really funny, but that's a really serious film, right?
Sean Cunningham: "Yes, ma'am."
Did he break you up in between takes?
Sean Cunningham: "Well, in between takes he kind of laughed a little bit but he got in the mood after. He's a good transition."
So why should people go see Secretariat?
Sean Cunningham: "It's such an inspirational story. It's a true story and Secretariat was such a great horse. It'll really inspire you so check it out."
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