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Patrick Stewart’s general policy when he receives a script is, if it looks like it won’t be very ...

‘Green Room’ Scared Patrick Stewart Into Setting His House Alarm

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Patrick Stewart’s general policy when he receives a script is, if it looks like it won’t be very interesting, he just reads it on his computer. But if it looks like a cut above, he prints it out and settles in with it.

When Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room” (currently in limited release) came his way, he printed it out. He began reading the thriller, about a punk rock band under siege by neo-Nazis in a remote performance venue, early in the evening. Then it got dark. After about 35 pages, he closed the script, went around his West Oxfordshire home checking all the doors and windows and then set the perimeter lights and alarm.

“It had got to me so fast, and potently,” the actor says. “I poured myself a large glass of whiskey and then I finished reading the script.”

Saulnier, meanwhile, was about two weeks away from shooting without having cast Darcy Banker, the cool, collected white supremacist antagonist of the film. “It was really getting unbearably stressful,” he says.

Someone at the pair’s mutual management company had suggested Stewart’s name, and the director pounced.

“He kind of swooped in to save the day as far as adding so much value to the investment that our financiers were putting forward to make the movie,” Saulnier says. “And of course, that is not a concern to me at all. I just want someone who’s a dedicated actor who can bring a certain amount of craft, and he sort of satisfied both of our needs.”

It was serendipitous timing, as Stewart was on the hunt for something new. But the project was also in line with his ongoing creative philosophy in the business.

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