*Todd reaches forward and picks something off Lydia's back*
Q: There are so many funny things happening in the scene between Todd and Lydia at the café. What did the actors, Jesse Plemons and Laura Fraser, bring to it?
Ninety-nine percent of what you see there is what the two of them prepared before they came on set. These are both really fine, detailed actors who do a lot of preparation. They had rehearsed it themselves, and I saw it. Sometimes as a director your smartest move is seeing what they’re doing and saying, “Great! Let’s film it!” Jesse added a couple of things. When we wrote it we didn’t picture Todd turning around as far as he did. He also added something else which I just loved, which hopefully people caught at the end of the scene: He plucks a single thread from the back of Lydia’s jacket. That is all Jesse Plemons. And I love the way Laura comes into the scene, ready to quit, and then her progression into greed. The dialogue was the same, but the meaning of it and the performance and the humor is those two.
– Peter Gould
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