Eckhart said that he joined a “harrowing” session of a grief group therapy but turned to the Internet to avoid intruding on others’ private pain.
The film explores the feeling of loss when parents lose a child and how a couple can be intimate but unable to communicate with each other as a result of such a tragedy.
One day Eckhart went to a grief group — as his character does in the movie — under the pretext that he was a grieving parent. He said he found that “harrowing and somewhat unethical” and didn’t go back. Instead, he watched video blogs posted by people after suffering a loss.
“They are very intense and very heart-wrenching,” he told a press conference in Rome. “It’s easy to be an actor after you’ve watched those video blogs because the pain just permeates them.”
“What I wanted to achieve in this movie with Nicole was the intimacy — a relationship over 10-20 years, having the physical and emotional intimacy and yet not being able to connect with each other,” Eckhart said. “On a daily basis, that was the challenge.”
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