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In the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy, in theaters now, Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) plays the troubled Beach Boys songwriter as a young man, while John Cusack handles his middle years.
Did you and John Cusack plan how each of you would portray Brian Wilson?
Bill Pohlad, our director, had a hunch that we did not need to collaborate on our Brians. I think part of what’s interesting about the film is that Brian did go into a black hole for a while and maybe came out of it a slightly different person.