Sarah Paulson Shares Why She Agreed to Make ‘Run’ Based on the First Page of the Script

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sarah Paulson in Run

Sarah Paulson is in excessive demand. So, a film should have to be one thing particular to take time away from her roles on Ratched, American Crime Story and American Horror Story. Run earned Paulson’s dedication. She performs Diane, a mom who may be very protecting of her daughter Chloe (Keira Allen), as a result of Chloe’s quite a few medical situations. 

Sarah Paulson in Run
Sarah Paulson | Allen Fraser/Hulu

Paulson and the creators of Run spoke with a gaggle of reporters in a Zoom roundtable on Nov. 14. She revealed what hooked her about Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian’s script on web page one. Run is now streaming on Hulu.

‘Run’ had Sarah Paulson at ‘fade in’

Most screenplays take a minimum of a couple of pages to get going. Run opens with a putting scene of Diane giving delivery to a sickly child, which made an affect on Paulson.

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Sarah Paulson within the opening scene of run | Allen Fraser/Hulu

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“For me, I think it was the first page,” Paulson stated. It was simply the way in which it was laid out and the way in which that they described seeing the child and the way in which they described her coming into the wa[iting room]. It was written in a approach that was instantly cinematic and I simply thought effectively, that is simply actually compelling.”

Sarah Paulson additionally seemed up the filmmakers

Run is Chaganty and Ohanian’s second movie. Paulson did her diligence and noticed what that they had achieved with Searching. Their prior film takes place solely on a pc display screen. 

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“Then I watched Searching and I simply thought, ‘Well, this was the most inventive, nail biting, emotionally moving film done in a way that I’ve by no means seen anyone make a film earlier than.’ I believed if he can do that, this factor goes to be a chunk of cake. This traditional conventional sh*t’s going to be not an issue for him.”

‘Run’ is sort of as confined as ‘Searching’

In Searching, John Cho seems to be for his lacking daughter by following her social media exercise and video chatting with acquaintances on the pc display screen. Run takes place virtually solely in Diane and Chloe’s home as Chloe makes an attempt to uncover her mom’s secrets and techniques.

“Coming off of constructing a film as unconventional and peculiar and tremendous complicated like Searching, I feel for me personally, I simply wished to do the alternative and make one thing that might show to myself that I may make a ‘normal movie,’” Chaganty, who additionally directed, stated. “For me, that was something very, very simple, just two characters, one house, something that reminds you of those old Hitchcock movies where it didn’t need much to get going and keep you thrilled.”

Searching may by no means break the pc display screen. Run had its personal algorithm, additionally.

Run director Aneesh Chaganty and Keira AllenRun director Aneesh Chaganty and Keira Allen
Aneesh Chaganty and Keira Allen | Allen Fraser/Hulu

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The guidelines had been fairly easy and it was at all times to make use of the home in a approach that was type of inventive. Because of our distinctive form of lead character, we’ve seen 1000 films which are locked in homes earlier than, of a contained thriller however when is the doorknob as huge of an impediment? When is a door as huge of an impediment, when is a pencil as huge of an impediment, when is a pocket book? To type of take the home confines and make certain that each single ingredient that appears so idyllic and so regular within the first half is a large [factor] within the second half had been form of the principles that we had within the film. And, simply to remain in the home so long as we may.

Aneesh Chaganty, Run Zoom roundtable, 11/14/2020

‘Run’ could also be extra like ‘Searching’ than it seems

In Run, Chloe turns into suspicious of her mom. In Searching, the daddy was the hero, however Ohanian advised there have been extra parallels than viewers may notice.

“Just on a tonal and thematic degree, Searching is a narrative a few father who will do something he can as a result of he loves his daughter to guard her,” Ohanian stated. “I might argue that it’s virtually the identical plotline. It’s a few mom who’ll do something she will be able to to guard her daughter as a result of she loves her however they’re such drastically totally different films simply due to the execution of that. Run was type of our try on flipping these themes and going to a a lot darker place.”

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