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Allen stars in the pivotal role of Lisey’s older sister Amanda, a woman suffering from bouts of semi-catatonia who has an otherworldly connection to Scott — a famous author whose obsessive fan following contributed to his shocking murder. Published in"Lisey’s Story" was inspired by King’s own brush with death inafter the author-filmmaker was accidentally struck by a van while he was out for a walk.
In an exclusive interview with Looper, Allen discussed the intricacies of King’s work, and how Amanda "Lisey’s Story" is a major departure from her past roles. But when you get a script like "Lisey’s Story," based on a Stephen King novel and adapted by Stephen King, with Julianne Moore and Joan Allen Abrams attached — it has to be one of the easiest decisions you’re ever going to make. I am guessing part of the reason you would say yes to a Stephen King story is while yes, he is a brilliant horror and supernatural writer, he has his finger just as much Joan Allen the pulse of real-life horror and pain — and especially when the plot of "Lisey’s Story" is so personal.
I mean, he really makes his stories relatable, especially with the tragic plight of Amanda in this series. Yes, yes. I think that makes a huge difference in the story and how compelling the story is, because you really care about the people, and you care about this family, and you care what happens to them.
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And so that is something that is very relatable, and I think is Joan Allen drawing in for the audience because you want to pull for them; you want them to come through and particularly through this loss and grief, and fragility of all these various characters.
You want to see them get to the other side. And I really am feeling Amanda’s pain right from that very first scene. What a tragic character to play, but you know what? How often Joan Allen you get an opportunity to play a role like this? Exactly, exactly.
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Allen is staying open for roles in all genres Universal Pictures You’ve had the good fortune of playing so many great roles and in some franchises — the "Bourne" franchise, for example. If you had your pick, is there another franchise Joan Allen like to be a part of? I would stay open to any and all of it, because you just never know when something comes across.
I hadn’t really not anticipated that I would Joan Allen another Stephen King [project] coming my way, and you never know. And so it’s just "Stay open," and it’s great when good things happen.
One of my favorite roles of yours was Laine Hanson in "The Contender" — 21 years old that film is already. It’s amazing. How transformative was that role in your career? Joan Allen was a big deal.
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It really was a big deal and I’m ever grateful because [director] Rod Lurie wrote it for me, and I will always be grateful to him for that.