From Wilson Fisk (Daredevil) to Detective Robert Goren (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) or Edgar the Bug (Men in Black), actor Vincent D'Onofrio has shown incredible range over the span of his career. Come this weekend, the actor will put on his director's cap in his first large movie, The Kid.
Starring the likes of Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ethan Hawke (First Reformed), The Kid follows the age-old tale of Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) and Pat Garrett (Hawke) as they play a game of cat-and-mouse all over the budding American Southwest.
Intertwined with the classic semi-biographical tale is an intriguing new story featuring the Cutler family as Rio (Jake Schur) and Sara (Leila George) go on the run from their abusive uncle Grant (Pratt).
It marks D'Onofrio's first major feature release after making his official debut with the indie thriller Don't Go In The Woods some nine years ago. Distributed through Lionsgate Entertainment, The Kid is set to be released in over 250 theaters across the country beginning this weekend.
ComicBook.com had the opportunity to sit down with D'Onofrio and dig deep into the story involved and the
ComicBook.com: This movie obviously features the legendary showdown between Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, but it also includes this really intriguing fictional story arch featuring the Cutler family in addition to this almost semi-biographical tale.
Vincent D'Onofrio: Yeah, I wanted to tell a coming-of-age story from the point of view of a young man, and how meeting other men in his life would affect him, and how it could affect him. And so, I thought it would be perfect to have
And so, you know, the stories about Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid are very easy to track. Most information available is about those two, as far as bandits. I think it's because Garrett was a law enforcer, and a lot of his movements through New Mexico were recorded, and Billy stuck around his home, which was his downfall in the end, but he did like to return back to where he was wanted for some reason
This isn't necessarily your directorial debut per se, butobviously it is your biggest. What made you want to take on this movie? Now, as I understand it, you both directed and had a hand in scripting or with the story, correct?
The story is mine, it's a story that I thought of, and then I
How did this all materialize? When did you know you wanted to take on this, as you called it, coming-of-age tale, and make this gritty Western flick?
Well, the films that I had made before were never really, you know, they were just things that I felt like doing with my friends, just to have some fun with talented people, and so, you know, they were out of my pocket. They were, you know, one was shot in my backyard upstate, you know, it was stuff like that, one is a short about Orson Welles, but ... Another story that I came up with that a writer wrote for me... But, none of them were financed and none of them had any kind of responsibility attached to them, you know?
This was my first endeavor at, like, actually finding a writer, getting financing, getting a company behind it, and putting it out there, you know? And, I just wanted to make a film, I wanted to make what I consider a real film, and it was just something that I felt like I needed to do.
So, you know, this was a story, I thought a Western would be a good idea,
Right. And, speaking now about kids, your daughter is in this.
She has a pretty substantial role. Especially, she has a heartbreaking, uneasy scene towards the end there. What was that like? This is your biggest film yet, what was it like having your family involved?
Well, having Leila involved was amazing. You
Most of the film takes place in Santa Fe, and as I understand it, that's actually where this film was filmed at?
Yeah, basically, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and all the hills and spaces between is where we shot, and that's exactly where these guys rode. And so, that's kind of cool, just
Right, can't get much better than that. I think that the decision to film there was kind of a no-brainer.
Yes, exactly. Yeah. They tried to get me to shoot somewhere else, but we put our foot down about it. A lot of Westerns are done in Calgary. And, it's just not the same look, you know,
The Kid opens with a limited release Friday, March 8th.