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The Peanut Butter Falcon Cast Bonded over Wrestling, Manicures, and a Lot of Cake

Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Zack Gottsagen talk about their touching new movie and explain how the three of them were inseperable during filming. Plus, LaBeouf talks about a secret birthday wish that came true.

by | August 7, 2019 | Comments

Shia Labeouf isn’t exactly known for earnest, heartfelt dramas, but when the trailer dropped for his latest movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, audiences knew to expect something different. After the film’s premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year, critics confirmed what curious moviegoers had been suspecting: it’s a sweet, nuanced adventure movie with outstanding performances from its ensemble cast. The story centers on a young man with Down syndrome (played by Zack Gottsagen), who escapes his nursing home in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. With a well-meaning caretaker (Dakota Johnson) from his nursing home in pursuit, he joins up with a petty criminal with problems of his own (LaBeouf) to blaze a trail through the deltas of the American Southeast en route to a training facility for wrestlers in North Carolina.

Ahead of the release of the film this week, the trio of stars sat down with RT editor Jacqueline Coley to talk about what it was like to make the film, and it was clear that all three had found something special. Watch the interview above to see how they got so close during filming, what they’d like people to remember about them, and how Gottsagen helped LaBeouf become more friendly. Then try to figure out what LaBeouf’s birthday wish was that he so coyly implies came true.


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Adjusted Score: 103.945%
Critics Consensus: A feelgood adventure brought to life by outstanding performances, The Peanut Butter Falcon finds rich modern resonance in classic American fiction.
Synopsis: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young... [More]

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