Holly Hunter hails Brad Bird's 'selfish writing'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 June 2018
Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter

American actress Holly Hunter has argued that the success of 'The Incredibles' can be traced to Brad Bird's "selfish" writing

Holly Hunter thinks the success of 'The Incredibles' can be traced to Brad Bird's "selfish" writing.

The 60-year-old actress - who plays the role of Helen Parr in the money-spinning franchise - has heaped praise on the director, saying that his writing style underpins the popularity of the movies.

Holly explained: "I think he's writing for himself, I think it's for him."

The American star said that the acclaimed filmmaker embodies all of the characters who appear in 'The Incredibles 2', which also features the likes of Samuel L Jackson and Craig T. Nelson

Speaking to Collider, Holly shared: "I just think that he is all of the characters ... I think the great movies are done for purely selfish reasons by the filmmaker.

"I mean, the story is a really private manifestation of something, and I feel that way about 'The Incredibles'. I feel that he's all of the characters, he knows them intimately. And that, in a way, is the success of the story."

Meanwhile, Jackson - who is also a prominent feature in the Marvel movies - recently explained that 'The Incredibles' is different from other superhero franchises.

He said: "[The 'Incredibles'] are a real family with real family problems. It's a very universal story, and you come to realise that being a superhero is an avocation. It doesn't put food on the table. It doesn't keep the lights on.

"So you've got to do something else to be a part of real life."

The Incredibles 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Brad Bird
  • Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk

In this sequel to the 2004 original, Supers are still forbidden but Elastigirl (Hunter) gets to go up against a supervillain while husband Bob (Nelson) minds the kids. It looks great and the voice cast is excellent, but it feels dated and the set-pieces become tiring.

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