Joe Penna on ‘Arctic’: ‘You Can Say So Much Without Dialogue’

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Joe Penna on ‘Arctic’: ‘You Can Say So Much Without Dialogue’
More than 11 years ago, Joe Penna chose his “MysteryGuitarMan” YouTube username at 3:45 a.m. all because he wanted to post a video of himself playing guitar. Now in 2018, his “Guitar Impossible” video has over 16 million views, he’s directed a music video for Avicii, and the world premiere of his new film “Arctic” is freezing over the Croisette.

You’re originally from Brazil. You live in L.A. now. Did you miss the warm weather while you were shooting up in the Arctic?

Absolutely. “Arctic” was originally set on Mars, but then we heard about “The Martian.” Shooting in Iceland was good for the film, but not for me as a Brazilian man.

Your leading man, Mads Mikkelsen, told Variety last year it was the most difficult shoot he’s ever done. Why do you think that is?

He’s in every frame of the film and understood the character so well.
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