Exclusive Interview – Ben is Back director Peter Hedges on addiction, casting his son, and Dumbo

Tom Beasley chats to director Peter Hedges about his new film Ben is Back, in which his son Lucas Hedges plays the title role…

Just a few months after Timothée Chalamet broke the world’s hearts as a bizarrely attractive meth addict in Beautiful Boy, another exciting young actor is flexing his muscles as an addict on the road to recovery. Lucas Hedges, who was so terrific in Manchester By The Sea and Lady Bird, is the title character in Ben is Back, directed by Peter Hedges – the writer of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and About a Boy, who also happens to be Lucas’s father.

The film begins with Ben returning home from rehab on Christmas Eve, determined to spend the festive season with his family, against the advice of doctors. Julia Roberts is his mother, Holly, who decides to give Ben a chance. All seems to be well,
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