Waiting for Kate Winslet: A Conversation with Jason Reitman for the Home Entertainment release of Labor Day | The Fan Carpet Ltd • The Fan Carpet: The RED Carpet for FANS • The Fan Carpet: Fansites Network • The Fan Carpet: Slate • The Fan Carpet: Theatre Spotlight • The Fan Carpet: Arena • The Fan Carpet: International

Waiting for Kate Winslet: A Conversation with Jason Reitman for the Home Entertainment release of Labor Day

04 August 2014

From writer/director Jason Reitman, the Academy Award®-nominated director of Up In The Air and Juno, comes a beautiful and endearing romance based on the New York Times best-selling novel by ?Joyce Maynard.  Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader) and Josh Brolin (True Grit) star in this wonderfully told story of a mother (Winslet) and son  - played by Gattlin Griffith (Changeling) -  who take in a mysterious stranger (Brolin) over a long Labor Day weekend, leading to a second chance at love.

LABOR DAY on Blu-ray includes “End of Summer: Making Labor Day,” deleted scenes and commentary by director Jason Reitman, director of photography Eric Steelberg and first assistant director/co-producer Jason Blumenfeld.  


Jason, Is it true you hired Josh Brolin for this movie because he’s the intimidating type?

I am not sure if I would describe Josh that way but I can tell you that when he moves his eyebrows a certain way, he really does come across pretty intimidating. I just felt he was perfect for this part. He can play tough and tender all within one scene. Josh is one of those actors that can do it all.


“Labor Day” deals with a lot of very serious issues. How relevant is the movie today?

The only reason the film takes place in 1987 is so we could move through time and could move forward. I agree with you, this film could easily take place today. The times might have changed, but people still feel the same emotions our characters feel in “Labor Day”. 


This movie is very suspenseful and a little bit of a departure from your previous movies. Was it your intention to pick a project that was different than your other movies? 

It’s not like I was really looking for it. I had read the book and had fallen in love with it. I wanted to make a movie that was true to the book. In general I want to make movies that are very personal. That’s really what I set out to do. And I do think this is a very personal movie. 


How did this movie land in your lap anyway? 

My producer Helen Estabrook brought me the book. She said I would love it, and she was right. She knows what I like. When Frank was tying Adele up and feeding her chili, I knew I had to do this. 





Labor Day Film Page | Labor Day Review