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June 08, 2015 • 0 Comments

Three questions for Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, stars of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

In wise, funny and touching teen drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (opening June 12), high school outsider Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann, 23) and his “co-worker” Earl (RJ Cyler, 20) spend their spare time making hilarious parodies of classic films. Greg’s life changes when his mom insists he start spending time with a classmate he barely knows, Rachel (Olivia Cooke, 21), who has been diagnosed with cancer.

We asked the film’s stars, who were recently in Toronto, the same three questions:

1. The movie shows the power of platonic love. Have you had that kind of relationship?
2. Who would you rather have in your life? Hip high school history teacher Mr. McCarthy (Jon Bernthal) or Greg’s offbeat, movie-scholar father Victor Gaines (Nick Offerman)?
3. Which of the parody movies in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was your favourite fake film?

Olivia Cooke

1. Oh my God, yeah, growing up all my best friends were guys. I’m obsessed with men, I love their energy, I love being around their sense of humour. I’ve also got really great girlfriends, but it’s funny how you never really see it depicted in Hollywood movies because it’s all about you’re only doing this thing because you want to get laid and that’s not the case (with this movie). It’s lovely.

2. A dad like Greg Gaines’ dad. Not that I don’t love my dad, but it seems like he’s so involved in Greg’s life in showing him these amazing movies. He’s really inspired him. My parents divorced when I was an early age . . . and my mom had to be both parents.
3. Burden of Screams (Burden of Dreams). Anytime that Thomas imitates Werner Herzog it’s just the funniest thing.

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