"The script was so wonderfully written, and that's a joy as an actor..." hmv.com talks Downsizing with Hong Chau & Christoph Waltz
Alexander Payne has made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's most unique filmmakers, known for his satirical and darkly comic takes on American life, but while his latest film certainly exhibits those traits, Downsizing is also something quite different than anything he's done before.
Set in the near future, the film's premise revolves around a group of Norwegian scientists who are looking for ways to reduce mankind's impact on the environment when they discover a way to permanently shrink humans to a height of approximately five inches, thereby drastically reducing the amount of food they consume and waste that they produce.
15 years later, "downsizing" is becoming a popular trend among Americans as they discover they can vastly improve their standard of living through reduced bills for food, housing and other goods. Matt Damon stars as Paul Safranek, an occupational therapist who, along with his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig), is struggling to make ends meet. Through a school reunion, he meets an old friend who has taken the plunge and decided to "get small".
Seeing the potentially huge improvements in their lifestyle, Paul and his wife decide to downsize themselves and book themselves a spot at one of many emerging miniature communities named Leisureland, but Paul soon finds that life in miniature isn't quite the dream he imagined.
The film arrives on DVD on Monday (May 28th), but back before it hit cinemas we caught up with Damon's co-stars Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau to talk about Payne's latest film.
Watch our interview below...