Andrew Scott attends "All Of Us Strangers" MoMA The Contenders 2023 Screening at Museum of Modern Art on November 28, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

'All Of Us Strangers' Star Andrew Scott: 'I was Actually Really Upset Reading this Script'

Emell Adolphus READ TIME: 2 MIN.

"I was actually really upset reading this script," said Andrew Scott about when he first read Andrew Haigh's screenplay for "All Of Us Strangers."

He added, "It wasn't because it made me sad, it was that it made me feel raw. I saw a huge amount of tenderness in the script and I related to it so much."

And now it is almost time for us to see Scott play opposite Paul Mescal in all their raw glory when the film is released Dec. 22 in the U.S.

To catch you up, Scott stars as an isolated writer in London who meets a neighbor (Mescal) during the same time that he visits his childhood home and finds his dead parents still living there.

Speaking to Screen Daily, Scott says he did not in fact talk to his own parents about taking on the role, but he "certainly I drew on my own experience."

He also explained that he felt a close connection to Haigh's background.

"I have never met Andrew's parents and Andrew has never met mine, but because we were shooting in Andrew's family home, sometimes I had this feeling, 'Oh my god, he would have lost a tooth in that little bathroom, and now a crew is stampeding through here.' It was an extraordinary thing for him to take us back to that childhood house," said Scott.

Haigh drew his inspiration for the film from the 1987 Japanese novel "Strangers" by Taichi Yamada.

At the heart of "All Of Us Strangers," Scott says the film explores more than loneliness and grief.

"It is a story about loving and being loved... Of course, this is a queer story at the centre of it, but everybody has a parent, whether they have a relationship with them or not, or you may have children or you may have a lover or you may understand the real feeling of being lonely," he said.

Read Scott's complete interview.

by Emell Adolphus

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