Members: Hoàng Thị Dung, Nguyễn Thị Anh, Nguyễn Ngọc Ánh
Director: Dung Emma Watson: Anh Logan Lerman: Ánh
Dung (Director): Good afternoon, everybody. I’m Stephen Chbosky. Well, the weather today is too hot, isn’t it? But I think our “The perks of being a wallflower” even hotter than. Now, let start our issue today.
Journalist 1: Director, could you talk more about the story in “the perks of being a wallflower”?
Dung: On behalf of film staff, we will answer questions about film “The perks of being a wallflower”. As you know, this film is based on my novel written and published in 1999. It is about Charlie, a freshman in High school, who suffered a lot of loss and pain after his close friend suicide and his aunt died in accident. He is afraid of the attention and concern of collisions. However, Charlie’s life changes when he meets Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson). They are all seniors, liberal and rebellious. Gradually, the two men pulled Charlie out of shells, helped him live the days of the greatest youth in friendship and love. It is a journey of maturation, learning to accept themselves and live their own lives in the present.
Journalist 2: Do you think that young people will be interested in this work which was written in last century?
Dung: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a film about adolescence, the time of the child’s first steps in the life. While science fiction movies, epic movies appeal to audiences in the boundless imagination, the school films always “talk” directly to the viewer. We always find some part of ourselves in the story.
Whoever among us used to undergo difficult times, the helpless dates and feelings like the whole world was turned away, no one understands us, and we were all alone. And these are also the points to attract young people to the film. Simultaneously, through the film, we’ll find out for yourself what useful lessons about friendship, love, relatives and even more teacher-student situation. Emma, does not it?
Anh: yes, it does. Moreover, as you know, Uncle Stephen Chbosky are both a writer and a director. Maybe that is the reason the film is quite faithful to the original, keeping the spirit of the original work. He also avoided many errors that an author can permit in the first film such as involving in details, abusing or too rigid in commentary.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not perfect, but cute and fresh. Uncle Stephen Chbosky became my idol when I finished his book.
Dung: It is kind of you to say, so I don’t really deserve your compliment.
Emma: No, you do. Hardly can any writer understand the teenage mentality like you. I also have been in the adult stage like characters, so I understand how you were exquisite to describe and exploit deep psychological character.
Journalist 3: So, Emma, why did you choose “The perks of being a wallflower” after success you got in Harry Potter?
Emma: As I said above, because I felt like the book and admired Uncle Stephen. But, the biggest reason is that I wanted to escape the image of intelligent, beautiful and perfect little witch Hermione. Sam character played by me is the girl Charlie secretly loved. Sam dressed in baseball clothes, polychrome nail, short-cut hair, lovely as a fairy and when she smiled, she brightened up the space around. Sam has a special personality.
Journalist: In both film and novel, what makes you impressive?
Emma: It is absolutely that in this story, Uncle Stephen has created a meaningful philosophy of life which anyone of us should ponder. Such as “we accept the love we think we deserve” or “we can’t choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there.” Read this wonderful story and see our film, you will find the life much more interesting.
Journalist 4: what about you, Logan Lerman? Why did hero Percy Jackson star “wallflower” Charlie?
Logan Lerman: I chose this film because of only reason. It is that the mood changes, the complexity of the inner as well as the sensitivity of this character made me understand Charlie is a challenging character to represent. Sometimes, he is afraid, timid. Sometime he is struggled in terrible feeling about the traumatic past. Then He can be playful, funky even be crazy and angry to protect a friend.
Journalist 5: Protect a friend? You mean protecting Patrick, right?
Logan Lerman: Yes, it is. It is sad because Ezra Miller can’t go with us. If not, he would analyze clearly this character for you, I can only say that Patrick is a golden element of friendship between Sam-Charlie and him. However, Patrick is a gay, brightly colored guy with weak minded. Each occurrence, he brings liveliness, fun for couples. No exaggeration to say that the perks of being a wallflower would be very boring without Patrick.
Journalist 5: What is the most memorable scene you impress?
Logan: the film has great and emotional moments. The audience will not be able to forget the scene trio of vehicles through the tunnel with David Bowie’s song turned on at full size and Charlie stands on the truck, extends his arms as if he has grown more wings. The flashing light city below looks like an upside-star sky. Charlie was quietly contemplate the philosophy of his own life.
“It’s much easier to not know things sometimes. Things change and friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody. I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things. I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am.”