by Hanna Rantala
LONDON (Reuters) – Dylan Penn, daughter of Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn and Robin Wright, said she initially waived the chance to play her first major role in her father’s new movie “Flag Day” but that the delay in production allowed her to mature into character.
Based on Jennifer Vogel’s memoir “Flim-Flam Man,” the film revolves around her relationship with her father, John, a second-rate criminal who becomes a forger.
Dylan read Vogel’s book as a teenager, and at the time he firmly rejected his father’s proposal to play the protagonist.
“He asked me when I was about 15, 16 years old, and I said a round ‘no’. I never thought I wanted to act, and I felt too young,” she said, now 30 years old.
“So, 15 years later, I think after having real-life experience, I thought, ‘Okay, I can build on my life, draw on my experiences and maybe color this character a little bit more.'”
Like its theme, the film is a family affair: Dylan’s brother Hopper plays Jennifer’s brother Nick, and their father directs and plays John Vogel.
“It’s my first time working with both my brother and my father, and I had a lot of fun acting with them.”
The production does not detail Vogel’s illicit dealings, focusing on the impact his absence has on the family and on Jennifer’s transformation from an angry teenager to a respected journalist.
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