Hilary Swank Didn’t Want ‘The Homesman’ Journey To End


All things come to an end, and for Hilary Swank that realization was a bittersweet pill to swallow during the production of The Homesman. Directed and co-written by Tommy Lee Jones, the harsh, unforgiving Western centers on Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank), a woman who risks life and limb to transport three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) to Iowa.

Helping Mary Bee Cuddy in her journey through the Nebraska territories is George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), and they make unlikely allies on a mission of survival.

“As an independent woman myself, as a woman who – for all intents and purposes – people will probably call ‘bossy.’ I have a real clear idea of how I see the world and how I want to live (in the) world – and I want to see my dreams realized – I want to continue down my path. So finding a man to walk shoulder to shoulder with me – it could be challenging. Women today have that challenge. So (there’s) a lot of reasons why I love (Mary Bee Cuddy) and the vulnerability of her and her strengths.”

The Homesman - Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank (Roadside Attractions, Dawn Jones)
The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank (Roadside Attractions, Dawn Jones)

Click on the media bar below to hear Hilary Swank explain why she didn’t want her experience on The Homesman to end:

Shot by acclaimed cinematographer Rodrigro Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo, Amores Perros), The Homesman is now playing in select theaters.

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